Education Specialist in Special Education

Georgia Southern University
Degree Level Education Specialist
Total Credit Hours 33
Per Credit Hour Cost $358

Program Description

A fully online program, the Education Specialist in Special Education is designed to meet the current demands of teachers who are certified in Special Education, as they pursue graduate preparation beyond the master's program. In the program, you will complete content specific requirements in your Special Education concentration areas:

  1. Adaptive Curriculum
  2. General Curriculum.

The program requires 33 semester hours and provides opportunities for you to:

  1. Collaborate with other across disciplines
  2. Explore teacher leadership opportunities and develop leadership skills
  3. Apply and extend content knowledge and pedagogical skills through the examination of curriculum and instruction issues and research
  4. Continue development of technology skills and develop skills in using technology to asses and impact student learning
  5. Conduct action research related to your concentration area in special education. This program is an approved program by the Georgia Professional Standards Commission (PSC) and meets the PSC's certificate upgrade requirements with corresponding pay increase by Georgia public school systems.

Admissions Information

  1. Complete requirements for a Master’s degree in Instructional Technology or closely related field such as Library and Information Science; or possess a Master’s degree in another field that includes a minimum of 18 graduate semester credit hours of instructional technology coursework. The Master’s degree must be from a regionally accredited institution.
  2. Present a 3.25 or higher GPA on all graduate work attempted.
  3. Students seeking certification in Instructional Technology through the Ed.S. program must possess a clear, renewable teaching certificate. Initial certification in school library/media is not available through the Ed.S. program.
  4. Submit a personal statement of purpose, not to exceed 200 words, that identifies the applicant’s reasons for pursuing graduate study and how admission into the program relates to the applicant’s professional aspirations.
  5. Complete “Disclosure and Affirmation questions” that address misconduct disclosure, criminal background check, the Code of Ethics for Educators, and tort liability insurance.

*International transcripts must be evaluated by a NACES accredited evaluation service and must be a course by course evaluation and include a GPA.(

Provisional Admission

Applicants may be approved for provisional admission based on the quality of the admission material presented. Provisional students must earn grades of “B” or higher in their first nine (9) hours of course work after admission and meet any other stipulations outlined by the department to be converted to regular status"