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What does it cost?

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How long will it take?

Total hours for certification: minimum of 21 hours.

Where will I take classes?
Atlanta Campus

Application Deadlines View Admissions Requirements

  • Fall: Does Not Admit
  • Spring: Does Not Admit
  • Summer: March 1

Special Education Adapted Curriculum, Initial Certification

Talk to the department
Sanquinette Vaughn
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The Georgia State University Initial Certification in Special Education Adapted Curriculum course of study is for students seeking only teacher certification. Certification-only students complete a planned program that leads to a College of Education and Human Development recommendation to the Professional Standards Commission for certification kindergarten through 12th grade as a teacher of Special Education Adapted Curriculum. The focus of the coursework is students with moderate, severe and profound intellectual disability and students with autism spectrum disorders.

Prior to admission, we recommend you refer to Financial Aid about possible funding options.

Education programs leading to professional licensure or certification (nursing, education, social work, counseling, accounting, allied health professions, etc.) may require additional approval from separate licensing boards, depending on the state. Students who live or plan to live outside Georgia and are considering a professional program should contact the appropriate board in their state of residency prior to beginning a course of study. To help students find the best-known contact information for the appropriate state licensing board and for a list of Georgia State program contacts, visit the Student Consumer Information website.

Program Details

Admissions Requirements

When applying to the Special Education-Adapted Curriculum, Non-Degree program, you will need to submit several documents for review.

  • Online Application
  • Application Fee of $50
  • Goals Statement (upload with the application)
  • Brief statement that explains the professional and academic goals that you hope to accomplish by completing this program of study
  • Resume (upload with the application
  • Two Letters of Recommendation (identify your recommenders on the application)
  • Official Transcript(s): minimum 2.5 undergraduate GPA required for admission
    • submit official transcripts from all colleges/universities attended either electronically to [email protected] or by mailing directly to Georgia State University | Office of Graduate Admissions | P.O. Box 4018 Atlanta, GA 30302

In order to meet certification requirements in Georgia, you will also need to complete the following prior to program admission:

Program of Study

Prerequisite Courses

  • EDRD 6600 Introduction to Materials and Methods in Reading Instruction (3)
  • EPY 2050 Human Growth and Development (3)
  • EXC 4020 Characteristics and Instructional Strategies for Students with Disabilities (3)
  • EXC 4650 Opening School Experience (0)
  • EXC 7925 Practicum I: Adapted Curriculum (3)

Program Courses

  • EDRD 7650 Individualized Literacy Assessment and Instruction (3)
  • EXC 7030 Applied Behavior Analysis (3)
  • EXC 7190 Alternative Approaches to Literacy Instruction for Students with Disabilities (3)
  • EXC 7250 Characteristics of Intellectual Disability and Autism Spectrum Disorders (3)
  • EXC 7280 Methods of Teaching Students with Intellectual Disability and Autism Spectrum Disorders (3)
  • EXC 7281 Assessment and Curriculum Planning: Adapted Curriculum (3)
  • EXC 7935 Practicum II: Adapted Curriculum (3)



Graduates will be prepared to work with children and youth with autism spectrum disorders and/or intellectual disabilities. Graduates are provided coursework and practicum experiences resulting in knowledge of characteristics, curriculum, instructional strategies and classroom management procedures.

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

  • separate specialized schools
  • typical school settings
  • cognitive and behavioral specialty agencies


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

College of Education and Human Development Logo30 Pryor Street SW
Atlanta, GA 30303

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