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Department of Elementary and Special Education

Becoming an Empowered Educator

Find your place in the world of teaching at Georgia Southern University’s College of Education. Offering a variety of programs from elementary to special education, we cater to your educational aspirations. Undergraduate degrees are offered in-person at Statesboro, Hinesville, and Savannah, while advanced degrees are available online. Our focus is on developmentally appropriate practices and practical, field-based learning. Prepare to not just teach, but to inspire.

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Varied Academic Pathways in Education

Step into a world of educational excellence at Georgia Southern University! Here, you’ll find a range of programs tailored to your passion for teaching. Choose from undergraduate degrees in Elementary Education, Special Education, or Dual Certification in both. Our graduate programs, including M.A.T., M.Ed. and Ed.S. degrees are offered online for flexibility. Each path is designed to equip you with the skills and knowledge needed for a transformative career in education.

Degree Programs

Fully Online

Most graduate programs in the department are offered 100% online.

Scholarships Available

Students pursuing a degree within the department can also apply to a variety of scholarships, grants, and other types of aid.

Accredited Programs

Pursue your degree with confidence, knowing that our programs are CAEP accredited.

Nurturing Futures

$65,357 – $72,217

Average Salaries

Elementary Education and Special Education programs at Georgia Southern offer opportunities for rewarding careers. Graduates from Elementary Education have become teachers with an average salary of $72,217. Special Education alumni pursue roles like teacher, coordinator, and specialist, earning an average of $65,367. These degrees open doors in the State of Georgia, across the United States, and in various educational institutions and organizations. Join us to make a lasting impact in the field of education.

Elementary Education student

Care for the Next Generation

Graduating from Georgia Southern with a degree in Elementary Education opens a world of unique and rewarding career opportunities as an educator and teacher. Leadership paths like principal or instructional designer also await you with one of our College of Education graduate degrees. You’ll find opportunities in schools and educational systems across the state of Georgia and beyond. This degree equips you to be an effective teacher and make a lasting impact in the field of education.

A Career with Meaningful Impact

Enroll in Georgia Southern’s Special Education program and prepare for a career filled with purpose and growth. Graduates excel as special education teachers, coordinators, and directors, or branch out as consultants and learning specialists. Opportunities also exist in crisis intervention, with roles in organizations like PBIS Corp and the US Army. With this degree, you’ll be impacting lives in school systems across the United States. Your journey in special education will not only change lives but also create a fulfilling career for yourself.

Old Content – Department of Elementary and Special Education

The Department of Elementary and Special Education at Georgia Southern University offers undergraduate degree programs that lead to initial teacher certification in the areas of birth through kindergarten (B-K), elementary education (P-5), special education (P-12), and elementary education and special education combined (P-5). Each area also offers non-certification tracks that provide students the opportunity to take education coursework that does not lead to Georgia teacher certification.

At the graduate level, the department offers initial certification Master of Arts in Teaching (M.A.T.) degrees in elementary education (P-5) and special education (P-12); Master of Education (M.Ed.) degrees in elementary education (P-5) and special education (P-12) general or adaptive curriculum; a Teaching and Learning Education Specialist (Ed.S.) degree with concentrations in elementary education (P-5) and special education (P-12) general or adaptive curriculum; and Endorsements in autism and positive behavior intervention support. The department also offers an M.Ed. in Curriculum and Instruction that is part of a USG collaborative with Valdosta State and Columbus State Universities.  Many graduate programs offered by the department are 100% online.  All programs are based upon the concept of developmentally appropriate practices and value diverse, intensive field experiences in a range of grade levels and school settings.

Explore your interests in the following degree programs, and find out which program is right for you!

Undergraduate Programs