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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. Before applying for admission to the program, individuals should determine if they are eligible or can become eligible by examining the following minimum academic requirements:
- An earned baccalaureate degree or above from a regionally accredited institution.*
- A minimum overall undergraduate grade point average of 2.50 OR in most recent degree.
- Passing scores on the Georgia Assessments for the Certification of Educators (GACE) Program Admission Assessment examination or allowed exemption.**
- Completion of the Georgia Professional Standards Commission Educator Ethics Assessment.
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.
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. 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). The Graduate Admissions Coordinator can direct you in this process.
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.)
The preferred method of delivery is electronic. Schools that issue official transcripts electronically should submit them to firstname.lastname@example.org. Official transcripts can be mailed directly to Graduate Admissions from the attende
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: The Georgia Professional Standards Commission (http://www.gapsc.com) determines what tests from other states are acceptable.