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1998-1999 Catalog
Master of Education
Degree Programs


Admission

Minimum admission requirements for regular admission to the master of education degree programs are as follows:

  • An undergraduate degree from an accredited college or university
  • A 2.75 undergraduate grade point average calculated on all work attempted and a score of 800 on the Graduate Record Examination or a score of 44 on the Miller Analogies Test

Minimum admission requirements for provisional admission to the master of education degree programs are as follows:

  • An undergraduate degree from an accredited college or university
  • A 2.5 undergraduate grade point average calculated on all work attempted and a score of 35 on the Miller Analogies Test or a score of 700 on the Graduate Record Examination

Students admitted to a master of education program on a provisional basis must complete a minimum of nine semester hours with grades of B or better, to include EDUF 6115 Educational Psychology or EDUF 6215 Research Methods, and six semester hours to be determined by the department chair or designee.

Admission requirements are appealable to the College of Education graduate appeals committee.

Non-Degree Admission

Post-baccalaureate — Students in this category must have a baccalaureate degree from an accredited college with a minimum grade point average of 2.0 calculated on all undergraduate work attempted. No more than nine semester hours of credit earned in this category may subsequently be applied toward meeting the requirements of a master’s degree. It is the student’s responsibility to request a change of status if wishing to pursue a master’s degree.

Post-graduate — Students in this category must have a graduate degree from an accredited college. No more than nine semester hours of graduate credit earned in this category may subsequently be applied toward meeting the requirements of a graduate degree. It is the student’s responsibility to request a change of status if wishing to pursue a master’s degree.

Curriculum

Students admitted as candidates for the master of education degree must satisfactorily complete a planned program of study and a minimum of 36 semester credit hours. At least 18 of these hours must be in courses numbered 6000 or above.

A graduate student’s program, planned cooperatively with an advisor from the College of Education, will emphasize development both in the teaching field and in professional studies. Specific questions concerning Georgia Professional Standards Commission requirements for teacher certification should be directed to the office of the dean, College of Education, or to the department that offers the student’s major.

Application for Graduation

Approval of an application for the master of education degree is contingent upon the successful completion of an approved program and recommendation for the degree by the College of Education. Applications for degree conferral must be submitted to the Office of the Registrar the semester prior to completion of degree requirements. The following requirements must be met for the completion of the MEd degree:

  • Students must earn a 3.0 grade point average calculated on all graduate work attempted. (Maximum of six semester hours of C).
  • A minimum of one-half of the hours required for the degree must be earned in residence.
  • All degree requirements must be completed within seven years of first enrollment.
  • Students in some programs must pass a written comprehensive examination.

Independent Study

No more than six semester hours earned in independent study may be applied toward meeting the requirements of an MEd degree.

Course Load

The maximum course load for a graduate student in education is 12 hours per semester, including the summer session. Additionally, six semester hours is the maximum course load allowed for a special short term in the summer session.

MEd Administration

Students will be eligible for the certificate in administration upon completion of the following requirements, the Praxis II exam, and three years of public or regionally/state accredited school teaching experience.

Course Requirements

Area 1 Professional Core

Required Hours: 8


EDUF 6115 Educational Psychology
EDUF 6215 Research Methods

Area 2 Concentration

Required Hours: 28


EDUL 6225 Strategic Leadership
EDUL 6235 Instructional Leadership
EDUL 6245 Organizational Leadership
EDUL 6255 Community Leadership
EDUL 6265 Ethics in Education
EDUL 6275 Public Policy in Education
EDUL 6698 Internship
EDUL 6899 Independent Study

Total Hours Required: 36

MEd Art Education

The Master of Education (MEd) in Art Education provides graduate-level education for students seeking further training in the field of art education. Students are required to submit undergraduate transcripts and a portfolio for review and complete an interview with the departmental graduate selection committee. Graduate students wishing to enroll in 6000-level art studio courses must have successfully completed undergraduate course work in that area.

