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Elementary and Special Education, B.Sc.

  • Application Deadline
  • 48 months
Dahlonega, GA, United States
The Bachelor of Science with a major in elementary and special education (ELESPED) program at the University of North Georgia offers a dual major of 127 hours in elementary and special education, preparing students to work in both fields from pre-kindergarten through fifth grade.
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Elementary and Special Education

Not only are our teacher candidates in the elementary and special education program at the University of North Georgia are well-prepared for the classroom due to their intensive field experiences and internships, but our ELESPED candidates work with faculty who are experts in the most current pedagogies and research. Our faculty engage students in undergraduate research, grant work, and publishing opportunities.

Detailed Programme Facts

  • Programme intensity Full-time
    • Full-time duration 48 months
  • Credits
    120 alternative credits
  • Languages
    • English
  • Delivery mode
    On Campus

Programme Structure

Courses include:

  • Music for the Elementary Classroom Teacher 
  • Child Development 
  • Educational Assessment 
  • Classroom Organization & Management 
  • Strategies for Supporting Children and Families from Diverse Communities 
  • Language and Cognition 
  • Characteristics of Students with Special Needs 
  • Applied Data Analysis 
  • Educational Assessment of Students with Special Needs 
  • Applied Behavior Analysis 
  • Curriculum Methods & Materials 
  • Instruction of Students with Special Needs 
  • Education Internship — Planning 
  • Early Childhood/Special Education Internship 
  • Early Childhood/Special Education Internship 
  • Informal Geometry 
  • Modeling and Algebra 
  • Performance 
  • Professionalism 
  • Teaching Reading and Writing in Elementary Schools 
  • Reading in the Content Areas 
  • Assessing Literacy in Early Childhood Education 
  • Children's Literature and Language Arts 

English Language Requirements

  • Minimum required score:


    The TOEFL iBT ® measures your English-language abilities in an academic setting. The test has four sections (reading, listening, speaking, and writing), each with a score range of 0-30, for a total score range of 0-120.

  • Minimum required score:


    The IELTS – or the International English Language Test System – tests your English-language abilities (writing, listening, speaking, and reading) on a scale of 1.00–9.00. The minimum IELTS score requirement refers to which Overall Band Score you received, which is your combined average score. Read more about IELTS.

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    The TOEFL®PBT is administered in a paper format and measures your ability to use and understand English in a classroom setting at the college or university level. It accurately measures how well you can listen, read and write in English while performing academic tasks.

Academic Requirements

You need the following GPA score:

Required score: 2

Applicants for graduate programs must have the equivalent of a bachelor’s degree with a minimum GPA equivalent to 2 on a US 4.0 grading scale. Admitted applicants typically have an undergraduate GPA of or better on a 4.0 scale. No exam grade should be lower than 4.5 (European grade scale) or D (American grade scale).

Your GPA (Grade Point Average) is calculated using the grades that you received in each course, and is determined by the points assigned to each grade (e.g. for the US grading scale from A-F).

General Requirements

Admission requirements national

  • 16 or older before the first day of class.
  • Must be a graduate from an accredited high school.  See list of approved accrediting organizations in the notes section below.
  • Students graduating from a non-accredited homeschool or high school program, please apply as a non-accredited home school applicant.
  • Meeting minimum requirements does not guarantee acceptance.
Admission requirements international
  • Submit official SAT or ACT scores and meet traditional freshman criteria.
  • You must be able to prove that you have the equivalent of at least $39,000 USD in the bank to finance your education if you are applying for a bachelor's degree, or $29,000 USD if applying for an associate degree.

Tuition Fee

  • International

    19754 USD/year
    Tuition Fee
    Based on the original amount of 19754 USD per year and a duration of 48 months.
  • National

    19754 USD/year
    Tuition Fee
    Based on the original amount of 19754 USD per year and a duration of 48 months.
  • In-State

    5596 USD/year
    Tuition Fee
    Based on the original amount of 5596 USD per year and a duration of 48 months.
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Living costs for Dahlonega

  • 900 - 1400 USD/month
    Living Costs

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