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Teaching and Learning (Grades P-12) Ed.S.

Format: Online
Credit Hours: 33
Entry Term: Summer, Fall

The Teaching and Learning Education Specialist online degree program is designed to provide a high level of professional instructional skills as well as applied research skills which are emphasized throughout each program’s course work. The flexible program is designed to meet the current demands of teachers as they pursue graduate preparation beyond the master’s degree.

The role of the classroom teacher is expanded to that of teacher-scholar/researcher which allows the Education Specialist candidate to become a critical consumer of educational research, thus bridging the gap between theory and practice in their own professional practice. Ed.S. candidates are expected to be active participants to improve practice by solving problems and contributing to improved curriculum and instructional performance. To do this, they inquire into and analyze the nature and dimensions of a problem of practice and establish that there is a difference between the present and the ideal state, Ed.S candidates then build a case for an improved instructional development plan and make persuasive recommendations for action.

The program is approved by the Georgia Professional Standards Commission (PSC) and meets the PSC’s certificate upgrade requirements.

During the admission process, you will choose one of the four study concentrations in which you currently hold a level five Georgia teaching certificate. An educator who holds a level five Georgia certificate in one of the four areas of concentration listed below will qualify for a level six certificate upgrade upon successful completion of all program requirements (see catalog section on Certification).

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Study Concentrations

Elementary Ed. Teacher Candidate
Elementary Education (grades P-5)
Secondary Ed. Teacher candidate
Secondary Education (grades 6-12)
Middle School Ed Teacher Candidate
Middle Grades Education (grades 4-8)
Teacher Candidate
Special Education (grades P-12)

Program Benefits

  • Collaborate with others across disciplines
  • Explore teacher leadership opportunities and develop leadership skills
  • Apply and extend content knowledge and pedagogical skills through the examination of curriculum and instruction issues and research
  • Continue development of technology skills and develop skills in using technology to impact and assess student learning

Admission Information

The Georgia Southern University Office of Graduate Admissions oversees the application process for graduate students. Please review the links below for admission requirements and deadlines.

Courses and Curriculum

Resources for Students

New Students

Ed.S. Program Orientation Video

Ed.S. Program Meet the Faculty

Lina B. Soares, Ph.D., Program Director
Regina Rahimi, Ed.D., Program Faculty
Hui Jin, Ph.D., Program Faculty
Shelli Casler-Failing, Ph.D., Program Faculty

Current Students

Graduate Advising

Graduate Academic Services Center
College of Education
Statesboro Campus

Program Director
Dr. Lina Soares

Professional Certification Disclosure

The College of Education anticipates that graduates of the Teaching and Learning Ed.S. program will seek state licenses or certifications.

The program listed above leads to a Georgia Certificate Upgrade. Visit the Georgia Professional Standards Commission for more information. The College of Education has not determined where its programs will qualify a graduate to take the required exams in other states or territories. Check the requirements of your state or territory using the link provided.

For all Online Programs:

Federal Law requires colleges and universities to make certain disclosures to prospective students of these programs. These disclosures include information on the University’s authority to operate outside of Georgia, complaint processes, adverse actions, and refunds.

For required disclosures in general with regard to online programs offered by the University, visit the Office of Legal Affairs website.

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Last updated: 4/19/2022