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If the number of applications exceeds maximum capacity for the ELESPED dual degree in the College of Education, then admissions will review applications and make admissions decisions based on academic standing. Those not admitted are welcome to reapply, and we strongly recommend that students make an appointment with their academic advisor to review their options.

Entrance into program: The online application will open on January 4, 2021 and close January 29, 2021. Late applications will NOT be accepted.

The Elementary & Special Education Department offers a dual major in early childhood and special education, preparing students to work in both fields in grades P-5. All ELESPED cohorts begin in the fall, including 10 credit hours during the summer before their internship. 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 UNG 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 Elementary & Special Education program:

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

The following documents must be uploaded when completing the online application

  • Candidate Beliefs Self-Assessment Survey
  • Completed pre-service certificate application (document provided in application to download, complete, then upload in the application)
  • Completed Verification of Lawful Presence Affidavit form (document provided in application to download, complete, then upload in the application. Please note, this document must be completed in its entirety and notarized before uploading to your application.)
  • A photocopy of the photo identification that was used when notarizing the VLP (driver’s license, passport, or other government issued photo ID. If using a passport, you MUST include the front and back pages)
  • Proof of successful completion of Georgia Ethics Assessment
  • A copy of current professional liability insurance
  • A completed plan of study signed by your College of Education advisor
  • Test Scores for GACE Program Admissions, SAT, or ACT
    • You may exempt GACE Program Admissions by providing proof of the following:
      • For SAT® Score Reports dated prior to 7/1/19
        • 1000 on Verbal/Critical Reading, and Math (Note that this is the previous SAT title used prior to March 2016.), OR
        • 1000 on Evidence based Reading/Writing and Math (Note that this is current SAT title as of March 2016.)
        • For recentering SAT® scores prior to April, 1995, visit the Georgia Professional Standards Commission.
      • For Score Reports dated on or after 7/1/19
        • 1080 on Evidence based Reading/Writing AND Math
      • Tests from two test administrations can be combined to meet the exemption requirement. 
        (Ex: Verbal from one SAT test administration combined with Math from another SAT test administration.)
      • In combining scores from two test administrations, if one of the score reports is dated on or after 7/1/19, the minimum SAT score to exempt the GACE Program Admission Assessment (PAA) must be 1080. 
        (Ex. The math score from a score report dated prior to 7/1/19 can be combined with the Evidence based Reading/Writing score from a score report dated on or after 7/1/19, to meet the 1080 minimum required exemption score.) 
      • ACT minimum score of 43 combining English and Math
      • The minimum passing score for GACE Program Admissions is 250 in each section (reading, math, and writing)
    • OFFICIAL SAT or ACT score report if exempting GACE Program Admissions. Unofficial test scores and transcripts are no longer accepted.
  • Additional program requirements include:
    • A GPA of 2.75 or higher upon admission to the program
    • 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), Area D math, and ALL Area F (EDUC 2110, EDUC 2120, EDUC 2130, MATH 2008, ISCI 2001K/L, ISCI 2002K/L), with grades of C or better upon entering the program.

The College of Education admissions office also requires that you…

  • Must maintain a documented, overall (UNG and Transfer) grade point average of 3.0; and
  • Register with the Georgia Professional Standards Commission and secure your MyPSC account

Special Note for Transfer Students

Transfer students wishing to apply to a teacher certification program must first apply for admission to UNG. Please note that admission to UNG does not automatically guarantee admission to a teacher certification 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.

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