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 Major
Pre-Professional Block
EDUC   2090PPB Practicum 1
EDUC   2110Investigating Critical and Contemporary Issues in Education 3
EDUC   2120Exploring Socio-Cultural Perspectives on Diversity in Educational Contexts 3
EDUC   2130Exploring Learning and Teaching 3
Prerequisite Courses to Teaching Field
MATH   2008Foundations of Numbers and Operations 3
READ   2230Cognition and Language 3
Guided Electives1000-2000 level elective3
Professional Education
SPED   3130Characteristics of Learners with Disabilities3
EDUR   3130Introduction to Research Methods in Education3
EDUF   3232Educational Psychology: General 3
READ   4131The Teaching of Reading 3
ITEC   5233Foundations of Technology-Enabled Learning3
ESED   5234Cultural Issues: ESOL 3
READ   4131The Teaching of Reading 3
Guided ElectivesSee Option 1, 2, and 3 below to determine credit hours of guided electives needed
Major Requirements
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)39
Option 2
Complete 3 hours of guided electives under professional education and two 18 hour concentrations from the list below39
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 below39
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 Elementary 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.