Graduate Catalog 2016-2017

Master of Education (M.Ed.) in Early Childhood Education

The graduate program offered in Early Childhood at Georgia College at the T5 certification level is intended for persons who already hold or qualify for a level four (T4) georgia Teacher's certificate. The advanced level of certification is associated with the completion of the Master of Education degree program in Early Childhood Education. The program extends and expands the study of the development of children at an advanced level as outlined in the conceptual framework. Within the context of the master's degree program, candidates are exposed to a wide variety of information related to education and work with children with particular emphasis on serving as mentors for beginning teachers, advocating for children in the larger professional community, and conducting action research in classrooms.



M.Ed. Prerequisites

  1. Meet minimal Grade Point Average 2.75
  2. Hold or be eligible for a clear renewable, level four (4) Georgia Teacher Certificate-except Instructional Technology and Library Media Programs

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), and 
  5.  Pass an on-site writing assessment

Applicants for graduate programs in the College of Education must take the Georgia College Graduate Writing Assessment, the Graduate Record Exam (GRE) or the Miller Analogies Test (MAT). Applicants must pass the Georgia College Graduate Writing Assessment for admission; or present an official test score that is no more than six years old on the GRE General Test of at least 1,000 (verbal and quantitative combined) if taken before August 1, 2011, or at least 305 (verbal and quantitative combined) on the GRE if taken on or after August 1, 2011, or at least 400 on the MAT. Graduates of Georgia College may waive the graduate admissions test requirements.  

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. 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. Applications can be accessed at:

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, and any course in which a student earns less than a B will not be counted for graduate credit in the educational specialist programs. 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 if his/her grade point average stays below 3.0 for two consecutive semesters.

As iterated in the student Honor Code, academic honesty is a critical component of the academic process in the Middle Grades 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

Foundations Core (12 semester hours)

EDEC 6020Undrstndng EC Curr & Assesment


EDEC 6050Teachers as Researchers I


EDEC 6060Teachers as Researchers II


EDEC 6061Seminar: Data Analysis


EDEC 6070Leadership & Advocacy in EC


EDEC 6200Trends & Issues in EC Edu


EDEC 6255Family & School Partnerships


EDEC 6290Dev of Log & Creative Thought


EDEC 6112Language & Literacy Developmnt


EDEC 6233Capstone


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.)