What does it cost?
Check out our cost calculator or visit student financial services for information on estimated costs.

How long will it take?

Minimum of 123 semester hours

Where can I take classes?
Atlanta Campus

Am I required to take classes at a specific location?
Atlanta Campus

Application Deadlines View Admissions Requirements

  • Fall: June 1 (All concentrations)

Special Education, B.S.Ed.

Our Special Education B.S.Ed. is a program that prepares you to teach children and youth with mild to moderate behavior and learning disabilities. Those disabilities may include:

  • dyslexia and other specific learning disabilities
  • attention disorders
  • emotional behavior disorders)
  • intellectual disabilities
  • autism spectrum disorders
  • hearing impairments

We develop highly prepared teachers to be leaders in the field of special education. As a teacher preparation program we are committed to helping teachers ensure all students live up to their fullest potential.

The bachelor of science degree program in special education includes rigorous, practical course-work and full-time student teaching. It leads to initial certification at the induction level in one of three concentration areas:

  • adapted curriculum
  • general curriculum
  • deaf education

Special Education, B.S.Ed.

Our Special Education B.S.Ed. is a program that prepares you to teach children and youth with mild to moderate behavior and learning disabilities. Those disabilities may include:

  • dyslexia and other specific learning disabilities
  • attention disorders
  • emotional behavior disorders)
  • intellectual disabilities
  • autism spectrum disorders
  • hearing impairments

We develop highly prepared teachers to be leaders in the field of special education. As a teacher preparation program we are committed to helping teachers ensure all students live up to their fullest potential.

The bachelor of science degree program in special education includes rigorous, practical course-work and full-time student teaching. It leads to initial certification at the induction level in one of three concentration areas:

  • adapted curriculum
  • general curriculum
  • deaf education

What does it cost?

Check out our cost calculator or visit student financial services for information on estimated costs.

How long will it take?

Minimum of 123 semester hours

Where can I take classes?
Atlanta Campus

Am I required to take classes at a specific location?
Atlanta Campus

Application Deadlines
View Admissions Requirements

  • Fall: June 1 (All concentrations)

Program Highlights

Careers

Graduates across concentrations will be prepared to work with children and youth with special needs. Graduates are provided coursework and practicum experiences, resulting in knowledge of characteristics, curriculum, instructional strategies and classroom management procedures.

  • Concentration in Adapted Curriculum
  • Concentration in Deaf Education
  • Concentration in General Curriculum

Students will learn to work with students in a variety of settings such as:

  • separate specialized schools
  • typical school settings
  • alternative school settings (for example, residential and juvenile justice)
  • cognitive and behavioral specialty agencies

Program Details

Admissions Requirements

To be accepted into teacher education:

  • students must have a 2.50 overall grade point average on all undergraduate coursework previously completed;
  • students must have successfully completed all courses in areas A-F with the exception of AL courses which may be completed during the first semester in teacher education;
  • students must have completed at least six (6) hours in their chosen area of content concentration;
  • students must present passing scores on the GACE Program Admission Assessment or demonstrate an exemption upon application to an initial
    educator preparation program;
  • students must complete the Georgia Educator Ethics – Program Entry (350) Assessment;
  • students must show proof of tort liability insurance.

Program Requirements:

  • minimum 2.50 overall grade point average on all undergraduate coursework previously completed
  • successfully completed all courses in Area A-F: apply as you near completion of Areas A-F
  • you may be asked to participate in an interview and/or submit a writing sample as part of the application process

As part of the application process, you must also complete or do the following:

Program of Study

B.S.E. Special Education

Areas A-E. Core Curriculum Recommendations

Students must complete 42 semester hours in Area A-E of the Undergraduate Core Curriculum

MATH 1101 or MATH 1111 is recommended in Area A2.

ASL 1002 is recommended in Area C for Deaf Education concentration students.

Area F. Courses Appropriate for a Major (18)

Students must complete coursework with a grade of “C” or  higher in Area F prior to admission to teacher education with the exception of AL courses which can be completed during the first the semester of teacher education.

  • EDUC 2110 Investigating Critical and Contemporary Issues in Education (3)
  • EDUC 2120 Exploring Socio-Cultural Perspectives on Diversity in Educational Contexts (3)
  • EDUC 2130 Exploring Teaching and Learning (3)
  • EPY 2050 Human Learning and Development (3)
  • AL 2021 Introduction to English Linguistics (3) or AL 2101 Introduction to Language (3)

Choose One Course (3):

  • AL 2231 Understanding Miscommunication (3)
  • ASL 2001 Intermediate American Sign Language I (3)
  • PSYC 2050 Introduction to Drugs and Behavior (3)

The faculty strongly encourage students in the Deaf Education concentration to take ASL 2001 and students in the Adapted Curriculum and General Curriculum concentrations to take AL 2231 or PSYC 2050.

