GRADUATE STUDIES

GRADUATE STUDIES

GRADUATE PROGRAMS AND ADMISSIONS

Students wishing to make application to a graduate program at Georgia Southwestern State University must submit a complete admissions packet. Incomplete application packets will not be reviewed for admissions. The complete admissions packet is comprised of the following:

Students applying for a Master's Degree in Business or Computer Science who already hold a Master's Degree in another area may submit an application packet without test scores. Admission will be granted based on the grade point average earned for the previous Master's Degree. International students in this category must submit TOEFL scores.

Applications to the Specialist in Education Program must also include:

  • Proof of eligibility for T-5 certification
  • Verification of teaching experience

* International students must meet additional requirements and should refer to the section below on International Student Admissions

APPLICATION DEADLINES

Complete application packets for the following terms must be received by the deadlines listed below:

Fall admission   June 30
Spring admission   October 15
Summer admission   March 15

Georgia Southwestern graduate programs provide advanced study in management, accounting, computer science, and education. The degrees of Specialist in Education, Master of Education, Master of Business Administration, and Master of Science in Computer Science may be earned.

Students may earn the Master of Education degree in the following fields: Biology, Early Childhood Education, English, Health and Physical Education, History, Mathematics, Middle Grades Education, Reading (P-12), and Special Education. The Specialist in Education degree may be earned in the fields of Early Childhood Education and Middle Grades Education.

The Master of Science in Computer Science degree offers a concentration in Computer Science or Computer Information Systems.

The Master of Business Administration offers the options of taking elective courses in accounting, management, or a combination of courses approved by the MBA advisor.

Admission to graduate studies is a prerequisite for enrollment in graduate courses. Courses numbered 5000 and above are graduate level courses. Education courses numbered 5000-5999 are for certification only. Education courses numbered 6000 to 7999 may be used in fifth and sixth year programs and for certification. Courses numbered 8000 and above are open only to fully admitted sixth year students. Students lacking the necessary preparation in business must take the appropriate 5000 level courses prior to beginning the Master's program in Business Administration. These courses may not be used to satisfy degree requirements for these programs.

Applicants wishing evaluations from Georgia Southwestern State University for initial teacher certification must submit an application form, application fee, official transcripts from all institutions attended, and proof of required immunizations.

Applicants who do not enroll in the term indicated on the application must inform the Graduate Studies Office of their plans and indicate a new date of entrance.

TYPES OF ADMISSION

There are five general types of admission to graduate studies at Georgia Southwestern State University: Regular, Non-Degree, Personal Development, Post Baccalaureate and Transient. The five types are described below.

- Regular Admission (without conditions). An  applicant in this category has completed all the requirements for admission to a specific degree program.

- Regular Admission (with conditions). An applicant who does not meet all the requirements for admission to a specific degree program may be admitted with the condition that he or she must complete nine (9) hours of graduate credit with a grade no lower than B. At the time the conditions are met, the student's record will be updated to reflect the change to regular admission without condition. If the conditions are not met (a grade lower than B in those nine hours), the student will be expelled from the graduate program.

- Non-Degree Program Admission. An applicant in this category must have a baccalaureate (undergraduate) degree from an accredited college or university. This type of admission allows one to take graduate courses for credit in the Alternative Preparation Program, for purposes of initial certification to teach, for certification renewal, or for adding certification in additional teaching fields. It does not admit one to a degree program. Under no circumstances can more than nine semester hours taken under non-degree status be used in a master's degree program. No courses taken under this status can be used in the specialist degree program. Applicants should refer to admission requirements for the individual graduate degree programs for additional requirements.

- Personal Development. An applicant in this category must have a baccalaureate (undergraduate) degree from an accredited college or university. Graduate courses taken under this category cannot be applied towards a master's degree.

-Post Baccalaureate. An applicant in this category must have a baccalaureate (undergraduate) degree from an accredited college or university. This type of admission allows one to take graduate courses for credit without pursuing a graduate degree, i.e. satisfying graduate level pre-requisite course requirements, or pursuing a graduate level certificate< which is not a part of degree program. Students who wish to have certificate courses apply toward a degree program must meet admission requirements without condition. Under no circumstances can more than nine semester hours taken under post baccalaureate status be used in a master's degree program.

-Transient. An applicant who is currently admitted to full graduate standing at another recognized institution may be admitted as a graduate transient student, with permission from the home institution once official transcripts have been received. An applicant for transient admission must submit an application, application fee, official transcripts from the home institution and a letter of transient permission from the appropriate dean of the student's home institution.

INFORMATION FOR INTERNATIONAL STUDENTS

Georgia Southwestern State University welcomes applications from international students to its graduate degree programs.

