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BIS to MAT in Special Education

Format: In person on the Statesboro and Armstrong Campuses
Credit Hours: 124
Entry Terms: Fall, Spring, Summer

Watch this page for exciting information regarding the new BIS to MAT in Special Education pathway*! The program is available fully online.

The BIS to MAT Special Education pathway provides students interested in teacher certification in Special Education and a Master of Arts in Teaching in Special Education a path to reach these goals in a fully online program.  Students will earn a BIS degree, and during that program will apply to the MAT program in Special Education.  The BIS to MAT Special Education pathway requires 2 specific concentrations and one specific minor [shown below] in order to prepare students with the necessary hours for certification as well as completing necessary courses for the Masters program.

The GS CORE, IDS2111 and IDS4111 and other relevant BIS requirements must be met [GPA in concentrations and minor, etc. – see GS catalog]

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Required Courses for BIS to MAT Special Education

Area F

  • EDUC 2110
  • MATH 2008
  • EDUC 2120
  • EDUC 2130
  • MATH 1101
  • SOCI 2232

General Elective Courses

Students MUST complete the following graduate-level courses, which may be in the required concentrations or as electives, in order to complete the pathway and be eligible to apply for the Masters in Teaching Special Education program:

  • READ 7131
  • SPED 6130
  • TCLD 6231

Required Concentrations

Students in the BIS to MAT Special Education Pathway MUST choose both of the following concentrations in order to complete the pathway and be eligible to apply for the Masters in Teaching Special Education program.

English Language Arts Concentration

The concentration in English Language Arts requires a total of 18 credit hours. Students are required to complete 6 upper division READ and ENGL courses.

  • READ 7131 is required for students to complete the BIS to MAT in the Special Education pathway.

Students may then select five courses for which the prerequisites have been met from the list of courses approved for the concentration.  

For students in the BIS to MAT in Special Education pathway this is a concentration that is required to successfully complete the pathway.

This concentration is ONLY available for students who have their major the Online Bachelor of Interdisciplinary Studies and are in the BIS to MAT in Special Education pathway.

  • This Concentration is available for those students wishing to study fully online.

English Language Arts Concentration Required Courses

  • READ 7131Required for students to complete the BIS to MAT in Special Education pathway and to complete this concentration.
  • READ 7131 – Approaches to Literacy Instruction

Choose 15 hours from the following courses:

  • ENGL 3025 Pop Culture Theory and Criticism
  • ENGL 3130 Creative Writing
  • ENGL 3230 Business Writing
  • ENGL 3520 Revision, Grammar and Culture
  • ENGL 4131 Teaching Writing
  • ENGL 5255 Technical and Professional Editing
  • ENGL 5320 History of the English Language
  • READ 3231 Early Language and Literacy Development
  • READ 4233 Literacy Assessment and Instruction

Please pay careful attention to the prerequisites that may be required for any of the courses as listed in the Georgia Southern catalog or in the Course schedule.

Human Development and Learning Concentration

The concentration in Human Development and Learning requires a total of 18 credit hours. Students are required to complete a combination of 6 specific upper division HDFS, SPED, SOCI, and EDUF courses .

Select six courses for which the prerequisites have been met from the list of courses approved for the concentration.

For students in the BIS to MAT in Special Education pathway this is a concentration that is required to successfully complete the pathway.

This concentration is ONLY available for students who have their major the Online Bachelor of Interdisciplinary Studies and are in the BIS to MAT in Special Education pathway.

For more information on the MAT in Special Education click here

  • This Concentration is available for those students wishing to study FULLY ONLINE

Human Development and Learning Concentration Required Courses

Choose 18 total hours from the following while paying careful attention to required prerequisites for the courses.


Please Note: HDFS1131 and HDFS2135 are pre reqs for HDFS 3139, 3232 and 4150.

  • EDUF 3040 Childhood Development from Prenatal Period to Adolescence
  • EDUF 3131 Assessment for Differentiated Instruction
  • HDFS 1131 Introduction to Family Science
  • HDFS 2135 Child Development
  • HDFS 3232 Sexuality in Human Development
  • HDFS 3139 Parent Education and Guidance
  • HDFS 4150 Families, Schools, and Community Partnerships
  • SOCI 2232 Introduction to Social Services
  • SOCI 4236 Social Services Counseling Skills
  • SPED 6130 Introduction to Special Education

Required Minor:

Students in the BIS to MAT Special Education Pathway MUST choose the following Minor in order to complete the pathway and be eligible to apply for the Masters in Teaching Special Education program.

Instructional Design and Technology

*Program avaliable Fall 2023.

Last updated: 7/21/2023