The B.S.Ed. degree program in Special Education-General Curriculum prepares candidates to acquire the professional knowledge, skills, and dispositions for establishing effective practice. Candidates who successfully complete this program and other requirements of the state certification agency (PSC) will be eligible for Georgia Level 4 certification. Teachers with certification in this area are infield to teach students in grades P-12 with disabilities who receive instruction using the general education curriculum and participate in the general statewide assessment, as well as students in special education preschool (ages 3-5 years). 

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  • Overview

    This program in the area of General Curriculum prepares candidates to teach students with disabilities who are being educated in the general education curriculum who attend preschool through high school programs, as well as preschoolers receiving special education services. Graduates sometimes choose other jobs in related social service areas or pursue teacher certification in additional areas of specialty at the graduate/post-baccalaureate level. The learning outcomes for the students who receive the Bachelor of Science in Special Education-General Curriculum are taken from the Special Education Initial Content Standards and the Initial Knowledge and Skills Sets of the Council for Exceptional Children.

    Program Location

    Carrollton Campus

    Method of Delivery

    Most courses are delivered face to face with a small selection of courses that are being offered that are hybrid (partially online) or fully online.

    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: 123

  • Cost

    This program may be earned entirely face-to-face. However, depending on the courses chosen, a student may choose to take some partially or fully online courses.

    Save money

    UWG is often ranked as one of the most affordable accredited universities of its kind, regardless of the method of delivery chosen.

    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, he/she will pay both all mandatory campus fees and the higher eTuition rate.
    • For 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

    This describes the general course work required for this program.

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    • PWLA-1600 - Personal Wellness

      Introduction to the major dimensions of wellness with emphasis on behavioral and environmental factors influencing levels of personal and community health. Examination of concepts related to a variety of health topics, including fitness, nutrition, weight management, stress management, mental health, human sexuality, diseases, and substance abuse. Focus is on decision-making and personal responsibility for lifelong wellness.

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    • CEPD-4101 - Educational Psychology

      An introduction to the psychological theories and principles applied to the classroom. The course will include aspects of learning, motivation, classroom management, and assessment. Emphasis will be placed on developmentally designed instruction for all students.

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    • MEDT-3401 - Integrating Technology into the Curriculum

      Hands-on technology integration techniques are provided, scaffolding from the student's basic computer skills to foster skills in five interrelated areas of instructional proficiency: (1) Georgia's Performance Standards for Curriculum, (2) integration of modern and emerging technologies into instructional practice, (3) classroom management in classrooms, computer labs and 21st century learning environments, (4) new designs for teaching and learning, and (5) enhanced pedagogical practices.

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    • READ-3251 - Children's Literature

      A survey of the past and current literature available for use with the young child as well as the role literature should play in early literacy development. Field placement is required.

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    • READ-3262 - Teaching Content and Process: Reading Education

      An introduction to skills, approaches, materials, and methods of reading instruction. Field experience required.

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    • READ-4251 - Assessment and Correction Reading Education

      Course will provide undergraduate students with knowledge and skills to administer informal assessments to determine children's strengths and weaknesses in reading. Students will be able to analyze test results and prescribe reading strategies to help children advance through the reading process. Field experience required.

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    • READ-4253 - The Reading Writing Connection

      An analysis of the ways in which the language and literacy areas of reading and writing are combined to create and develop literacy and developing learners.

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    • SPED-3702 - Educational Evaluation of Children with Disabilities

      Application and interpretation of formal and informal test measures designed for classroom evaluation of children.

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    • SPED-3713 - Introduction to Special Education and Mild Disabilities

      A study of the characteristics, nature and features of disabilities with emphasis on mild and moderate disabilities including etiology, definition, identification, age- and level-related characteristics, associated conditions, family/community issues, service needs and options, and resources. 'Best' teaching practices for this population will be examined.

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    • SPED-3714 - Behavior and Classroom Management

      Theoretical formulations and practical applications of behavioral and instructional techniques, especially as they apply to classroom management and assisting students in developing pro-social behavior.

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    • SPED-3751 - Practicum I

      Field experience in the public schools under the supervision of an experienced, qualified classroom teacher in the field of intended certification. This field experience supports coursework in the program in special education. Requires full time participation in a school setting for part of the semester.

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    • SPED-3752 - Practicum II

      Field experience in the public schools under the supervision of an experienced, qualified classroom teacher in the field of intended certification. This course is designed to provide students with the opportunity to participate in activities in which teachers of students with disabilities typically engage. Requires full time participation in a school setting for part of the semester.

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    • SPED-3761 - Mild Disabilities: Methods for Instruction

      This course entails the study and application of curriculum, methods, classroom organization, and management for students with mild disabilities.

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    • SPED-4709 - Special Education Policies and Procedures

      Coverage of ethical guidelines, policies, and procedures pertinent to teachers who provide special education services, including current laws, ethical standards, federal and state regulations, individualized education programs, and transition planning. Must be taken concurrently with SPED 3713.

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    • SPED-4712 - Language, Communication and Technology: Mild Disabilities

      A survey of the communication characteristics and needs of students with disabilities, including characteristics and acquisition of normal speech and language, variations of speech and language in students with disabilities, and relevant intervention strategies, materials, and resources. In addition, aspects related to instructional language, assistive technology for students with mild disabilities, and implications of cultural/linguistic diversity for language, technology, and educational programs will be discussed.

