The Education Specialist (Ed.S.) degree is a unique professional degree for educators that is designed to provide the opportunity to develop a high level of proficiency in the field of study as well as develop research and leadership skills. Programs of study leading to the Ed.S. degree enable students to meet certification or certificate upgrade requirements for the Georgia Professional Standards Commission as specified in Georgia Southern’s “approved programs.” Upon successful completion of the program, graduates are eligible for the appropriate Level Six Certificate.
Upon admission into the Ed.S. program, the student is responsible for contacting the assigned graduate advisor. Collaboratively an individualized Program of Study should be developed that meets degree requirements and also reflects the student’s career goals, educational background, interests, and needs. Upon completion of the Ed.S. degree, graduates are eligible to apply for the Georgia Level Six Certificate if they possess the Level Five Certificate in the field.
Admission to Ed.S. Programs
Georgia Southern University admits persons who display an educational development and achievement level that are better than average. To this end, admission requirements reflect previous educational orientation, and a judgment of admission or rejection is made by the College. For admission to the College of Graduate Studies to pursue the Education Specialist degree, the applicant should refer to the program page for specific information on admission, program of study, and other requirements.
If program policy allows, 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.