Bachelor of Science in Special Education

Offered through the College of Education Department of Communication Sciences and Special Education, the University of Georgia's online Bachelor of Science in Special Education is a degree completion program that provides you with the opportunity to become certified in Special Education General Curriculum for pre-K to grade 12 in the state of Georgia. UGA's expert faculty will prepare you to teach children with mild to moderate disabilities in the high-demand field of special needs educators.

The online B.S. in Special Education is specifically designed to meet the needs of individuals who require the flexibility of online program delivery and have a desire to fulfill the vital role of Special Education teacher in the community.

University of Georgia online bachelor programs are ranked #5 in the nation by U.S. News & World Report.


The University of Georgia is accredited by the Southern Association of Colleges and Schools Commission on Colleges (SACSCOC) to award baccalaureate, masters, specialist, and doctoral degrees. Contact the Commission on Colleges at 1866 Southern Lane, Decatur, Georgia 30033-4097, or call 404-679-4500 for questions about the accreditation of the University of Georgia.

College of Education is accredited by the National Council for Accreditation of Teacher Education (NCATE) and Council for the Accreditation of Educator Preparation (CAEP).

Technology Requirements

  • Computer with current operating system (Windows or Mac). Additional peripherals such as webcam, headphones and printer may be required.
  • High Speed Internet Access.


Tuition & Fees

Georgia Resident $4,682 per semester
Student Fees  $591 (per semester)

These tuition rates are based on a 15 credit hour semester. If you register for less than 5 credit hours, student fees are reduced to $366 in that semester.

Tuition and fees are subject to change. Current tuition and fees are available on the Bursar's Office website

Online students pay the following fees: Connect UGA, Green, Special Institutional, and Technology. See UGA Tuition and Fees for the complete schedule of fees. Potential additional costs include textbooks and software.

Other Costs

Additional costs may include:

  • Textbooks
  • Exam proctoring fees
  • Technology upgrades 

Financial Aid

Visit the Office of Student Financial Aid for information about financial assistance.

Corporate Assistance

Consult your employer about the availability of tuition reimbursement or tuition assistance programs.

Military Assistance

Active duty military, veterans, and military families should visit Veterans Educational Benefits to take full advantage of available financial assistance and educational benefits.

University System of Georgia Tuition Assistance Program (TAP)

The purpose of TAP is to foster the professional growth and development of eligible employees. For more information, see Tuition Assistance (refer to the Distance Learning section). 


Credit and Transfer

Total Hours Required to Earn Degree:  121 (semester hours)

Transfer Hours required for admission: 60 hours*

Only transfer credits from an accredited institution will be considered.

* Service Learning Experiences include documented contact hours with children and adults with disabilities and their families. These hours may be fulfilled in settings that include, but are not limited to, classrooms, summer camps, after school programs, and child care facilities.

Admission Requirements

  • Students applying to The University of Georgia must be accepted by Undergraduate Admissions.
  • Completion of 60 transferable college credit hours
  • Minimum overall and cumulative GPA of 3.0
  • Completion of all Core Areas I - VI (see pre-application checklist)
  • Completion of GACE Program Admission Assessment either by test or exemption
  • Completion of 30 observation hours (see Pre-Program Observation Checklist)

How to Apply

1)  Program Application – Complete the Online Special Education BSED Application. After a preliminary transcript review, the Program Coordinator will advise you as to the appropriate semester to complete your UGA Transfer Student Application. In the Program Application, students should be prepared to upload the following materials:

  • Statement of Purpose
  • Resume
  • Pre-Program Observation Report
  • Unofficial Transcripts (for program review only)

2) UGA Transfer Student Application

  • Transfer students must apply for Admission to UGA. Non-Refundable Application Fee: $60.
  • NOTE: Do NOT apply to UGA until you have heard back from the Program Coordinator on the status of your Program Application.
  • Official Transcripts – Submit official transcript(s) from all colleges or universities to UGA Undergraduate Admissions.

Additional Information for Veterans

University of Georgia Undergraduate Admissions Veteran's Information Page.

Current UGA Students

  1. Program Application – Download the Special Education Undergraduate Online Application (pdf)*, print it out, complete it in its entirety and mail it to the Special Education Office address indicated.
  2. Two Page Essay – send to the Special Education Office.  The essay should summarize your service learning experiences and philosophy of education.  Explain how these experiences impact your desire to teach and your career goals.
  3. Three Professional References - send to the Special Education Office.  Please include each reference's name, address, phone number, email, and an explanation of their association to you.  Reference letters are not required.
  4. Documentation of Pre-professional Service Learning - send to the Special Education Office.  Provide documentation of at least 30 hours of pre-professional service learning with individuals with disabilities.  Service learning hours can be completed by volunteering in classrooms, working at camps, tutoring, etc.

Application Deadlines

Summer*:  February 15

*Program of study begins in Fall.

Registration deadlines vary per semester. The UGA Office of the Registrar web site provides up-to-date information on registration dates.


Program Structure

This program admits students each fall. All course content, assignments, and exams are delivered and completed online. This online program requires only two campus visits (program orientation and student teaching workshop). Students will complete field experiences in Georgia P-12 schools each semester, culminating in a full time student teaching experience in their final semester.

  Fall Term (12 hours)  Spring Term (15 hours) Summer Term (6 hours)
Year 1
  • LLED 4010E Teaching of Reading
  • SPED 3020E Characteristics of High Incidence Disabilities
  • SPED 3030E Introduction to Assessing Individuals with Disabilities
  • SPED 4440E Special Education Practicum A
  • CMSD 3025E Typical and Atypical Language Development
  • SPED 3040E Contemporary Issues in Special Education
  • SPED 4100E Instruction of Individuals with Mild Disabilities
  • SPED 5150E Designing Reading Interventions for Special Education
  • SPED 4440E Special Education Practicum B
  • EDIT 5100E Assistive and Learning Technologies
  • SPED 3050E Classroom and Behavior Management
Year 2
  • LLED 3520E Teaching Reading in Middle School
  • SPED 4200E Advanced Instructional Methods for Individuals with Mild Disabilities
  • SPED 5400 Collaboration Among Families and Professionals
  • SPED 4440E Special Education Practicum C
  • SPED 5460E Student Teaching - The final semester in the program will consist of 15 credit hours of Student Teaching. This will be the culmination of the experience in the Special Education program, and the opportunity to apply the knowledge and skills learned through the coursework.


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Contact Information

Contact the online B.S. Special Education Coordinator for answers to any additional questions you may have. 

Email us using the request for information form

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