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Get the preparation and certification you need to teach students with mild to severe disabilities or young children with or without disabilities. Our program fosters inclusion, diversity, and multiculturalism through theory and practice-based learning.

Choose from three areas of emphasis and progress through coursework in small cohort groups that build your relationships and extend your learning. You will also undertake field experience each semester, culminating in a semester of student teaching (clinical practice).

You will gain more than just the coursework and field experience. Small class sizes mean you get personalized attention and mentoring from our faculty. And the cohort model means you will progress through your coursework with the same small group of students. That provides opportunities to build relationships with fellow students and faculty that often extend beyond your school years. Questions and discussions that arise within the groups reinforce and build on the classroom learning.

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Deadline to apply: Third Friday in January

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General Curriculum

General Curriculum prepares you to teach students with mild disabilities. This program is offered at our Athens and Griffin campuses as well as online—the only fully online BSEd program in Georgia.

An emphasis in general curriculum is for those interested in teaching students with mild disabilities who are primarily following the general curriculum. Training in this emphasis area prepares teachers to work in collaboration, inclusion, or resource models. The special education students who are most frequently served in these settings include those with behavior disorders, learning disabilities, mild intellectual disabilities, other health impaired, and some students with autism or Asperger’s.

Upon completion of the program, you will be certified to teach students with mild disabilities.

Academics and Curriculum

You will enter the program in the fall of your junior year with a group of cohorts who progress through the required coursework together. Each semester features practicum experience, culminating in a semester spent student-teaching in a local area special education, prekindergarten, or kindergarten class.

All special education students must complete:

  • 6 hours in required courses on classroom and behavior management and working with families and other professionals
  • 30 hours of coursework related to their area of emphasis
  • 9 hours of practicum experience
  • 15 hours of student teaching

Coursework for General Curriculum students covers:

  • Language development
  • Reading instruction
  • Assessment of students with disabilities
  • Collaboration
  • Behavior management
  • Contemporary issues in special education


  • Athens campus offers all three focus areas, with new cohort groups start each fall
  • General Curriculum emphasis also offered at Griffin campus and online
  • Small class sizes ensure individualized attention and mentoring
  • Field experiences every semester, culminating in a semester of student teaching
  • Earn Georgia teacher certification in one of the three focus areas

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Students may qualify for a variety of assistantships, scholarships, and other financial awards to help offset the cost of tuition, housing, and other expenses.

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All students at UGA meet with an academic advisor each semester. This meeting is critical to a student's success as a chance to discuss courses and electives, certification criteria, and general graduation requirements.

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Student Life

Connect with others who share your interests and stay informed about special education trends and news through our student chapter of the Council for Exceptional Children, which promotes the advancement and education of people with exceptionalities.

Expand and apply your learning by getting involved with area and campus groups such as Extra Special People, UGA Special Olympics, or AutismUGA. You also can choose to participate in faculty research projects.

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Step 1: Apply to the University of Georgia


  1. Submit an online application to the Graduate School
  2. Test scores (acceptable exam scores depends on program)
  3. Unofficial transcripts (native language and English for international applicants)
  4. Three (3) letters of recommendation

Step 2: Apply to this program


As you complete your application for the UGA Graduate School, you will be able to attach the following documents:

  1. Curriculum vita (CV) or resume
  2. Statement of purpose (short essay)
  3. Official transcripts

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