Special Education General Curriculum
Long Tradition of Excellence
The mission of the Department of Special Education and Educational Leadership is not only to maintain our long tradition of excellence in teacher preparation and professional development, but also to be architects of change for schools mandated to assure the success of all children in our increasingly diverse, complex, and technological society.
In your degree program the conceptual framework is constructed upon a professional knowledge base which focuses on the following core concepts: Foundation in Liberal Arts, Foundation in Professional Preparation, Foundation for Addressing Human Relations and Diversity Issues, and Development of Dynamic Leadership Abilities.
Organized in Cohorts
Programs in all areas are organized around cohorts that are under the supervision of one faculty member who is responsible for assuring that each student meets standards and competencies needed for certification in the state of Georgia. Initial certification in Interrelated Special Education may be accomplished through completion of the Bachelors or Masters degree.
Admission into Special Education
Professional courses are primarily taken in the third and fourth years. After being officially accepted to GC, students must apply before the third Friday in January to be accepted into a College of Education teacher education program beginning the next fall. Cohort application packets are available online in October, and acceptance is competitive.
Cohort Admission Requirements:
- Complete Application Packet
- Three professional letters of recommendation using the GC format
- Official copies of GC transguide or of all transcripts if applicant has attended another college/university including the current fall semester
- Minimal GPA of 2.75
- Passing scores or exemption on the GACE Program Admission Assessment
- Completion of Core areas before cohort begins in the fall
- Area F in Core completed with C or higher in each course
- Passing Regents’ Reading and Writing requirements or proof of exemption
- Clear background check including the Pre-service Criminal Record Check
- Verified structured experience with children the level the applicant wishes to teach.
- Satisfactory completion of interview by faculty admissions committee
- Must provide documentation of having completed Educator Ethics 350. Candidates admitted to programs must take, but do not have to pass, the assessment prior to program admission.
- If transferring from another institution, a copy of GC Admission letter is required.
- Required forms completed for Pre-Service Certification through the PSC
B.S. in Special Education
The GC initial special education program is nationally recognized by the Council for Exceptional Children (CEC).