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Ed.S. Degrees--Overview


Available at the Milledgeville Campus and Macon Center .

The Specialist in Education Degree (Ed.S.) provides advanced study for qualified master educators. Many are focused on the theme "Authentic Learning Communities." The program of study:

  1. Builds upon work completed at the master's level
  2. Strengthens and extends professional, pedagogical and content knowledge
  3. Prepares advanced practitioners to be architects of change and leaders in the professional community.


GC offers the Ed.S. in the following areas:

  • Ed.S.in Education with a Concentration
         Early Childhood    
         Middle Grades Reading    
         Middle Grades Language Arts    
         Middle Grades Science    
         Middle Grades Social Studies    
         Middle Grades Mathematics    
         Secondary Biology    
         Secondary English    
         Secondary History    
         Secondary Mathematics    
         Secondary Political Science
  • Ed.S. in Educational Leadership Performance-based
  • Ed.S. in Special Education

Core courses will be available in Macon. Other courses will be offered in Milledgeville, Macon or through distance learning.


  1. Pass an on-site writing assessment
  2. Meet minimal grade point average of 3.25
  3. Be eligible for a clear renewable, level five (5) State of Georgia Certification
  4. Verify two years teaching experience


Application Process 
All application materials should be sent to:

Office Of Graduate Admissions
Georgia College
Campus Box 107
Milledgeville, GA 31061
Toll free in Georgia: 800-342-0471
Email: grad-admit@gcsu.edu 

Included in the admissions process are the following:

  1. Submit a University Admissions Form including application fee, if applicable.
  2. Submit two professional recommendations (pdf) using the College of Education format.
  3. Passing score on the College of Education Graduate Writing Assessment.  Effective Fall 2014, a passing score on the College of Education Graduate Writing Assessment or for admission purposes, applicants to COE graduate programs may submit official scores with the following minimums in lieu of passing the Graduate Writing Assessment : GRE – 1000 (Verbal and Quantitative combined) if taken prior to August 1, 2011, or 305 (Verbal and Quantitative Combined) if taken on or after August 1, 2011.  MAT – 400.  Applicants who have previously earned a baccalaureate or master’s degree from Georgia College, will automatically waive the application testing requirement without the need to petition.  Students who are currently enrolled in an undergraduate program at Georgia College, will have the testing requirement waived upon conferment of their baccalaureate degree.
  4. Meet minimal grade point average of  3.25
  5. Submit official transcripts from all colleges/universities attended (except GC)
  6. Be eligible for a clear renewable, level five (5) State of Georgia Certification
  7. Verify two years teaching experience.
  8. Submit verification of immunization (pdf)

The Graduate Writing Assessment (GWA) is waived for applicants who have previously earned a baccalaureate or master's degree from Georgia College.  Students who are currently enrolled in an undergraduate program at Georgia College will have the testing requirement waived upon conferment of their baccalaureate degree.


See specific programs for additional requirements.

The contact person for questions concerning all College of Education graduate admissions is:

Ms. Shanda Brand
Graduate Admissions Advisor
CBX 70, 228 Kilpatrick Hall
Milledgeville, GA 31061
Phone toll free in Georgia: 800-342-0471 Ext. 1383

COE has several scholarships available. Please see the scholarship page for more information.

Graduate Assistantships
A limited number of graduate assistantships are available for qualified graduate students. For more information please see the graduate assistantship page.

Each candidate for the Specialist in Education degree is assigned a graduate advisor in the selected area of specialization. The advisor will serve as a mentor to the specialist candidate and assist in proposing, scheduling and completing the Specialist in Education Program of Graduate Study. 

A minimum of 30 semester hours of course work beyond the Master of Education degree is required. Specialist programs must be completed, with the degree awarded, within four years of the initial coursework listed on the program of study. Only those courses included on the Program of Graduate Study count toward degree fulfillment. Course substitutions must be pre-approved by the advisor and a Change of Program of Graduate Study form submitted to the office of the departmental Coordinator of Graduate Studies prior to enrollment. Students are encouraged to consider national certification as a possible outcome of this advanced study.

Only grades of A or B will count toward the Ed.S.
Cohort programs require satisfactory completion of each semester in order to move on to the next semester.

Students must submit an application for graduation at least one semester before the anticipated graduation date.

Transfer of Courses
Six semester hours may be transferred from other institutions if prior approval is given by the advisor and if the course work is no more than four years old at the time of completion of the graduate degree.

Candidates apply for upgrades through their school systems or directly to the Professional Standards Commission. GC is not involved in this process. For more information about certification, see the certification page.


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