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Elementary/Special Education (B.S.)

The Elementary/Special Education (ESE) program prepares the candidate to provide educational services for all students in grades P-5, including those with disabilities whose Individualized Education Program (IEP) indicates instruction using the general education curriculum. The program is offered as day, evening or non-certification track. 

Note: Students who do not gain admission into the certification track can continue through the non-certification track. 

* The Teacher Education Program adheres to state and national accrediting board policies that govern Middle Georgia State University's teacher education programs. All governing state and national policies will supersede the MGA policy therein.

ESE Admission Requirements

Admission into the Elementary/Special Education Program is competitive and granted on a space available basis. Students must:

  1. Be admitted to Middle Georgia State University in good academic standing. Disciplinary action at Middle Georgia State University and/or any other institution that the student has attended or while in the military may prevent admission.
  2. Submit a program admission packet to the Department of Teacher Education & Social Work Administrative Secretary or to the Certification Officer. Program admission packets are found on the School of Education & Behavioral Science website. Prospective students may also contact the Department of Teacher Education & Social Work for an admission packet. Rolling admission is utilized with a priority deadline of November 1st. Seating is on a space available basis. 
  3. Present a passing score (250 or higher) on the GACE Program Admissions Assessment or show evidence of exemption from either of the following national exam scores: 526 composite score on Praxis I (if taken prior to March 5, 2007); SAT - combined score of 1000 on SAT verbal/math; ACT combined score of 43 on English/Math; or GRE (1030 Verbal and Quantitative; after 8-1-11, 297 Verbal and Quantitative). For SAT score reports dated 7/1/19 or after 1080 on Evidence-based Reading/Writing and Math. Not applicable to non-certification students.
  4. Provide a clear criminal background check and proof of completion of the Georgia Educator Ethics Entry Assessment (350G). Information regarding both will be provided in the admission packet.
  5. Complete the Core curriculum to include Area F (60 semester hours).
  6. Earn a cumulative GPA of 2.75 for certification track or 2.25 for non-certification track or higher on all courses to include transfer, transient, or taken as a part of a prior degree. 
  7. Earn a grade of “C” or better in courses taken in Area A and Area F.
  8. Pass Area F Field Experience Evaluation.
  9. Provide three letters of professional recommendation.
  10. Be available during regular school day hours for internship, clinical experiences, and program-based seminars.
  11. Transfer students may be eligible for admission without having satisfied the Middle Georgia State University Area B requirement. Exceptions will be made at the discretion of the Chair of the Department of Teacher Education & Social Work.
  12. Prospective candidates may be required to interview and write a sample essay as part of the admission process.
  13. Applicants applying to the evening track who are currently employed as a Paraprofessional must submit an individualized plan of study and a Principal Support Letter. Information regarding both will be provided in the application packet.
  14. The Department of Teacher Education & Social Work will request a Pre-Service Certificate from the Georgia Professional Standards Commission (GaPSC) for the prospective candidate. The decision to issue the Pre-Service Certificate resides solely with the GaPSC. Not applicable to non-certification students.
  15. Upon receipt of a copy of the Pre-Service Certificate by the Department of Teacher Education & Social Work the prospective candidate will be notified in writing by the department of their acceptance. Not applicable to non-certification students.
  16. Upon acceptance, students are referred to as “teacher candidates”.
  17. Upon acceptance teacher candidates must present proof of having liability insurance and a Livetext account.
  18. Teacher candidates must sign their program of study. Teacher candidates are required to follow the program of study as prepared by the Department of Teacher Education & Social Work. Deviations from that program without prior consent from the Chair of the Department of Teacher Education & Social Work will result in dismissal from the Teacher Education program.
  19. Teacher candidates must complete the education course sequence to which they were admitted. Students cannot transfer between programs or campuses. Non-Certification track students may transfer to the Certification Track by the end of their first or second semester of program enrollment. Students must meet all Certification Program admission requirements. Students must submit a transfer request letter to the Chair of the Department of Teacher Education & Social Work.

