BSEd in Special Education (Adapted Curriculum) / MEd in Special Education (Adapted Curriculum - Autism) (BCBA Concentration)
Through this Double Dawgs pathway, you will receive an advanced degree in special education (adapted curriculum) and be eligible for certification in special education (adapted curriculum).
This pathway positions you to be a teacher leader in Georgia P-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 low-incidence disabilities. Students also will leave the master’s program with not only teacher certification in special education adapted curriculum, but also a Behavior Analysis Certification Board (BACB)-approved course sequence, 1500 hours of supervised practicum in behavior analysis, and the ability to sit for the Board Certified Behavior Analyst (BCBA) examination after graduation.
Being a credentialed BCBA allows service providers (clinical settings) to know you have the knowledge to conduct behavioral assessments, develop functionally relevant interventions, and monitor intervention effects.
- High job placement
- Earn your master’s while working in the field
- Receive specialized training in behavior and adaptive curriculum
- Earn Georgia teacher certification at a higher pay level
You will enter the program in the fall of your junior year with a group of students 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 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 adapted curriculum students covers:
- Language development
- Reading instruction
- Assessment of students with disabilities
- Teaching methods for teaching autism spectrum disorders
- Teaching students with severe disabilities and severe behavioral problems
- Behavior management
- Contemporary issues in special education
- Graduate courses in applied behavior analysis
View a Sample Program of Study
How to Apply
Admission to the Program
The BSEd in Special Education (Adapted Curriculum) follows a cohort model with students beginning in the fall semester each year. Applying to the BSEd/MEd pathway will require you to join a cohort and to indicate your interest in the BSEd/MEd Double Dawg pathway on the cohort application. Applications are accepted and reviewed on a rolling basis during each spring semester until cohorts reach capacity.
To enter the BSEd in Special Education (Adapted Curriculum) program, students must meet the following minimum criteria:
- Demonstrate a 2.8 GPA or higher
- Pass or exempt the GACE Program Admission Assessment
- Demonstrate proof of completion of the GACE Ethics Program Entry Assessment
- Completion of Core Areas I-VI, a grade of C or better in EDUC 2110, EDUC 2120, and EDUC (EPSY) 2130, a grade of B or better in EDSE 2000, and minimum 2.8 GPA
All students admitted to the pathway are required to have a GAPSC pre-service certificate prior to taking EDSE 4440: Practicum in Special Education.
Admissions Criteria to the Graduate Program
Students will apply to the Graduate School in their fourth year for summer admission. Applications are due no later than April 1. Required documentation includes the Graduate School application, application fee, statement of purpose, resume, and unofficial transcripts.
If the student’s GPA for at least 60 hours of undergraduate coursework is 3.2 or above, the student will NOT have to take an entrance exam. If a student’s GPA for 60 hours of coursework is below 3.2, the student will be required to take an entrance exam. The student will have the option of taking either the Graduate Record Exam (GRE) or the Miller Analogies Test (MAT).
Deadline to ApplyPlease visit the Double Dawgs website for specific deadline information.
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The College’s programs are taught by dedicated faculty who are experts in a range of areas and are passionate about helping students succeed both in their programs and professionally.
A close working relationship with your advisor is paramount to progressing through your program of study. You will typically begin with an undergraduate advisor and, as you are accepted to the Double Dawgs pathway, you will be paired with a graduate advisor.
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.
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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