Special Education B.S.Ed. Professional Studies (Non-Certification Track)

Degree Requirements: 124 Credit Hours

The BSED degree with a major in Special Education-Professional Studies (Non-Certification Track) provides students who are interested in education the opportunity to take coursework with planned minors and concentrations. The degree allows for choice in several areas leading to a broad background. When accepted to the University all Special Education majors are placed in the Professional Studies (Non-Certification) track. This track does NOT lead to teacher certification. Upon meeting teacher education program admission requirements, those seeking teacher certification in Special Education will move into the BSED Special Education Certification Track.

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
Prerequisite Courses to Teaching Field
Foundations of Numbers and Operations
Cognition and Language
Guided Electives
1000-2000 level elective
Professional Education21
Educational Psychology: General
Introduction to Research Methods in Education
Foundations of Technology-Enabled Learning
The Teaching of Reading
Characteristics of Learners with Disabilities
Special Education Procedures
Cultural Diversity and ESOL/TCLD
Guided Electives3-9
See Option 1, 2, and 3 below to determine credit hours of guided electives needed.
Major Requirements30-36
Must include at least 21 credit hours of upper division courses
Option 1
Complete 9 credit hours of guided electives under professional education and two 15 credit hour minors (please review minors in the catalog)
Option 2
Complete 3 hours of guided electives under professional education and two 18 hour concentrations from the list below
Option 3
Complete 9 credit hours of guided electives under professional education, and a combination of additional approved courses, a 15 credit hour minor, or an 18 credit hour concentration from the list below
Approved Concentrations:
Africana Studies, American Studies, Business, Communication Arts, Culture and Society, Education, Entrepreneurship, Environmental Sustainability, Individual Emphasis, International Studies, Irish Studies, Justice Studies, Modern Languages (Arabic, Chinese, Japanese, French, German, Latin, Spanish), Political Science, Psychology, Public Administration, Religious Studies, Sociology, Southern Studies, Women’s and Gender Studies, and Writing
Total Credit Hours124

Program Admission Criteria1

Must meet all University Admission Requirements.

Other Program Requirements

  • Must choose Option 1, 2, or 3;
  • Must identify a career path with their academic advisor.

To graduate with B.S.Ed. Professional Studies Special Education/Non-Certification, a student must:

  • successfully complete the program of study as outlined in the catalog;
  • be in good standing with a GPA of 2.0 or higher.


Each student in Special Education-Professional Studies 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.