Master of Education Degree
The Master of Education degree is designed for individuals seeking to expand and strengthen their professional preparation in knowledge and pedagogy. The College offers the Master of Education degree in art education, business education (working with the Richards College of Business), early childhood education, educational leadership, professional counseling (college student affairs, community counseling, and school counseling), physical education, media (school library media and instructional technology), middle grades education, reading instruction, English, French, mathematics, science, social science, Spanish, special education (adapted curriculum and general curriculum), and speech-language pathology.
Most majors consist of a minimum of 36 semester hours of course work. Students seeking options in community counseling or school counseling in Professional Counseling require 48 hours; students seeking the college student affairs option are required to complete 42 hours. Both the community counseling and school counseling programs in Professional Counseling are accredited by the Council for Accreditation of Counseling and Related Educational Programs (CACREP) and designed to meet academic requirements for licensing as a professional counselor (LPC) in Georgia.
The Master of Education in Speech-Language Pathology is accredited by the Council for Academic Accreditation (CAA) in Audiology and Speech-Language Pathology of the American Speech-Language Hearing Association.
Minimum University System admission requirements for master's degree studies are as follows, but each department offering the M.Ed. degree may set additional admission requirements.
The student must hold an undergraduate degree from an accredited college or university with an undergraduate major in, or prerequisites for, the planned field of study where applicable.
For most programs, applicants must have earned a minimum 2.5 undergraduate grade point average calculated on all work attempted in which letter grades were awarded, and typically, must present a minimum score of at least 400 on the verbal and at least 400 on the analytical (for scores obtained prior to October 2002) or quantitative section of the GRE, whichever of the two is higher, for a minimum combined score of 800. Applicants may also submit a score on the Miller Analogies Test off 44 or higher (old form) or 396-401 (new form). Contact the Graduate School Office for information concerning the graduate program to which you are applying for more information. MAT scores are unacceptable for admission into the Ed. D. programs. Scores from the ETS PRAXIS or Georgia Assessments for the Certification of Educators (GACE) tests are unacceptable for admission into M.Ed. degree programs.
These are minimum requirements. Applicants should see program sections for specific program admission and exit criteria.
Students must have the recommendation of the major department to be accepted for admission. Certain programs require the Level-4 teaching certificate or its equivalent.
Applicants must hold an undergraduate degree from an accredited college or university with an undergraduate major in, or prerequisites for, the planned field of study where applicable.
Applicants who fail to meet either the minimum undergraduate grade point average or entrance test score requirements for regular admission may be considered for provisional admission if they meet one of the following criteria:
- The undergraduate grade point average multiplied by 100 and added to GRE score (verbal + analytical or quantitative for test taken prior to October 2002) equals at least 1000 points. GRE scores submitted after October 2002 require verbal and quantitative scores and an analytical writing score of at least 3.0 to be considered for provisional admission. In all cases, the GRE score must be at least 350 on both verbal and quantitative or analytical sections.
- The old Miller Analogies Test score (scores received prior to June 1996 only. Out-of-state test scores from October 1990 August 1991 will not be accepted) multiplied by 10 and added to applicant's grade point average which is multiplied by 100 equals at least 560 or above. In no event may the old MAT score be lower than 27. Criteria for meeting provisional admission using MAT scores for tests taken from October 1, 2004 and later have been established by the Graduate School. If an applicant's MAT score does not meet regular admission standards, the Graduate School will determine by previously established criteria if it meets the Graduate School minimum for consideration for provisional admission.
In each of the scenarios presented above, the minimum grade point average is 2.2. In no event may the undergraduate grade point average be lower than 2.2. These are graduate school minimal admission requirements for provisional admission. Graduate programs may have higher admission standards. Some graduate programs do not admit candidates provisionally. Contact the respective department offering the program in which you are interested for more information.
A student's provisional status will not be changed until he/she has completed 9 hours of graduate work (including at least two 6000- or 7000-level courses) with grades of "B" or better and satisfied any other requirements stipulated at the time of his/her provisional admission (e.g., submission of the appropriate teaching certificate).
Prospective students denied admission may submit a letter of appeal to the Dean of the Graduate School.