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    • SPED-4713 - Collaboration in School Settings

      Covers various collaborative roles required of service providers in education, with an emphasis on team interaction and meeting the needs of students with special needs in inclusion settings.

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    • SPED-4761 - Mild Disabilities: Advanced Methods of Instruction

      This course includes the study and application of advanced curriculum and instructional methods for students with mild disabilities in the content areas.

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    • SPED-4786 - Internship in Special Education

      Teaching one semester in the public schools under the supervision of an experienced qualified classroom teacher on the level and in the field of intended certification. A student teaching seminar (SPED 4789) accompanies student teaching. Application for field experience required prior to enrollment. Must be taken concurrently with SPED 4789. Requires completion of Blocks I-III or permission of instructor.

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    • SPED-4789 - Internship Seminar

      Information and issues related to student teaching in an approved setting in which students identified as having specific disabilities appropriate to certification in Special Education are being served. Requires completion of Blocks I-III or permission of instructor; must be taken concurrently with SPED 4786.

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  • Admissions

    Guidelines for Admittance

    Each UWG online degree program has specific requirements that you must meet in order to enroll.

    Program Specific Admittance Guidelines

    • Eligibility requirements for admission to teacher education for undergraduate programs include the following. Admission to the teacher education program is a prerequisite to enrollment in professional education courses.   
    • After completion of core, students must be admitted into Teacher Education to continue into their Professional Education courses. For more information about admission into Teacher Education: http://www.westga.edu/coeadvisement/1428_1433.php

    Application Deadlines

    Current Student Teacher Education admission deadlines: http://www.westga.edu/coeadvisement/1428_1451.php

    Admission Process Checklist

    1. Review Admission Requirements for the different programs and guides for specific populations (non-traditional, transfer, transient, home school, joint enrollment students, etc).

    2. Review important deadlines:
      • Fall semester: June 1 (undergrads)
      • Spring semester: November 15 (undergrads)
      • Summer semester: May 15 (undergrads)
        See program specific calendars here

    3. Complete online application
      Undergraduate Admissions Guide
      Undergraduate Application
      Undergraduate International Application

    4. Submit $40 non-refundable application fee

    5. Submit official documents

      Request all official transcripts and test scores be sent directly to UWG from all colleges or universities attended. If a transcript is mailed to you, it cannot be treated as official if it has been opened. Save time by requesting transcripts be sent electronically.

      Undergraduate & Graduate Applicants should send all official transcripts to:
      Office of Undergraduate Admissions, Murphy Building
      University of West Georgia
      1601 Maple Street
      Carrollton, GA 30118-4160

    6. Submit a Certificate of Immunization, if required. 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.

    7. Check the status of your application

    8. For more information go to UWG Admission Deadlines

    Contact

    Advisement information: http://www.westga.edu/coeadvisement/

  • Dates

    Specific dates for admissions (Undergraduates Only), go to: UWG Admission Deadlines

  • Objectives
    • LO1-Candidates demonstrate knowledge and skills related to the Foundations of special education (CEC Common Core and Individualized General Education Curricula specialization). (Also addresses INTASC Principle 1.)
    • LO2-Candidates demonstrate knowledge and skills related to Development and Characteristics of Learners (CEC Common Core and Individualized General Education Curricula specialization). (Also addresses INTASC Principle 2.)
    • LO3-Candidates demonstrate knowledge and skills related to Individual Learning Differences of children with disabilities (CEC Common Core and Individualized General Education Curricula specialization). (Also addresses INTASC Principle 3.)
    • LO4-Candidates demonstrate knowledge and skills related to Instructional Strategies for learners with disabilities (CEC Common Core and Individualized General Educatin Curricula specialization). (Also addresses INTASC Principle 4.)
    • LO5-Candidates demonstrate knowledge and skills related to providing appropriate Learning Environments and Social Interactions for learners with disabilities (CEC Common Core and Individualized General Education Curricula specialization). (Also addresses INTASC Principle 5.)
    • LO6-Candidates demonstrate knowledge and skills related to understanding and enhancing Language skills of learners with disabilities (CEC Common Core and Individualized General Education Curricula specialization). (Also addresses INTASC Principle 6.)
    • LO7-Candidates demonstrate knowledge and skills related to Instructional Planning for learners with disabilities (CEC Common Core and Individualized General Education Curricula specialization). (Also addresses INTASC Principle 7.)
    • LO8-Candidates demonstrate knowledge and skills related to Assessment of learners with disabilities (CEC Common Core and Individualized General Education specialization). (Also addresses INTASC Principle 8.)
    • LO9-Candidates demonstrate knowledge and skills related to Professional and Ethical Practice of special educators (CEC Common Core and Individualized General Education Curricula specialization). (Also addresses INTASC Principle 9.)
    • L1O-Candidates demonstrate knowledge and skills related to Collaboration designed to enhance understanding of and services to learners with disabilities (CEC Common Core and Individualized General Education Curricula specialization). (Also addresses INTASC Principle 10.)
    • LO11-Candidates demonstrate their knowledge and skills related to effective instruction of learners with disabilities.
    • LO12-Candidates demonstrate appropriate professional dispositions.