The Winter Semester course, January 2 - February 27, 2016 has already begun. No further registrations will be accepted. Completion of this course satisfies the Georgia Professional Standards Commission requirement. PSC RULE: Any person certified in a teaching field, the leadership field of Educational Leadership, the service fields of Media Specialist and School Counseling, or holders of permit certificates shall complete course work approved by the GaPSC (three  semester hours of college credit or five  Georgia professional learning units) in the identification and education of children who have special educational needs. (Page 2, 505-2-.24 SPECIAL GEORGIA REQUIREMENTS, Effective April 15, 2015. Authority O.C.G.A. 20-2-200) This was formerly known as the Georgia House Bill 671 course.
Welcome to the course management site for http://georgiateachers.net/. The course offered on this site has previously been approved by the Georgia Department of Education, The University of Georgia, Agnes Scott College, MRESA, GaTAPP and over 60 Georgia school systems.
The next available course will be:
Spring Semester: March 19 - May 15, 2016
Because of recent rule changes at the PSC, I will now only be able to provide this course through a Georgia School System, RESA or University. That means you must be employed in a Georgia school system or university, and they must approve the course by completing a prior approval form for you to take this course for credit.
Partnering with a school system will be especially helpful if they have only a few teachers who need to meet the Special Georgia Requirement because it will be cheaper for them to allow their teachers to enroll in my online course than to hire an instructor to deliver the course in-house. It has also been my observation that many RESAs do not offer the course, or they struggle to have enough participants for the course to "make." This online course is less expensive than a college tuition would be. Students at Georgia colleges and universities may take the course to fulfill a part of their degree programs if the college or university agrees to recognize it. The University of Georgia and Agnes Scott College have done so in the past.
All resources for this course are provided or are available free online. There is no text book to buy. Those who demonstrate mastery by completing this course which is equivalent to a 3 semester-hour university course also satisfy the Georgia Special Requirement to have a course in the Identification and Education of Exceptional Children as described by the Georgia Professional Standards Commission(PSC).
The course is hosted on a Moodle website. Tuition is $350. There are no other expenses. No textbook is required since most are out-of-date by the time they are published. Students are directed to download specific Georgia resource materials like the Special Education Implementation Manuals available at the Georgie Department of Education website. They will also be referring to the websites of the major organizations for each disability we cover.
Assignments are posted each Saturday morning. Resources to read or videos to view will be listed in each week's section, along with activities or assignments to complete. Participants may do their work anytime that is convenient for them. Each week's assignments are due by midnight on Sunday one week later. We cover up-to-date information on special education law and the identification and education of children who have special educational needs.
There is no partial credit, and there are no refunds after the first week of the course. Some assignments will be evaluated meets standard or incomplete Others will receive a number grade on the 100 point scale so students will know exactly how they are doing. Students also have the opportunity to resubmit assignments that do not meet standards the first time until one week after the course officially ends.
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