In addition to requirements for admission to a graduate degree program listed elsewhere in this section, international students must submit the following items:

  1. An official report of scores on the Test of English as a Foreign Language (TOEFL). A minimum score of 193 on the computerized test (523 on the paper test) is required for all types of admission to all graduate programs.
  2. A pre-entrance medical form (supplied by the University) completed by the student and a physician.
  3. Upon acceptance into a graduate program, a certified statement from the student's family, bank, or government that finances are available to cover educational expenses for the international student. This statement must be received by Graduate Admissions in order for an I-20 visa to be issued. There are assistantships available to be awarded on a competitive basis to qualified students.
  4. Proof that the student is covered by a health and accident insurance plan annually.
  5. All official international transcripts must have a foreign credential evaluation completed in English. Applications for this service can be obtained from the Graduate Admissions Office or from the following website:
    http://gsw.edu/Admissions/Who/International/index
  6. Certified copies of original diploma, degrees awarded and English translation of diploma, degrees awarded.
  7. Certified English translation of original transcripts from each institution previously attended. In cases where there is only one original copy, GSW will inspect the original copy, make a photocopy for the institutional records, and return the original to the applicant.

F-1 International Students

Georgia Southwestern State University is part of the Department of Homeland Security’s Student Exchange and Visitor Information System (SEVIS). Through this system, the university has become a liason between GSW international students and a number of government agencies. To meet federal obligations imposed by these agencies, Georgia Southwestern State University is required to report certain personal, academic, and employment related data on international students and scholars to the Bureau of Citizenship and Immigration.

Georgia Southwestern State University is dedicated to enabling international students to accomplish their educational goals on our campus so long as the student maintains visa status and abides by the policies of the university. In an effort to assist students with immigration matters, each international student has been assigned a Designated School Official (DSO). All F-1 international students must consult a DSO before making any changes that will affect their immigration status. These changes include, but are not limited to, a change of major, a change of degree program, a change of address, a change of school, etc.

Classification   Designated School Offiical
(DSO)  
Assistant Designated School Official (ADSO)
Graduate Students  Mrs. Lois Oliver, 
Graduate Admissions  
 Ms. Rebecca Clark, 
Assistant Designated School Official (ADSO)

F-1 international students will be required to attend an international student orientation session at the beginning of each semester. The orientation session will inform and remind students of general international regulations that may affect their stay in the United States. As part of the orientation, students will be issued an International Student Handbook to use as a reference for international questions and concerns.

Maintaining F-1 Visa Status

In order for international students to maintain a valid F-1 Visa status, the following conditions must be met:

  1. Maintain a valid passport at all times.
  2. Attend the University that the Bureau of Citizenship and Immigration (BCIS) has authorized you to attend by stamping your I-20 when you entered the U.S., or by being notified of your transfer to another school.
  3. Continue to carry a full course of study (12 hours for undergraduate students, 9 hours for graduate students) each regular semester (fall and spring).
  4. Apply with your Designated School Official promptly for an extension of stay if you are unable to complete your program of study by the ending date on your I-20.
  5. Apply with your Designated School Official for proper documentation to notify BCIS of a change of education level and/or a change in major.
  6. Do not change schools without first contacting your Designated School Official for proper documentation.
  7. Do not engage in any employment without proper authorization.
  8. Limit on-campus employment to 20 hours per week while school is in session.
  9. Report a change of address to the ADSO or DSO and the Registrar’s Office within 10 days of the change.
  10. Carry approved health insurance coverage.
  11. Request travel documents from your ADSO or DSO in advance of leaving the U.S.

SCHOOL OF BUSINESS ADMINISTRATION

THE MASTER OF BUSINESS ADMINISTRATION PROGRAM

The Master of Business Administration (MBA) degree program is designed to prepare future business leaders for the constantly changing world marketplace by developing their critical thinking, management and leadership skills and the global perspectives necessary for success. The convenient scheduling of courses taught by academically qualified full-time faculty makes this quality program ideal for managers seeking to gain a strong foundation in current and future business practices.

The academic program consists of a minimum of 36 graduate semester credit hours in business-related courses. The curriculum consists of eight core courses and four elective courses. Students will have the option of selecting their elective courses in accounting, management, or a combination of the courses approved by the MBA advisor. In addition, there are several prerequisite foundation courses. For applicants whose undergraduate degrees were in business-related fields, these foundation course prerequisites will typically already have been met.

Applicants whose academic record does not include the foundation courses will be required to complete these prerequisites before being admitted into the MBA program.

Admission Requirements

Admission to the graduate program in business administration is limited to holders of a baccalaureate degree from a regionally accredited institution. Admission will be granted only to students showing high promise of success in graduate study. The candidate's performance on the Graduate Management Admission Test (GMAT) or Graduate Record Examinations (GRE) and the candidate's undergraduate academic record will be used to determine admission status.

The completed application packet, including all supporting documentation, must be received by the Graduate Admissions Office by the deadlines published in the University's academic calendar. Applicants may apply for admittance during any semester.

The formulas to determine the student's admission status are

(a)     GMAT score + (200 x the student's undergraduate GPA*) or
(b)     GMAT score + (200 x the student's GPA in all upper-division undergraduate courses) or
(c)     GRE score + (200 x the student's undergraduate GPA*) or
(d)     GRE score + (200 x the student's GPA in all upper-division undergraduate courses)
*Grade Point Average (GPA) is based on a four point scale as reported on the official final transcripts from all institutions attended.

