If you are interested in obtaining an undergraduate degree in Special Education there are two degree options to choose from, the Special Education B.S.Ed. Certification Track program or the B.S.Ed. Special Education-Professional Studies (Non-Certification Track) program.
The Special Education B.S.Ed. Certification Track program is designed for students who are seeking initial teacher certification. Within this program, students may choose to obtain a single certification in special education. Students will have the opportunity to have many experiences in public school classrooms prior to the student teaching semester. All field experiences, including student teaching, take place within a 60 mile radius of the Georgia Southern campus. Upon successful completion of the program and passing the Special Education GACE exam, you will qualify for Georgia’s special education teacher certification in the area of mild disabilities in grades P-12.
The B.S.Ed. Special Education-Professional Studies (Non-Certification Track) program provides 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 track does NOT lead to initial teacher certification.
During the admission process, ALL students interested in either the non-certification or certification program must declare the BSED Special Ed. Professional Studies (Non Certification) track as their intended major. At the completion of all courses, through area F in the program of study, students seeking initial teacher certification would then apply to the Teacher Education Program. If accepted, the student would move into the Special Education B.S.Ed. Certification program. Those students who are not seeking initial teacher certification, would complete the remainder of the program requirements for the B.S.Ed. Special Education-Professional Studies (Non-Certification Track).
Last updated: 5/1/2018