Specialist in Education with a major in Elementary Education

University of West Georgia
Degree Level Education Specialist
Total Credit Hours 27

Program Description

Our Educational Specialist (Ed. S.) degree program in Elementary Education is designed to prepare teacher leaders who are instrumental in the creation and implementation of instructional policies and practices that ensure that all students can and do learn. Program coursework and field experiences expand and deepen graduates' theoretical and pedagogical knowledge and enable graduates to understand and apply innovative, emerging research on developments in Elementary Education. Program faculty are dedicated to the ideals of social justice and endeavor to equip graduates with the ability work within the existing systems or to change existing systems to bring about equitable environments for all learners. As a student in our degree program, you'll learn strategies to help all students succeed by focusing on subjects such as: Students as Learners Teachers as Leaders Societal Issues Classroom Issues Research and Inquiry.

Admissions Information

Guidelines for Admittance

All graduate applicants must complete the online Grad Application. A one-time application fee of $40 is required.

Applicants should also review the Graduate Studies Website for individual program specific requirements and tasks that must be completed prior to admission. See Graduate Studies Application Process.

International applicants are subject to additional requirements and application deadlines. See Procedures for International Students.

Official transcripts from a regionally or nationally accredited institution are required and should be sent directly to the UWG Graduate Admissions Office.

Program Specific Admittance Guidelines

Admission to the program requires a Level 5, clear and renewable professional certificate in Elementary Education based on a Master's degree in Elementary Education or Early Childhood Education.

Any other Master's degree with a Level 5 certification must meet the Content Specialization requirements in the Elementary Education Master's degree program in order to be admitted into the Ed.S. program.

A minimum GPA of 3.0 in graduate coursework is required for admission to the program.

A professional resume reflecting a minimum of 1 year of full-time teaching experience.

Program Accreditation

Southern Association of Colleges and Schools Commission on Colleges