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).
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.
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.