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BSEd in Special Education (General Curriculum)

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.

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 B.S.Ed. 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.

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  1. Athens campus cohort groups start each Fall
  2. Small class sizes ensure individualized attention and mentoring
  3. Field experiences every semester, culminating in a semester of student teaching
  4. Earn Georgia teacher certification


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. During the course of the program, all candidates will have an opportunity to work with children in each of the grade bands as required by the Georgia Professional Standards Commission. The grade bands are PK–2, 3–5, 6–8, and 9–12.

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

  • Download Program of Study (PDF)

Additional information and disclosures regarding state licensure for professional practice in this field can be found at the UGA Licensure Disclosure Portal .

Admission Requirements

In typical cohort years, this program admits approximately 15-20 students.

Prior to applying, you should consult with the Special Education advisor in the Office of Undergraduate Advising . They can advise you on how to arrange your program of study prior to application, so you are well-positioned for enrollment if accepted.

Minimum Eligibility Criteria

  • Overall minimum GPA of 2.80
  • Completion of Core Areas I-VI is required by the end of the semester of application
  • No grade lower than C in Core Area VI and no grade lower than B in EDSE 2000
  • Completion of (1) Federal and Georgia Constitution and (2) U.S. and Georgia History University requirements by the end of the semester of application (Note: You may only take the exemption exams for these subjects a certain number of times. Please consult with the UGA Testing Center to ensure your timeline works.)

All students admitted to the pathway are required to have a GAPSC pre-service certificate prior to taking EDSE 4441, 4442, and 4443: Practicum in Special Education.

Special Requirements Upon Admission

  • Overall GPA of 2.80

  • Completion of all Core Areas I-VI

  • Minimum grade of C in all Special Education program courses

  • Minimum grade of B- in practicum and student teaching courses

  • Minimum grade of B in the exceptional children course requirements for certification (EDSE 3020)

  • Teacher certification candidates must (1) earn a GaPSC Pre-Service Certificate prior to beginning field experience and (2) complete several assessments prior to certification

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How to Apply

Part 1: Apply to the University of Georgia

Students must be accepted to UGA before entering into a College of Education program.

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Part 2: Apply to the B.S.Ed. in Special Education (General Curriculum)

You are ready to apply to this program when you have completed or are in the process of completing the minimum eligibility requirements. If you are in the process of completing any required core course work, you may be provisionally accepted contingent upon satisfactory completion of the required courses while maintaining the required minimum 2.80 GPA for admission.

Fall 2023 Major Admissions Timeline

  • Application Opens – December 20, 2022
  • Application Deadline for Priority Consideration – January 20, 2023 at 5:00 p.m.
  • Admissions Decisions Released for Priority Applicants – February 3, 2023
  • Rolling admissions decisions for applications received after January 20, 2023

Application Materials

To apply for the Special Education program, use the College’s Major Application. In your application, you’ll submit the following materials:

  • Unofficial Transcript
    Applicants should upload a copy of their unofficial transcripts in a single PDF file using the naming format Last Name, First Name_Semester_Transcript.

Selection Process

Applications are evaluated by a committee consisting of faculty and staff in the Special Education program. The evaluation process examines all applicant materials for adherence to minimum eligibility criteria, including consideration of GPA and completion of Core Areas I-VI.

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Selection Process

Applications are evaluated by a committee consisting of faculty and staff in the special education program. The evaluation process examines all applicant materials for adherence to minimum eligibility criteria, including consideration of GPA, and completion of Core Areas I-VI. Applications are evaluated by a committee consisting of faculty and staff in the special education program. The evaluation process examines all applicant materials for adherence to minimum eligibility criteria, including consideration of GPA and completion of Core Areas I-VI.

Candidates meeting minimum eligibility criteria will be admitted to the program emphasis of their choice on a space available basis. Full consideration will be given to candidates meeting the application deadline.

Simply meeting the minimum eligibility criteria does not guarantee acceptance to the program. Applicants who are not accepted may apply again the following application cycle. Students may apply for admission in the Spring if the requirements will be completed in the Summer.

Admission decisions will be made by March 1. You will be notified via email of the admission decision by the program coordinator or other program contact.

Admission Contact

Sekita Stroud

Additional Resources

Please use our online form if you have any questions for the department. Please be as specific as possible so that we may quickly assist you.

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Faculty and Advisors

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.

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

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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

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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