Bachelor of Science in Education (Students interested in this major need to talk to an advisor in the College of Education for details.)
At a Glance
If you want to make a difference in the lives of people with disabilities and a difference in your own life, this could be the major for you. This program is designed to prepare teachers who are qualified to teach children enrolled in preschool through 12th grade, specifically students with mild disabilities. These students participate in the same curriculum as their nondisabled peers and take assessments routinely given in their schools. However, they struggle with academic, health, social and/or behavioral challenges, requiring attention to individual needs and accommodations in school settings. Specific categories of disability include learning disabilities, emotional and behavioral disorders, other health impairments and mild intellectual disability. The program is focused on preparing candidates to meet requirements for clear, renewable, professional teacher certification (T4) in Georgia in the area of Special Education-General Curriculum. Most graduates teach in public school settings, but graduates sometimes work in other settings, such as clinics, private schools and adult service agencies.
Why should I choose UWG's Special Education program?
- Fully accredited by the National Council of Accreditation of Teacher Education (NCATE) and the Southern Association of Colleges and Schools (SACS).
- UWG has a good reputation for preparation of quality professionals in the field of Special Education - graduates tend to be very employable.
- The faculty members are diverse and have had experience teaching in public schools and/or experiences working with individuals with varying disabilities through other agencies.
Are there any special opportunities available?
- Early involvement with field experience
- Volunteer and paid employment options in related experiences while enrolled in school
What can I do after graduation, graduate school and job-wise?
- Most graduates teach in public school settings, but graduates sometimes work in clinics, private schools and adult service agencies.
- Many graduates go on to graduate school, seeking an advanced degree in Special Education or a related field.
- Once the initial certification is earned in Special Education-General Curriculum, others may be added on to provide the graduates with a broader range of preparation and more job options.
What kind of student organizations, clubs or honorary societies can I join?
- Student Council for Exceptional Children
What kind of facilities and equipment will be made available to me?
- Classrooms in the Education Center, Education Annex and Coliseum (where most education classes meet) have extensive technology resources and support in classrooms and computer labs. Technology is integrated into the program.
- The Teaching Materials Center contains assessment, curriculum and other resources for practicing teachers that also are useful to students preparing for the profession.
- Participation in diverse school settings is an integral part of the program. The Comprehensive Community Clinic provides another setting for practical experiences.
Does the faculty specialize in certain areas?
- Faculty are nationally recognized in their specialties:
- Applied behavior analysis
- Emotional and behavioral disorders
- Mental retardation
- Multicultural education
- Learning disabilities
- Differentiated instruction
- Severe/multiple disabilities