College of Education Academic Programs

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Credit Hours: 27

The EdS-SPED degree is designed to meet the needs of teachers certified in Special Education who have completed a degree in special education. The program consists of a minimum of 27 graduate credit hours, including an Exit Examiniation/Research Project. In this program, candidates will be required to read, write, and research the major topics in Special Education. Candidates enroll in 15 hours of 7000 and 8000 level special education Content Specialization courses and 12 hours of 8000 level special education research. Most of the required courses include a designated artifact that is utilized as part of the assessment plan for each candidate. Students may begin the program either Fall or Spring semester. During the initial advising session, a projected sequence of courses is developed for each student. Any changes in the projected sequence need to be determined jointly between student and advisor in order for the student to be able to complete the program in a timely manner. Program website and contacts: The Department of Learning and Teaching website includes other relevant information. Dr. Jessica Bucholz, Special Education Program Coordinator: jbucholz@westga.edu, 678-839-6161

Program Description

The EdS-SPED degree is designed to meet the needs of teachers certified in Special Education who have completed a Master of Education degree (or the equivalent) in special education or a related field. The program consists of a minimum of 27 graduate credit hours plus an exit examination/Research Project. In this program, candidates will be required to read, write, and research the major topics in Special Education. Candidates enroll in 15 hours of 7000 and 8000 level special education Content Specialization courses, 6 hours of 8000 level special education research, and 6 hours of electives at the 7000/8000 level. Most of the required courses include a designated artifact that is utilized as part of the assessment plan for each candidate. Students may begin the program either Summer or Fall semester. During the initial advising session, a projected sequence of courses is developed for each student. Any changes in the projected sequence need to be determined jointly between student and advisor in order for the student to be able to complete the program in a timely manner. Program website and contacts: The Department of Clinical and Professional Studies web site includes other relevant information. Dr. Jessica Bucholz Special Education Program Coordinator jbucholz@westga.edu 678-839-6161

Method of Delivery

100% online*. Some elective* courses may require campus visits.

Accreditation

NCATE

Credit & Transfer

Total semester hours required to earn a degree: 27
Maximum Hours Transferable into program: 6

Tuition & Fees

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Financial Information and Assistance
For the most up-to-date and accurate cost information, see the Bursar's Office. (Fully online courses appear as NET charges on the bottom of the Bursar's spreadsheets.)

There is a variety of financial assistance options for graduate students, including scholarships and fellowships. Visit the links below for more information.  
Office of Financial Aid
College of Education Scholarships Information
Financial Information for Veterans and Families

TK20 - Electronic Portfolio Assessment System
Students in the College of Education are required to purchase a subscription to an electronic portfolio assessment system called TK20.  For more information about TK20, visit the COE About TK20 Page.  (Note: do not buy a subscription to TK20 until you are enrolled in your program and instructed to do so.)

Coursework

The Education Specialist in Special Education is a minimum of 27 graduate credit hours plus an exit examination/Research Project. In this program, candidates will be required to read, write, and research the major topics in Special Education. Candidates enroll in 15 hours of 7000 and 8000 level special education Content Specialization courses, 6 hours of 8000 level special education research, and 6 hours of electives at the 7000/8000 level. Most of the required courses include a designated artifact that is utilized as part of the assessment plan for each candidate.

All required courses for the degree will be offered over the next year. Some elective courses may require campus visits.  Students may begin the program either Summer or Fall semester. During the initial advising session, a projected sequence of courses is developed for each student. Any changes in the projected sequence need to be determined jointly between student and advisor in order for the student to be able to complete the program in a timely manner. The following is a list of the 7 required courses. Additionally, 6 graduate hours (usually, 2 courses) is selected by the candidate with advisor approval.

General:

Program Planning and Evaluation - SPED-7701

Description: This course is designed to assist the educator in developing and maintaining an appropriate service delivery model for students with special learning needs. Strategies used to assess program effectiveness are discussed.

Leadership and Administration of Special Education Programs - SPED-7704

Description: Federal, state, and local organizational and administrative provisions for exceptional children; screening, identification, placement and ancillary services within educational settings. Teacher training and evaluation patterns will also be reviewed.

Special Education Law - SPED-7729

Description: This course provides public school administrators and teachers the opportunity to examine the statutory and case law requirements of educating special populations.

