B.S.Ed. in Special Education — Adapted Curriculum

Program Information

The B.S.Ed. in Special Education prepares students to teach children and youth with mild to moderate behavior and learning disabilities (e.g., dyslexia and other specific learning disabilities, attention disorders, emotional behavior disorders); mild, moderate, severe, and profound intellectual disabilities; and autism spectrum disorders; and hearing impairments (e.g., deaf or hard of hearing). Students entering the B.S.Ed. will choose a concentration in adapted curriculum, general curriculum, or deaf education and learn to work with children and youth across the lifespan (e.g., children in preschool through 12th grade; adolescents; and adults) in a variety of settings (e.g., separate specialized schools, typical school settings, restrictive school settings such as alternative, residential, and juvenile justices, cognitive and behavioral specialty agencies, and resource and inclusion settings), and across languages (i.e., American Sign Language and English) and modes (i.e., spoken or signed) as well as in collaborative/co-teaching models. Graduates across concentrations will be prepared to work with children and youth with special needs successfully via a curriculum that focuses on evidence-based practices that prepares them to differentiate instruction for this unique population in a variety of education and therapeutic settings. Graduates are provided coursework and practicum experiences resulting in knowledge of characteristics, curriculum, instructional strategies, and classroom management procedures.

Suggested Schedule of Courses

This is a suggested 4-year schedule of courses based on degree requirements in the current catalog.  This guide is not a substitute for academic advisement — contact your advisement office if you have any questions about scheduling or about your degree requirements.  Also see the Undergraduate Catalog for a complete list of requirements and electives to choose from. 

Students may choose to attend a summer term to reduce their load during fall or spring semesters but still stay on track to graduate in four years.


Year 1

Term 1

Course Hours

ENGL 1101

3

PERS 2001 Teaching in Today’s Society

2

Area C Humanities Course

3

Area E Social Science Elective

3

HIST 2110

3

GSU 1010

1
Total Hours 15

Term 2

Course Hours

ENGL 1102

3

MATH 1101

3

Area D Science Sequence “A”

4

POLS 1101

3

EDUC 2110

3
Total Hours 16

Milestones

  • Meet with academic advisor in University Advisement Center
  • Complete all Area A requirements with grade of C or higher

Year 2

Term 1

Course Hours

Area B Course

2

Area D Science Sequence “B”

4

Area E Global Issues Elective

3

EDUC 2120***

3

AL 2101

3
Total Hours 15

Term 2

Course Hours

Area C Fine Arts Course

3

Area D Math/Science Elective

3

EDUC 2130

3

EPY 2050

3

AL 2231 or PSYC 2050

3
Total Hours 15

Milestones

  • Meet with academic advisor in University Advisement Center
  • Complete Areas A through F, courses in Areas A and F must be completed with grade of C or higher
  • With the completion of Year 2, Term 2, students will apply to the Special Education Teacher Education program online
  • Overall GPA of 2.50 or higher is required for the Special Education program
  • Pass GACE Program Admission Assessment or exempt with SAT or ACT scores
  • Complete Georgia Educator Ethics  – Program Entry (350) Assessment
  • Submit proof of tort liability
  • Complete a writing sample and participate in an informational session hosted by faculty

Notes

*** This course may include a Signature Experience component. Make sure to maximize the experience and consider adding a description to your Portfolium, CV, or resume. For more information about other courses which may include a Signature Experience component that you can use to fulfill elective requirements, go to myexperience.gsu.edu and click on “Find an Experience.”


Year 3

Term 1

Course Hours

EXC 4020

3

EXC 4030

3

EXC 4280

3

EXC 4570

3

CSD 4320 or Area G Content Concentration Course**

3

Area G Content Concentration Course**

3
Total Hours 18

Term 2

Course Hours

EXC 4190

3

EXC 4760

3

EXC 4560

3

EXC 4281

3

EXC 4325

3

CSD 4320 or Area G Content Concentration Course**

3
Total Hours 18

Milestones

  • Meet with academic advisor in University Advisement Center
  • Meet with faculty advisor in academic department
  • Register with University Career Services

Notes

**To reduce the course load in Year 3 or Year 4, content concentration courses can be taken in summer terms as available


Year 4

Term 1

Course Hours

EXC 4650

0

EXC 4925

3

EDRD 4600

3

EXC 4140

3

EXC 4600

3

Area G Content Concentration Course**

3

Area G Content Concentration Course**

3
Total Hours 18

Term 2

Course Hours

EXC 4935

9
Total Hours 9

Milestones

  • Apply for graduation two semesters in advance
  • Students pursuing certification must pass GACE Content Assessment, Georgia Educator Ethics – Program Exit (360) Assessment, and edTPA in order to be recommended by Georgia State University for clear, renewable certification
  • It is recommended that students take the GACE Content Assessment at the end of Year 4, Term 1 or early in Year 4, Term 2
  • Meet with academic advisor in Office of Academic Assistance
  • Meet with faculty advisor in academic department