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Pursue advanced studies in special education through our EdS in Special Education, designed for candidates who already hold a master's degree. Tailor your studies to your background and goals, and complete the program at your own pace by spreading out your coursework over a number of years.

Program Highlights

  1. Designed for students who already hold a master's degree
  2. Individualized course of study
  3. 30-hour program, which can be completed full or part time
  4. Funding available through the PIPs Project

Deadline to Apply

January 1 (summer and fall), November 1 (spring)

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Faculty and Curriculum

Take your special education career to the next level and prepare for leadership roles by expanding your studies beyond the master's level. You will work with an advisor to create an individualized course of study tailored to your background and professional goals in one of several specializations:

  • Autism spectrum disorders
  • Learning disabilities
  • Early intervention (birth through kindergarten)
  • Mild/moderate intellectual and developmental disabilities
  • Behavior disorders
  • Applied Behavior Analysis

You will complete a minimum of 30 hours over the course of the program, including:

  • 6 hours of core coursework in education law and special education issues and trends
  • 15 hours of electives in your area of emphasis, including an advanced practicum
  • 6 hours of research courses
  • 3 hours of an applied research project

Faculty members collaborate with other UGA departments, universities, area schools, and other education agencies to enrich your learning opportunities and ensure a quality program. They also manage more than $5 million in grants to support research, teacher preparation, and professional development, which helps them keep a pulse on the practice and latest issues in special education.

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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Meet Your Advisor

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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Student Life

Find hands-on experience and applied learning opportunities through research projects or volunteering with organizations such as Extra Special People, Special Olympics, or AutismUGA.

Get involved in advocacy and connect with like-minded people through the student chapter of the Council for Exceptional Children, which promotes advancement and education for those with special needs.

Book a campus visit

See for yourself how much UGA College of Education has to offer! Schedule a tour of campus to learn more about the UGA student experience.

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Part 1: Apply to the University of Georgia


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

Part 2: Apply to this program


The program faculty may request additional materials from applicants. 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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