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2022-2023 Academic Catalog 
2022-2023 Academic Catalog [ARCHIVED CATALOG]

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

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Degree Requirements: 36 Credit Hours


Candidates must select a concentration in their area of certification:

  • Biology Education
  • Broad Field Science 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.

Admission Requirements

Regular Admission

  1. Complete requirements for a bachelor’s degree from a regionally accredited institution.
  2. Possess or be eligible for a renewable Georgia level four teaching certificate; or possess an equivalent out-of-state certificate. The certificate must be in one of the following certification areas: biology, broad field science, chemistry, economics, English, geography, history, mathematics, physics, or political science. Candidates who have completed all requirements for the Georgia level four teaching certificate have until the end of the first semester to obtain the certificate. Candidates with an out-of-state certificate will not receive Georgia certification upon program completion.
  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, the Code of Ethics for Educators, and tort liability insurance.

Provisional Admission

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.

Program of Study

Electives Credit Hours: 9

  • Electives towards endorsement or certificate (Complete 9 hours to earn one of the listed endorsements or toward the certificate below) 2

Total Credit Hours: 36

1 This is the capstone course for the program. It must be taken in the final spring semester of the course of study. Educational Research (EDUR 7130 ) is a pre-requisite for this course.
2 Recommended electives would include courses that lead to specific endorsements or towards certificates:
Endorsements or Certificate Electives:
English for Speakers of Other Languages (ESOL) Endorsement: Applied Linguistics for ESOL/TCLD (TCLD 6233 ), ESED Cultural Diversity and ESOL/TCLD (TCLD 6231 ), and Methods for Teaching ESOL/TCLD (TCLD 6235 )
Online Teaching and Learning Endorsement: Theories and Models of Instructional Design (ITEC 8134 ), Pedagogy of Online Learning (ITEC 8135 ), and Field Experience in Online Teaching and Learning (ITEC 8136 )
Reading Endorsement: Approaches to Literacy Instruction (READ 7131 ), Linking Literacy Assessment with Instruction (READ 7132 ), and Literacy in the Content Areas (READ 7330 )
Curriculum and Pedagogy for Social Justice Certificate: Foundations for Social Justice Education (EDUF 8631 ), Multicultural Education (EDUF 7235 ), Curriculum Design and Evaluation (EDUC 8230 ), Curriculum and Pedagogy for Social Justice (EDUC 8632 ), Social Justice Inquiry (EDUC 8633 ), and either Critical Issues in Literacy Education with Diverse Populations (READ 8530 ) or Understanding Diverse Students through Case Study (EDUF 7230 )

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.


Graduate students are advised by their program. Graduate students should reach out to their graduate program director for information regarding the structures in place to facilitate advisement. For more information visit Graduate Academic Advisement .

Graduate students can also contact the Jack N. Averitt College of Graduate Studies for more information about their program director.
Phone: 912-478-COGS (2647)

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