Special Education B.S.Ed. (Certification Track)

Degree Requirements: 124 Credit Hours

Additional admission requirements must be met to enter the Special Education B.S.Ed. Certification Track (See B.S.Ed. Teacher Education Admission Requirements). Students seeking teacher certification are first admitted to the Professional Studies Special Education B.S.Ed. Non-Certification Track. Upon meeting B.S.Ed. teacher education admission requirements at the completion of Area F, students will be admitted to the certification track. Successful completion of all program requirements and all Georgia Professional Standards Commission certification requirements will prepare an individual to gain teacher certification in Georgia.

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

Credit Hours
General Requirements (Core A-E)42
Additional Requirements4
Area F - Courses Appropriate to Major18
Pre-Professional Block
PPB Practicum
Investigating Critical and Contemporary Issues in Education
Exploring Socio-Cultural Perspectives on Diversity in Educational Contexts
Exploring Learning and Teaching
Other Courses for the Major
Foundations of Numbers and Operations
Cognition and Language
Select one MATH or READ (1000-2000 level course)
Pedagogy for Professional Educators21
Introduction to Research Methods in Education
Special Education Math Methods
SPED P-5 Practicum
SPED 6-12 Practicum
Student Teaching in Special Education
Major Requirements30
Foundations of Technology-Enabled Learning
The Teaching of Reading
Characteristics of Learners with Disabilities
Assessment in Special Education
Special Education Procedures
Classroom Management
Instructional and Behavior Management Methods, P-5
Instructional and Behavior Management Methods, 6-12
Special Education Student Teaching Seminar
Cultural Diversity and ESOL TCLD
Select from one of the following areas (Middle grades content level to be “Highly Qualified”)
Language Arts:
Teaching Literature to Middle and Secondary School Students
Literature for Adolescents
Content Literacy
Teaching Writing
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 Hours124

Program Admission Criteria

See B.S.Ed. Teacher Education Admission 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 earn a minimum grade of "B'" or higher in Characteristics of Learners with Disabilities (SPED   3130).
  • Must successfully complete all field experiences.
  • Must successfully complete portfolio evaluation process.
  • Must meet requirements for admission to Student Teaching/Internship II (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 Honors College;
  • successfully complete at least four credit hours of Honors Research Seminar Education (COED   3610) over four semesters;
  • successfully complete and present an Honors Thesis or Capstone Project;
  • be in good standing in the Honors College at the time of graduation.


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