Special Education (MAT)


Degrees Offered


The purpose of the proposed MAT in Special Education is to prepare well qualified teachers who demonstrate knowledge and skills in identifying and implementing research-based practices to improve academic and social outcomes for individuals with disabilities.

This program will consider applicants for conditional letters of admission (CLA’s) pending successful completion of ELS Language Center’s level 112 English as a Second Language (ESL) program. More information can be found on the ELS Conditional Admission page or by visiting the ELS Language Center website.


Program of Study

This program is offered at the University Center of Greenville and requires full-time enrollment to be completed across four semesters (summer, fall, spring, summer).

Graduates of the MAT in special education will:

  • Use evidence, instructional data, research and professional knowledge to inform practice.
  • Identify and use evidence-based practices that are effective in meeting the specific needs of individuals with exceptionalities.
  • Use assessments to accurately measure the learning progress of individuals with exceptionalities, and individualize instruction variables in response to assessment results.
  • Use behavior change practices that are evidence-based and appropriate for individuals with exceptionalities.
  • Advocate for and use positive behavior supports to enhance academic and social outcomes for individuals with disabilities.
  • Create safe, effective and culturally responsive learning environments which contribute to learning for all students, especially those with disabilities.


Our Students

Candidates who complete the MAT will demonstrate competence across the Council for Exceptional Children Professional and Ethical Principles related to culture, policies, instruction, behavior, and collaboration. Candidates will demonstrate competence in the Special Education Standards for Professional Practice in teaching and assessment, including the use of evidence-based practice that are most effective in meeting the individual needs of individuals with exceptionalities.


Application Information

Applications for the special education Master of Arts in Teaching program are considered for summer entrance dates only. The program application deadline is April 1. To be considered for admission, individuals must complete the online Graduate School application. Every required document in support of your application must be on file by the deadline date for consideration.

Required Documents

 An interview, in person or virtually, that reflects strong communication skills, knowledge and enthusiasm for teaching and learning is also a required portion of the admission requirements.


For information regarding financial aid specific to the Masters in Teaching for Special Education please contact the Office of Student Financial Aid.

Phone: 864-656-2280



Program Contact(s)

  • Alison Search
  • Office: University Center of Greenville
  • Phone: (864) 250-8880
  • Email:

Program Coordinator(s)

  • Catherine Griffith
  • Office: University Center of Greenville
  • Phone: (864) 704-9937
  • Email: