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

Teaching and Learning (Grades P-12) Ed.S. (Online)

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Degree Requirements: 33 Hours


Candidates must select one area of concentration from the areas in which they currently hold a level five Georgia certificate:

  • Elementary Education (Grades P-5)

  • Middle Grades Education (Middle Grades Language Arts, Middle Grades Reading, Middle Grades Math, Middle Grades Science,  Middle Grades Social Studies)

  • Secondary Education (Biology Education, Broad Field Science Education, Business Education, Chemistry Education, Economics Education, English Education, Geography Education, History Education, Mathematics Education, Physics Education, Political Science Education)

  • Special Education (Adaptive Curriculum, General Curriculum)

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

Admission Requirements

Regular Admission

1. Complete requirements for a master’s degree from a regionally accredited institution.

2. Possess or be eligible for a Georgia level five teaching certificate in the chosen concentration area; or possess an equivalent out-of-state teaching certificate in the chosen concentration area. Candidates who have completed all requirements for the Georgia level five teaching certificate have until the end of the first semester to obtain certificate. Candidates with an out-of-state certificate will not receive Georgia certification upon program completion.

3. Present a 3.25 or higher 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, 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


Select 12 credit hours of graduate-level electives (5000G or above) in the following subjects: EDUC, EDUF, EDUR, ELEM, ESED, ITEC, MGED, MSED, READ, SPED, or TCLD.

1 Ed.S. candidates must complete the Content Specific Requirements in Concentration Areas Research on Current Trends and Issues (ESED 8130 ), Curriculum and Instruction (ESED 8132 ), and Problem of Practice (ESED 8839 )

ESED 8130  Research on Current Trends and Issues must be taken before ESED 8132  Curriculum and Instruction 

ESED 8132  Curriculum and Instruction must be taken semester before ESED 8839  Problem of Practice

Total Credit Hours: 33

Other Program Requirements

  • Must successfully complete assessments identified at each transition point.
  • 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).
  • Grade Average: To be eligible for graduation, a candidate must maintain a cumulative 3.00 grade point average. A candidate will be excluded from the program upon earning grades of “C” or below on two or more courses within the program of study. 


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)
Email: gradschool@georgiasouthern.edu



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