Students applying for a Master's Degree in Business or Computer Science who already hold a Master's Degree in another area may submit an application packet without test scores. Admission will be granted based on the grade point average earned for the previous Master's Degree. International students in this category must submit TOEFL scores.

Regular Admission (without conditions)

Students who score 950 or higher using formula (a) or who score 1,000 or higher using formula (b) or 1,300 or higher using formula (c) or 1,350 or higher using formula (d), and who have fulfilled the prerequisite course requirements will be admitted as a regular graduate student.

EXEMPTIONS: Applicants who have already earned a previous Master’s degree are not required to take the GMAT or GRE for admission.

Regular Admission (with conditions)

Students who score 850 or higher using formula (a) or who score 900 or higher using formula (b) or 1,200 or higher using formula (c) or 1,250 or higher using formula (d) will be admitted as conditional graduate students.

To exit conditional status, students must have completed all undergraduate prerequisite course requirements and must have maintained a minimum grade point average of 3.00 with no grade below a "B" in the first 9 semester hours of master's level courses taken while classified as a conditional graduate student. The student may then be admitted as a regular student, subject to the approval by the Dean of the School of Business.

Academic Standards

Students pursuing a Master’s degree must maintain the following standards:

  1. A cumulative GPA of 3.0 or better
  2. Only two courses with grades of C can be applied to the degree
  3. No course with a grade below a C will be applied toward a degree
  4. In any graduate degree program, all requirements, including course work at Georgia Southwestern State University, transfer credit and transient credit course work, must be completed within seven (7) calendar years from the date of initial enrollment in course work, without regard to the initial admission status and without regard to credit hours earned.

Each School with a Graduate Program may have other academic requirements; please check the School web site or the appropriate section of the current Bulletin.

Students under Review

Graduate students who fail to maintain academic standards will be placed under academic review at the end of the semester in which their status falls below the required standards.

  1. Students who have been placed under review will have early registration cancelled for the following semester. These students will not be able to register on-line and must report to their advisor.
  2. The Registrar will send the names of students under review to the Director of Graduate Studies, the Deans of each School, the Department Chairs with graduate courses, and the graduate advisors.
  3. Students under review must meet with their advisor to develop a remediation plan to demonstrate how the student can be returned to good standing. The plan will be forwarded to the Dean of the School for his or her signature before being placed in the student’s file. A copy of the form will also be sent to the Director of Graduate Studies and to the Graduate Admissions Specialist.
  4. At the end of the probationary semester, if the student is not successful in returning to good standing, the Dean of the School, in consultation with the Director of Graduate Studies, will send a certified letter of dismissal to the student with a copy to the student’s advisor, the Director of Graduate Studies, and the Graduate Admissions Specialist.
  5. Graduate students who are dismissed from the School may write a letter of appeal within ten class days from the receipt of the dismissal letter to the Vice President for Academic Affairs. Students re-admitted on appeal will have one additional semester to return to good academic standing.
  6. Re-admitted students who do not return to good standing after the initial probationary semester will be dismissed from the program and the university.
  7. Dismissed graduate students may re-apply for admission to the program after three calendar years. If the student is re-admitted, he or she must meet all requirements for the degree program at the time of re-enrollment. The years completed prior to dismissal will count towards the total seven (7) years to complete the degree. Re-admission is not automatic. Each application will be considered individually.

Application for Graduation

Each student admitted to the MBA program must make application for graduation one semester prior to completing degree requirements. Application deadlines are as follows and application forms are available in the Registrar's Office as well as on RAIN.

Graduation Term   Apply no later than the date below of the prior semester
Fall   May 1
Spring   August 1
Summer   January 1

Master's program

Students pursuing a Master's Degree in Business Administration should refer to the attached curriculum sheet and program requirements.

Click HERE for Curriculum Sheet and Requirements.

NOT-FOR-PROFIT (NFP) CERTIFICATE PROGRAM

The certificate program in not-for-profit management is a graduate level certification program. The program intends to provide managers of not-for-profit organizations the management, leadership, and analytical skills necessary for effective management of these organizations.

Admission Requirements

Certificate program applicants may be admitted to pursue up to four (4) graduate courses designated for the NFP certificate program without being admitted to the MBA program at Georgia Southwestern State University. These students are categorized as Certificate Admission students.

To be granted Certificate Admission status, a student must have a U.S. bachelor’s degree from a regionally accredited college or university, or the foreign equivalent thereof. Certificate Admission students must continuously maintain a GPA of 3.0 or better to remain in the program.

To be admitted to the MBA program after completing a certificate program, a student must meet the admission requirements for the MBA. These students may use all four courses taken in the NFP certificate program to meet the requirements for the MBA program.

Students pursuing the NFP certificate should refer to the attached curriculum sheet and program requirements.

Click HERE for Curriculum Sheet and Requirements.

SCHOOL OF COMPUTER AND INFORMATION SCIENCES

THE MASTER OF SCIENCE IN COMPUTER SCIENCE PROGRAM

Georgia Southwestern State University grants the degree Master of Science in Computer Science with options in Computer Science and Computer Information Systems.

