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As a graduate of this Double Dawgs pathway, you will be eligible for certification in special education in general curriculum and have an advanced degree in special education-general curriculum, plus hold a graduate certificate in dyslexia.

This pathway positions you to be a teacher leader and reading intervention specialist in Georgia K-12 public schools and recommends you for a master's level teachig certificate (T-5), which earns a higher salary. And because special education continues to be a critical shortage area in Georgia, our graduates often have high job placement rates and can choose where they want to work.

With this training, you will be prepared to provide evidence-based practices in special education and support other educators in providing appropriate interventions for students with high-incidence disabilities.


  1. High job placement
  2. Earn your master's while working in the field
  3. Receive specialized training in dyslexia interventions
  4. Earn Georgia teacher certification at a higher pay level


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

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Application Process

All undergraduate students are eligible to apply for a Double Dawgs program. Please email the program's pathway advisor for more information.

The degree pathways are structured so that undergraduates first move through their core and major courses in approximately three years. Because undergraduates may share up to 12 graduate-level courses with their undergraduate program of study, the master's degree coursework begins when students are still undergraduates.

After successful completion of bachelor's degree coursework, and completion of requirements for the UGA Graduate School, Double Dawgs participants become master's students.

Admissions Criteria

The program faculty may request additional materials before admissions decisions are finalized. As you complete your application for the UGA Graduate School, you will be able to attach the following documents:

  • Curriculum vita (CV) or resume
  • Statement of purpose (short essay)
  • Official transcripts

Deadline to Apply

Please visit The Double Dawgs website for specific deadline information.

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Most graduate students at UGA are not assigned to a faculty advisor until after admittance. A close working relationship with your advisor is paramount to progressing through your program of study.

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Tuition and Financial Aid

Tuition and Financial Aid

Almost all in-state students begin their studies at UGA paying limited tuition or fees. Please note that these amounts are subject to change and are meant to give prospective students an idea of the costs associated with a degree at the University of Georgia College of Education.

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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Student Life

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. Or, 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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