Expected Outcomes

Graduates will demonstrate competence in:

  • Studio concentration
  • Art history and analysis
  • Technical processes
  • Teaching competencies
  • Critical analysis
  • Aesthetic inquiry
  • Research in art
  • Art education concepts
  • Curriculum development in art
  • Education foundations

Course Requirements

Area 1 Professional Core

Required Hours: 8


EDUF 6115 Educational Psychology
EDUF 6215 Research Methods

Area 2 Concentration

Required Hours: 25


ARTE 6795 Seminar: Concepts in Art Education
ARTE 6796 Seminar: Curriculum in Art Education
ARTE 6797 Seminar: Research in Art Education
ARTH 5125 Seminar: Research in History, Criticism and Aesthetics

Select four courses from the following:
ARTS 5236 Drawing: Advanced Methods
ARTS 5245 Crafts: Advanced Methods
ARTS 5256 Painting: Advanced Methods
ARTS 5265 Photographic Design: Advanced Methods
ARTS 5277 Printmaking: Advanced Methods
ARTS 5285 Ceramics: Advanced Methods
ARTS 5288 Sculpture: Advanced Methods
ARTS 6236 Drawing
ARTS 6256 Painting
ARTS 6265 Photography
ARTS 6277 Printmaking
ARTS 6285 Ceramics
ARTS 6288 Sculpture
ARTS 6286 Graduate Problem: Studio

Area 3 Electives

Required Hours: 3

Select one course from the following:
ARTE 6186 Graduate Problem: Art Education
ARTH 6185 Graduate Problem: Art History
ARTS 6698 Internship
SPED 5205 Learning and Behavioral Characteristics of Children with Disabilities, Gifts, and Talents

Total Hours Required 36

MEd Early Childhood Education

Course Requirements

Area 1 Professional Core

Required Hours: 8


EDUF 6115 Educational Psychology
EDUF 6215 Research Methods

Area 2 Concentration

Required Hours: 23


EDEC 6155 Early Childhood in Contemporary Society
EDEC 6156 Child Development: Conception To Age 10
EDEC 6166 Assessment in Early Childhood

Select two of the following three courses:
EDEC 6115 Teaching Language Arts in Early Childhood
EDEC 6116 Writing and the Young Child
EDEC 6118 Methods and Materials for Teaching Reading in Early Childhood (required if not taken at the undergraduate level)

Select two of the following three courses:
EDEC 6125 Teaching Mathematics: Early Childhood
EDEC 6135 Teaching Science in Early Childhood
EDEC 6145 Teaching Social Studies in Early Childhood

Area 3 Electives

Required Hours: 5

Select five semester hours from the following (other courses may be approved by advisor):
EDEC 6157 Child Care Centers
EDEC 6158 Infant Education
EDEC 6159 Creative Teaching Early Childhood
EDEC 6795 Seminar in Early Childhood

A special education (SPED) course may be required if not taken at the undergraduate level.

Total Hours Required: 36

MEd Health and Physical Education

Area 1 Professional Core

Required Hours: 8


EDUF 6115 Educational Psychology
EDUF 6215 Research Methods

Area 2 Concentration

Required Hours: 25-26

Health Education (six-nine Hours)
HESC 6105 Consumer Health
HESC 6107 Human Sexuality
HESC 6188 Contemporary Health Problems
HESC 6795 Seminar in Alcohol and Drug Abuse

Physical Education (16-20 Hours)
PELM 6115 Curriculum Development in Physical Education
PELM 6116 Analysis of Teaching Behavior in Physical Education
PELM 6117 Social Development in Physical Education: Working with At-Risk Students

Select three semester hours from the following:
PELM 6215 Physical Education for Children
PELM 6216 Middle Level Physical Education
PELM 6217 Physical Education in the Secondary School

Select four to eight semester hours from the following:
PELM 6118 Legal Issues In Physical Education and Sport
PELM 6119 Assessment in Physical Education
PELM 6135 Designing Fitness Programs for Children and Youth
PELM 6219 Physical Education for Students with Disabilities
PELM 6226 Funding and Grants
PELM 6515 Selected Topics in Physical Education
PELM 6795 Contemporary Issues in Physical Education
PELM 6899 Directed Independent Study in Physical Education

