Childhood & Exceptional Student Education

Greg Dziuban
Graduate Admissions Coordinator

University Hall 271

Application Information
Master of Arts (MAT) in Early Childhood Education
(Initial Certification)


Academic Requirements

Admission to the program includes three academic requirements: degree, grade point average and testing.  Individuals who satisfy all requirements (or a listed exemption for the testing requirement) are eligible for regular “full admission” status.  Individuals who meet the other requirements but do not meet the GPA requirement are eligible to be admitted under “admission with limitation” status**.

  • Undergraduate degree from a regionally accredited institution*
  • Overall undergraduate GPA of 2.5 from the last degree (undergraduate or graduate) earned**
  • Passing score on Georgia Assessment for the Certification of Educators (GACE) Program Admission Assessment OR one of the following:
    • SAT combined score (Critical Reading/Verbal and Math) of 1,000
    • ACT combined score (English and Math) of 43
    • GRE combined score (Verbal and Quantitative) of 297(or 1030 for test scores after 08/01/2011)
    • Passing score on equivalent test used in other states***
    • Masters' degree or above from a regionally accredited institution (if enrolled before 7/1/15)

Anyone who does not meet admissions requirements can apply as a non-degree-seeking student and take four designated courses (EDUC 6000, EDUC 6100, EDUC 6200 and EDUC 6300).  This is explained in the “How to take courses without being admitted to a program” section of this information packet.

Application Checklist

Because applicants must satisfy university admissions requirements for all graduate students and specific program requirements for College of Education (COE) students, the checklist is divided into university and COE requirements, plus some Georgia Professional Standards Commissions (GaPSC) requirements. 

University requirements are applying online, paying the application fee and submitting official transcripts.  An immunization record and lawful presence verification also are needed; however, these are registration requirements that can be accomplished after being admitted.  For COE requirements, the items (letter of intent, initial disposition assessments, etc.) should be submitted directly to the COE graduate admissions coordinator.

University Graduate Admissions Checklist

College of Education Submission Checklist

Office of Graduate Admissions
Armstrong State University
Victor Hall, 1st Floor
11935 Abercorn Street
Savannah, Georgia 31419
912.344.2798 or 800.633.2349
Fax: 912.344.3417

College of Education
Armstrong State University
University Hall 271
11935 Abercorn Street
Savannah, Georgia 31419
Fax 912.344.3436

*Note:  PSC-accepted accredited institutions are those that are accredited by accrediting organizations recognized by either the U.S. Department of Education at or The Council for Higher Education Accreditation (CHEA) at<./p>

**Note:  “Admission with limitation” students can take advantage of all program benefits, including eligibility for financial aid, except they are limited to taking four designated courses (EDUC 6000, EDUC 6100, EDUC 6200 and EDUC 6300).  If, at the completion of the four courses, their GPA is 3.0 or above, they will gain full admission status and be able to take all courses in the program.

***Note:  The Georgia Professional Standards Commission ( determines what tests from other states are acceptable.

If you have questions about these eligibility requirements, please contact the Graduate Admissions Coordinator in the College of Education. Contact information is provided in the left panel of this page.