Secondary Education (Grades 6-12) M.Ed. (Online)

Degree Requirements: 36 Credit Hours


Candidates must select a concentration in their area of certification:

  • Biology Education
  • Broad Fields Science Education
  • Business Education
  • Chemistry Education
  • Economics Education
  • English Education
  • Geography Education
  • History Education
  • Mathematics Education
  • Physics Education
  • Political Science Education

Certificate Upgrade Information: An educator who holds a level four Georgia certificate in Secondary Education will qualify for a level five certificate upgrade upon successful completion of all program requirements. (See catalog section on Certification.)

Admission Requirements


  1. Complete requirements for a Bachelor’s degree from a regionally accredited institution.
  2. Possess a Georgia Induction or Professional Certificate or the equivalent, or possess or be eligible for a Georgia Certificate of Eligibility for an Induction Certificate. The certificate must be in one of the following certification areas: biology, broad fields science, business, chemistry, economics, English, geography, history, mathematics, physics, or political science. Candidates who have completed all requirements for the Georgia Certificate of Eligibility have until the end of the first semester to obtain the certificate.
  3. Present a cumulative 2.50 (4.0 scale) grade point average or higher on all undergraduate and graduate work combined.
  4. Present current official report from the Miller Analogies Test (MAT) or the verbal, quantitative and analytical writing sections of the Graduate Record Examination (GRE) showing competitive scores.
  5. Submit a personal statement of purpose, not to exceed 200 words, that identifies the applicant’s reasons for pursuing graduate study and how admission into the program relates to the applicant’s professional aspirations.
  6. Submit a completed “Disclosure and Affirmation Form” that addresses misconduct disclosure, criminal background check, the Code of Ethics for Educators, and tort liability insurance.


Applicants may be approved for provisional admission based on the quality of the admission material presented. Provisional students must earn grades of “B” or higher in their first nine (9) credits of course work after admission and meet any other stipulations outlined by the department to be converted to regular status.


Credit Hours
Professional Education Core Requirements6
Learning Theories and Applications
Educational Research
Content-Specific Requirements 112
Readings and Research in the Content Areas
Early Adolescent Literature
Teaching Business Education in the Secondary Schools
Teaching Middle Grades and Secondary Mathematics
Trends in Middle and Secondary Science
Trends in Middle and Secondary Social Studies
Trends in the Content Areas
Literacy in the Content Areas
Specific Requirements12
Cultural Issues: ESOL 2
Enhancing Student Performance
Trends, Issues, and Research in Education
MED Seminar in Middle Grades and Secondary Education 3
Electives (approved by the advisor)6
Total Credit Hours36

Candidates must complete the Content-Specific Requirements in their area of certification:  Biology Education, Broad Fields Science Education, Business Education, Chemistry Education, Economics Education, English Education, Geography Education, History Education, Mathematics Education, Physics Education, or Political Science Education.


If Cultural Issues: ESOL (ESED   5234)/Cultural Issues: ESOL (ESED   5234G) was taken previously, acceptable alternatives include the following: Applied Linguistics: ESOL (ESED   5233G); Methods for ESOL (ESED   5235G); Teaching Literacy with English Language Learners (READ   7432); Applied English Grammar (LING   6133); Language, Nation, and Globalization (LING   6231); or Teaching English Internationally (LING   6233).


Prerequisite(s): Educational Research (EDUR   7130), and Trends in the Content Areas (MSED   8331) or Readings and Research in the Content Areas (MSED   8333), and an advanced pedagogy course in one's certified concentration area.

Other Program Requirements

  • Successfully complete assessments identified at each program transition point.
  • Maintain an active account with the COE electronic data management system.
  • Claim Georgia Southern University as your program provider in your MyPSC Account during your first term of enrollment (see information under MyPSC Account in Graduate Catalog, College of Education).


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Statesboro, GA 30460
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