Graduate Studies

GRADUATE STUDIES

GRADUATE PROGRAMS AND ADMISSIONS

Students wishing to make application to a graduate program at Georgia Southwestern State Universitymust submit a complete admissions packet. Incomplete application packets will not be reviewed for admissions. Each school may have additional admission requirements as listed on the respective application check lists. The complete admissions packet is comprised of the following:

Applications for initial certification require an additional $25 transcript evaluation fee.

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 admissionJune 30
Spring admissionOctober 15
Summer admissionMarch 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: Early Childhood Education, English, Health and Physical Education, History, Mathematics, Middle Grades Education, Reading (P-12), and Special Education (not admitting new students). 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 a transcript evaluation form, evaluation 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 appropriate school of their plans and indicate a new date of entrance.

TYPES OF ADMISSION

There are seven general types of admission to graduate studies at Georgia Southwestern State University: Regular (without conditions or with conditions), Non-Degree, Personal Development, Post Baccalaureate, Transient, and Certificate Program only. The seven 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 or for certification renewal. 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.
  • Certificate Program. An applicant seeking one of the certificate programs offered by the School of Business Administration or the School of Computer and Information Sciences must have a minimum of a bachelor's degree from a regionally accredited college or university, or the foreign equivalent thereof. Click the appropriate certificate listed under the school for specific admission requirements.

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. 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. A university/school official, embassy official, the University of Education or the Ministry of Foreign Affairs, must certify English translations. Transcripts cannot be witnessed or verified by a notary public. Photocopies or faxes of evaluations or transcripts are not acceptable.
  2. 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
  3. Certified copies of original diploma, degrees awarded and English translation of diploma, degrees awarded. The issuing institution must certify the degree certificate.
  4. 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. Applicants who have received degrees from accredited institutions in the U.S. or from institutions in countries where English is the primary language are not usually required to submit TOEFL scores.
  5. A pre-entrance medical form (supplied by the University) completed by the student and a physician.
  6. Proof that the student is covered by a health and accident insurance plan annually.
  7. 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.

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 liaison 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.

ClassificationDesignated School Official (DSO)
Graduate StudentsMrs. Lois Oliver, Assistant Registrar

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 DSO and the Registrar's Office within 10 days of the change.
  10. Carry approved health insurance coverage.
  11. Request travel documents from your DSO in advance of leaving the U.S.

SCHOOL OF BUSINESS ADMINISTRATION

The School of Business Administration is in its third year of Candidacy for accreditation by AACSB International - The Association to Advance Collegiate Schools of Business. AACSB International is located at 600 Emerson Road, Suite 300, St. Louis, MO. 63141-6762 USA, telephone number 314-872-8481, and fax number 314-872-8495. The School of Business Administration has initial accreditation from the International Association of Collegiate Business Education, PO Box 25217, Overland Park, KS 66225, USA, telephone number 913-631-3009, fax number 913-613-9154. The School of Business Administration has also received accreditation from the Association of Collegiate Business Schools and Programs (ACBSP). The Association is located at 7007 College Boulevard, Suite 420, Overland, KS 66211, USA, telephone number 913-339-9356, and fax number 913-339-6226.

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

  1. GMAT score + (200 x the student's undergraduate GPA*) or
  2. GMAT score + (200 x the student's GPA in all upper-division undergraduate courses) or
  3. GRE score + (200 x the student's undergraduate GPA*) or
  4. GRE score + (200 x the student's GPA in all upper-division undergraduate courses)

  5. *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.

Click HERE to apply to the School of Business Administration.

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 Registrar's Office.
  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 Registrar's Office.
  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 TermApply no later than the date below of the prior semester
FallMay 1
SpringAugust 1
SummerJanuary 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.

The academic program consists of a minimum of 36 graduate semester credit hours. The curriculum consists of eight core courses and four elective courses. Students will have the option of selecting their elective courses computer science, computer information system, or a combination of the courses approved by the graduate advisor. In addition, there are several prerequisite foundation courses. For applicants whose undergraduate degrees were in computer 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 graduate program.

Admission Requirements

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.

Regular Admission (without conditions)

Students who meets following admission requirements and who have fulfilled the prerequisite course requirements will be admitted as a regular graduate student.

  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. Students who meet the following admission requirements will be admitted as conditional graduate students.

  1. An undergraduate degree from an accredited college.
  2. A minimum of 2.2 but less than 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.

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 Computer and Information Science.

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.

ONLINE MASTER OF COMPUTER SCIENCE IN COMPUTER INFORMATION SYSTEMS (CIS)

The primary goal of this program is to provide opportunity to large numbers of students who wish to pursue master program are looking for fully online degree program. Employees of number of local and regional employers have sought convenience of attending university while taking a full time employment.

Admission Requirements

All requirements for admission to the Online Graduate Program in CIS are same as those mentioned above for the on-campus degree program.

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.

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

All requirements for admission to the Online Graduate Program in CIS are same as those mentioned above for the on-campus degree program.

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.

Click HERE to apply to any of the above programs in the School of Computer and Information Sciences

Academic Standards

Students pursuing a Master's degree must maintain the following 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.
  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 Registrar's Office.
  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 Registrar's Office.
  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 MS (Computer Science).
Click HERE for Curriculum Sheet and Requirements for Online MS (Computer Science).
Click HERE for Curriculum Sheet and Requirements for Online Graduate Certificate in CIS.