Area G. Major Courses (51-52)

Students must complete all courses in Areas G with a grade of “C” or higher unless otherwise noted.

Content Concentration (12)

Students are required to complete 12 hours in a content concentration: language arts, mathematics, reading, science, or social studies.

Students must complete six (6) hours in their chosen content concentration prior to admission into teacher education.

Listed below are course suggestions for each content area.

Language Arts Content Concentration (12)

  • AL 3021 Introduction to Linguistics (3)
  • AL 3101 English Grammar in Use (3)
  • AL 4011 Phonetics and Phonology (3)
  • AL 4012 Morphology and Syntax (3)
  • AL 4111 Semantics and Pragmatics in Linguistic Theory (3)
  • ENGL 3105 Practical Grammar (3)
  • ENGL 3220 History of the English Language (3)
  • ENGL 3955 Language in the African-American Community (3)
  • SCOM 2900 Intercultural Communication (3)
  • SCOM 4500 Visual Communication (3)
  • Another course may be selected with consent of program coordinator.

Mathematics Content Concentration (12)
Required (9):

  • EDMT 4460 Concepts and Methods in Middle Level Mathematics (3)
  • MATH 3050 Geometry and Spatial Sense (3)
  • MATH 3090 Algebraic Concepts (3)

Choose One Course (3)

  • EDMT 3350 Topics in Middle Childhood Mathematics (3)
  • EDMT 3420 Topics in Middle Level Math Curriculum (3)
  • MATH 3070 Introduction to Probability and Statistics (3)
  • Another course may be selected with consent of program coordinator.

Reading Content Concentration (12)

  • AL 3021 Introduction to Linguistics (3)
  • EDLA 3200 Topics in Middle Grades Language Arts (3)
  • EDRD 3500 Assessment and Instruction of Middle Childhood Students with Reading Difficulty (3)
  • Consult program coordinator for 3 hours in courses with AL, EDRD, ENGL, and FOLK prefixes

Science Content Concentration (12)

  • BIOL 2240 Introduction to Human Physiology (3)
  • BIOL 2250 Human Physiology Laboratory (1)
  • BIOL 2300 Microbiology and Public Health (3)
  • BIOL 2310 Microbiology and Public Health Laboratory (1)
  • BIOL 2800 Intro to Molecular Biology (3)
  • BIOL 4050K Natural Environment of Georgia (4)
  • CHEM 4590 Special Topics in Physical Chemistry (3)
  • EDSC 3250 Topics in Middle Grades Science (3)
  • NSCI 3001 Integrated Science I: Physics and Astronomy (3)
  • NSCI 3002 Integrated Science II: Chemistry and Geology (3)
  • NSCI 3003 Integrated Science III: Geology and Biology (3)
  • Another course may be selected with consent of program coordinator.

Social Studies Content Concentration (12)

  • HIST 3200 North American before 1800 (4)
  • HIST 3210 United States in the Nineteenth Century (4)
  • HIST 3220 United States in the Twentieth Century (4)
  • HIST 3500 The Ancient Mediterranean (4)
  • HIST 3510 Medieval Mediterranean/Islamic World (4)
  • HIST 3520 Early Modern Europe, 1500-1789 (4)
  • HIST 3530 Europe since 1789 (4)
  • HIST 3620 The Atlantic World: Encounters, Empires, Diasporas, Revolutions (4)
  • HIST 3700 China and Japan to 1600 (4)
  • HIST 3710 China and Japan since 1600 (4)
  • HIST 3720 Colonial Latin America (4)
  • HIST 3730 Latin America since 1810 (4)
  • HIST 3780 The Middle East, 600-1800 (4)
  • HIST 3790 The Middle East since 1800 (4)
  • HIST 3800 History of India from the Indus Civilization to the Present (3)
  • HIST 4310 Georgia (4)
  • HIST 4320 Metropolitan Atlanta (3)
  • HIST 4750 East Africa and the Horn of Africa (4)
  • HIST 4760 Central and Southern Africa (4)
  • POLS 3110 State Government (3)
  • POLS 3170 American Legislative Process (3)
  • POLS 3200 Comparative Politics (3)
  • POLS 3400 International Politics (3)
  • POLS 3800 Introduction to Political Research-CTW (3)
  • POLS 4130 American Constitutional Law (3)
  • POLS 4131 Civil Liberties and Rights (3)
  • POLS 4180 American Chief Executives (3)
  • Another course may be selected with consent of program coordinator.

