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Special Education B.S.Ed. Certification

Format: In person on the Statesboro Campus
Credit Hours: 124

At one of the best colleges for special education in Georgia, the Bachelor of Science (B.S.Ed.) program in Special Education leads to your initial special education teacher certification grades P-12 in the area of mild disabilities.  In the special education major, you will experience:

  • Coursework in special education,
  • Methodology courses addressing academic instruction, and
  • Core coursework in professional education.

Program Format

During your special education college experience, you will be well-prepared to teach in special education classrooms with excellence.  You will have many experiences in public school classrooms prior to the student teaching semester. All field experiences, including student teaching, take place within a 70 mile radius of the Georgia Southern campus. You can explore other student learning outcomes to determine if this program is right for you. The B.S.Ed. in Special Education Certification Track is offered on the Statesboro Campus.

Upon successful completion of the program and passing the Special Education GACE exam, you will qualify for Georgia’s special education teacher certification in the area of mild disabilities in grades P-12.

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Admission Information

The Georgia Southern University Office of Undergraduate Admissions oversees the application process for undergraduate students. During the admission process, ALL students interested in the special education program must declare the Special Education B.S.Ed. Professional Studies (Non Certification Track) as their intended major.  When accepted to the university, ALL undergraduate education majors are admitted into the Special Education B.S.Ed. Professional Studies (Non Certification Track) program. For university admission information, please visit the Georgia Southern University Admissions website.

At the completion of all courses, through area F in the program of study, students seeking initial teacher certification would then apply to the Teacher Education Program. (See admission requirements for admission into the Teacher Education Program). If accepted into the Teacher Education Program, the student would move into the Special Education B.S.Ed. Certification Track program.  Those students who are NOT seeking initial teacher certification, would complete the remainder of the program requirements for the Special Education B.S.Ed. Professional Studies (Non-Certification Track) program.

Accelerated Bachelor’s to Master’s (ABM) program

Qualified students of the Special Education B.S.Ed. Certification Track may also be eligible for an accelerated bachelor’s to master’s (ABM) program. ABM programs allow you to begin graduate studies in your senior year so you can accelerate completion of a graduate degree. You’ll earn both a bachelor’s and a graduate degree faster. And since any graduate courses taken as an undergraduate are billed at the undergraduate tuition rate, you’ll save money too.

Learn more about accelerated bachelor’s to master’s programs.


All B.S.Ed. Special Education majors are assigned to a professional advisor in the College of Education (COE) Advisement Center for program planning and course scheduling.  Undergraduate students are advised each term by appointment. Please visit the COE Advisement Center web page for a list of program advisors. Telephone: 912-478-0698.

Professional License/Certification Disclosure

The Department of Elementary and Special Education anticipates that graduates of the BSED Special Education (P-12) will be eligible to seek professional certification by the Georgia Professional Standards Commission as a certified teacher in their respective field.

The Department of Elementary and Special Education has determined the required classes and educational activities of these academic programs will qualify a graduate of this program to take the GACE exam for teacher certification in Georgia. The department has not determined whether these programs satisfy the requirements of all states and territories for teacher certification in Special Education.

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Last updated: 8/20/2021