These Master of Science degree programs are designed to serve two purposes:

  • As a "Professional" program allowing computer professionals in industry to upgrade their skills.
  • As an "Academic" program allowing capable computer scientists to prepare for the terminal degree.

These programs are an excellent foundation for a career in industry or academia.

Admission Requirements

Regular Admission (without conditions)

(1) An undergraduate degree from an accredited college.
(2) A minimum of 2.5 undergraduate grade point average (GPA) based on a 4.0 scale as reported on the official final transcripts from all institutions attended.
(3) A minimum of 3.0 GPA on all previous graduate work attempted.
(4) A minimum total of 800 on the verbal and quantitative subtests of the Graduate Record Examination (GRE).
(5) Three letters of reference.

EXEMPTIONS: Applicants who have earned a master’s degree from an accredited university are exempted from a requirement of a GRE score and can be admitted into the program based on a graduate GPA.

Regular Admission (with conditions)

Students seeking a degree through graduate study who do not meet the requirements for regular admission without conditions may be admitted with conditions. Those students admitted with conditions must meet the following requirements:

(1) The student who does not have the necessary background course work must complete the appropriate undergraduate pre-requisite courses as determined by the School of Computer and Information Sciences. Completed courses require minimum grades of “C”. This student will be allowed to take up to nine (9) graduate semester hours (3 courses) for which he/she has met prerequisites.
(2) The student whose undergraduate GPA is less than 2.5 but equals or is more than 2.2 as reported on the official final transcripts from all institutions attended will be allowed to take nine (9) semester hours (3 courses). The student must earn a grade of “B” or better in each course.
(3) The student must satisfy the conditions of both background and the GPA requirements listed above.
(4) At the time the conditions to admission are met, the student’s record will be updated to reflect a change to Regular Admission (without conditions). If the conditions are not met as required, the student will be expelled from the graduate program.

Students applying for a Master's Degree in Business or Computer Science who already hold a Master's Degree in another area may submit an application packet without test scores. Admission will be granted based on the grade point average earned for the previous Master's Degree. International students in this category must submit TOEFL scores.

Academic Standards

Students pursuing a Master’s degree must maintain the following standards:

  1. A cumulative GPA of 3.0 or better
  2. Only two courses with grades of C can be applied to the degree
  3. No course with a grade below a C will be applied toward a degree
  4. In any graduate degree program, all requirements, including course work at Georgia Southwestern State University, transfer credit and transient credit course work, must be completed within seven (7) calendar years from the date of initial enrollment in course work, without regard to the initial admission status and without regard to credit hours earned.

Graduate students who fail to maintain academic standards will be placed under academic review at the end of the semester in which their status falls below the required standards.

Students under Review

  1. Students who have been placed under review will have early registration cancelled for the following semester. These students will not be able to register on-line and must report to their advisor.
  2. The Registrar will send the names of students under review to the Director of Graduate Studies, the Deans of each School, the Department Chairs with graduate courses, and the graduate advisors.
  3. Students under review must meet with their advisor to develop a remediation plan to demonstrate how the student can be returned to good standing. The plan will be forwarded to the Dean of the School for his or her signature before being placed in the student’s file. A copy of the form will also be sent to the Director of Graduate Studies and to the Graduate Admissions Specialist.
  4. At the end of the probationary semester, if the student is not successful in returning to good standing, the Dean of the School, in consultation with the Director of Graduate Studies, will send a certified letter of dismissal to the student with a copy to the student’s advisor, the Director of Graduate Studies, and the Graduate Admissions Specialist.
  5. Graduate students who are dismissed from the School may write a letter of appeal within ten class days from the receipt of the dismissal letter to the Vice President for Academic Affairs. Students re-admitted on appeal will have one additional semester to return to good academic standing.
  6. Re-admitted students who do not return to good standing after the initial probationary semester will be dismissed from the program and the university.
  7. Dismissed graduate students may re-apply for admission to the program after three calendar years. If the student is re-admitted, he or she must meet all requirements for the degree program at the time of re-enrollment. The years completed prior to dismissal will count towards the total seven (7) years to complete the degree. Re-admission is not automatic. Each application will be considered individually.

Students pursuing a Master's Degree in Computer Science should refer to the attached curriculum sheet and program requirements.

 Click HERE for Curriculum Sheet and Requirements for Computer Information Systems Option.
Click HERE for Curriculum Sheet and Requirements for Computer Science Option.

ONLINE GRADUATE CERTIFICATE PROGRAM IN COMPUTER INFORMATION SYSTEMS (CIS)

The primary goal of this program is to give instructors from two-year colleges and technical colleges the opportunity to obtain 18 hours of graduate course work in their teaching field (CIS). The program was created for instructors, but not limited only to them. The certificate program includes courses like Data Mining, Distributed Web Applications, etc. which reflects current industry trend.

Admission Requirements

(1) The Graduate Advisor must approve admission into the program.
(2) Applicants with a bachelor degree other than CS/CIS and CE must have knowledge in areas such as Programming in Java/C++, Discrete Structures, Computer Organizations, Data Structure & Algorithms and Database.
(3) Undergraduate GPA of 2.5 or higher as reported on the official final transcripts from all institutions attended.
(4) A GPA of 3.0 or higher in completed graduate course work.
(5) Three letters of recommendation.
(6) GRE (total of Verbal and Quantitative) score of 800 or more.
(7) International students must submit TOEFL score (Minimum score required 193/523).

