Elementary Education (Grades P-5) Ed.S. (Online)

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

Degree Requirements: 33 Credit Hours

Admission Requirements


  1. Complete requirements for a Master’s degree from a regionally accredited institution.
  2. Possess or be eligible for a Georgia level five certificate in Elementary Education, or possess or be eligible for a Georgia Certificate of Eligibility for level five Induction Certificate in Elementary Education. Candidates who have completed all requirements for the Georgia Certificate of Eligibility for a level five Induction Certificate have until the end of the first semester to obtain the certificate.
  3. Present a 3.25 or higher GPA on all graduate work attempted.
  4. 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.
  5. 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
Prerequisite Coursework
EDUF   7130Learning Theories and Applications 3
EDUR   7130Educational Research 3
or EDUR   7140 Action Research in Elementary Settings


Credit Hours
Core Requirements15
Educational Statistics I
Research on Current Trends and Issues 2
Teacher Leadership 3
Transforming Learning with Technology
Applied Linguistics for ESOL/TCLD 1
Content Specific Requirements 49
Field-Based Educational Research 5
Curriculum and Instruction 3
Seminar and Field Study 6
Select 9 credit hours of Electives9
Total Credit Hours33

Other Program Requirements

  • Successful completion of the Ed.S. Comprehensive Exit Assessment; involves constituting a three faculty advisory committee to guide field study, and requires the completion and oral presentation of a major field-based action research paper.
  • Must 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).


Graduate Academic Services Center (GASC)
P.O. Box 8083
Statesboro, GA 30460
Phone: (912) 478-1447
Fax: (912) 478-5093