General Curriculum

General Curriculum (P-12)

Program Overview

This rigorous program builds students’ critical knowledge and skills in General Curriculum Special Education. Students in this program receive comprehensive practicum experience in elementary, middle school, and high school grade levels culminating in a student teaching placement in the level of their choice.

Candidates in this emphasis are eligible for initial Georgia certification (B.S.Ed. and M.A.T.) or can add to existing teaching certifications (M.Ed., M.A., Ed.S.). The Special Education Program recommends to the Georgia Professional Standards Commission that a graduate be awarded a clear renewable teaching (T) certificate in Special Education General Curriculum (P-12).  The state of 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.

Graduates with degrees in general curriculum special education find such rewarding careers as

  • Teaching students with mild disabilities in public P-12 school systems
  • Serving as instructional and behavioral consultants
  • Serving students in alternative school settings such as the Georgia Network for Educational and Therapeutic Support (GNETS)
  • Pursuing advanced degrees in related fields

General Information

  • Prepares students to apply for initial T-4 certification or add to existing certifications to teach General Curriculum Special Education in Georgia
  • For individuals interested in teaching students with high-incidence disabilities who are primarily following the general curriculum
  • Prepares teachers to work in collaborative, inclusion, and/or resource settings
  • The special education students who are most frequently served in these settings include those with
    • Behavior disorders (BD)
    • Learning disabilities (LD)
    • Mild intellectual disabilities (MID)
    • Attention-deficit hyperactivity disorder (ADHD)
    • High functioning autism
  • Offered at the Athens and Griffin campuses as well as online

For More Information:
Amber Higginbotham
Academic Advisor
Communication Sciences and Special Education
College of Education