The program leads to the Bachelor of Science in Special Education, with teacher certification. The Bachelor of Science in Special Education program prepares students to become effective teachers and educational leaders in their schools and communities.
Format: Blended Program
Credits: 124 Semester Hours
The Armstrong program will develop candidates who:
- maintain a professional commitment to all students and their learning
- demonstrate the responsibility for managing and monitoring student learning
- systematically reflect on their practice and learn from their experiences
- collaborate with a broad spectrum of constituencies
- prevent early learning difficulties that may ultimately lead to school failure
- support area communities’ efforts to improve elementary school education
- teach using research-based effective teaching practices
Courses & Requirements
The undergraduate program in Special Education leads to full eligibility for initial State of Georgia teaching certification for grades P-5. During your course of study, you will complete 60 semester hours of coursework in the major (including a semester-long Pre-Student Teaching Internship and a semester-long Student Teaching Internship) and 265 hours of related field work.
Admission to Candidacy
You must be Admitted to Candidacy to matriculate. In order to be regularly admitted to candidacy, students must satisfy all regular program admission requirements and submit as one packet all documents identified in the Admission to Candidacy Application. It is recommended you make an appointment with your advisor three (3) weeks prior to submitting your admission paperwork (Note: If a student is denied Regular Admittance to Candidacy, his or her program completion will be delayed.)
Spring Admission - September15
Summer Admission - February 15
Fall Admission - May 15
Refer to the Office of Field Experience, Clinical Practice, and Partnerships webpage for current information on Internship II.
Georgia Assessment for the Certification of Educators (GACE)
To satisfy the State of Georgia's educator assessment requirements for initial teacher certification, two exams are required: Georgia Assessment for the Certification of Educators (GACE) Program Admission Assessment and the GACE Special Education General Curriculum [Test I (081) and Test II (082)]. The GACE Program Admission Assessment is an academic skills assessment of reading, mathematics, and writing, and must be passed prior to Admission to Candidacy. The GACE Content Assessment(s) are content knowledge examinations that must be passed prior to Internship II. These exams are administered by the Educational Testing Service and require a fee each time they are taken. Results take 6-8 weeks to reach test-takers, so it is recommended that students plan ahead. Students are responsible for providing copies of their results on the GACE Program Admission Assessment (or exemption scores) and the GACE Content Assessment in their Candidacy and Internship II application packets, respectively.
Everything you need to know about GACE testing (test dates, locations, 100-page study guide with practice questions, registration information) is available at http://www.gace.ets.org Be aware that, before you can register for a test, you must first create a MyPSC account on the PSC website and then a testing account on the ETS GACE website. When you create the MyPSC account, take note of your Georgia Certification Identification Number (GA CERT ID) -- because you will need it when you create your GACE testing account.
The following certification examinations must be passed before admission to Internship II: Special Education General Curriculum tests #081 and 082 (or #581 combined tests).
Students assume primary responsibility for knowledge of and compliance with program requirements. Questions should be directed to the student's advisor.