ESE Academic Progress and Completion

Teacher candidates must meet the following requirements to remain in the ESE program:

  1. Maintain an overall cumulative GPA of 2.75 or greater for certification track or 2.25 or greater for non-certification track in all courses in the major. 
  2. Students may be placed on probation within the Department of Teacher Education & Social Work during their junior year of the ESE program. Students must be in good academic standing and have a cumulative GPA of 2.75 for certification track and 2.25 for non-certification track to progress to their senior year of coursework.
  3. Earn a grade no lower than a “C” in all upper division courses.
  4. A grade of “B” or better is required in all upper division field courses. (ECSE 3444, ECSE 3447, ECSE 3555, ECSE 3558, ECSE 4477 & ECSE 4588).
  5. Retake only one upper level course where a grade of “D” or “F” was earned. Students will not be allowed to progress into subsequent courses.
  6. Pass all key assessments with an 80% mastery.
  7. Student must meet end of semester Program Checkpoints to progress to the next semester.
  8. Maintain professional liability insurance and a Livetext account. Certification students must hold a valid Pre-Service certificate for the duration of the program.
  9. Provide evidence of attempting Georgia Educator Ethics Exit Assessment (360G) prior to progression into Clinical Practice II (ECSE 4588). Not applicable to non-certification students.
  10. Provide evidence of attempting the GACE Content Assessment (resulting in an official score on all parts of the assessment) prior to the end of the semester while enrolled in ECSE 4588. Not applicable to non-certification students.
  11. Provide evidence of submitting the edTPA portfolio (resulting in an official score on all tasks within the assessment) prior to the end of the semester while enrolled in ECSE 4588. Not applicable to non-certification students.
  12. Complete all residency requirements for Middle Georgia State University.
  13. Adhere to all policies and codes of personal and professional conduct which originate with the School of Education & Behavioral Science, Middle Georgia State University, the Georgia Professional Standards Commission and associated Boards of Education.
NOTE: Should a teacher candidate complete all program requirements and the EPP determines that a candidate needs to increase competency in any area--knowledge, pedagogy, or dispositions--the EPP can request the completion of additional work before the teacher candidate will be declared a program completer. 

Certification Requirements

Upon receipt of the MGA Official Transcript with the degree awarded and earning passing scores on the following assessments, the Teacher Education Program will recommend the candidate for certification:

  1. Appropriate GACE content exams (003G & 004G);
  2. edTPA portfolio;
  3. Georgia Educator Ethics Exit Assessment (360G).

The decision to issue the Certificate of Eligibility resides solely with the Georgia Professional Standards Commission. Not applicable to non-certification students.

ECSE Probation Policy

The Department of Teacher Education & Social Work reviews each student’s record at the end of each semester. When a student’s cumulative GPA falls below 2.75 (Non-Certification 2.25), the student will be placed on probation within the Teacher Education program. The office of the Chair of the Department of Teacher Education & Social Work informs the student and mentor of this action in writing. Placement on probation means that the student is scholastically deficient and is continuing his or her education with the understanding that he or she must improve the level of work and meet the conditions of probation set by the Teacher Education Program. Students on probation shall meet with their academic mentor to devise a plan of action to be approved by the Chair of the Department of Teacher Education & Social Work to include monthly meetings with their academic mentor. The term of academic probation is one semester.

The student is removed from probation in the Teacher Education program if he or she is making satisfactory progress at the end of the probationary semester. The office of the Chair of the Department of Teacher Education & Social Work informs the student and mentor of this action.

If a student has not met the terms of satisfactory academic progress at the end of the probationary semester, the student will be dismissed from the Teacher Education program. A student who is dismissed from the Teacher Education program may choose to petition the Dean of the School of Education & Behavioral Science.

ESE Dismissal Policy

Failure to meet progression requirements will result in dismissal from the Teacher Education program.

A teacher candidate may also be dismissed from the Teacher Education program for disciplinary reasons. Behavioral concerns can/would be addressed through the Office of Student Affairs of Middle Georgia State University. In addition, students may be dismissed from the Teacher Education program for inappropriate behaviors as outlined in the Teacher Education program Student Handbook. Behaviors that are grounds for removal from the clinical experiences include, but are not limited to: confidentiality breeches, harassment, absenteeism or tardiness, malpractice/negligence, failure to follow Teacher Education program or clinical site policies and procedures, failure to fulfill responsibilities, or other activities that the supervisor deems unsafe or inappropriate. Ongoing patterns of unsafe/unprofessional behavior may be grounds for dismissal from the Teacher Education program.

