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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.
- 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.
Additional costs may include:
- Exam proctoring fees
- Technology upgrades
Visit the Office of Student Financial Aid for information about financial assistance.
Consult your employer about the availability of tuition reimbursement or tuition assistance programs.
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.
- 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
- 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
- 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.
- 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.
- 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.
- 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.
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.
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)|
News & Events
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Georgia Highlands College (GHC) students looking to transfer into an online degree program to finish their Bachelor’s degrees have a unique opportunity at the University of Georgia. Because of a collaboration between the two schools, students hoping to transfer to UGA can know that after applying and being admitted into the online Bachelor’s degree completion program of their choice, their credits from GHC will transfer over to UGA.
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Once again, the University of Georgia has been nationally reaffirmed in 2016 as Military Friendly, Best for Vets and a Top Military College/University. Since the establishment of the Student Veterans Resource Center (SVRC) in the spring of 2013, UGA has made significant progress in connecting student veterans to one another, as well as to campus and community resources. UGA continues to maintain active affiliation with both the Student Veterans of America and the Got Your Six campaign, where faculty and staff attend a training session to become certified as veteran-friendly.
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|Guest Blog: Maybe We've Been Asking The Wrong Question||
A guest blog written by Dr. Theodore J. Kopcha of the Learning, Design, and Technology program at UGA Online.
I want to begin by saying that I love teaching online. I’ve done it for over 10 years and I could not imagine my teaching any other way – teaching online has forced me to face many realities and grow in my teaching practice. People are often surprised by my enthusiasm. Colleagues ask me if teaching online is the same as teaching face-to-face (which I’ve also taught).
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|UGA Online Education Now Available to All 50 States||
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|Engaging in Sustainable Online Course Development||
The instructional design team at the Office of Online Learning takes pride in working with faculty to create online learning experiences that live up to the academic standards of the University of Georgia. We also consider how the environment we work in can support the continued offering of the courses we help develop. To this end, we encourage faculty to engage in sustainable course development practices for all online courses.