Area 3 Cognate Elective

Required Hours: 2-3


HESC, PELM or other approved course

Total Hours Required: 36

MEd Middle Grades Education

Course Requirements

Area 1 Professional Core

Required Hours: 8


EDUF 6115 Educational Psychology
EDUF 6215 Research Methods

Area 2 Middle Grades Core

Required Hours: 10


EDCI 6158 Trends and Issues in Middle Grades and Secondary Education
EDCI 6255 Teacher Inquiry and Investigation
EDMG 6116 Integrating Literacy Strategies in the Middle Grades
EDMG 6155 Psychology of the Early Adolescent Learner

Area 3 Concentration

Required Hours: 15

Select nine semester hours in one area and six semester hours in a second area of graduate elective courses in the content areas of :

Language Arts: EDMG 6115/EDMG 6117/EDCI 6118, and/or ENGL/EDSE/READ at 5000 level or above

Social Studies: EDCI 6159 and HIST/POLS/ECON at 5000 level or above

Mathematics: EDMG 6125, EDMG 6126, and MATH courses at 5000 level or above

Science: EDMG 6135/EDMG 6136/EDCI 6235, and/or BIOL/CHEM/ GEOL/PHYS at 5000 level or above

Area 4 Electives

Required Hours: 3

Total Hours Required: 36

MEd Reading

Course Requirements

Area 1 Professional Core

Required Hours: 8


EDUF 6115 Educational Psychology
EDUF 6215 Research Methods

Area 2 Concentration

Required Hours: 19


READ 6147 Trends, Issues, and Problems in the Teaching of Reading
READ 6148 Psychology of Reading
READ 6245 Adults and Literacy
READ 6246 Analysis and Correction of Reading Disabilities
READ 6347 Diagnostic Procedures in Reading
READ 6348 Remedial Procedures in Reading

Area 3 Electives

Required Hours: 9

Select from the following:
EDMG 6117 Improved Teaching of Language Arts Grades 4-8
EDSE 6115 Trends in Adolescent Literature
READ 6145 Assessment of Reading Difficulties
READ 6146 Methods and Materials in the Teaching of Reading
READ 6149 Reading in the Content Areas
READ 6445 Practicum in Reading
READ 6116 Children’s Literature

Other electives (maximum seven semester hours) must be selected by student and advisor.

Total Hours Required: 36

MEd School Counseling

The MEd Program in school counseling has received national accreditation from the Council for Accreditation of Counseling and Related Educational Programs (CACREP).

All potential candidates for the program are required to complete a screening process, which includes an interview, prior to admission to the program. Contact the Department of Counseling and Clinical Programs for additional information.

 

The program leading to the MEd in school counseling is designed to prepare students for certification in school counseling. Degree requirements may exceed the minimum number of hours for professional certification. Persons desiring certification as a school counselor who do not hold teacher certification may satisfy state certification requirements in school counseling by taking the program of study for school counseling and by completing an additional curricular experience which will orient the student to the school setting. Students holding a masters in community counseling who are interested in school counseling should inquire about the post-graduate certification program. Interested students should contact the department chair.

The student must complete COUN 6115, COUN 6265, and COUN 6225 with a grade of A or B. A grade other than A or B requires repetition of these courses. When repetition of one or more of these courses is necessary, no other COUN course work may be taken concurrently.

Evaluation of a student’s performance is continuous and involves consideration of the student’s academic performance as well as the student’s performance in laboratory, practicum, and internship classes. This process will involve the evaluation of the student’s academic, clinical, and intrapersonal/interpersonal functioning. A required student portfolio assessment is one means of achieving this continuous evaluation of students. A student may be dropped from a course and/or a program if the welfare of the student’s clientele, prospective clientele, or the functioning of a school or agency is, in the judgment of the counseling faculty, in jeopardy as a result of the student’s performance in any of the three areas of functioning.