Special Education Concentrations – Select one of the following concentration areas:

Adapted Curriculum Concentration (39)

  • CSD 4320 Introduction to Language Disorders (3)
  • EDRD 4600 Reading and Writing in the Content Areas (3)
  • EXC 4020 Characteristics and Instructional Strategies for Students with Disabilities (3)
  • EXC 4030 Introduction to Applied Behavior Analysis (3)
  • EXC 4140 Issues of Diversity in Special Education in Urban Environments (3)
  • EXC 4190 Alternative Approaches to Literacy Instruction for Students with Disabilities (3)
  • EXC 4280 Methods for Teaching Students with Intellectual Disability and Students with Autism Spectrum Disorders (3)
  • EXC 4281 Assessment and Curriculum Planning: Adapted Curriculum (3)
  • EXC 4325 Methods for Teaching High Functioning Students with Autism Spectrum Disorders
  • EXC 4560 Educational Evaluation of Students with Disabilities (3)
  • EXC 4570 Individual and Classroom Management (3)
  • EXC 4600 Infusing Co-Teaching Strategies across the Content areas (3)
  • EXC 4760 Special Topics in Special Education (3)

Deaf Education Concentration (39)

  • ASL 2002 Intermediate American Sign Language II (3)
  • CSD 4320 Introduction to Language Disorders (3)
  • EDRD 4600 Reading and Writing in the Content Areas (3)
  • EXC 4020 Characteristics and Instructional Strategies for Students with Disabilities (3)
  • EXC 4350 Orientation to Deafness (3)
  • EXC 4365 Audiological Considerations (3)
  • EXC 4390 Reading and Writing Instruction for Deaf/Hard of Hearing (3)
  • EXC 4400 Methods of Teaching Students Who are Deaf/Hard of Hearing (3)
  • EXC 4430 Auditory and Speech Development in Students Who are Deaf/Hard of Hearing (3)
  • EXC 4460 Language Development in Students Who are Deaf/Hard of Hearing (3)
  • EXC 4560 Educational Evaluation of Students with Disabilities (3)
  • EXC 4600 Infusing Co-Teaching Strategies across the Content Areas (3)
  • EXC 4820 American Sign Language Visual Resources Lab A (1)
  • EXC 4830 American Sign Language Visual Resources Lab B (1)
  • EXC 4840 American Sign Language Visual Resources Lab C (1)

General Curriculum Concentration (40)

  • CSD 4320 Introduction to Language Disorders (3)
  • EDRD 4600 Reading and Writing in the Content Areas (3)
  • EXC 4020 Characteristics and Instructional Strategies for Students with Disabilities (3)
  • EXC 4030 Introduction to Applied Behavior Analysis (3)
  • EXC 4140 Issues of Diversity in Special Education in Urban Environments (3)
  • EXC 4190 Alternative Approaches to Literacy Instruction for Students with Disabilities (3)
  • EXC 4530 Methods for Teaching Prekindergarten and Kindergarten Children with Disabilities (4)
  • EXC 4560 Educational Evaluation of Students with Disabilities (3)
  • EXC 4570 Individual and Classroom Management (3)
  • EXC 4580 Instructional Methods for Students with Behavior and Learning Disabilities (3)
  • EXC 4590 Functional and Social Methods for Students with Behavior and Learning Disabilities (3)
  • EXC 4600 Infusing Co-Teaching Strategies across the Content areas (3)
  • EXC 4760 Special Topics in Special Education (3)

Area H. Student Teaching (11-12)

All program requirements must be satisfactorily completed before students are authorized to enroll in student teaching. Students should not enroll in other courses while completing Area H requirements. Students must complete student teaching coursework in Area H with a grade of “C” or higher.

Adapted Curriculum Concentration (12)

  • EXC 4650 Opening School Experience (0)
  • EXC 4925 Practicum I: Adapted Curriculum (3)
  • EXC 4935 Student Teaching: Adapted Curriculum (9)

Deaf Education Concentration (12)

  • EXC 4650 Opening School Experience (0)
  • EXC 4920 Practicum I: Deaf/Hard of Hearing (3)
  • EXC 4940 Student Teaching: Deaf/Hard of Hearing (9)

General Curriculum Concentration (11)

  • EXC 4650 Opening School Experience (0)
  • EXC 4661 Practicum I: Special Education (2)
  • EXC 4671 Student Teaching in Special Education (9)

Total Program: minimum of 123 semester hours

Program Financial Information

B.S.E majors must pay all tuition and fees charged by the university and the college. A lab fee of $125 will be charged at the time students register for the student teaching experience. Educator preparation students must be aware that extra cost such as tort liability and transportation will be incurred at various times during the completion of various teacher education field experiences, particularly during the students’ senior year. The cost of the edTPA portfolio submission is $300, which will be associated with student teaching.

Description

Additional information

campus

Atlanta Campus

Contacts

Program Coordinator
DaShaunda Patterson
dspatterson@gsu.edu
404-413-8328

Learning Sciences
404-413-8040

Mailing Address & Office Location
Learning Sciences
College of Education & Human Development, Suite 750
30 Pryor St. SW
Atlanta, GA 30303

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