Overview

Bachelor of Science in Special Education

Earn your Bachelor of Science in Special Education online from the University of Georgia’s Mary Frances Early College of Education. Our two-year program is designed for individuals seeking their teaching certification in Special Education General Curriculum (P-12) and will prepare you to teach in special education settings designed to meet the needs of students with high-incidence disabilities (for example, learning disabilities and behavioral disorders). 

The Special Education Online Program admits a new cohort of students once per academic year for a fall semester matriculation.  

This program also has an optional Double Dawgs Pathway, allowing eligible students to earn an accelerated Master’s in Special Education General Curriculum online.  

UGA's online Bachelor of Science in Special Education program is ranked #10 in the nation by U.S. News & World Report. 

Accreditations

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 Southern Association of Colleges and Schools 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.

Technology Requirements

  • Computer with current operating system (Windows, Mac, or Linux). Additional peripherals such as webcam, headphones, and printer may be required.
  • High-speed internet access.

Cost

Tuition & Fees

Georgia Resident $4,682 per semester
Student Fees  $597 (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). 

Admissions

Minimum Eligibility Criteria for the Bachelor of Science in Special Education 

How to Apply 

The Special Education Online Program requires TWO separate application processes: 

1: Apply to UGA as a Transfer Student. Submit the UGA Transfer Application online. For the Office of Admissions to consider your application for transfer, you must have at least 60 transferable credit hours and a 2.8 GPA from an accredited school. This will determine your eligibility for admission into UGA. Official transcripts of all college course work to date must be submitted as part of your UGA transfer admissions application. Application fee: $70 

2: Apply to the Special Education Online Program. Submit your application to the Special Education Online Program through the Mary Frances Early College of Education Major Application. With the MFE COE Major Application, you must submit unofficial copies of your transcripts and proof of GACE Program Admission completion. 

Application Deadlines 

The Special Education Online Program admits a new cohort of students once per academic year in Fall (August). 

Fall: May 1 

Curriculum

Program Structure 

This program is taught in a cohort model. Students work their way through the program as a group. A major portion of this degree program includes field experiences – students must be prepared to complete supervised practicum experiences in Georgia P-12 schools each semester, culminating in a full-time student teaching experience in their final semester. 

Students register for a full load of courses each semester and can expect to graduate in four semesters (two academic years). Students unable to commit to a full-time program of study can be accommodated with an alternate three-year program of study. 

 

Term 

Course  

Hours 

FALL 1 

SPED 4440E: Practicum A in Special Education 

SPED 3020E: Characteristics of High Incidence Disabilities 

SPED 3050E: Classroom & Behavior Management for Individuals with Disabilities 

SPED 4220E: Instruction of Individuals with Mild Disabilities 

SPED 5120E: Dyslexia and Other Learning Disabilities 

SPRING 1 

SPED 4440E: Practicum B in Special Education 

SPED 3040E: Contemporary Issues in Special Education 

SPED 5150E: Designing Reading Interventions for Special Education 

SPED 5250E: Assessment and Intervention for Struggling Writers 

EDIT 5100E: Assistive and Learning Technology 

FALL 2 

SPED 4440E: Practicum C in Special Education 

SPED 4230E: Advanced Instructional Methods for Individuals with Disabilities 

SPED 5400E: Collaboration Among Families and Professionals 

SPED 3030E: Introduction to Assessing Individuals with Disabilities 

Major Elective: Upper-level major elective (3 credits) 

SPRING 2 

SPED 5460E: Student Teaching in Special Education 

15 

 

Additional Information 

Special Education Online Undergraduate students will complete three practicums (SPED 4440E A, B, & C) in a resource or collaborative/inclusive setting working with students with mild disabilities (i.e., LD, EBD, MIID) that have access to the General Curriculum. These experiences will occur across four grade bands within the P-12 certification field: P-2, 3-5, 6-8, and 9-12. Practicum supervision will be tailored to the needs of the individual student. This may involve video supervision, on-site supervision by a UGA supervisor, and/or a combination of both. During these observations, you will be expected to lead the class in a lesson. This may be in a small group setting or whole class setting, a decision that will be made with your cooperating teacher.  

Paraprofessionals in our program do have the opportunity to complete practicum experiences and assignments in their own classroom if the following requirements are met: 

  • The classroom in which they are assigned meets the requirements of what we consider to be an appropriate placement 

  • Both their Mentor Teacher and Principal agree to and sign a Job Embedded Practicum Form 

  • The student's district approves of job-embedded practicum experiences 

Additional information and disclosures regarding state licensure for professional practice in this field can be found at the UGA Licensure Disclosure Portal. 

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 or call 1 (706) 452-7945