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. 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
Professional Education Core Requirements9
Learning Theories and Applications
Educational Research
Foundations of Technology-Enabled Learning
Content-Specific Requirements9
Trends in the Content Areas
Readings and Research in the Content Areas
Plus the advanced pedagogy course in one's area of certification:
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
Additional Requirements9
Classroom Assessment and Data Literacy
Enhancing Student Performance
MED Seminar in Middle Grades and Secondary Education 1
Electives towards endorsement or certificate (Complete 9 hours to earn one of the listed endorsements or toward the certificate below) 29
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).


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