M.Ed. Degrees - Overview
School Improvement Emphasis
The M.Ed. programs at GC emphasize school improvement. Educators focus on issues central to school improvement while also learning about best practices in their field (early childhood, middle grades, secondary, special education, leadership, library media, and instructional technology). Based on data gathered in their own schools, educators begin to examine questions such as "What is school improvement? How does change occur? What changes need to be made at my school to best facilitate student learning?" This school improvement work is negotiated among teachers, their administration, and college professors. Through this experience, teachers examine their school, create an action plan for investigating a problem and developing new practices, and produce a final product.
The John H. Lounsbury College of Education offers the M.Ed. in the following areas:
M.Ed. in Early Childhood Education
M.Ed. in Education with a Concentration in
Middle Grades Reading
Middle Grades Language Arts
Middle Grades Science
Middle Grades Social Studies
Middle Grades Mathematics
Secondary Foreign Language: French
Secondary Foreign Language: Spanish
Secondary Political Science
M.Ed. Instructional Technology (initial certification)
M.Ed. in Library Media (initial certification)
M.Ed. in Reading, Literacy & Language
M.Ed. in Special Education General Curriculum
Core courses will be available in Macon; they will also be offered in Milledgeville if there is sufficient enrollment.
For the M.Ed. in School Improvement Core Course Rotation, please see this link. The core is comprised of selected courses that meet some Saturdays with online components and other courses that are offered in a blended format (on-line and face-to-face). The remaining courses are held face-to-face.
Other non-core courses will be offered in Milledgeville, Macon, or through distance learning.
1. Pass an on-site writing assessment
2. Meet minimal grade point average (Most M.Ed.
Programs = 2.25; Early Childhood and Middle
Grades M.Ed. = 2.75)
3. Hold or be eligible for a clear renewable, level four (4)
Georgia Teacher Certificate-except Library
Media and Instructional Technology Programs
All application materials should be sent to: Office of Graduate Admissions:
Georgia College & State University
Campus Box 107
Milledgeville, GA 31061
Toll Free in Georgia: 800-342-0471
E-mail: firstname.lastname@example.org Included in the admission's process are the following:
- Submit a University Admissions Form including application fee, if applicable
- Submit two professional recommendations (pdf) using the College of Education format
- Submit official transcripts from all colleges/universities attended (except GC)
- Submit verification of immunization (pdf)
Graduate Admissions Advisor
Ms. Shanda Brand
CBX 70, Kilpatrick Hall, Room 220
Milledgeville, GA 31061
Phone toll free in Georgia: 800-342-0471 Ext. 1383
A limited number of graduate assistantships are available for qualified graduate students. For more information, please see the graduate assistantship page.
The departmental Coordinators of Graduate Programs (Departmental Chairpersons), in cooperation with the program coordinators, assign each regularly admitted student to an advisor in the chosen area of study. A signed program of study must be filed with the departmental Coordinators of Graduate Programs in order to register for classes. It is the responsibility of the student to meet with the assigned advisor to develop an individualized program of study that meets the program requirements.
The COE has several scholarships available. Please see the COE scholarship page for more information.
In the College of Education M.Ed. students must:
- Pass a comprehensive departmental exit requirement
- Earn a minimum GPA of 3.0 on all work attempted. Courses in which the student has earned less than a C cannot be counted for degree credit.
- Submit an application for graduation at least one semester before the anticipated graduation date
- Complete the graduate program within six years of the date of the initial course work listed on the Program of Graduate Study
Transfer of CoursesNine 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 six years old at the time of completion of the graduate degree.
If students already have an initial certification by type (T, S or L), they apply for upgrades through their school systems or directly to the Professional Standards Commission. No recommendation from Georgia College is necessary. For example, if candidates have a T4 certificate and are upgrading to a T5, no recommendation is necessary.
The following degrees do require recommendation by the certification officer:
1. Instructional Technology degree leading to an S5 certification
2. Library Media degree leading to an S5 certification
3. Reading, Literacy and Language degree leading to a T5 certification
For more information about certification, see the certification page or contact:
David Ladd, Certification Officer
CBX 70, Kilpatrick 220
Milledgeville, GA 31061
Phone toll free in Georgia: 800-342-0471 Ext. 2514