Special Education B.S.Ed.

Degree Requirements: 126 Credit Hours

See Core Curriculum for required courses in Area A1 through Area E.

Credit Hours
Area A1 - Communication Skills
Select 6 credit hours from Area A1 of the Core Curriculum6
Area A2 - Quantitative Skills
Select 3 credit hours from Area A2 of the Core Curriculum3
Area B - Global Engagement
Select 4 credit hours from Area B of the Core Curriculum4
Area C - Humanities, Fine Arts, and Ethics
Select 6 credit hours from Area C of the Core Curriculum6
Area D - Natural Sciences, Mathematics, and Technology
Select 11 credit hours from Area D of the Core Curriculum11
Area E - Social Sciences
Select 12 credit hours from Area E of the Core Curriculum12
Area F - Courses Appropriate to Major
Pre-Professional Block9
Investigating Critical and Contemporary Issues in Education
Exploring Socio-Cultural Perspectives on Diversity in Educational Contexts
Exploring Learning and Teaching
Other Courses for the Major9
Cognition and Language
Foundations of Numbers and Operations
Electives (3) (approved by advisor)
Health and Physical Education Activities
HLTH   1520Healthful Living2
Physical Education Activities2
FYE   1220First-Year Seminar2
Pedagogy for Professional Educators
EDUF   3232Educational Psychology: General3
EDUR   3130Introduction to Research Methods in Education3
SPED   4733SPED P-5 Practicum 3
SPED   4734SPED 6-12 Practicum3
SPED   5799Student Teaching in Special Education9
Major Requirements
ESED   5234Cultural Issues: ESOL3
READ   4131The Teaching of Reading3
SPED   3130Characteristics of Learners with Special Needs3
SPED   3131Assessment in Special Education3
SPED   3134Special Education Procedures 3
SPED   3231Classroom Management3
SPED   4230Instructional and Behavior Management Methods, P-53
ITEC   5233Foundations of Technology-Enabled Learning3
SPED   4231Instructional and Behavior Management Methods, 6-123
SPED   4632Special Education Student Teaching Seminar3
Select from one of the following areas (Middle grades content level to be “Highly Qualified”) 9
Language Arts:
Teaching Literature to Middle and Secondary School Students
Literature for Adolescents
Teaching Writing
Content Literacy
Linguistics and Grammar for Teachers
Foundations of Data Analysis and Geometry
Statistics and Probability for K-8 Teachers
Algebraic Connections for K-8 Teachers
Content Literacy
New Literacies and Technology
Literacy: Assessment and Instruction
Total Credit Hours126

Program Admission Criteria

See B.S.Ed. Degree Requirements

  • Must be admitted to the Teacher Education Program and qualify for a Georgia Preservice Certificate

Other Program Requirements

  • Must meet all requirements for retention in the Teacher Education Program
  • Must earn a minimum grade of “C” in all courses in Area F of the Core, the teaching field, and professional education; earn an adjusted GPA of 2.75 or higher in the teaching field; and maintain of overall cumulative GPA of 2.50 or higher
  • Must successfully complete all field experiences
  • Must successfully complete portfolio evaluation process
  • Must meet requirements for admission to Student Teaching (See catalog section, Admission to Student Teaching)
  • Must take courses in proper sequence
  • Must successfully complete assessments identified at each program transition point

Honors in Special Education

To graduate with Honors in Special Education, a student must:

  • be admitted to the University Honors Program;
  • successfully complete at least four credit hours of Honors Research Seminar in Education (COED   3610H) over four semesters;
  • successfully complete and present an Honors Thesis or Capstone Project;
  • be in good standing in the University Honors Program at the time of graduation.


Each student in Special Education is assigned to an advisor in the College of Education Student Success Center for program planning and course scheduling. Telephone: (912) 478-0698. E-Mail: cjthomp@georgiasouthern.edu