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Special Education Ed.S. Online Program

A fully online program, the Education Specialist in Special Education is designed to meet the current demands of teachers who are certified in Special Education, as they pursue graduate preparation beyond the master’s degree. In the program, you will complete content specific requirements in your Special Education concentration area:

  • Adaptive Curriculum, or
  • General Curriculum

The program requires 33 semester hours and provides opportunities for you to:

  • Collaborate with others across disciplines
  • Explore teacher leadership opportunities and develop leadership skills
  • Apply and extend content knowledge and pedagogical skills through the examination of curriculum and instruction issues and research
  • Continue development of technology skills and develop skills in using technology to impact and assess student learning
  • Conduct action research related to your concentration area in special education

This program is an approved program by the Georgia Professional Standards Commission (PSC) and meets the PSC’s certificate upgrade requirements with corresponding pay increase by Georgia public school systems.

Admission Information

The Georgia Southern University Office of Graduate Admissions oversees the application process for graduate students. Please review the links below for admission requirements and deadlines.

Courses and Curriculum

Graduate Advising

Academic Advisor, Armstrong Campus
Hillary Cummins
University Hall 271

Program Director
Dr. Lina Soares
Phone: 912-478-7644

Spotlight Story

Robin Perry-Ed.S. Student

“But also, I’ll never stop researching until the day I die. I love it. I do professional learning every day to try to learn more about how I can help these students and better serve them.”

Robin Perry, ’20

Soon-to-be three-time Georgia Southern graduate proves it’s never too late to pursue your dreams. Read the full spotlight story for the Ed.S. Special Education program.

Professional Certification Disclosure

The College of Education anticipates that graduates of the Ed.S. Special Education program will seek state licenses or certifications.

The program listed above leads to a Georgia Certificate Upgrade. Visit the Georgia Professional Standards Commission for more information. The College of Education has not determined where its programs will qualify a graduate to take the required exams in other states or territories. Check the requirements of your state or territory using the link provided.

For all Online Programs:

Federal Law requires colleges and universities to make certain disclosures to prospective students of these programs. These disclosures include information on the University’s authority to operate outside of Georgia, complaint processes, adverse actions, and refunds.

For required disclosures in general with regard to online programs offered by the University, visit the Office of Legal Affairs website.

Last updated: 10/19/2021