Exemption: Applicants who have earned a master’s degree from a regionally accredited university are exempted from the requirement of GRE scores and can be admitted into the program based on their graduate GPA.

Academic Standards

(1). A 3.0 cumulative GPA on a 4.0 scale
(2). A maximum of 6 credit hours with a grade of “C” may be used to satisfy program requirements.
(3). No courses with a grade of “D” may be used to satisfy program requirements.

Students pursuing a certificate in CIS should refer to the attached curriculum sheet and program requirements.

Click HERE for Curriculum Sheet and Requirements

SCHOOL OF EDUCATION PROGRAMS

INITIAL CERTIFICATION BY ALTERNATIVE PREPARATION PROGRAM FOR BACCALAUREATE DEGREE HOLDERS

Georgia Southwestern State University offers alternative preparation programs for baccalaureate degree holders who have not previously been certified to teach in the State of Georgia. The programs operate under the "Approved Program" concept. Each student in these programs has a unique curriculum designed that gives credit for previous work and outlines additional course work needed for the desired certification. The time for completion of the program varies, depending on the course load and the number of required classes. Successful completion of the program leads to recommendation for certification by Georgia Southwestern State University to the Georgia Professional Standards Commission.

Students seeking initial certification in Early Childhood, Middle Grades, or Special Education must first apply for graduate admission to Georgia Southwestern State University and meet the requirements for graduate admission, (i.e., appropriate GRE or MAT scores, GPA requirement, etc.). Upon acceptance, students must complete an Application for Transcript Evaluation. An individual curriculum plan is developed from this evaluation that outlines specific requirements for certification. These requirements will include at least fifteen semester hours of professional education courses, Student Teaching, and all required course work in the content area not previously completed.

Students seeking initial certification in any Secondary or P-12 area must first apply for graduate admission to Georgia Southwestern State University as a Non-Degree seeking student. Upon acceptance, students must complete an Application for Transcript Evaluation. An individual curriculum plan is developed from this evaluation that outlines specific requirements for certification. These requirements will include at least fifteen semester hours of professional education courses, Student Teaching, and all required course work in the content area not previously completed. Secondary and P-12 areas are

English Biology
Chemistry Health and Physical Education
 History  Mathematics
Music 

Minimum Requirements for Admission to Student Teaching for Students Enrolled in an Initial Certification Program

  1. Complete required application forms and obtain approval to register from the Director of Field Experience/Professional Development School Network.
  2. Complete all required professional education courses.
  3. Complete 15 semester hours of professional education courses  in residence at Georgia Southwestern State University.
  4. Maintain a minimum GPA of 2.5 on undergraduate course work taken following admission to the program.
  5. Maintain a minimum GPA of 3.0 on all graduate course work taken following admission to the program.
  6. Post a passing score on the Praxis I (Academic Skills Assessment) or meet the exemption for this requirement.

Minimum Requirements for Exit and Recommendation for Certification

  1. Maintain a minimum GPA of 2.5 on undergraduate course work taken following admission to the program. No grade in an undergraduate class less than a C can be used in the program.
  2. Maintain a minimum GPA of 3.0 on all graduate course work taken following admission to the program. No grade in a graduate class less than a B can be used in the program.
  3. Successfully complete all assigned outcomes on the Curriculum Planning Form.
  4. Pass the Praxis I (Academic Skills Assessment) or meet the exemption for this requirement.
  5. Successfully complete Student Teaching.
  6. In order to be recommended by Georgia Southwestern State University for certification, the candidate must pass the appropriate Praxis II Assessment.

TEACHING ENDORSEMENT PROGRAMS

The School of Education offers four endorsement programs. These approved programs provide opportunities for graduate students to pursue preparation in the areas of Gifted Education, Pre-School/Special Education, Reading Education, and the Teacher Support Specialist. Endorsements in these areas allow students to develop skills, gain knowledge, and qualify for additional teaching/work-related responsibilites. All courses are offered at the graduate level. Students may pursue endorsements under a non-degree seeking status or may use some endorsement courses to satisfy degree program requirements if appropriate and with advisor approval.

Gifted Education. The Gifted Education endorsement may be added to teaching, counseling, administration and supervision certificates at all levels, and may be brought forward to the higher levels of appropriate certificates. An individual with the Gifted Education endorsement is in-field to teach students identified as gifted in grades K-12. Courses comprising the Gifted Education endorsement include EDSP 6210 (Characteristics of Gifted Individuals), EDSP 6220 (Materials and Methods in the Education of the Gifted Individual), EDSP 6230 (Curriculum and Program Development for Gifted Education), and EDSP 7510 (Psychoeducational Evaluation and Assessments).

