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M.Ed. Degrees - Overview

Available at the Milledgeville Campus and Macon Center .

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 Biology
     Secondary English
     Secondary Foreign Language: French
     Secondary Foreign Language: Spanish
     Secondary History
     Secondary Mathematics
     Secondary Political Science
M.Ed. Instructional Technology (initial certification)
M.Ed. in Library Media (initial certification)
M.Ed. in Reading, Literacy & Language
      (initial certification)
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. 

Prerequisites
 
    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     


Application Process
All application materials should be sent to: Office of Graduate Admissions:

  Georgia College & State University
  Campus Box 107
  Milledgeville, GA 31061
  478-445-6289
  Toll Free in Georgia: 800-342-0471
  E-mail: grad-admit@gcsu.edu  Included in the admission's process are the following: 

  1. Submit a University Admissions Form including application fee, if applicable
  2.  
  3. Submit two professional recommendations (pdf) using the College of Education format
  4.  
  5. Submit official transcripts from all colleges/universities attended (except GC)
  6.  
  7. Submit verification of immunization (pdf)
See specific programs for additional requirements. The contact person for questions concerning all College of Education graduate admissions is:
   
  Graduate Admissions Advisor
  Ms. Shanda Brand
  shanda.brand@gcsu.edu  
  CBX 70, Kilpatrick Hall, Room 220
  Milledgeville, GA 31061
  478-445-1383
  Phone toll free in Georgia: 800-342-0471 Ext. 1383
 
Graduate Assistantships
A limited number of graduate assistantships are available for qualified graduate students.  For more information, please see the graduate assistantship page.
 
Advisement
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.

Scholarships
The COE has several scholarships available.  Please see the COE scholarship page for more information.     
   
Exit Requirements
In the College of Education M.Ed. students must:  
  1. Pass a comprehensive departmental exit requirement
  2.  
  3. 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.
  4.  
  5. Submit an application for graduation at least one semester before the anticipated graduation date
  6.  
  7. Complete the graduate program within six years of the date of the initial course work listed on the Program of Graduate Study

Transfer of Courses

Nine 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.  
  
Certification
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
  david.ladd@gcsu.edu
  CBX 70, Kilpatrick 220
  Milledgeville, GA 31061
  478-445-2514
  Phone toll free in Georgia: 800-342-0471 Ext. 2514

 

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