Special Education (also offered at Griffin and Online) - B.S.Ed.

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Degree Requirements

Entrance Requirements for the Major

General Education Core Curriculum
(Selected with the advice of an academic advisor)

Areas I II III IV V
Area VI
Major Requirements
College-wide Requirements must be satisfied in order to graduate with this major
TOTAL DEGREE HOURS 120 hours
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I. Foundation Courses (9 hours)

ENGL 1101 or ENGL 1101E or ENGL 1101S 
ENGL 1102 or ENGL 1102E or ENGL 1103 or ENGL 1050H or ENGL 1060H  
MATH 1101 or MATH 1113 or MATH 2200 or MATH 2250 or MATH 2300H or MATH 2400 or MATH 2400H or MATH 2410 or MATH 2410H or STAT 2000
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II. Sciences (7-8 hours)

At least one of the physical science or life science courses must include a laboratory.
Physical Sciences (3-4 hours)
No preferred courses for this area. See Core Curriculum view.
Life Sciences (3-4 hours)
No preferred courses for this area. See Core Curriculum view.

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III. Quantitative Reasoning (3-4 hours)

No preferred courses for this area. See Core Curriculum view.

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IV. World Languages and Culture, Humanities and the Arts (12 hours)

Note: Course credit received as a result of a score on a departmental foreign language placement test will not satisfy the General Education Core Curriculum requirements in Area IV, World Languages and Culture, Humanities and the Arts.
World Languages and Culture (9 hours)
No preferred courses for this area. See Core Curriculum view.

Humanities and the Arts (3 hours)
No preferred courses for this area. See Core Curriculum view.
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V. Social Sciences (9 hours)

  • Students who have not met the Georgia and U.S. Constitution requirement by examination should enroll in POLS 1101 or POLS 1101E or POLS 1105H.
  • A passing grade on an examination on the history of the United States and Georgia is required to satisfy the United States and Georgia History Requirement for all persons receiving a baccalaureate degree from the University, unless exempted by one of the following courses: HIST 2111, HIST 2111E, HIST 2111H, HIST 2112, HIST 2112E, HIST 2112H, HIST 3080H. Examinations are given at University Testing Services. Reexamination is permitted. Contact University Testing Services at (706) 542-3183 for information.
No preferred courses for this area. See Core Curriculum view.

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Area VI
All emphases: 
EDUC 2110* or EDUC 2110H
EDUC 2120*
EDUC(EPSY) 2130* or EPSY 2130H
SPED 2000** or SPED 2000E**
Six hours of general elective coursework

*A minimum grade of "C" (2.0) or higher is required for these courses. 

**Beginning July 1, 2019, all teacher education candidates must have a grade of B or higher in the exceptional children course requirements for certification.

If any of the courses in Area VI have been used to satisfy Areas II-V of the Core Curriculum, General Electives may be taken here. (Refer to College-wide requirements when selecting General Electives) 
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Entrance Requirements

Program Acceptance Requirements
   1. No more than six credit hours remaining in Core Areas I-VI (excluding in progress coursework)
   2. Passing score on the GACE Program Admissions Assessment or exempt the GACE Program   
       Admissions Assessment with one of the following:
       a. Combined minimum SAT score:
            For SAT score reports dated prior to July 1, 2019: 
  • 1,000 on Verbal/Critical Reading and Math, OR 
  • 1,000 on Evidence-based Reading/Writing and Math           
            For SAT score reports dated on or after July 1, 2019: 
  • 1,080 on Evidence-based Reading/Writing and Math 
       b. Combined minimum ACT score of 43 (English and Math scores)

   3. Cumulative and Overall GPA of 2.8 

All teacher education candidates are required to have a GaPSC pre-service certificate prior to beginning field experience. Click on the link for the Pre-Service Requirements and instructions: https://coe.uga.edu/pre-service
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Major Requirements

A baccalaureate degree program must require at least 21 semester hours of upper division courses in the major field and at least 39 semester hours of upper division work overall.
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Required Courses (60 hours)
(A minimum grade of "C" (2.0) or higher is required and a minimum of "B-" (2.7) or higher required in practicum and student teaching courses.) 


