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

Degree Requirements: 33 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 five Georgia certificate in Special Education Adaptive Curriculum or General Curriculum will qualify for a level six certificate upgrade upon successful completion of all program requirements. (See catalog section on Certification.)

Admission Requirements


  1. Complete requirements for a Master’s degree from a regionally accredited institution.
  2. Possess or be eligible for a Georgia level five certificate or a Certificate of Eligibility for a level five Induction certificate in Special Education with certification in one of the concentration areas: Adaptive Curriculum or General Curriculum. Candidates who have completed all eligibility requirements for the Certificate of Eligibility for a level five Induction certificate have until the end of the first semester to obtain the certificate.
  3. Present a 3.25 or higher GPA on all graduate work attempted.
  4. 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.
  5. 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.

Prerequisite Coursework

Credit Hours
Learning Theories and Applications
Educational Research


Credit Hours
Core Requirements
EDUR   8131Educational Statistics I 3
ESED   8130Research on Current Trends and Issues 23
ESED   8131Teacher Leadership 33
ITEC   8231Transforming Learning with Technology 3
TCLD   6233Applied Linguistics for ESOL/TCLD 13
Content Specific Requirements 4
EDUR   8434Field-Based Educational Research 53
ESED   8132Curriculum and Instruction 33
ESED   8839Seminar and Field Study 63
Select 9 credit hours of Electives9
Total Credit Hours33

Other Program Requirements

  • Successful completion of the Ed.S. Comprehensive Exit Assessment; involves constituting a three faculty advisory committee to guide field study, and requires the completion and oral presentation of a major field-based action research paper.
  • Must 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).


Graduate Academic Services Center (GASC)
P.O. Box 8083
Statesboro, GA 30460
Phone: (912) 478-1447
Fax: (912) 478-5093