Pre-School/Special Education. The Preschool/Special Education endorsement may be added to teaching certificates at all levels and may be brought forward to the higher levels of appropriate certificates. An individual with the Preschool/Special Education endorsement is in-field to teach children in preschool/special education. Courses comprising the Preschool/Special Education endorsement include EDSP 6610 (Characteristics of Preschool Special Education Children), EDSP 6620 (Methods and Curriculum in Preschool Special Education), and EDSP 6630 (Preschool Language Development).

Reading Education. The Reading Education endorsement may be added to teaching, counseling, administration, and supervision certificates at all levels and may be brought forward to higher levels of appropriate certificates. Courses comprising the Reading Education endorsement include EDRG 6200 (Teaching of Reading), EDRG 6210 (Diagnosis and Correction of Reading Difficulties), and EDRG 6280 (Reading in the Content Fields).

Teacher Support Specialist. The Teacher Support Specialist endorsement may be added to a professional teaching certificate at the bachelor's level or higher or the service field of Speech and Language Pathology. Courses comprising the Teacher Support Specialist endorsement include EDUC 7000 (Leadership in Education) and EDUC 7030 (Practicum in Supervision).

THE MASTER OF EDUCATION PROGRAM

Georgia Southwestern State University offers graduate study leading to the Master of Education degree for students seeking advancement in careers, additional study in a chosen field, greater personal satisfaction and financial rewards in the following areas: Early Childhood, Health and Physical Education, Middle Grades, Reading, Secondary Education and Special Education.

Several states now require the Master's degree in entry level positions. The degree also is the base for advanced study toward administrative and supervisory positions. Holders of graduate degrees are in a favorable market for prime positions in education and education-related careers.

The Master of Education degree program is designed to produce teachers who demonstrate:

  1. a commitment to students and student learning.
  2.  knowledge of the subjects they teach and how to teach those subjects to students.
  3. a responsibility for managing and monitoring student learning.
  4. evaluation of their practice and learning from their experiences.
  5. their commitment as members of learning communities.

The Master of Education degree program requires a minimum of thirty-six semester hours of course work, including teaching field courses, professional core courses, and courses approved by the student's advisor. Students may select either a Thesis Option or a Directed Study Option as follows.

Directed Study Option: EDUC 7420 (3 hours) Directed Study or Field Project, and 6 hours of electives.

Thesis Option: Thesis (6 hours) and 3 hours of electives. The thesis in field courses are EDUC 741X and EDUC 741Y.

Admission Requirements for the Master of Education Program

Students seeking a degree through graduate study must apply for regular admission. Individuals who already hold a master's degree will have to meet regular admissions requirements. If these individuals have appropriate test scores, they will not have to retest. Requirements for regular admission  follow:

Regular Admission (without conditions)

(1) Undergraduate degree from an accredited college or university.
(2) An undergraduate major or 21-27 semester hours in approved content courses in the planned graduate field of study.
(3) A minimum of 2.5 grade point average as reported on the official final transcripts from all accredited institutions attended.
(4) A minimum score of 44 on the Miller Analogies Test (MAT) or a minimum score of 350 on each of the verbal and quantitative subtests with a minimum total score of 800 on the Graduate Record Examination (GRE).
(5) Three letters of recommendation.

Students seeking a degree through graduate study who do not meet the requirements for regular admission may be admitted under a conditional status. Those students admitted conditionally must meet the following requirements:

Regular Admission (with conditions)

(1) Undergraduate degree from an accredited college or university.
(2) An undergraduate major or 21-27 hours in approved content courses in the planned graduate field of study.
(3) A minimum of 2.5 undergraduate grade point average as reported on the official final transcripts from all accredited institutions attended.
(4) A minimum score of 27 on the Miller Analogies Test (MAT) or a minimum score of 350 on each of the verbal and quantitative subtests with a minimum total score of 700 on the two subtests of the Graduate Record Examination (GRE).
(5) A student may remain admitted on a conditional basis until satisfactory completion of the initial 9 semester hours of graduate work with no grade less than a B. The student then may be admitted as a regular student, subject to approval by the Dean of the School of Education.
(6) Three letters of recommendation.

Those students denied admission may submit an appeal of the decision. An appeal application may be obtained from the School of Education office.

Academic Standards (Master of Education)

Candidates for the Master of Education degree must meet the following standards.

(1) A 3.0 grade point average on a 4.0 scale is required in all courses attempted to satisfy degree requirements.
(2) Not more than 6 hours with a grade of C may be used to satisfy degree requirements.
(3) A grade of D may not be used to satisfy degree requirements.
(4) ). In any graduate degree program, all degree requirements must be completed within seven (7) calendar years from the date of initial enrollment in course work, without regard to the initial admission status and without regard to credit hours earned.
(5) A grade of I may be given in extenuating circumstances. If a grade of I is not removed before the end of the following semester, it automatically becomes an F.

Students under Review

Graduate students who fail to maintain academic standards will be placed under academic review at the end of the semester in which their status falls below the required standards.

