South Georgia State College Bachelor's of Science in Elementary and Special Education

Program Admissions

Early admission applications into the ELE/SPED Program are accepted  beginning October 1, 2021 through February 19th, 2022 for the fall, 2022 semester cohort(s).  The application for our program is "online" and the link is provided below. After submitting the online application, you will be contacted to schedule an appointment for an admissions orientation meeting between some of our ELE/SPED program faculty and staff. 

GACE Program Admissions Assessment

For admission into teacher education, you must either pass or exempt the GACE Program Admission Assessment. See below for more information. It is imperative that all three of the GACE Program Admissions Tests are passed or exempted BEFORE the final admissions deadline of May 15th.

Please complete the online program admissions application. This is a link to the online application.


If you submit an application after February 19th, you should have completed your GACE Program Admissions Tests. This is described below. Otherwise, there is a risk of not obtaining GACE tests scores prior to the May 19th application deadline. Please email Dr. Kit Carson for more information.

The elementary and special education program offers dual certification in elementary and special education (with a reading endorsement), preparing students to work in both fields in grades K-5.  All ELE/SPED cohorts begin in the fall. Students in the ELE/SPED program are required to attend orientations, open houses, meet and greets, etc., all of which are held weeks before the official start of the SGSC fall semester. Please plan to be available as early as mid-July to attend these required events. Failure to attend these events will result in removal from the program. No exceptions will be made. 

Admissions Requirements

Some of the listed items below will be completed during the orientation meeting

  • Completed Candidate Beliefs Self-Assessment Survey.
  • Proof of successful completion of Georgia Education Ethics Assessment.
  • Copy of professional liability insurance showing coverage for entire length of program (two years), through graduation.
  • Copy of unofficial transcript reflecting:
    • GPA of 2.75
    • Completion of 60 semester credit hours that are applicable to program degree plan of study, including the completion of all courses in Area A1 (ENGL 1101, ENGL 1102), A2 (Math) and Area F (EDUC 2110, EDUC2120, EDUC 2130), with grades of C or better upon entering the program.
  • Proof of successful completion or exemption of GACE program admissions test

You may exempt GACE program admissions tests if you can provide proof of any of the following:

  • SAT minimum score 1000 combined Verbal/Critical Reading and Math for tests taken prior to July 1, 2019
  • SAT minimum score 1080 combined Evidence Based Reading/Writing and Math for tests taken on or after July 1, 2019

A copy of your SAT, ACT, or GACE Program Admissions score report is REQUIRED with your application. Transfer students must supply an official copy of test scores (SAT, ACT, or GACE Program Admissions)

Our program admissions office also requires that you…

  • Signed and notarized Verification of Lawful Presence (VLP) affidavit form (must include clear copy of acceptable ID as noted on Pg. 6 of Pre-Service Certification Application). (Completed during an orientation meeting).
  • Must maintain a documented, overall (SGSC and Transfer) grade point average of 3.0;
  • Register with the Georgia Professional Standards Commission and secure your MyPSC account; and

If you are a transfer student, apply to SGSC and submit a letter of recommendation from a professor at your previous institution.

Special Note for Transfer Students

Transfer students wishing to apply to the SGSC Teacher Education Program must first apply for admission to SGSC. Please note that admission to SGSC does not automatically guarantee admission to the Teacher Education Program.

Transfer students must also submit a letter of recommendation from an education professor at the previous institution. 

Once admitted, our field placement director places students in Professional Development Communities (PDCs). This placement is for two full years and includes a summer semester.