BSED Special Education: Deaf Education Track

Dear Deaf Ed Major:

This map is a term-by-term sample course schedule. The milestones listed below each term are designed to keep you on course to graduate in four years. Two sample schedules are provided as a general guideline to help you build a full schedule each term.  The elective courses must be selected with your advisor to satisfy all Georgia requirements, the core curriculum, required lab sciences, and any multicultural requirements.

The teaching profession is one of the greatest callings a student can have and the DEAF Education faculty at VSU is committed to preparing professional teachers who can effectively demonstrate the knowledge, competencies, and skills necessary to teach children in ways that enhance their overall growth.  The Department of Middle, Secondary, Reading, and Deaf Education offers a Bachelor of Science in Special Education-Deaf and Hard of Hearing (B.S.Ed) program of study at the undergraduate level that prepares pre-service teachers to work with students who are D/deaf or hard of hearing. By providing students with content knowledge and pedagogical skills, students graduate prepared to meet the diverse needs of this unique student population. This pre-professional degree (P – 12) is designed to provide graduates with competency in American Sign Language (ASL), as measured by an Intermediate rating or above on the Sign Language Proficiency Interview (SLPI). This equips graduates with the skill set needed to communicate with students enrolled in schools for the deaf, as well as those served in resource rooms and general education settings.  

During the last semester of their senior year, students apply to the Graduate School for admission in the Master of Education-Deaf and Hard of Hearing (M. Ed. - 5 year) program.  This 5-year program culminates with a M.Ed. Students who successfully complete the M.Ed. are recommended to the Professional Standards Commission, Georgia’s teacher certifying agency, for certification.

Program website:

Office Location: Dewar College of Education & Human Services, Room 1160

Year 1

Fall Hrs.
ENGL 1101 3
HIST 2111 or 2112 3
3 hour math or science from Area D 3
EDUC 2110 3
KSPE 2000 2
Total hours 15
Spring Hrs.
ENGL 1102 3
POLS 1101 3
Science (w/lab from Area D) 4
EDUC 2120 3
Total hours 16

Milestones: Complete Georgia Government & History requirement. Complete regent’s requirement. Overall 2.75 GPA or higher. Accumulate 30 or more collegiate credits, attaining sophomore status.

Year 2

Fall Hrs.
ENGL 2111, 2112, OR 2113 3
PSYC 1101 3
MATH 1111 or 1101 3
EDUC 2130 3
ISCI 2001 or 2002 3
Total hours 15
Spring Hrs.
EDUC 2999 0
PERS 2XXX (different category than the previous one) 2
Science w/lab from Area D 4
Area E elective 3
KSPE 2150 2
Area C elective 3
Total hours 14

Milestones: Overall 2.75 GPA or higher. Accumulate 60 or more collegiate credits, attaining junior status. Get admitted to Teacher Education.

Year 3

Fall Hrs.
ELES 3010 3
LITR 3110 3
LITR 3120 3
SPEC 3000 3
ELED 3190 2
Total hours 14
Spring Hrs.
ELES 3020 3
MATH 2008 3
ELED 4500 3
LITR 3130 3
ECED 3690 2
Total hours 14
Summer Hrs.
ASLS 2110 (month of June) 3
ASLS 2120 (month of July) 3
Total hours 6

Milestones: Overall 2.75 GPA or higher. Accumulate 90 or more collegiate credits, attaining senior status. Apply for graduation.

Year 4

Fall Hrs.
ASLS 2130 3
DEAF 3130 3
DEAF 4050 3
MGED 3220 3
SPEC 3020 3
Total hours 15
Spring Hrs.
ASLS 3180 (1st 8 weeks) 3
ASLS 3210 (2nd 8 weeks) 3
DEAF 3040 3
MGED 3991 3
MATH 3161 3
Total hours 15
Summer Hrs.
ASLS 3220 (Maymester) 3
Total hours 3

Milestones: Overall 2.75 GPA or higher. Apply for Graduate School during Term 7. Must pass the ASLPI at an Intermediate Level. Accumulate 128 collegiate credits.