  1. Students who have been placed under review will have early registration cancelled for the following semester. These students will not be able to register on-line and must report to their advisor.
  2. The Registrar will send the names of students under review to the Director of Graduate Studies, the Deans of each School, the Department Chairs with graduate courses,, and the graduate advisors.
  3. Students under review must meet with their advisor to develop an Individual Remediation Plan (IRP) to demonstrate how the student can be returned to good standing. The plan will be forwarded to the Dean of the School for his or her signature before being placed in the student’s file. A copy of the form will also be sent to the Director of Graduate Studies and to the Graduate Admissions Specialist.
  4. At the end of the probationary semester, if the student  is not successful in returning to good standing, the Dean of the School, in consultation with the Director of Graduate Studies, will send a certified letter of dismissal to the student with a copy to the student’s advisor, the Director of Graduate Studies, and the Graduate Admissions Specialist.
  5. Graduate students who are dismissed from the School may write a letter of appeal within ten class days from the receipt of the dismissal letter to the Vice President for Academic Affairs. Students re-admitted on appeal will have one additional semester to return to good academic standing.
  6. Re-admitted students who do not return to good standing after the initial probationary semester will be dismissed from the program and the university.
  7. Dismissed graduate students may re-apply for admission to the program after three calendar years. If the student is re-admitted, he or she must meet all requirements for the degree program at the time of re-enrollment. The years completed prior to dismissal will count towards the total seven (7) years to complete the degree. Re-admission is not automatic. Each application will be considered individually.

Exit Examination

All graduate degree programs in the School of Education require successful completion of the appropriate comprehensive Exit Examination(s). Students should register for the Exit exams at the beginning of their final semester of enrollment in the program.

Application for Graduation (Master of Education)

Each student admitted to a Master of Education program must file an Graduation Application one semester prior to completing degree requirements. Application deadlines are as follows and application forms are available in the Registrar's Office as well as on RAIN.

Graduation Term   Apply no later than the date below of the prior semester
Fall   May 1
Spring   August 1
Summer   January 1

Graduate Programs

Early Childhood (P-5)

Students pursuing a Master's degree in Early Childhood should refer to the attached curriculum sheet for specific program requirements.

Click HERE for Curriculum Sheet and Requirements.

 Middle Grades (4-8)

Students will select a primary concentration of 9 semester hours and a secondary concentration of 6 semester hours. Primary concentration areas are Language Arts, Mathematics, Science, or Social Science. Secondary concentration areas are  Language Arts, Mathematics, Science or Social Science.

The areas listed below can be selected as both primary or secondary concentrations:

Social Science. *EDMG 6500, courses selected from history, political science, or economics.
Mathematics. *EDMG 6600, EDMG 6610, EDMG 6650, MATH 5000, MATH 5001, MATH 5002, MATH 5003, MATH 6675, MATH 7708, MATH 7711, MATH 7790.
Language Arts. *EDMG 6100, EDMG 6120, EDRG 6200, EDRG 6210, EDRG 6280, EDMG 7110, courses in English by approval of instructor.
Science: EDMG 6400*, EDMG 6450, courses in biology, physics, earth science, and chemistry..

Click HERE for Curriculum Sheet and Requirements.

Special Education

Georgia Southwestern State University offers the Master of Education Degree in the Special Education fields of Learning Disabilities, Intellectual Disabilities, and Behavioral Disorders. These graduate programs provide advanced study and research of the best practices to inservice teacher education candidates leading to certification in specific special education fields.

Click HERE for Curriculum Sheet and Requirements (Learning Disabilities)
Click HERE for Curriculum Sheet and Requirements (Intellectual Disabilities)
Click HERE for Curriculum Sheet and Requirements (Behavioral Disorders)

Special Education (P-12)

Students pursuing a Master’s degree in Interrelated Special Education should refer to the attached curriculum sheet for specific program requirements.

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Reading (P-12)

A Master of Education degree emphasizing Reading is available for those graduate students interested in being a reading specialist. In addition, graduate students may take Reading courses to fulfill electives in their degree programs. Graduate students who are interested in adding a Reading endorsement to their existing teaching certification successfully complete three courses in Reading (EDRG 6200, EDRG 6210, EDRG 6280) at GSW and submit appropriate documentation to the state certification office.

Click HERE for Curriculum Sheet and Requirements.

Health and Physical Education (P-12)

Students pursuing a Master's degree in Health and Physical Education should refer to the attached curriculum sheet for specific program requirements.

Click HERE for Curriculum Sheet and Requirements.

Secondary Education (7-12)

Students pursuing a Master's degree in Secondary Education should refer to the attached curriculum sheet for specific program requirements. Programs are offered in English, Mathematics, Sciences (Biology, Chemistry and broad field), Social Science and History.

Curriculum Sheet and Requirements.
Secondary Biology
Secondary Chemistry
Secondary English
Secondary History
Secondary Math
Secondary Science

THE SPECIALIST IN EDUCATION PROGRAM

For positions of leadership in teaching, for advanced knowledge in the field, and personal and professional enrichment, the Specialist in Education degrees in Early Childhood and Middle Grades provide an avenue for opportunity in public and private school systems, two-year colleges and various agencies.

