Credit Hours: 27

The EdS-SPED degree is designed to meet the needs of teachers certified in Special Education who have completed a master's degree in special education. The program consists of a minimum of 27 graduate credit hours, including an Exit Examiniation and Research Project. Students who do not have a master's degree in special education may qualify for entrance to the program through the completion of four 3-credit hour courses. 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 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 any 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.

For more information, please see the Academic Catalog.

  • Overview
  • Cost
  • Courses
  • Faculty
  • Admissions
  • Dates
  • Objectives
  • Overview

    The EdS-SPED degree is designed to meet the needs of teachers certified in Special Education who have completed a master's degree in special education. The program consists of a minimum of 27 graduate credit hours, including an Exit Examination and Research Project. Students who do not have a master's degree in special education may qualify for entrance to the program through the completion of four 3-credit hour courses. 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 special education research. Most of the required courses include a designated artifact that is utilized as part of the assessment plan for each candidate.  Program website and contacts: The Department of Literacy and Special Education website includes other relevant information. Dr. Katy Green, Special Education Program Coordinator: kbgreen@westga.edu, 678-839-6068

    Program Location

    Carrollton Campus, Online

    Method of Delivery

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

    Accreditation

    The University of West Georgia is accredited by The Southern Association of Colleges and Schools Commission on Colleges (SACSCOC).

    This program is accredited by the Council for the Accreditation of Educator Preparation (CAEP).

    Credit and transfer

    Total semester hours required: 27
    A transfer credit evaluation will be completed by the UWG Transfer Team (transfer@westga.edu). Course application to a program is subject to review by the department.

  • Cost

    This program is offered entirely online. Though a student may choose to sign-up for a face-to-face elective or core course, one can earn this degree completely online.

    Save money

    UWG is often ranked as one of the most affordable accredited university of its kind, regardless of the method of delivery chosen. In addition, online courses and programs can mean a huge cost-savings in many non-evident ways: No more high gas charges. No childcare needed. The flexibility can allow one to maintain a job while attending school. Regardless of state residency, out-of-state non-resident students are not charged non-resident tuition for online course credit hours.

    Details

    • Total tuition costs and fees may vary, depending on the instructional method of the courses in which the student chooses to enroll.
    • The more courses a student takes in a single term, the more they will typically save in fees and total cost.
    • Face-to-Face or partially online courses are charged at the general tuition rate and all mandatory campus fees, based on the student's residency (non-residents are charged at a higher rate).
    • Fully or entirely online courses are charged at the general tuition rate plus an eTuition rate BUT with fewer fees and no extra charges to non-Residents.
    • Together this means that GA residents pay about the same if they take all face-to-face or partially online courses as they do if they take only fully online courses exclusively; while non-residents save money by taking fully online courses.
    • One word of caution: If a student takes a combination of face-to-face and online courses in a single term, they will pay both all mandatory campus fees and the higher eTuition rate.
    • For the cost information, as well as payment deadlines, see the Bursar's Office website

    There are a variety of financial assistance options for students, including scholarships and work study programs. Visit the Office of Financial Aid for more information.

  • Courses

    Coursework

    The EdS-SPED degree is designed to meet the needs of teachers certified in Special Education who have completed a master's degree in special education. The program consists of a minimum of 27 graduate credit hours, including an Exit Examiniation and Research Project. Students who do not have a master's degree in special education may qualify for entrance to the program through the completion of four 3-credit hour courses. 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 special education research. Most of the required courses include a designated artifact that is utilized as part of the assessment plan for each candidate.

    General

    • SPED-7701 - Program Planning and Evaluation

      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.

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    • SPED-7704 - Leadership and Administration of Special Education Programs

      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.

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    • SPED-7729 - Special Education Law

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

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    • SPED-8771 - Curriculum Design and Implementation

      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.

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  • Faculty

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  • Admissions

    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

    • Students are admitted in Summer, Fall and Spring
    • For students who have a Master's Degree in special education, applicants must:
      • Complete requirements for a Master's degree in special education from an accredited institution
      • Present a cumulative 3.5 (4.0 scale) grade point average or higher on all graduate work
      • Present a current teaching certificate in special education
      • Document 2 or more years of successful experience as a special education teacher
      • Take part in an interview with program faculty. The interview may take place in person or with the use of technology (e.g. Skype, Go To Meeting, etc.)
    • For students who do not have have a Master's Degree in special education, applicants must:
      • Complete requirements for a Master's degree in education from an accredited institution
      • Present a cumulative 3.5 (4.0 scale) grade point average or higher on all graduate work
      • Present a current teaching certificate in special education
      • Document 2 or more years of successful experience as a special education teacher
      • Take part in an interview with program faculty. The interview may take place in person or with the use of technology (e.g. Skype, Go To Meeting, etc.)
      • Complete four pre-requisite courses to be identified by the program advisor

    Application Deadlines

    Specific Graduate Admissions Deadlines are available via the Graduate School

    * Application, app fee, and document deadline

    See The Scoop for more specific deadlines.

    Admission Process Checklist

    The Graduate Studies Application Process checklist is available here

    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

    Graduate Admissions
    graduate@westga.edu
    678-839-1394

    Dr. Katy Green
    Pre-enrollment Advisor
    kbgreen@westga.edu 
    Phone: 678-839-6068

    College of Education Office of Graduate Studies
    Phone: 678-839-5430

  • Dates

    Specific Graduate Admissions Deadlines are available via the Graduate School

    * 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.

  • Objectives
    • LO1-Candidates demonstrate knowledge and skills related to Leadership and Policy (CEC Advanced Special Education Content Standard 1).
    • LO2-Candidates demonstrate knowledge and skills related to Program Development & Organization (CEC Advanced Special Education Content Standard 2).
    • LO3-Candidates demonstrate knowledge and skills related to Research & Inquiry (CEC Advanced Special Education Content Standard 3).
    • LO4-Candidates demonstrate knowledge and skills related to Student and Program Evaluation (CEC Advanced Special Education Content Standard 4).
    • LO5-Candidates demonstrate knowledge and skills related to Professional Development and Ethical Practice (CEC Advanced Special Education Standard 5).
    • LO6-Candidates demonstrate knowledge and skills related to Collaboration (CEC Advanced Special Education Standard 6).
    • LO7-Candidates demonstrate appropriate professional dispositions.