Graduate Catalog 2016-2017

Master in Education (M.Ed.) with a major in Education and Concentrations in Secondary Biology, Broad Field Science, English, French, History, Mathematics, Political Science, and Spanish

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 COE graduate programs may submit official scores with the following minimums in lieu of passing the Graduate Writing Assessment: Graduate Record Exam (GRE) General Test (verbal and quantitative combined) -- 1000 if taken before August 1, 2011, or at least 305 (verbal and quantitative combined) if taken on or after August 1, 2011, or the Miller Analogies Test (MAT) -- 400. Graduates of Georgia College may waive the graduate admissions test requirements without the need to petition.  Students who are currently in an undergraduate program at Georgia College, will have the testing requirement waived upon conferment of their baccalaureate degree.  

Applicants must have a Program of Graduate Study approved, signed and filed.

M.Ed. Advisement

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.

M.Ed. School Improvement Emphasis

The core for the majority of the M.Ed. programs at Georgia College is school improvement. In this program, educators focus on issues central to school improvement while also learning about best practices in their fields (e.g. 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?” Participants have the opportunity to enroll in classes with other educators from their school, thus creating a cluster of individuals ready to address school improvement as a team. This work is negotiated among educators, their administration, and professors. Through this experience, teachers examine their school and create a plan for investigating a problem and developing new practices. Results of school improvement interventions are shared with a wider professional community.

M.Ed. 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 course work. 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 submitted to the appropriate departmental chairperson prior to enrollment. Grades below a C do not fulfill degree requirements.

M.Ed. Graduate Assistantships 

Limited Graduate Assistantships are available.

M.Ed. Transient Credit

Six semester hours in the selected field of study may be transferred from other accredited institutions with prior approval of the advisor (no transient hours are accepted in the Educational Leadership Program). The transient permission form can be found at

Academic Dismissal Policy

Any course in which a student earns less than a C will not be counted for graduate credit in the student’s master’s degree program. A graduate student will be placed on academic probation if the student’s institutional grade point average falls below 3.0 at any point during his or her graduate studies. A graduate student will be dismissed from the program the second time his/her institutional grade point average drops below 3.0.

As iterated in the student Honor Code, academic honesty is a critical component of the academic process in the Secondary programs.  Submitting another’s work as one’s own is plagiarism; allowing another student to copy one’s own work is cheating.  Both, along with any other evidence of academic dishonesty, will be dealt with using the procedures outlined in the Graduate Catalog.

Program of Study

I. School Improvement Core (12 semester hours)

EDFS 6224Intro to School Improvement


EDFS 6225Iden Prob:Socio-Cultural Issue


EDFS 6226Models of Inquiry


EDFS 6231Rsch for School Improvement


II. Professional Education (Major) (12 semester hours)

EDFS 6149Issues in Secondary Curriculum


EDRD 6150Lit, Rdng, Wrtng in Contnt Fld


EDIT 5000 level


EDFS 6233Capstone


III. Content Field (Specialization) and Electives (12 semester hours)

(Additional graduate-level courses in the content area of specialization are selected through advisement to strengthen and extend prior content knowledge)

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.)