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

Degree Requirements: 36 Credit Hours

Certificate Upgrade Information: An educator who holds a level four Georgia certificate in Elementary 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 or be eligible for a Georgia level four certificate in Elementary Childhood Education, or possess or be eligible for a Georgia Certificate of Eligibility for an Induction Certificate in Elementary Childhood Education. 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. Submit a personal statement of purpose, not to exceed 500 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
Professional Education Core Requirements
ITEC   8231Transforming Learning with Technology 3
EDUF   7150Learning Theories and Assessment3
EDUR   7140Action Research in Elementary Settings3
Specialized Content for Teaching
(Professional Education Prerequisites)
ELEM   7230Advanced Language Arts Methods3
ELEM   7330Advanced Mathematics Methods3
ELEM   7430Advanced Science Methods3
ELEM   7530Advanced Social Studies Methods3
ELEM   7234Teaching Communication Across Cultures3
ELEM   7233Teaching Writing in the Elementary School3
Electives toward endorsement or certificate (Complete the 9 hours to earn one of the listed endorsements or complete 9 hours toward the Curriculum & Pedagogy for Social Justice Certificate) 19
Total Credit Hours36

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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