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  from January 6th, 2021 through February 19th, 2021 for the fall, 2021 semester cohort(s).  The application packet must be delivered in person. Please make an appointment by emailing

After February 19th, applicants need to schedule an appointment with Dr. Carson to discuss the program application. Late applications are accepted until May 15th, 2021. Please keep in mind that a few program requirements must be completed in a timely manner. There is a risk of missing the Fall, 2021 cohort start if the application is late. 


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. 

Please read the following information thoroughly before applying to the teacher education program:

  • Professional Development Communities (PDCs)
  • Field Placement Policy
  • Pre-Planning Requirements

Submit the following application materials as a complete packet:

  • Completed teacher education application for admission. This is a link to the application.
  • 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)

The College of Education admissions office also requires that you…

  • Complete the Georgia PSC pre-service application (completed during an orientation meeting).
  • 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.

Please be sure to read the professional development communities, field placement, pre-planning and requirement information thoroughly.