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Graduate Admissions Coordinator
University Hall 271
Master of Education (M.Ed.) in Reading Specialist Education
Admission to the program includes four academic requirements: degree, grade point average, testing, and certification level. Before applying for admission to the Master of Education in Reading Specialist Education program, you should determine if you are eligible or can become eligible by examining the following minimum academic and certification requirements:
- An earned baccalaureate degree from a regionally accredited institution.*
- A minimum overall undergraduate grade point average of 3.00 OR in most recent degree.
- Documented T-4 certification or equivalent state issued clear, renewable teaching certificate in any field.
- One (1) completed and signed College of Education initial disposition assessment form;
- A letter of intent (following the College of Education’s approved format).
- A College of Education’s Employment Verification Form signed by the appropriate school representative or criminal background check as directed by the College of 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 program is a two-step process: application to the University Office of Graduate Admissions and a separate submission of documents to the College of Education. The required documents are included in the following two checklists:
Office of Graduate Admissions Application Checklist
- Graduate Admissions Application
- 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.)
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 attended institution or, if in the institution’s sealed envelope, supplied by the applicant. (See address below.)
College of Education Document Submission Checklist
- COE Letter of Intent by the applicant (using the required format in the application)
- One (1) Initial Disposition Assessments -- using the proper form and coming under separate cover from the references. (Assessment requests should be made to current or former supervisors, colleagues or faculty members. Letters of recommendation are not required.)
- Evidence of T-4 certification or equivalent state-issued clear, renewable teaching or service certificate in any field
- Current, clear background check OR signed Employment Verification Form (only if applicant if a full-time teacher of record in a Georgia public school)
College of Education
*Note: PSC-accepted accredited institutions are those that are accredited by accrediting organizations recognized by either the U.S. Department of Education or The Council for Higher Education Accreditation (CHEA).