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

Regular Admission

  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. Certification must be in Special Education: Adaptive Curriculum or Special Education: General Curriculum.
  3. Present a cumulative 2.50 (4.0 scale) grade point average or higher on all undergraduate and graduate work combined.
  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.

Provisional Admission

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.

Program of Study for Certification Areas

Credit Hours
Core Requirements Completed by Candidates in Both Concentrations15
Learning Theories and Applications
Educational Research
Special Education Leadership
Assistive Technology for Students with Disabilities
Seminar in Special Education
Concentration Area Courses21
Select one of the following Curriculum Areas in which one is currently certified: 1
Moderate-Severe Disabilities-Adaptive Curriculum
Augmentative and Alternative Communication for Students with Multiple/Severe Disabilities
Characteristics and Assessment of Low Incidence Populations
Methods for Low Incidence Populations
Career Development and Transition Planning
Autism Endorsement 2
Mild Disabilities - General Curriculum
Linking Literacy Assessment with Instruction
Nature and Needs of Students with Autism
Collaboration Across the Life Span
Advanced Behavior Management
Instructional Approaches in Special Education
Autism Endorsement 3
or Reading Endorsement 4
Total Credit Hours36

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).


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