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Master of Education (M. Ed.) in Special Education
The College of Education will admit a new class of students to the Master of Education in Special Education program only once per year – in the fall.
Admission to the program includes four academic requirements: degree, grade point average, testing, and certification level. Individuals who satisfy all requirements or a listed exemption are eligible for regular "full admission" status. Before applying for admission to the Master of Education in Special Education program, you should determine if you are eligible or can become eligible by examining the following minimum academic and certification requirements:
- Undergraduate degree from a regionally accredited institution
Overall undergraduate GPA of 3.0 OR one of the following**:
- 3.0 for the last 60 hours leading to the bachelor’s degree
- GRE combined (verbal and quantitative) score of 297 (or 1000 before 08/01/2011)
- Miller Analogies Test score of 400
- Master's degree from a regionally accredited institution*
- Evidence of T-4 certification in special education or equivalent state-issued clear, renewable teaching certificate or eligibility for certification in Special Education
The above are minimum academic, test score or professional requirements only. Read the entire application checklist to determine what documents must be included in your submission.
Application for admission to the Master of Education in Special Education program is a two-step process: application to the University Office of Graduate Admissions and a separate application to the College of Education. The required documents are included in the following two checklists:
Office of Graduate Admissions Application Checklist
- Graduate Admissions Application
- Payment of Application Fee
- Certificate of immunization 221K
- Lawful presence verification 360K (required for all applicants requesting in-state tuition)
- One (1) official transcript 26K from all schools -- undergraduate and graduate -- where degrees were earned or work was done (Official transcripts must be in a sealed envelope from the institution.)
College of Education Submission Checklist
- COE Letter of Intent by the applicant (using the required format)
- One (1) Initial Disposition Assessment -- using the proper form [and coming under separate cover from the reference. The assessment should be completed by a current or former supervisor, colleague, or faculty member. Initial disposition assessments take the place of letters of recommendation.
- Evidence of T-4 certification or equivalent state-issued clear, renewable teaching in special education or eligibility for certification
- Signed Employment Verification Form (only if applicant if a full-time teacher of record in a Georgia public school) OR current, clear background check through CertifiedBackground.com
*Note: PSC-accepted accredited institutions are those that are accredited by accrediting organizations recognized by either the U.S. Department of Education at http://ope.ed.gov/accreditation or The Council for Higher Education Accreditation (CHEA) at http://www.chea.org<./p>
** Note: Individuals who don’t meet the GPA requirement and don’t qualify for an exemption should take the Miller Analogies Test (MAT) for the following reasons: You can register with one-day’s notice, the test takes one hour, unofficial results are known at the end of the test, and the cost is $90 or less.