Directed Research Readings in Special Education - SPED-7782

Description: In-depth readings of research articles related to special education practices.

Multicultural Issues in Education - SPED-8704

Description: This course explores multicultural issues in education. Complex issues involved in educational diversity are examined.

Curriculum Design and Implementation - SPED-8771

Description: An in depth examination of curriculum development and implementation will be conducted. Students will examine research pertinent to the types of individuals they serve and design and modify educational programs based upon recent research findings and best practice literature.

Readings in Research - SPED-8783

Description: The design and implementation of a research project in special education.

Research Seminar - SPED-8784

Description: Development of a complete research project paper. Prerequisites: SPED 8704 and SPED 8783

Faculty

This describes the general information about faculty for this program.

Guidelines for Admittance

  • All graduate applicants must complete the online Grad Application. A one-time application fee of $40 is required.
  • Applicants should also review the Graduate Studies Website for individual program specific requirements and tasks that must be completed prior to admission. See Graduate Studies Application Process.
  • International applicants are subject to additional requirements and application deadlines. See Procedures for International Students.
  • Official transcripts from a regionally or nationally accredited institution are required and should be sent directly to the UWG Admissions Office.

Program-specific Admittance Guidelines

  • A Masters degree in Special Education and a teaching certificate in Special Education. Completion of this program does not guarantee an upgrade in teaching certification Please confirm any upgrades with the state that issued your teaching certificate.
  • GPA of 3.0 in the most recent graduate program
  • Students are admitted in Fall and Spring only

Application Deadlines

General admissions deadlines are typically:

  • Fall - July 21
  • Spring - Nov 30

* Application, app fee, and document deadline; Dates may vary for Readmit, Transfer, and Transient students.

See The Scoop for more specific deadlines: http://www.westga.edu/registrar/766.php

Specific graduate deadlines are listed here: http://www.westga.edu/gradstudies/important-dates.php

Admission Process Checklist

The Graduate Studies Application Process checklist is available here: http://www.westga.edu/gradstudies/apply-now.php

One exception: If you will not ever be traveling to a UWG campus or site, you may apply for an Immunization Exemption. Contact the Immunization Clerk with your request.

Contact

College of Education Office of Graduate Studies 

Contact
Deanna Richards
Pre-enrollment advisor
drichard@westga.edu
678-839-5946

Advisor:
Dr. Jessica Bucholz
678-839-6161

Dates

Specific graduate deadlines are listed here: http://www.westga.edu/gradstudies/important-dates.php

* Application, app fee, and document deadline; Dates may vary for Readmit, Transfer, and Transient students.

Specific dates for Admissions (Undergraduate Only), Financial Aid, Fee Payment, Registration, Start/End of Term Dates, Final Exams, etc. are available in THE SCOOP at http://www.westga.edu/registrar/766.php.

Learning Objectives

  • LO1-Candidates demonstrate knowledge and skills related to Leadership and Policy (CEC Advanced Special Education Content Standard 1). (Artifacts also address NBPTS-EN standards II, IV, & XIV.)
  • LO2-Candidates demonstrate knowledge and skills related to Program Development & Organization (CEC Advanced Special Education Content Standard 2). (Artifacts also address NBPTS Core Proposition 3 and NBPTS-EN standards VI, VIII, IX, X, & XIV.)
  • LO3-Candidates demonstrate knowledge and skills related to Research & Inquiry (CEC Advanced Special Education Content Standard 3). (Artifacts also address NBPTS Core Propositions 1 & 5 and NBPTS-EN standards I & XIV.)
  • LO4-Candidates demonstrate knowledge and skills related to Student and Program Evaluation (CEC Advanced Special Education Content Standard 4). (Artifacts also address NBPTS Core Proposition 2 and NBPTS-EN standards V, VII, XI, & XIV.)
  • LO5-Candidates demonstrate knowledge and skills related to Professional Development and Ethical Practice (CEC Advanced Special Education Standard 5). (Artifacts also address NBPTS-EN standards III, XII, and XIV.)
  • LO6-Candidates demonstrate knowledge and skills related to Collaboration (CEC Advanced Special Education Standard 6). (Artifact also address NBPTS Core Proposition 4 and NBPTS-EN standards II, XIII, and XIV.)
  • LO7-Candidates demonstrate appropriate professional dispositions.