Application for Graduation

Each student admitted to the MS (CS) 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 TermApply no later than the date below of the prior semester
FallMay 1
SpringAugust 1
SummerJanuary 1

SCHOOL OF EDUCATION PROGRAMS

MISSION STATEMENT

The mission of the School of Education is to prepare effective teachers who demonstrate the essential knowledge, skills, and dispositions necessary to promote student achievement.

The School of Education is committed to:

  1. Developing leaders in education who have the essential knowledge, skills, and dispositions to make skilled, reflective decisions and who view student learning as the focus for their work.
  2. Motivating life-long learning to adapt to the evolving needs of a global society and its diverse populations through high quality programs based upon exemplary instruction, knowledge of content, emergent technologies, and relevant research.
  3. Developing candidates who accurately assess, reflect and make appropriate decisions about instruction resulting in achievement for all learners.
  4. Professional collaboration with families, schools, community partners, and others to improve the preparation of candidates and the effectiveness of practicing teachers.

The School of Education endorses the mission statement of Georgia Southwestern State University and envisions its mission within the context of those principles.

The School of Education at Georgia Southwestern State University is in the process of developing proposals for new graduate degree programs. New programs being proposed include: Master of Education (M.Ed.) in Curriculum and Instruction; Education Specialist (Ed.S.) in Teaching and Learning.

These programs are in the developmental stage. Once program proposals are developed, they will require review and approval by GSW Faculty Governance, the University System BOR, the National Council for Accreditation of Teacher Education (NCATE), and the Georgia Professional Standards Commission (PSC). The anticipated timeline for the completion of the development and approval process is approximately one year.

Due to the development of these new programs, new candidates to graduate programs in the School of Education will not be accepted effective July 1, 2007. However, all candidates currently enrolled in graduate degree programs within the School of Education will be allowed to continue and complete their programs of study without interruption.

The School of Education Dean, Faculty, and Staff are enthusiastic about developing new graduate degree programs for area teachers. We believe these new programs will enhance the content knowledge and strengthen the understanding of teaching and learning for all graduate level teacher education majors. Please bear with us through this development and approval process. Look for announcements regarding new programs next year.

INITIAL TEACHER CERTIFICATION 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.

Alternative Preparation Programs

Students seeking initial teacher certification 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. Students may seek initial teacher certification in the following program areas:

Early Childhood EducationSecondary History
Health and Physical EducationSecondary Mathematics
Middle Grades EducationSpecial Education (not admitting new students)
Secondary English 

Minimum Requirements for Admission to Student Teaching or Internship for Students Enrolled in an Initial Teacher 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 or GACE 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 or GACE I (Academic Skills Assessment) or meet the exemption for this requirement.
  5. Successfully complete 12 semester hours of student teaching or internship.
  6. In order to be recommended by Georgia Southwestern State University for certification, the candidate must pass the appropriate Praxis II or GACE II Assessment.

THE MASTER OF EDUCATION PROGRAM (not admitting new students)

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 pupils and pupil learning.
  2. knowledge of the subjects they teach and how to teach those subjects to pupils.
  3. a responsibility for managing and monitoring pupil 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.

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 field of study. Consideration may be given to applicants who hold a current Georgia T-4 certificate in the planned field of study. Additional coursework may be required.
  3. Eligibility for Georgia T-4 certificate in the planned field of study.
  4. A minimum of 2.5 undergraduate grade point average as reported on the official final transcripts from all accredited institutions attended.
  5. A minimum score of 402 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 two subtests of the Graduate Record Examination (GRE).
  6. 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 semester hours in approved content courses in the planned field of study. Consideration may be given to applicants who hold a current Georgia T-4 certificate in the planned field of study. Additional coursework may be required.
  3. Eligibility for Georgia T-4 certificate in the planned field of study.
  4. A minimum of 2.5 undergraduate grade point average as reported on the official final transcripts from all accredited institutions attended.
  5. A minimum score of 374 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).
  6. Three letters of recommendation.
  7. 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.

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

Click HERE to apply to the School of Education

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 Registrar's Office.
  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 Registrar's Office.
  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 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 TermApply no later than the date below of the prior semester
FallMay 1
SpringAugust 1
SummerJanuary 1

Graduate Programs

Early Childhood (P-5) (not admitting new students)

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) (not admitting new students)

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 and 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 (P-12) (not admitting new students)

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 in-service teacher education candidates leading to certification in specific special education fields.

Reading (P-12) (not admitting new students)

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) (not admitting new students)

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 (6-12) (not admitting new students)

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, Biology, and History.

Biology
English
History
Math

THE SPECIALIST IN EDUCATION PROGRAM (Not Admitting New Students)

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 pupils and their learning.
  2. know the subjects they teach and how to teach those subjects to pupils.
  3. are responsible for managing and monitoring pupil 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 hold a Master's degree in a different education field and current Georgia T-5 certification in the planned graduate field of study. Additional coursework may be required.
  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 408 on the Miller Analogies Test (MAT) or a total of 900 on the verbal and quantitative subtests of the Graduate Record Examinations (GRE).
OR
  1. Master's degree from a University System of Georgia institution within the last 5 years in the same field.
  2. 3.50 overall graduate GPA.
  3. A current Georgia T-5 certificate in the same field.
  4. Three letters of recommendation.

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

Click HERE to apply to the School of Education

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 Registrar's Office.
  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 Registrar's Office.
  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 TermApply no later than the date below of the prior semester
FallMay 1
SpringAugust 1
SummerJanuary 1

Specialist Programs

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

Early Childhood (not admitting new students)

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

Middle Grades (not admitting new students)

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 and 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 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