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Preschool Special Education Endorsement and Certificate

As an endorsement, this program is recognized by the Georgia Professional Standards Commission (GaPSC). As of Fall 2024, it is also a UGA certificate program. Therefore, completion of the program will be noted on the GaPSC certificate and on the UGA transcript.

The special education preschool endorsement is a three-course sequence (9 semester hours) with embedded field experiences. This endorsement can be added to your teaching certificate in elementary education or special education.

With this endorsement, you may teach young children with disabilities at the preschool level in both inclusive and self-contained school settings.


  1. High impact through early intervention
  2. Focus on applied research and evidence-based instruction


Your program of study includes three courses that give you a solid foundation in teaching methods and curriculum, followed by more specific intervention models and assessment procedures.

  • EDSE 7100: Foundations and Assessment in Early Childhood Special Education
    Seminar in early childhood special education, including history of and rationale for early intervention from birth through age five, typical and atypical early development, family and diversity issues. Emphasis is on assessment, including screening and play-based assessment.
  • EDSE 7200: Methods and Curriculum in Early Childhood Special Education
    Program models, instructional methods, and curricula in early childhood special education. Emphases are on developmentally appropriate practice, family systems, diversity, transitions, and methods for collaboration.
  • EDSE 7160: Early Communication and Language Development in Young Children
    Formal and informal language assessment procedures; selection and implementation of appropriate assessment instruments and models; intervention models for diverse populations.

Our nationally recognized faculty will work with you to customize your degree program.

How to Apply

All applicants must complete the College’s internal endorsement application form in addition to any other applications required by the endorsement program or UGA Graduate School.

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