Master of Education in Secondary Education

Georgia Southern University
Degree Level Masters
Total Credit Hours 36
Per Credit Hour Cost $277

Program Description

A fully online program, the Master of Education in Secondary Education is designed for individuals who currently hold a renewable Induction or Professional Level Four Certificate or equivalent in one of the following teaching fields: biology, broad field science, chemistry, economics, English, geography, history, mathematics, physics, or political science.

This secondary education master’s program is based upon the concept of developmentally appropriate practices and the value of diverse, intensive field experiences working with diverse student populations. You can read more about the student learning outcomes to find out if it’s the right secondary education program for you.

The program is approved by the Georgia Professional Standards Commission (PSC) and meets the PSC’s certificate upgrade requirements.

The program is designed for candidates who hold a Professional Level Four Certificate or equivalent in one of the following certification areas: biology, broad fields science, chemistry, economics, English, geography, history, mathematics, physics, or political science. The program is approved by the Georgia Professional Standards Commission and meets the certificate upgrade requirements mandated by the Professional Standards Commission. This master’s program is based upon the concept of developmentally appropriate practices and the value of diverse, intensive field experiences working with diverse student populations.

(Note: Individuals seeking initial certification and those who hold a non-renewable (NR) teacher certification, should pursue the Teaching M.A.T. degree rather than this Master in Education (M.Ed.) degree program.)

Admissions Information

M.Ed. Regular Admission Requirements

  1. Complete the requirements for a bachelor’s degree from a regionally accredited institution.
  2. Possess or be eligible for a renewable Georgia level four teaching certificate; or possess an equivalent out-of-state certificate. The certificate must be in one of the following certification areas: biology, broad field science, chemistry, economics, English, geography, history, mathematics, physics, or political science. Candidates who have completed all requirements for the Georgia level four teaching certificate have until the end of the first semester to obtain the certificate. Candidates with an out-of-state certificate will not receive Georgia certification upon program completion.
  3. Present a cumulative 2.50 (4.0 scale) grade point average or higher on all undergraduate and graduate work combined.
  4. Submit a personal statement of purpose, not to exceed 200 words, that identifies the applicant’s reasons for pursuing graduate study and how admission into the program relates to the applicant’s professional aspirations.
  5. Submit a completed “Disclosure and Affirmation Form” that addresses misconduct disclosure, the Code of Ethics for Educators, and tort liability insurance.

Applicants may be approved for provisional admission based on the quality of the admission material presented. Provisional students must earn grades of ‘B’ or higher in their first nine (9) hours of coursework after admission and meet any other stipulations outlined by the department to be converted to regular status.

*International transcripts must be evaluated by a NACES-accredited evaluation service and must be a course-by-course evaluation and include a GPA. (naces.org)

Program Accreditation

Southern Association of Colleges and Schools Commission on Colleges


Council for the Accreditation of Educator Preparation