Area of Emphasis: Special Education Adapted Curriculum (60 hours) (Athens Campus Only)
EDIT 5100S or EDIT 5100E 
LLED 3420 or LLED 3420E
LLED 3520 or LLED 3520E 
LLED 4010 or LLED 4010E   
SPED 3030
SPED 3040
SPED 3050 or SPED 3050E
SPED(PSYC) 4010/6010
or SPED 4010E/6010E 
SPED 4050/6050 
SPED 4120
SPED 4440* or SPED 4440E* or SPED 4440S* (9 hours)
SPED 5400 or SPED 5400E
SPED 5460 (15 hours)

Major Electives (3 hours)
CMSD 3025E or SPED 5160/7160 or any CMSD, IHDD, LLED, EDIT, MATH, or SPED 3000-6000 level course, or other course as approved by advisor.

Area of Emphasis: Special Education General Curriculum (60 hours) (Athens, Griffin, and Online)
EDIT 5100S or EDIT 5100E 
LLED 3520 or LLED 3520E or SPED 7120E
LLED 4010 or LLED 4010E 
SPED 3020 or SPED 3020E 
SPED 3030 or SPED 3030E 
SPED 3040 or SPED 3040E
SPED 3050 or SPED 3050E
SPED 4100 or SPED 4100E or SPED 7220E
SPED 4200 or SPED 4200E 
SPED 4440* or SPED 4440E* or SPED 4440S* (9 hours) 
SPED 5150E/7150E
SPED 5400 or SPED 5400E
SPED 5460 or SPED 5460E (15 hours)

Major Electives (3 hours)
MATH 5001/7001 or SPED 5160/7160 or any CMSDIHDDLLEDEDITMATH or SPED 3000-7999  level course, or other course as approved by advisor

**Students enrolled in the Special Education General Curriculum (B.S.Ed.)/Special Education General Curriculum (M.Ed.) Double Dawgs Pathway will complete the following graduate level courses per the Pathway Program of Study: SPED 7120E, SPED 5150E/7150ESPED 7220ESPED 7250E

Area of Emphasis: Educational Studies in Special Education  (60 hours) (Athens, Griffin, and Online)
Please note: The Educational Studies in Special Education emphasis WILL NOT lead to teacher certification. 

Educational Studies Core (6 hours):
SPED 3050 or SPED 3050E
SPED 5400 or SPED 5400E

Assessment and Methods (3 hours):
Choose one course from the following list:
SPED 3030 or SPED 3030E
HDFS(SPED) 5120
Any SPED 3000-6000 level course as approved by program

Methods (6 hours):
Choose two courses from the following list:
SPED 4050/6050
SPED 4100 or SPED 4100E
SPED 4120
SPED 4200 or SPED 4200E
SPED 5170/7170
SPED 5180/7180
SPED 5200
Any SPED 3000-6000 level course as approved by program

Learner Development (6 hours):
Choose two courses from the following list:
CMSD 3020
CMSD 3025E
SPED 3020 or SPED 3020E
SPED(PSYC) 4010/6010 or SPED 4010E/6010E
SPED 5160/7160
Any SPED 3000-6000 level course as approved by program

Literacy (6 hours):
Choose two courses from the following list: 
LLED 3420 or LLED 3420E
LLED 3520 or LLED 3520E
LLED 4010 or LLED 4010E 
LLED 5040/7040 or LLED 5040E/7040E
LLED 5630/7630 or LLED 5630E/7630E
LLED 5730/7730 or LLED 5730E/7730E
SPED 5150E/7150E

General Electives (33 hours):
Students may choose from Special Education courses or courses outside the program with assistance from program advisor. At least 12 hours must be upper level (3000-level or higher). 21 hours may be from any level.
 

Requirements for Teacher Certification:
To be considered a UGA program completer and to be eligible for a certificate of Eligibility in an initial educator preparation program, you must complete the following assessments:

  • Georgia Educator Ethics - Program Exit Assessment
  • GACE Content Assessment
  • edTPA
  • Complete all Foliotek requirements if your program requires you to have an account
  • Complete COE Exit Survey
For detailed information on the program completion requirements, visit https://coe.uga.edu/teacher-certification
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(This total does not include the 1-hour P.E. requirement)
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