Graduate Catalog 2013-2014

Special Education and Educational Leadership

Chair: Craig Smith

Professors: Amy Childre, J.W. Good, Paul Jones, Cheryl Reynolds, Patricia Seay, and Craig Smith

Associate Professor: Rebecca McMullen and Barbara Roquemore

Assistant Professors: Larry Bacnik, Nicole DeClouette, Amanda Lineberger, Rob Sumowski, Ginny VanRie, and Stephen Wills

Instructor: Sharon Jones, Cara Meade

Degrees Offered

The graduate program in the Department of Special Education and Educational Leadership offers the Master of Arts of Teaching degree, the Masters of Education (M.Ed.) degree, and the Specialist in Education degree.

  • Master of Arts in Teaching (M.A.T.) with a major in Interrelated Special Education (P-12);
  • Master of Education (M.Ed.) in Special Education;
  • Specialist in Education (Ed.S.) in Special Education; and
  • Specialist in Education (Ed.S.) in Educational Leadership.


Students successfully completing the M.A.T. Special Education program for initial certification may be recommended for a level five (T5) Georgia Teacher’s Certificate (P-12).

Students completing the M.Ed. in Special Education may request level five certification through their school boards or directly to the PSC

Students successfully completing the Ed.S. in Educational Leadership may be recommended for level six (PBL6) Georgia Certificate in Educational Leadership.

Students completing the Ed.S. in Special Education may request level six certification through their school boards or directly to the PSC.

Academic Dismissal Policy

A graduate student will be placed on graduate academic probation if the student's institutional graduate grade point average falls below a 3.00 at any point during his or her graduate studies. Any course in which a student earns less than a B cannot be counted for graduate credit in Ed.S. programs. Since all Ed.S. graduate programs in this department are configured as cohorts, students earning grades of C will not continue to the following semester with their cohort. Additionally, standards-based performance assessments are embedded in program coursework and are used as decision points to evaluate graduate student competency for program continuation each semester in all graduate programs. In addition to letter grade requirements, the graduate student must satisfactorily complete all required assessments for program continuation.