Graduate Catalog 2016-2017

Specialist in Education (Ed.S.) with a major in Education and concentrations in Secondary Biology, History, English, Mathematics, Political Science

Program Description

Specialist in Education (Ed.S.) programs offered in the Department of Teacher Education provide advanced study for educators who hold a master's degree. A minimum of 30 semester hours of course work beyond the Master of Education degree is required. The focus of the Ed.S. programs is Architects of Authentic Learning Communities.

Ed. S. Prerequisites

1.   Meet minimal Grade Point Average of 3.25

2.   Be eligible for a clear renewable, level five (5) State of Georgia Certification (except Library Media)

3.   Verify two years teaching experience while holding a clear and renewable certificate (except Educational Leadership)

4.   For Educational Leadership only: if the applicant does not have a Master of Education Degree in Educational Leadership, two courses must be completed for full admission: 1) Leadership in School, Society and 2) School Law and Ethical Practices.) 

Ed. S. Admission

For the admissions process applicants should complete and submit the following:

1. University Admissions Form including application fee, if applicable.

2. Two professional recommendations (pdf) using the School of Education format.

3. Official transcripts from all colleges/universities attended (except GC)

4. Verification of immunization (pdf)

5. Any additional specific program requirements.

6. 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.

Ed. S. Advisement

Each candidate for the Specialist in Education degree is assigned a graduate advisor who serves as a mentor to the Specialist Candidate and assists in proposing, scheduling and completing the Specialist in Education Program of Graduate Study.

Ed. S. Program of Study

The Specialist in Education program requires a minimum of 30 semester hours of course work beyond the Master of Education degree or the Master of Arts in Teaching degree (with the exception of Educational Leadership in which 36 semester hours are required). Specialist programs must be completed, with the degree awarded, within four years of the initial coursework listed on the program of study. 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 office of the Department Chairperson. Grades below a B do not fulfill degree requirements.

Ed. S. Graduate Assistantships

Limited Graduate Assistantships are available. Details and an application can be found at

Ed. S. Exit Requirements

All students must pass a comprehensive departmental exit requirement and fulfill degree requirements to graduate including an electronic portfolio presentation. Students should check with their assigned program advisor for specifics.

Ed. S. 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: Secondary Ed. S.

Any course in which a student earns less than a C will not be counted for graduate credit in the student’s specialist 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. Professional Education (15 semester hours)

Research Sequence:

EDCI 7741Collaborative Cultur-Educ Chng


EDCI 7743Critical Inquiry-Prof Practice


EDCI 7742Intellectual Inquiry-Edu Chnge


EDCI 7744Educators as Change Agents


EDCI 7745Architects-Authen Lrning Commu


Note: EDCI 7745 (Capstone)

II. Content Field (15 semester hours)

Graduate level content or content pedagogy courses are selected through advisement to strengthen and extend content area knowledge.


Total Credit Hours: 30

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.)