The Specialist in Education degree program is designed to produce teachers who

(1) are committed to students and their learning.
(2) know the subjects they teach and how to teach those subjects to students.
(3) are responsible for managing and monitoring student learning.
(4) think systematically about their practice and learn from experience.
(5) are members of learning communities.

Admission Requirements

(1) Master's degree from an accredited college or university in the same field as the Ed.S. program to which the applicant is seeking admission. Consideration may be given to applicants who have an undergraduate major or 21-27 semester hours in approved courses in the planned graduate field of study.
(2) Eligibility for Georgia T-5 teaching certificate in the same field.
(3) 3.25 overall Graduate GPA.
(4) 3 years acceptable teaching experience.
(5) A minimum score of 48 on the Miller Analogies Test (MAT) or a total of 900 on the verbal and quantitative subtests of the Graduate Record Examination (GRE).
(6)  Three letters of recommendation.

NOTE: There is no Regular Admission (With Conditions) to the Specialist in Education degree program.

Academic Standards

Candidates for the Specialist in Education degree must meet the following standards:

(1) A 3.25 grade point average on a 4.0 scale is required in all courses attempted to satisfy degree requirements.
(2) No grade less than a B may be used to satisfy degree requirements.
(3) A student who earns two grades of C or less will be dropped from the program.
(4) A course where the student earned a C or less may be repeated only once.
(5) In any graduate degree program, all degree requirements must be completed within seven (7) calendar years from the date of initial enrollment in course work, without regard to the initial admission status and without regard to credit hours earned.

Students under Review

Graduate students who fail to maintain academic standards will be placed under academic review at the end of the semester in which their status falls below the required standards.

  1. Students who have been placed under review will have early registration cancelled for the following semester. These students will not be able to register on-line and must report to their advisor.
  2. The Registrar will send the names of students under review to the Director of Graduate Studies, the Deans of each School, the Department Chairs with graduate courses,, and the graduate advisors.
  3. Students under review must meet with their advisor to develop an Individual Remediation Plan (IRP) to demonstrate how the student can be returned to good standing. The plan will be forwarded to the Dean of the School for his or her signature before being placed in the student’s file. A copy of the form will also be sent to the Director of Graduate Studies and to the Graduate Admissions Specialist.
  4. At the end of the probationary semester, if the student  is not successful in returning to good standing, the Dean of the School, in consultation with the Director of Graduate Studies, will send a certified letter of dismissal to the student with a copy to the student’s advisor, the Director of Graduate Studies, and the Graduate Admissions Specialist.
  5. Graduate students who are dismissed from the School may write a letter of appeal within ten class days from the receipt of the dismissal letter to the Vice President for Academic Affairs. Students re-admitted on appeal will have one additional semester to return to good academic standing.
  6. Re-admitted students who do not return to good standing after the initial probationary semester will be dismissed from the program and the university.
  7. Dismissed graduate students may re-apply for admission to the program after three calendar years. If the student is re-admitted, he or she must meet all requirements for the degree program at the time of re-enrollment. The years completed prior to dismissal will count towards the total seven (7) years to complete the degree. Re-admission is not automatic. Each application will be considered individually.

Exit Examination

All graduate degree programs in the School of Education require successful completion of the appropriate comprehensive Exit Examination(s). Students should register for the Exit exams at the beginning of their final semester of enrollment in the program.

Application for Graduation (Specialist in Education)

Each student admitted to a Specialist in Education program must make application for graduation one semester prior to completing degree requirements. Application deadlines are as follows and application forms are available in the Registrar's Office as well as on RAIN.

Graduation Term  Apply no later than the date below of the prior semester
  Fall   May 1
  Spring   August 1
  Summer   January 1

Specialist Programs

Students pursuing a Specialist's Degree in Education should refer to the attached curriculum sheet and program requirements.

Click HERE for Curriculum Sheet and Specific Course Requirements for Early Childhood Education.
Click HERE for Curriculum Sheet and Specific Course Requirements for Middle Grades Education.

Teaching Field (15 hours)

The student will select a primary concentration of 9 semester hours and a secondary concentration of 6 semester hours. The primary concentration must be different from the primary concentration in the Master's program. The student will then choose a secondary concentration from another concentration area. All course work must be planned carefully with the advisor. Courses taken at the Master's level cannot be used at the Specialist level.

The areas listed below can be selected as both primary or secondary concentrations:

Social Science. *EDMG 8500, courses selected from history, political science, economics, EDMG 6500
Mathematics. *EDMG 8600, EDMG 6600, EDMG 6610, EDMG 6650, MATH 6675, MATH 7711 or MATH 7708, MATH 7790
Language Arts. *EDMG 8380, EDMG 8200, EDMG 6100, EDRG 6200 or 6210 or 6280**, EDMG 6120, courses selected from English, foreign languages
Science. *EDMG 8400, EDMG 6400, EDMG 6450, courses selected from biology, physics, earth science, chemistry.

Technology Requirement (3 hours)

EDUC 7070 Computer Applications for Curriculum and Instruction
EDUC 7100 Design and Development of Computer Based Instructional Media
EDUC 7600 Problems in Producing and Utilizing Instructional Materials
EDMG 7110 Educational Computing and Language Development