The Education Specialist degree with a major in Secondary Education is offered with a concentration in Biology, Broad Field Science, Business, Chemistry, Economics, English, History, Mathematics, Physics, or Political Science. This program provides advanced preparation for an in-depth knowledge of the teaching field and an opportunity for utilization of research methods and a culminating project.

For more information, please see the Academic Catalog.

For more information, please see the Academic Catalog.

  • Overview

    The Education Specialist degree with a major in Secondary Education is offered with a concentration in Biology, Broad Field Science, Business, Chemistry, Economics, English, History, Mathematics, Physics, or Political Science. This program provides advanced preparation for an in-depth knowledge of the teaching field and an opportunity for utilization of research methods and professional literature. Each concentration includes a minimum of 27 hours of graduate work distributed among courses in professional education, content specialization, and research, and includes a culminating project.

    Method of Delivery

    95-100% online

    Accreditation

    The University of West Georgia is accredited by The Southern Association of Colleges and Schools Commission on Colleges (SACSCOC).

    Credit and transfer

    Total semester hours required: 27
    A transfer credit evaluation will be completed by the UWG Transfer Team (transfer@westga.edu). Course application to a program is subject to review by the department.

  • Cost

    This program is offered entirely online. Though a student may choose to sign-up for a face-to-face elective or core course, one can earn this degree completely online.

    Save money

    UWG is often ranked as one of the most affordable accredited university of its kind, regardless of the method of delivery chosen. In addition, online courses and programs can mean a huge cost-savings in many non-evident ways: No more high gas charges. No childcare needed. The flexibility can allow one to maintain a job while attending school. Regardless of state residency, out-of-state non-resident students are not charged non-resident tuition for online course credit hours.

    Details

    • Total tuition costs and fees may vary, depending on the instructional method of the courses in which the student chooses to enroll.
    • The more courses a student takes in a single term, the more they will typically save in fees and total cost.
    • Face-to-Face or partially online courses are charged at the general tuition rate and all mandatory campus fees, based on the student's residency (non-residents are charged at a higher rate).
    • Fully or entirely online course tuition rates and fees my vary depending on the program. Students enrolled in exclusively online courses do not pay non-Resident rates.
    • Together this means that GA residents pay about the same if they take all face-to-face or partially online courses as they do if they take only fully online courses exclusively; while non-residents save money by taking fully online courses.
    • One word of caution: If a student takes a combination of face-to-face and online courses in a single term, they will pay both all mandatory campus fees and the higher eTuition rate.
    • For the cost information, as well as payment deadlines, see the Bursar's Office website

    There are a variety of financial assistance options for students, including scholarships and work study programs. Visit the Office of Financial Aid's website for more information.

  • Courses

    General

    Program Sheet

    • SEED-8202 - Culminating Experience for the SEED EdS Project

      This course will provide teacher leaders with the opportunity to exchange scholarly thinking and research through successful dissemination of the practice-based, peer-reviewed investigative project and findings prepared in SEED 8200. Specific details will vary by student and project and will focus on the student’s content area of certification.

      View Instructors, Syllabi and Other Details

  • Faculty
  • Admissions

    Guidelines for Admittance

    • All graduate applicants must complete the online Grad Application. A one-time application fee of $40 is required.
    • Applicants should also review the Graduate Studies Website for individual program specific requirements and tasks that must be completed prior to admission. See Graduate Studies Application Process.
    • International applicants are subject to additional requirements and application deadlines. See Procedures for International Students.
    • Official transcripts from a regionally or nationally accredited institution are required and should be sent directly to the UWG Graduate Admissions Office.

    Program Specific Admittance Guidelines

    Applicants must have:

    • a Master’s degree with a 3.0 or higher GPA,
    • passed the GACE (or equivalent) in their area of concentration,
    • a T-5 Georgia Professional Educator Certificate (or meet eligibility with an equivalent out-of-state teaching license), and
    • three years of teaching experience in grades 6-12

    Admission Process Checklist

    The Graduate Studies Application Process checklist is available here.

    Contact

    Graduate Admissions
    graduate@westga.edu
    678-839-1394

    College of Education: 

    The The Department of Early Childhood through Secondary Education website includes projected course offerings, program sheets, and other vital information.

    Dr. Natasha Ramsay-Jordan
    Pre-enrollment Contact
    nrjordan@westga.edu 
    Phone: 678-839-6086

  • Dates

    Graduate Admission Deadlines are listed here.

  • Objectives
    • Specialist candidates know the subjects they teach and how to teach those subjects to students. They are responsible for managing and monitoring student learning.
    • Specialist candidates think systematically about their practice and learn from experience. They research effective practices for ongoing professional growth and development.
    • Specialist candidates are able to identify effective practices and share that knowledge with others through scholarly publications and presentations.
    • Specialist candidates are leaders in their schools and seek opportunities to lead others through professional development and collaboration. They are members of learning communities.