Special Education - 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 1113E or MATH 2200 or MATH 2250 or MATH 2250E or MATH 2300H or MATH 2400 or MATH 2400H or MATH 2410 or MATH 2410H or STAT 2000 or STAT 2000E
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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 Global 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 Global Culture, Humanities and the Arts.
World Languages and Global 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 1101H.
  • 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.
Preferred Course(s): (HIST 2111 or HIST 2112) and POLS 1101

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Area VI
Adapted Curriculum:
EDSE 2000** or EDSE 2000E**
EDUC 2110* or EDUC 2110H
EDUC 2120*
EDUC(EPSY) 2130* or EPSY 2130H*
Six hours of general elective coursework

Educational Studies:
EDSE 2000** or EDSE 2000E**
EDUC 2110* or EDUC 2110H*
EDUC 2120*
EDUC(EPSY) 2130* or EPSY 2130H*
Six hours of general elective coursework

General Curriculum:
EDUC 2110* or EDUC 2110H*
EDUC 2120*
EDUC(EPSY) 2130* or EPSY 2130H*
Nine 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. 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)
Semester One
EDIT 5100S or EDIT 5100E
EDSE 3050 or EDSE 3050E
EDSE 4120
EDSE 4441 (3 hours)
LLED 4010 or LLED 4010E 

Semester Two
EDSE 3030 or EDSE 3030E or EDSE 7010 or EDSE 7010E 
EDSE 3040 or EDSE 3040E
EDSE 4442 (3 hours)
EDSE 5350 
Major Elective: CMSD(LING) 3120 or EDSE 5160/7160 or any EDSEIHDDLLEDEDIT, or MATH 3000-7000 level course, or other course as approved by advisor.

Semester Three
EDSE(PSYC) 4010/6010 or EDSE 4010E/6010E or EDSE 7610 or EDSE 7610E
EDSE 4050/6050
EDSE 4443 (3 hours)
EDSE 5150E/7150E
EDSE 5400/7400 or EDSE 5400E/7400E  

Semester Four
EDSE 5460 (15 hours)

Students enrolled in the Special Education Adapted Curriculum (B.S.Ed)/Special Education Adapted Curriculum-Autism (M.Ed) Double Dawgs Pathway will complete the following graduate level courses per the Pathway Program of Study: EDSE 7110E (instead of EDSE 4050/6050), EDSE 7010, EDSE 5160/7160*, EDSE 7610.    
*Complete the graduate portion of this split-level course.

Area of Emphasis: Special Education General Curriculum (60 hours) (Athens and Online)
Semester One
EDSE 3020
 or EDSE 3020E
EDSE 3050 or EDSE 3050E
EDSE 4220 or EDSE 4220E**
EDSE 4441 (3 hours)
EDSE 5120E/7120E**

Semester Two
EDIT 5100S or EDIT 5100E 
EDSE 3040 or EDSE 3040E
EDSE 4442 (3 hours)
EDSE 5150E/7150E**
EDSE 5250E/7250E**

Semester Three
EDSE 5020E/7020E 
EDSE 4230 or EDSE 4230E
EDSE 4443 (3 hours)
EDSE 5400/7400 or EDSE 5400E/7400E
Major Elective: CMSD(LING) 3120 or EDSE 5160/7160 or MATH(EMAT) 5001/7001 or any EDSE, EPSYIHDDLLEDEDIT, or MATH  3000-7999  level course, or other course as approved by advisor 

Semester Four
EDSE 5460 or EDSE 5460E (15 hours)

**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: EDSE 5120E/7120EEDSE 5150E/7150E, EDSE 5250E/7250E, EDSE 5770E/7770E.

Program Completion Requirements for Teacher Certification:
To be considered a UGA program completer and to be eligible for an Induction Certificate in an initial educator preparation program, you must complete the following assignments:

  • Child Abuse and FERPA Trainings (CA-FERPA)
  • Dyslexia Trainings
  • Passing score on Dispositions
  • Passing score on Intern Keys
  • Passing score on Program Key Assessments (PKAs)
  • Completion of MFECOE Exit Survey
  • Attendance of certification session
  • MFECOE Ethics Training Assessment
  • MFECOE Professional Ethics and Conduct Agreement (PECA Contract)
  • GaPSC Grade Requirement Met
  • GACE Content Assessment (Certification Requirement)
  • GaPSC Educator Ethics Assessment - 360 (Certification Requirement) 
For detailed information on the teacher certification requirements, visit https://coe.uga.edu/teacher-certification 


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

Semester One
EDSE 3020 or EDSE 3020E
EDSE 3050 or EDSE 3050E
EDSE 4220 or EDSE 4220E
EDSE 5120E/7120E
Choose one elective from the list below

Semester Two
EDSE 3040 or EDSE 3040E
EDSE 5150E/7150E
EDSE 5160/7160 or EDSE 5160E/7160E
Choose two electives from the list below

Semester Three
EDSE(PSYC) 4010/6010 or EDSE 4010E/6010E
EDSE 4120 (Athens students only; online students will choose an online alternative with assistance from their advisor)
EDSE 5400/7400 or EDSE 5400E/7400E
Choose two electives from the list below

Semester Four
EDSE 3030
or EDSE 3030E
EDSE 5200
EDSE 5350
Choose two electives from the list below

Recommended Electives
CMSD(LING) 3120
EDIT 5100S or EDIT 5100E
EPSY 4061
EPSY 4070/6070
EPSY 4170/6170 or EPSY 4170E/6170E
EPSY 5120/7120
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  
Any EDSEIHDDLLEDEDIT, or MATH 3000-7999 level course, or other course as approved by advisor. 

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(This total does not include the 1-hour P.E. requirement)
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