Behavior Learning Disabilities (BLD)
These disabilities are often referred to as “high incidence” because they are the most frequently represented areas of disabilities in schools today.
Students with these disabilities are served across a continuum of placements, including the general education classroom, pullout and small groups, self-contained special education classrooms, public schools, private schools, residential facilities, and colleges and universities.
(1) learn more about individuals with disabilities
(2) become certified to teach students with disabilities
(3) advance their knowledge and practices for working with students with disabilities
(4) become researchers, academic faculty, and leaders in the field.
In the state of Georgia, the teaching certificate associated with the field of BLD is called Special Education General Curriculum (P-12).
All initial teacher preparation program candidates must pass a state mandated teacher performance assessment, the edTPA, at the end of their programs in order to become certified in Georgia. The teacher performance assessment is designed to measure a candidate’s ability to help all students learn. Teacher candidates are required to demonstrate knowledge and skills in planning, teaching, assessing and analyzing student learning. Please see as follows the number of teacher candidates who passed the edTPA out of the total number of candidates who successfully submitted the edTPA in the program, subject-specific area.
Special Education - 9/9
Learn more about individuals with disabilities and how to become a teacher:
- Bachelor of Science in Education (B.S.E.) in Early Childhood and Elementary Education with Concentration in Early Childhood and Elementary Education (P-5) and Special Education General Curriculum (P-12) Dual Certification
- Bachelor of Science in Education (B.S.E.) in Middle Level Education with Concentration in Two Content Areas (4th – 8th grades) and Special Education General Curriculum (P-12)
- Minor in Special Education—High Incidence Disabilities
- Bachelors of Interdisciplinary Studies—Concentration in Behavior and Learning Disabilities
Graduate and Nondegree Programs
Become a teacher, advance your teaching skills, and gain research and leadership expertise:
- Nondegree Initial Certification Program in Special Education General Curriculum P-12
- Masters of Education (M.Ed) in Behavior Learning Disabilities
- Doctor of Philosophy (Ph.D.) in Education of Students with Exceptionalities
Visit What Does It Cost? for undergraduate financial aid information.
Graduate and Nondegree Programs
The application process is completed online. View the College of Education & Human Development’s graduate admissions page for more information on how to apply.
Financial Aide and GRA Positions
There are a variety of resources available to help you pay for graduate school.
- Explore GSU’s Financial Aid website.
- The College of Education & Human Development also provides information about scholarships and fellowships.
- Masters and doctoral students may apply for the Glenn A. Verguson Scholarship for Special Education.
- Masters and doctoral students may apply for graduate research assistantships (GRA). GRA positions are available in departments and Colleges across campus and differ by their funding source and job requirements. Both full- and part-time positions come with a partial or full tuition waiver and a stipend. Apply for GRA positions in ESC.
Information for Current StudentsForms, handbooks and other items you may need:
ResearchLearn more about previous and ongoing research in BLD and ESC:
- Urban Child Study Center
- Georgia Learning Disabilities Research Innovation Hub
- Project LIBERATE: Literacy Instruction Based on Evidence through Research for Adjudicated Teens to Excel
- National Technical Assistance Center/Positive Behavioral Interventions & Supports (PBIS)
- Collaboration and Resources for Encouraging and Supporting Transformations in Education (CREST-Ed) Program
- Network for Enhancing Teacher-Quality (NET-Q)
- Research in ESC
- Graduate Research Assistantships in ESC
Professional OrganizationsAccess research, connect with other professionals, and continue your own professional growth.
- Council for Exceptional Children (link to )
- CEC Council for Children with Behavioral Disorders
- CEC Division for Learning Disabilities (DLD)
- CEC Division for Culturally and Linguistically Diverse Exceptional Learners (DDEL)
- CEC Division for Research
- Learning Disabilities Association of Georgia
- International Dyslexia Association—Georgia Branch
- Georgia Association for Positive Behavior Support
- Professional Association of Georgia Educators
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