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

About the Program

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

The Teaching and Learning Education Specialist online degree program is designed to provide a high level of professional proficiency skills as well as action 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-leader/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 in the evaluation, analysis, and sharing of action research results in order to improve student learning outcomes within the classroom and school environment.

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).

  • Elementary Education (grades P-5)
  • Middle Grades Education (grades 4-8)
  • Secondary Education (grades 6-12)
  • Special Education (grades P-12)

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Admission Requirements

  1. Complete requirements for a master’s degree from a regionally accredited institution.
  2. Possess or be eligible for a Georgia level five teaching certificate in the chosen concentration area; or possess an equivalent out- of-state teaching certificate in the chosen concentration area. Candidates who have completed all requirements for the Georgia level five teaching certificate have until the end of the first semester to obtain certificate. Candidates with an out-of-state certificate will not receive Georgia certification upon program completion.
  3. Present a 3.25 or higher on all graduate work attempted.
  4. Submit a personal statement of purpose, not to exceed 200 words, that identifies the applicant’s reasons for pursuing graduate study and how admission into the program relates to the applicant’s professional aspirations.
  5. Submit a completed “Disclosure and Affirmation Form” that addresses misconduct disclosure, the Code of Ethics for Educators, and tort liability insurance.

Applicants may be approved for provisional admission based on the quality of the admission material presented. Provisional students must earn grades of ‘B’ or higher in their first nine (9) hours of course work after admission and meet any other stipulations outlined by the department to be converted to regular status.

*International transcripts must be evaluated by a NACES accredited evaluation service and must be a course by course evaluation and include a GPA. (



July 1*


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April 1*

*The application and all ​​required documents listed on the “admissions requirements” tab​ for the program must be received by the deadline.  If all required documents are not received by the deadline your application will not be considered for admission.

Program Contact Information

Graduate Academic Services Center

Last updated: 4/18/2022