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General Concentration

Teachers with certification in this area are in field to teach students in grades P-12 with disabilities who receive instruction using the adapted curriculum, as well as students in special education preschool (ages 3-5 years).

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Plan Your Degree

Disclaimer: This program map is intended ONLY as a guide for students to plan their course of study. It does NOT replace any information in the Undergraduate Catalog, which is the official guide for completing degree requirements.

Term 1: Fall

Course Name Credit Hours
A1: ENGL 1101

English Composition 1

3
A2: MATH 1001

Quantitative Skills & Reasoning

3
B2: XIDS 2002

First-Year Seminar Course

2
F: Education Course 3
D1: Science + Lab 4

Milestones:

  • Complete ENGL 1101 with a C or better
  • Complete Area A2 & F with C or better
  • Complete Lab Science
  • Earn 15 or more credit hours

Term 2: Spring

Course Name Credit Hours
A1: ENGL 1102

English Composition 2

3
D1: Non-lab Science 3
E: Social Science 3
F: Education Course 3
F: Education Course 3

Milestones:

  • Complete ENGL 1102 with a C or better
  • Complete Non-lab Science
  • Earn 15 or more credit hours

15 Fall Credit Hours + 15 Spring Credit Hours = 30 Credit Hours

Term 1: Fall

Course Name Credit Hours
D2: CS 1030

Introduction to Computer Concepts

3
F: MATH 2008

Found of Numbers & Operations

3
E4: GEOG 1013

World Geography

3
G: PWLA 1600

Personal Wellness

2
F: ISCI Course 3
C1: Fine Arts 3

Milestones:

  • Complete Area F Courses with C or better.
  • Earn 15 or more credit hours.
  • 2.7 or better GPA for on-time Teacher Education Admission after this semester

Term 2: Spring

Course Name Credit Hours
C2: Humanities 3
F: ISCI Course 3
E: Social Science 3
E: Social Science 3
B1: Oral Communication 3
G: PWLA Activity Course 1

Milestones:

  • Complete Core.
  • Complete B1 & F Courses with C or better.
  • Earn 15 or more credit hours.
  • Complete admission process for Teacher Education during this semester.

17 Fall Credit Hours + 16 Spring Credit Hours = 33 Credit Hours

Block 1: Fall

Course Name Credit Hours
SPED 3713

Intro to Special Education and Mild Disabilities

3
SPED 3750

Practicum: Diverse Experiences

3
CEPD 4101

Educational Psychology

3
READ 3251

Literacy Instruction through Children’s and Adolescent Literature

3
MEDT 3401

Integrating Technology in Class

3

Milestones:

  • Complete Block 1 Courses with C or better.
  • Maintain 2.7 or better GPA.

block 2: Spring

Course Name Credit Hours
READ 3262

Reading Methods and Assessment I (PK-2)

3
SPED 3714

Behavior and Classroom Management

3
SPED 3761

Mild Disabilities: Methods for Instruction

3
READ 3263

Writing Development and Instruction

3
SPED 3751

Practicum I

3

Milestones:

  • Complete Block 2 Courses with C or better.
  • Maintain 2.7 or better GPA.
  • Successfully complete practicum course.

15 Fall Credit Hours + 15 Spring Credit Hours = 30 Credit Hours

block 3: Fall

Course Name Credit Hours
SPED 4709

Special Ed. Policies and Procedures

3
SPED 3702

Ed. Eval of Children with Disabilities

3
SPED 4761

Mild Disabilities Advanced Methods

3
SPED 4713

Collaboration in School Settings

3
SPED 3752

Practicum II

3

Milestones:

  • Complete Block 3 Courses with C or better.
  • Maintain 2.7 or better GPA.
  • Successfully complete practicum course.

Block 4: Spring

Course Name Credit Hours
SPED 4786

Internship in Special Education

9
SPED 4789

Internship Seminar

3
READ 4251

Reading Methods and Assessment II (3-5)

3

Milestones:

  • Complete Block 4 Courses with C or better.
  • Maintain 2.7 or better GPA.
  • Successfully complete practicum course.

15 Fall Credit Hours + 15 Spring Credit Hours = 30 Credit Hours

Crush Your Course

First Year:

  • Students who complete ENGL 1102 and their Area F courses with a C or better remain on track for admission to enter Teacher Education.
  • Maintain a 2.7 or better GPA for on-time admission to Teacher Education.
  • Start collecting children’s books for your future classroom library!

Middle Years:

  • Apply for admission to Teacher Education with your COE Advisor. Submit your Field Experience Application. Take the Georgia Educators Ethics Exam.
  • Maintain a 2.7 or better GPA.
  • Moving forward in the program requires the successful completion of your Classroom Teaching Experience and all coursework.

Last Year:

  • Attempt the appropriate GACE Content Exams in Special Education.
  • Look for opportunities to apply for paid student teaching internships.

Find Your Place

First Year:

Middle Years:

  • Participate in the Beginning School Experience at your school site. You’ll gain experience with pre-planning, setting up your classroom, and creating community with students in those first few days of a new school year.

Last Year:

  • Connect with teachers and administrators at your internship site.
  • Attend and present at a state conference as a student member.
  • Complete the end of program survey!

Broaden Your Perspectives

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Middle Years:

Last Year:

Connect Off-Campus

First Year:

  • Visit Wolves Vote to learn about the voting process and registration.
  • Consider volunteering for a campaign or organization in your community.

Middle Years:

  • Complete an internship in your field.
  • Consider a summer or part-time job.
  • Ask your department about networking opportunities with alumni.

Last Year:

  • Ask for advice from professionals in your field of interest.
  • Explore career shadowing opportunities.

Take Care of Yourself

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Middle Years:

Last Year:

Pave Your Path

First Year:

Middle Years:

  • Draft your resume and attend a resume blitz.
  • Learn about how to network on social media and update your Handshake profile.
  • Draft your personal statement.
  • Visit the graduate school to find out about graduate programs and admission requirements.

Last Year:

  • Request references from professors and supervisors.
  • Draft your resume cover letter and personal statement and revise it with career services.
  • Attend business fairs and career fairs at UWG and across the state.
  • Attend an interview workshop.
  • Apply for graduate programs.

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