Special Education Ed.S.

The Specialist in Education (Ed.S.) program in Special Education offered in the Department of Teacher Education provides advanced study for qualified educators. The program of study builds upon work completed at the master’s level; targets the knowledge and skills for translating research into evidence-based practices with students with disabilities; and prepares advanced practitioners to be architects of change and leaders in the professional community.

The Specialist in Education program in Special Education is organized around cohorts. Each cohort is supervised by one faculty member who assures that students meet all program standards prior to graduation. Applicants for this program are required to hold current clear renewable T-5 level certification in Special Education through the Georgia Professional Standards Commission. 

The Specialist in Education program requires a minimum of 30 semester hours of coursework beyond the Master of Education degree or the Master of Arts in Teaching degree. Specialist programs must be completed, with the degree awarded, within six years of the initial coursework listed on the program of study. Only those courses listed on the Program of Graduate Study fulfill degree requirements. Substitutions must be approved by the advisor prior to course enrollment and a Change of Graduate Program of Study form submitted to the office of the Department chairperson. Grades below a B do not fulfill degree requirements.

Admission Requirements:

  • GPA Requirement:
    • Option 1: Applicants who have a minimum graduate GPA of 3.2 from a regionally accredited university may be considered for admission to College of Education Ed.S. programs OR
    • Option 2: Applicants who have completed a graduate degree with an overall GPA between 3.0 and 3.19 from a regionally accredited university and hold 3 successful years of teaching experience, as documented by a letter from the current employer, may be considered for admission to a College of Education Ed.S. program.
  • Certification in Special Education
  • Transcripts from all institutions attended
  • Two letters of recommendation from professional references (at least one of which is an immediate supervisor/administrator) who are able to speak to candidate’s qualifications.
  • Statement of professional purpose for seeking Ed.S. degree (Not to exceed 2-pages)
  • Résumé
  • University Admissions Form



Special Education Ed.S.

Stephen Wills

Dr. Stephen Wills

Program Co-Coordinator
Room 228A

PhD, University of Alabama; MEd, Georgia College & State University; BS, Auburn University

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Dr. Rob Sumowski

Room 217B

EdD, University of Georgia; EdS, Georgia College & State University; MEd, Georgia College & State University; BA, Mercer University


 Positive Behavior Interventions and Supports, Professional Development School Partnerships, School Law and Investigations

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Ms. Shanda Brand

Graduate Director
217A Kilpatrick Education Center