South Georgia State College Bachelor's of Science in Elementary and Special Education

Entrance into program: Deadline for application submission is Friday, February 14th, 2020.

The elementary and special education program offers a dual major in early childhood and special education (with a reading endorsement), preparing students to work in both fields in grades K-5.  All ELE/SPED cohorts begin in the fall. Students in the ELE/SPED program are required to attend orientations, open houses, meet and greets, etc., all of which are held weeks before the official start of the SGSC fall semester. Please plan to be available as early as mid-July to attend these required events. Failure to attend these events will result in removal from the program. No exceptions will be made. 

Please read the following information thoroughly before applying to the teacher education program:

  • Professional Development Communities (PDCs)
  • Field Placement Policy
  • Pre-Planning Requirements

Submit the following application materials as a complete packet:

  • Completed teacher education application for admission.
  • Completed Candidate Beliefs Self-Assessment Survey.
  • Completed pre-service application (included in application for pre-service certificate.
  • Signed and notarized Verification of Lawful Presence (VLP) affidavit form (must include clear copy of acceptable ID as noted on Pg. 6 of Pre-Service Certification Application).
  • Proof of successful completion of Georgia Education Ethics Assessment.
  • Copy of professional lability insurance showing coverage for entire length of program (two years), through graduation.
  • Copy of unofficial transcript reflecting:
  • GPA of 2.75
  • Completion of 60 semester credit hours that are applicable to program degree plan of study, including the completion of all courses in Area A1 (ENGL 1101, ENGL 1102), A2 (Math) and Area F (EDUC 2110, EDUC2120, EDUC 2130), with grades of C or better upon entering the program.
  • Copy of plan of study signed by your College of Education advisor.
  • Proof of successful completion or exemption of GACE program admissions test

You may exempt GACE program admissions tests if you can provide proof of any of the following:

  • SAT minimum score 1000 combined Verbal/Critical Reading and Math for tests taken prior to July 1, 2019
  • SAT minimum score 1080 combined Evidence Based Reading/Writing and Math for tests taken on or after July 1, 2019

A copy of your SAT, ACT, or GACE Program Admissions score report is REQUIRED with your application. Transfer students must supply an official copy of test scores (SAT, ACT, or GACE Program Admissions)

The College of Education admissions office also requires that you…

  • Must maintain a documented, overall (UNG and Transfer) grade point average of 3.0;
  • Register with the Georgia Professional Standards Commission and secure your MyPSC account; and

If you are a transfer student, apply to UNG and submit a letter of recommendation from a professor at your previous institution.

Special Note for Transfer Students

Transfer students wishing to apply to the SGSC Teacher Education Program must first apply for admission to SGSC. Please note that admission to SGSC does not automatically guarantee admission to the Teacher Education Program.

Transfer students must also submit a letter of recommendation from an education professor at the previous institution. 

Once admitted, our field placement director places students in Professional Development Communities (PDCs). This placement is for two full years and includes a summer semester.

Please be sure to read the professional development communities, field placement, pre-planning and requirement information thoroughly.