Code of Ethics Violations

Pre-Service Certificate holders are certified individuals, and they are expected to uphold the Code of Ethics for Georgia Educators. Both Educator Preparation Providers (EPPs) and school districts are equally responsible for reporting suspected violations of the Code of Ethics to GaPSC. All educators are mandated reporters and are required to report alleged misconduct. For the educator, failure to report could result in a sanction of the educator’s certificate, and for an EPP, failure to report could impact the EPP’s approval status.

ESE Re-Entry Policy

Students who meet all present criteria for readmission to the Teacher Preparation Programs, must submit a completed readmission application, a criminal background check, and must submit a letter of intent by the application deadline. Prior to readmission, certification track students must hold a valid Pre-Service Certificate. Readmission occurs on a space available basis.

Curriculum for the Bachelor of Science in Elementary/Special Education

Core Curriculum (Credit: 42 hours)

Area A: Essential Skills (Credit: 9 hours)

ENGL 1101English Composition I

3 credits

ENGL 1102English Composition II

3 credits

Area A Math Elective Credit 3 hours

Courses recommended for Area A Math Elective are: MATH 1101 OR MATH 1111 
Note: Courses required for Area A must be completed within the first 30 hours.

Area B: Institutional Options (Credit: 4 hours)

Perspectives Elective

4 credits

Area C: Humanities/Fine Arts (Credit: 6 hours)

Literature Elective

3 credits

Area C Elective

3 credits

Area D: Science, Math and Technology (Credit: 11 hours)

Lab Science

4 credits

Lab Science

4 credits

Area D Elective

3 credits

Course recommended for Area D elective: MATH 1112 or MATH 1200 

Area E: Social Sciences (Credit: 12 hours)

HIST 2111United States History to 1865

3 credits

OR

HIST 2112United States History since 1865

3 credits

 

AND

 

POLS 1101American Government

3 credits

Area E Elective

3 credits

Area E Elective

3 credits

Course recommended for Area E Elective: PSYC 1101

Area F: Lower Division Major Requirements (Credit: 18 hours)

Major Field

EDUC 2110Investigating Critical & Contemporary Issues in Education

3 credits

EDUC 2120Exploring Socio-Cultural Perspectives on Diversity in Educational Contexts

3 credits

EDUC 2130Exploring Learning and Teaching

3 credits

ISCI 2001Integrated Science - Life and Earth Science

3 credits

ISCI 2002Integrated Science - Physical Science

3 credits

MATH 2008Foundations of Numbers and Operations

3 credits

Total Hours: 60

Required Upper-Level Courses (Credit: 54 hours)

ECSE 3201The Art of Language and Literature/Reading Endorsement

3 credits

ECSE 3400Technology in the Classroom

2 credits

ECSE 3410Development of the Whole Child

3 credits

ECSE 3431Literacy Acquisition/Reading Endorsement

4 credits

ECSE 3520Organizing an Effective Learning Environment

2 credits

ECSE 3531Literacy Assessment & Intervention Strategies/Reading Endorsement

4 credits

ECSE 3540Educational Assessment for Learning

4 credits

ECSE 3800Social Studies: Designing Interdisciplinary Curriculum

3 credits

ECSE 4200Mathematics Teaching and Curriculum in Grades Pre-K-5

3 credits

ECSE 4431Content Area Literacy/Reading Endorsement

2 credits

ECSE 4500Designing Instruction for All Learners

3 credits

ECSE 4520Positive Behavior Supports

3 credits

MATH 3106Foundations of Algebra

3 credits

MATH 3110Informal Geometry

3 credits

MATH 3156Introduction to Data Analysis

3 credits

SCIE 3000General Science for Elementary Education

3 credits

SPED 3110Introduction to the Exception Learner

3 credits

SPED 4110Program Planning for Exceptional Learners

3 credits

Day Track & Non-Certification Field Courses (Credit: 13 hours)

ECSE 3444Professional Roles and Teaching Practices I

2 credits

ECSE 3555Professional Roles and Teaching Practices II

3 credits

ECSE 4477Clinical Practice - Special Education

4 credits

ECSE 4588Clinical Practice - Early Childhood

4 credits

Evening Track & Non-Certification Field Courses (Credit: 13 hours)

ECSE 3447Professional Roles and Teaching Practices A

2 credits

ECSE 3558Professional Roles and Teaching Practices B

3 credits

ECSE 4477Clinical Practice - Special Education

4 credits

ECSE 4588Clinical Practice - Early Childhood

4 credits

Total Hours: 67

Total Hours: 127