Course Requirements

Area 1 Professional Core

Required Hours: 10


COUN 6115 Introduction to Professional Counseling
COUN 6225 Counseling Skills 1
EDUF 6215 Research Methods

Area 2 Concentration

Required Hours: 32


COUN 6155 Counseling Theory
COUN 6175 Cultural Perspectives in Counseling
COUN 6187 School Counseling Services
COUN 6235 Career Development Counseling
COUN 6245 Individual Analysis
COUN 6265 Group Techniques and Procedures
COUN 6415 Applied Practice in School Counseling
COUN 6698 Internship in School Counseling (6 hours)
COUN 6795 Seminar I - Lifespan Development, Ethics and Professional Issues, and Individualizing Curriculum and Teacher Consultation Skills
COUN 6796 Seminar II - Psychopathological Diagnosis, Pre-Practicum I and II

Area 3 Program Electives

Required Hours: 6

Select from the following:
COUN 6105 Psychological Aspects of Substance Abuse
COUN 6185 Gender Issues in Counseling
COUN 6255 Play Therapy
COUN 6555 Selected Topics in Counseling
COUN 6898 Independent Study
COUN 7165 Counseling Children
COUN 7185 Family Psychopathology
COUN 7215 Family Therapy Process and Practice
COUN 7225 Counseling Skills 2
COUN 7275 Advanced Techniques in Marriage and Family Therapy
COUN 7285 Marriage and Family Assessment
COUN 7286 Marriage Systems Theory and Therapy

Total Hours Required 48

MEd Secondary English Language Arts Education

Course Requirements

Area 1 Professional Core

Required Hours: 8


EDUF 6115 Educational Psychology
EDUF 6215 Research Methods

Area 2 Secondary Education Core

Required Hours: 4

EDCI 6158 Trends & Issues in Middle/Secondary Education
EDCI 6255 Teacher Inquiry and Investigation

Area 3 Concentration

Required Hours: 18


EDSE 6117 Improved Teaching of English Language Arts Grades 7-12

Select nine semester hours from the following:
EDSE 6115 Trends in Young Adult Literature

Literature courses (level 5000 or above)

Select three semester hours from the following:
EDCI 6118 Teaching Composition in Grades 4-12
READ 6148 Psychology of Reading
ENGL 7150 Professional Writing

Select three semester hours from Linguistics courses (level 5000 or above)

Area 4 Electives

Required Hours: 6

Recommended electives include:
EDCI 6159 Integrating Multicultural/Global Studies Throughout the Curriculum
EDUT 6205 Technology Workshop

Other options include studies to gain a gifted education or ESOL endorsement as well as graduate studies used to earn a Level 4 Georgia certificate.

Total Hours Required: 36

MEd Secondary General Science Education

Course Requirements

Area 1 Professional Core

Required Hours: 12


EDCI 6158 Trends and Issues in Middle Grades and Secondary Education
EDCI 6255 Teacher Inquiry and Investigation
EDUF 6115 Educational Psychology
EDUF 6215 Research Methods

Area 2 Concentration

Required Hours: 18


EDSE 6135 Teaching Science in the Secondary School

Select six semester hours (5000 level or above) from biology, chemistry, physics, environmental science, geology, EDMG 6135, EDMG 6136, or EDCI 6235

Area 3 Electives

Required Hours: 6

Total Hours Required: 36

MEd Secondary History Education

Course Requirements

Area 1 Professional Core

Required Hours: 8


EDUF 6115 Educational Psychology
EDUF 6215 Research Methods

Area 2 Secondary Education Core

Required Hours: 4


EDCI 6158 Trends and Issues in Middle Grades and Secondary Education
EDCI 6255 Teacher Inquiry and Investigation

Area 3 Concentration

Required Hours: 18


EDSE 6145 Teaching Social Studies in Grades 7-12
HIST 7505 Selected Topics in European History
HIST 7506 Selected Topics in Latin American Civilization
HIST 7507 Selected Topics in United States History
HIST 7508 Selected Topics in Southern History

