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The MEd in Special Education is for students entering the master's program who have completed undergraduate training in a teacher education field and who have a teaching certificate. This advanced program includes the study of research methods and findings that allow students to become skilled consumers. What makes your MEd experience unique is the formal research done as part of your final applied project.

Students choose from one of four areas of emphasis: general curriculum, adapted curriculum and autism, birth through kindergarten/preschool, and early childhood special education/P-5.

Deadline to Apply

April 1 (summer and fall), November 1 (spring)
Assistantship-seeking applicants: January 1

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General Curriculum

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.


  1. Fills a critical shortage area in Georgia
  2. Small class sizes
  3. Certification spans preschool through 12th grade
  4. Highly marketable certification area

Faculty and Curriculum

The minimum 36 hours of coursework includes required courses and applied research individualized to the student's career objectives. This allows students to gain advanced knowledge and skills in various special education topic areas and across the lifespan.

Master's students are required to complete an "applied project" rather than a typical thesis. These projects consist of extensive research and writing a proposal while enrolled in an independent study course the semester prior to the project's anticipated start.

Once the proposal is approved by the student's advisor, it is implemented the following semester. The project is completed "in the field" with real students and actual strategies gleaned from the research. Completed works are presented to a graduate committee, and must be approved by a clear majority before the student is allowed to graduate.

In this emphasis, coursework also includes:

  • Methods and individualized assessment
  • Characteristics of learning disabilities and dyslexia
  • Strategy and instruction in content areas
  • Reading interventions
  • Seminar in behavior disorders

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

An emphasis is placed on providing our students with many different opportunities to participate in applied research at all levels. Many participate in research projects and others volunteer at local organizations such as Extra Special People and join student organizations such as Special Olympics at UGA or AutismUGA.

The program has a student chapter of the Council for Exceptional Children. This professional organization promotes the advancement and education of people with exceptionalities. The local chapter is made up of undergraduate and graduate students, and is supported by faculty advisors. This is a great way to connect with others who hold your same interests and to be informed about legislative issues for students with special needs.

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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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