An emphasis in general curriculum is for those interested in teaching students with mild disabilities who are primarily following the general curriculum. Training in this emphasis area will prepare teachers to work in collaboration, inclusion, or resource models. The special education students who are most frequently served in these settings will include those with behavior disorders, learning disabilities, mild intellectual disabilities, other health impaired, and some students with autism spectrum disorder or Asperger’s syndrome. Coursework includes characteristics of these high-incidence disabilities, assessment, instructional and collaborative practices, and applied behavior analysis.
An emphasis in adapted curriculum is for those interested in teaching students with moderate to severe autism and developmental disabilities. Training in this emphasis area will prepare teachers to work with students in an adapted curriculum, meaning they do not follow the typical general curriculum in most classrooms. The curriculum may include teaching functional academics, lifelong personal and social skills, vocational skills, recreational and leisure skills, and community involvement. The curriculum emphasizes training in behavior management, instructional strategies, technology-based supports and transition skills. The students who are most frequently served in under-adapted curriculum are those with moderate, severe, or profound intellectual disability as well as moderate to severe autism.
Georgia awards the certificate to an applicant based upon this recommendation and passing of the appropriate Georgia Assessments for the Certification of Educators (GACE) tests:
- Birth Through Kindergarten Test I (005)
- Birth Through Kindergarten Test II (006)