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The Certification Only Program in Special Education is designed for candidates who already possess a bachelor's degree in another field and would like to transition into the education profession. This program provides the requirements necessary to obtain a teaching certificate in Special Education - General Curriculum (P-12) from the Georgia Professional Standards Commission.

Program Requirements

Applicants must complete the following items to be considered for admission:

  • Students must pass or exempt the GACE Program Admissions Exam. This exam is also offered on campus through our Testing Center
    • Minimum passing score is 250 in each section (math, reading, and writing) OR you can submit a composite score of 750 if you have at least one section with a score of 250 or higher
    • For exemption, a minimum score of 1000 on Reading and Math (before 7/1/2019) or a minimum score of 1080 on Reading an Math (on or after 7/1/2019)
  • Pass the GACE Special Education - General Curriculum Content Exam
  • Take the Georgia Educator Ethics Exam
  • Possess a bachelor's degree from an accredited college or university, with an earned grade point average of 2.75 or higher

Application Procedures

Post Baccalaureate students must meet specific requirements for admissions. Please make sure to check all requirements for admissions. 

Admissions Requirements


Post-Baccalaureate Certificate

Special Education - Initial Teaching Certification

Education Center

Rachel L. Abbott, Ph.D., CHES

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