If you are interested in working with school children (grades P-12) who qualify for special education services, or if you already hold teacher certification in special education, the Department of Elementary and Special Education provides degree programs designed for you.
The Special Education B.S. Ed. Certification Track program is for undergraduate students and leads to initial teacher certification in special education in the area of mild disabilities.
The B.S.Ed. Special Education-Professional Studies (Non-Certification Track) program provides undergraduate 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. This program does NOT lead to teacher certification.
The M.A.T. in Special Education program is for individuals who already hold a bachelor’s degree in psychology, counseling, child and family development, or a closely-related field and want to become certified to teach special education in grades P-12. The MAT leads to initial teacher certification and master’s degree upon completion. This concentration is fully online.
The M.Ed. in Special Education program and the Ed.S. in Special Education program provide advanced teacher preparation and will qualify you for teacher certification upgrades. The M.Ed. and the Ed.S. programs are fully online. Please use this link above to learn more about the M.A.T. in Special Education program.
Each of these programs is based upon the concept of developmentally appropriate practices and the value of diverse, intensive field experiences working with diverse student populations. The programs are approved by the Georgia Professional Standards Commission (PSC).
Upon successful completion of the B.S.Ed. Certification Track program and passing the Georgia Assessments for the Certification of Educators (GACE) content exams in special education, edTPA, and the Educators Ethics Exit 360 exam you will qualify for a Georgia level 4 Induction certificate upon employment as a teacher. MAT graduates will qualify for a level 5 Induction Pathway 1 certificate upon successful completion of the assessments listed above and employment. (See certification section for more information). The program is an NCATE accredited, Georgia Professional Standard’s Commission approved program that is recognized through reciprocity in many other states in the U.S. Graduates of this program are prepared to teach in public or private school systems. For questions regarding certification, please visit the Student Services Center website here, http://coe.georgiasouthern.edu/ssc/certification/
M.Ed. and Ed.S. graduates serve as master teachers in their schools, clinical supervisors for student teachers, and staff professionals in school systems.