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Overview

Gain an understanding of human lives, family dynamics, and communities, then specialize in the development of children in their earliest years with a B.S. in Human Development and Family Science and an M.A.T. in Special Education (Birth Through Kindergarten).

With a deep understanding of families and children, and how they learn, find a career in places such as schools, daycare providers, hospitals, and clinics. A large percentage of special education students are employed immediately after graduation.

Program Highlights

  • Earn a certificate upgrade in special education and an early childhood education field
  • Have a direct influence on the development of young learners and their families
  • Gain valuable hands-on experience through many experiential learning opportunities, including working with children with and without disabilities
  • Gain a deeper understanding of your community and the people who live there
  • Limited number of federally funded fellowships available for master's-level students
  • Obtain a master's degree from one of the top-ranked special education programs in the country

Deadline to Apply

March 1 (summer and fall); October 1 (spring)

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Admissions

Application Process

All current undergraduate students are eligible to apply for a Double Dawgs program. Please contact 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

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

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

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