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 in Special Education or possess an equivalent out-of-state teaching certificate in Special Education. Certification must be in one of the concentration areas: Adaptive Curriculum or General Curriculum. Candidates who have completed all requirements for the Georgia level five teaching certificate have until the end of the first semester to obtain certificate. Candidates with an out-of-state certificate will not receive Georgia certification upon program completion.  
  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, 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
Action Research in Elementary Settings

Program of Study

Credit Hours
Core Requirements12
Educational Statistics I
Applied Qualitative Research Methods
Applied Measurement
Teacher Leadership
Teaching and Learning in Diverse P-12 Contexts
Content Specific Requirements 19
Research on Current Trends and Issues 2
Curriculum and Instruction 3
Problem of Practice
Select 12 credit hours of graduate-level electives (5000G or above) in the following subjects: EDUC, EDUF, EDUR, ELEM, ESED, ITEC, MGED, MSED, READ, SPED, or TCLD
Total Credit Hours33

Other Program Requirements

  • Must successfully complete assessments identified at each program transition point.
  • 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 students are advised by their program. Graduate students should reach out to their graduate program director for information regarding the structures in place to facilitate advisement. For more information visit the Graduate Academic Advisement catalog page.

Graduate students can also contact the Jack N. Averitt College of Graduate Studies for more information about their program director.
Phone: 912-478-COGS (2647)
Email: gradschool@georgiasouthern.edu