Graduate Catalog 2016-2017

Master of Education (M.Ed.) with a major in Reading, Literacy, and Language

M.Ed. Admission

To be admitted as a graduate student in a M.Ed. degree program, an applicant must:

  1. Submit a University Admissions Form including application fee, if applicable
  2. Submit two professional recommendations (pdf) using the College of Education format
  3. Submit official transcripts from all colleges/universities attended
  4. Submit verification of immunization (pdf)
  5. Meet minimal Grade Point Average 2.75
  6. Hold or be eligible for a clear renewable, level four (4) Georgia Teacher Certificate
  7. Receive a passing score on the College of Education Graduate Writing Assessment or for admission purposes, applicants to the COE graduate programs may submit official scores with the following minimum scores in lieu of passing the Graduate Writing Assessment: GRE --1000 (verbal and quantitative combined) if taken before August 1, 2011, or at least 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 for 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.



The Department Chairperson, in cooperation with the departmental admission committees and program coordinators, assigns each admitted student to an advisor in the chosen area of study. It is the responsibility of the student to meet with the assigned advisor to develop an individualized program of study that meets the course work requirements.  A signed program of study must be filed with the Departmental Chairperson in order to be fully admitted. 

Program of Study

The Master of Education degree requires a minimum of 36 semester hours of course work in professional education, the certification area, and program requirements or electives. The degree program must be completed within six years, beginning with the initial date of coursework. Students may be required to take more than the minimum 36 hours in order to qualify for certification in initial certification programs. Only those courses listed on the Program of Graduate Study fulfill degree requirements. Substitutions must be approved by the advisor prior to course enrollment and a Change of Graduate Program of Study form form submitted to the appropriate departmental chairperson prior to enrollment.  Grades below C do not fulfill degree requirements.


M.Ed. Graduate Assistantships

Limited Graduate Assistantships are available.  Applications can be accessed through

Dismissal Policy

Students are required to maintain a 3.0 GPA during the program.  If a student's GPA falls below a 3.0 he/she may petition to stay in the program for one semester.  If at the end of the semester on probation the student's GPA is still below 3.0, he/she will be dismissed from the program.  Any student who plagiarizes work will fail that course (receive an F) and be referred to the Judicial Council for a violation of Georgia College's Honor Code.

Program Description

The Master of Education degree in Reading, Literacy, & Language at Georgia College is designed for individuals who already hold or qualify for a level four (T4) Georgia Teacher's certificate.  The program offers candidates extensive professional development in the field of literacy, involving reading, writing, language development, instruction, assessment, and professional leadership.


Graduates of the program will develop the knowledge and skills to provide leadership in the field of literacy within public schools to improve student achievement and academic performance.  The culmination of this degree will be eligibility for certification at Level 5 (T5) through the Georgia Professional Standards Commission (GA PSC).

Program of Study


Literacy and Language Core (21 semester hours)

EDRD 6000Theo & Proc of Lit Learning

2 - 3

EDRD 6001Reading Assessment


EDRD 6661Rdng Diagnosis and Remediation


EDRD 6200Lit & Lang Across Curr, K-12


EDRD 6210Emer/Dev Read Inst & Word Stdy


EDRD 6217Practicum in Reading

3 - 9

EDRD 6251Lit & Language Leadership


Specialization (9 semester hours)

Possible areas of specialization:

  • Writing Project
  • ESOL
  • Special Education
  • Early Childhood with Reading Endorsement
  • Middle Grades and Secondary with Reading Endorsement
Writing Project


Special Education

Early Childhood with Reading Endorsement

Middle Grades and Secondary with Reading Endorsement

Courses for specialization to be selected with advisor approval. 

Research (6 semester hours)

EDRD 6500Designing Research-Lit & Lang


EDRD 6690Lit & Lang Research & Cap


Total Credit Hours: 36

Further Information

Prospective students desiring further information on graduate programs may contact Shanda Brand, Graduate Admissions Advisor, at Georgia College, Campus Box 70, Milledgeville, GA 31061.


Phone: 478-445-1383.  (Toll free in Georgia at 1-800-342-0471, extension 1383.)