Special Education (EdS)

Program of Study

Professional Core
EDCI 7111Specialist Portfolio Orientation1
EDCI 7112Specialist Portfolio Midpoint Review1
EDCI 7013Specialist Portfolio Exit0
EDUF 7115Psychology of Teaching3
EDUF 7117Quantitative Research3
EDUF 7118Qualitative Research Methods3
EDCI 7121Integrating Multicultural Approaches into Project-based Instruction2
SPED 7155Advanced Classroom Collaboration in Education2
Professional Core Total15
Special Education Concentration
SPED 7115Positive Behavioral Interventions and Supports in School Settings3
SPED 7166History and Characteristics of Individuals with Autism and Other Developmental Disabilities3
SPED 7235Assessment and Diagnosis of Individuals with Autism and Other Developmental Disabilities3
SPED 7125Special Education Law3
SPED 7725Sociology of Special Education3
Special Education Concentration Total15
Total Credit Hours30

Admission Requirements

  • A graduate degree from an accredited college or university in a major related to the planned field of study;
  • Possess or be eligible for a Georgia Professional Level Five Teaching Certificate (or equivalent) in Special Education;
  • Present a 3.00 GPA or higher on all prior graduate work attempted;
  • Have acquired at least three years of acceptable teaching experience in a K-12 school environment;
  • Provide two letters of reference attesting to a high level of professional skills;
  • Satisfactory scores on the verbal subtest and either the quantitative or analytical subtest of the Graduate Record Examination (GRE), or a valid renewable teaching license at the T-5 level;
  • Additional admission criteria may be applied at the department level. Admission decisions are appealable to the College of Education Graduate Appeals Committee.

Additional Program Requirements

  • Students must earn a 3.0 GPA calculated on all graduate work attempted. "Academic Forgiveness" policy does not apply to graduate studies.
  • Students cannot graduate with a grade of "C" or below in more than two (2) graduate courses without an appeal to the College of Education Graduate Council.
  • A minimum of 24 semester hours required for the degree must be earned in residence (75%). Asynchronous (online) and distance learning courses administered through Columbus State University constitute courses taken in residence.
  • A maximum of six (6) semester hours of transfer credit or courses taken at CSU prior to full admission to a specialist degree program may be applied toward the degree. Courses with earned grades of "C" or below are not accepted. Courses must be approved by the major advisor and department chair.