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Graduate Admissions Coordinator
University Hall 271
Master of Arts (MAT) in Early Childhood Education
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.
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
- Submit Graduate Application fee
- Graduate Admissions Application
- Certificate of immunization 221K
- Board of Regents vertification of lawful presence 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)
- Two (2) Initial Disposition Assessments -- using the proper form and coming under separately from the references. Assessment requests should be made to current or former supervisors, colleagues or faculty members. This form is used in place of a letter of recommendation.
- Evidence of passing the Georgia Assessment for the Certification of Educators (GACE) Program Admission Assessment OR qualifying for an exemption.
- Current, clear criminal background check (using the Georgia Professional Standards Commission pre-service certificate application)
- Georgia Professional Standards Commission verification of lawful presence
*Note: PSC-accepted accredited institutions are those that are accredited by accrediting organizations recognized by either the U.S. Department of Education at ope.ed.gov/accreditation or The Council for Higher Education Accreditation (CHEA) at http://www.chea.org<./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 (http://www.gapsc.com) 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.