Special Education (Grades P-12) M.Ed. (Online)

Degree Requirements: 36 Credit Hours


Candidates must select one area of concentration from the areas in which they are currently certified: Adaptive Curriculum or General Curriculum.

Certificate Upgrade Information: An educator who holds a level four Georgia certificate in Special Education Adaptive Curriculum or General Curriculum will qualify for a level five certificate upgrade upon successful completion of all program requirements. (See catalog section on Certification.)

Admission Requirements


  1. Complete requirements for a Bachelor’s degree from a regionally accredited institution.
  2. Possess or be eligible for a Georgia level four certificate or equivalent or possess or be eligible for a Certificate of Eligibility for an Induction certificate. Certification must be in Special Education: Adaptive Curriculum or Special Education: General Curriculum. Candidates who have completed all requirements for the Certificate of Eligibility for an Induction certificate have until the end of the first semester to obtain the certificate..
  3. Present a cumulative 2.50 (4.0 scale) grade point average or higher on all undergraduate and graduate work combined.
  4. Present current official report from the Miller Analogies Test (MAT) or the verbal, quantitative and analytical writing sections of the Graduate Record Examination (GRE) showing competitive scores.
  5. Submit a personal statement of purpose, not to exceed 200 words, that identifies the applicant’s reasons for pursuing graduate study and how admission into the program relates to the applicant’s professional aspirations.
  6. Submit a completed “Disclosure and Affirmation Form” that addresses misconduct disclosure, criminal background check, the Code of Ethics for Educators, and tort liability insurance.


Applicants may be approved for provisional admission based on the quality of the admission material presented. Provisional students must earn grades of “B” or higher in their first nine (9) credits of course work after admission and meet any other stipulations outlined by the department to be converted to regular status.


Credit Hours
READ   4131The Teaching of Reading3
or READ   7131 Approaches to Literacy Instruction
SPED   6130Introduction to Special Education3
SPED   6230Assessment and Procedures in Special Education3
SPED   6231Special Education Laws and Procedures3
SPED   6330Classroom Management3

Program of Study for Certification Areas

Credit Hours
Professional Education Core Requirements
EDUF   7130Learning Theories and Applications3
EDUR   7130Educational Research3
Concentration Area Courses 1
Select one of the following Curriculum Areas in which one is currently certified:12
Moderate-Severe Disabilities-Adaptive Curriculum
Seminar in Special Education
Characteristics and Assessment of Low Incidence Populations
Methods for Low Incidence Populations
Introduction to Augmentative Language
Language Development
Mild Disabilities - General Curriculum
Language Development
Seminar in Special Education
Perspectives on Mild Disabilities
Methods for Mild Disabilities
Specialized Content for Teaching
ESED   5234GCultural Issues: ESOL 23
SPED   7133Collaboration Across the Life Span3
SPED   7796Internship in Special Education3
Reading Electives
READ   7132Literacy Assessment and Correction3
READ   7230Issues and Trends in Literacy3
READ   7330Literacy in the Content Areas3
Total Credit Hours36

Concentration must be in a curriculum area in which one is currently certified: Adaptive Curriculum or General Curriculum. 


If Cultural Issues: ESOL (ESED   5234)/Cultural Issues: ESOL (ESED   5234G) was taken previously, acceptable alternatives include the following: Applied Linguistics: ESOL (ESED   5233G); Methods for ESOL (ESED   5235G); Teaching Literacy with English Language Learners (READ   7432); Applied English Grammar (LING   6133); Language, Nation, and Globalization (LING   6231); or Teaching English Internationally (LING   6233)

Other Program Requirements

  • All new master’s level candidates must schedule and meet with their assigned Special Education Advisor for a brief advisement orientation meeting prior to their first semester of course work in order to meet the registration requirements of the program.
  • Candidates must take courses in sequenced order to meet Special Education Program Key Assessment criteria.
  • Successfully complete assessments identified at each program transition point.
  • Maintain an active account with the COE electronic data management system.
  • Claim Georgia Southern University as your program provider in your MyPSC Account during your first term of enrollment (see information under MyPSC Account in Graduate Catalog, College of Education).


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Statesboro, GA 30460
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