Select three semester hours from POLS courses (7000 level)

Area 4 Electives

Required Hours: 6

Recommended electives include:

ECON 6185 Economics for Educators
EDCI 6159 Integrating Multicultural/Global Studies Throughout the School Curriculum
EDUT 6205 Technology Workshop
HIST 7899 Independent Studies
HIST 7698 Internship

Total Hours Required: 36

MEd Secondary Mathematics Education

Course Requirements

Area 1 Professional Core

Required Hours: 12


EDCI 6158 Trends and Issues in Middle Grades and Secondary Education
EDCI 6255 Teacher Inquiry and Investigation
EDUF 6115 Educational Psychology
EDUF 6215 Research Methods

Area 2 Concentration

Required Hours: 18


EDSE 6125 Teaching Mathematics in Secondary School
EDSE 6526 Topics in Secondary Mathematics
MATH 5151 Introduction to Real Analysis I
MATH 5152 Introduction to Real Analysis II

Select six semester hours (5000 level or above) from MATH, EDMG and EDSE math education.

Area 3 Electives Required Hours: 6

Total Hours Required: 36

MEd Secondary Social Science Education

Course Requirements

Area 1 Professional Core

Required Hours: 8


EDUF 6115 Educational Psychology
EDUF 6215 Research Methods

Area 2 Secondary Education Core

Required Hours: 4


EDCI 6158 Trends and Issues in Middle Grades and Secondary Education
EDCI 6255 Teacher Inquiry and Investigation

Area 3 Concentration

Required Hours: 18


EDSE 6145 Teaching Social Studies in Grades 7-12
HIST 7505 Selected Topics in European History
HIST 7506 Selected Topics in Latin American Civilization
HIST 7507 Selected Topics in United States History

Select six semester hours from political science courses (7000 level).

Area 4 Electives

Required Hours: 6

Recommended Electives include:

ECON 6185 Economics for Educators
EDCI 6159 Integrating Multicultural/Global Studies Throughout the School Curriculum
EDUT 6205 Technology Workshop
HIST 7899 Independent Study
POLS 7698 Internship

Total Hours Required: 36

MEd Special Education - Behavioral Disorders

Students who do not currently have a teaching certificate may be required to complete prerequisite coursework.

Course Requirements

Area 1 Professional Core

Required Hours: 8


EDUF 6115 Educational Psychology
EDUF 6215 Research Methods

Area 2 Concentration

Required Hours: 25


SPED 6135 Inclusive and Collaborative Procedures in Special Education
SPED 6145 Language and Instruction for Children with Disabilities
SPED 6265 Assessment of Exceptional Children and Youth
SPED 6186 Nature and Characteristics of Children with Behavior and/or Emotional Disorders
SPED 6286 Scales and Inventories for Assessment of Children with Behavior Disorders
SPED 6296 Method and Materials for Teachers of Children with Behavior Disorders
SPED 6416 Practicum in Behavior Disorders
SPED 6795 Ethical and Legal Issues in Special Education
SPED 6796 Seminar in Special Education
SPED 6797 The Special Education Teacher within the School

Area 3 Electives

Required Hours: 3

Select from the following:
SPED 5225 Teaching Students with Moderate and Severe Disabilities
SPED 6156 Psychosocial and Emotional Foundations of Behavior Disorders
SPED 6176 Teaching Adolescents with Learning Problems and Special Needs

Total Hours Required 36

MEd Special Education - Learning Disabilities

Students who do not currently have a teaching certificate may be required to complete prerequisite coursework.

Course Requirements

Area 1 Professional Core

Required Hours: 8


EDUF 6115 Educational Psychology
EDUF 6215 Research Methods

Area 2 Concentration

Required Hours: 25


SPED 6135 Inclusive and Collaborative Procedures in Special Education
SPED 6145 Language and Instruction for Children with Disabilities
SPED 6187 Nature and Characteristics of Children with SLD
SPED 6265 Assessment of Exceptional Children and Youth
SPED 6287 Method and Materials for Teaching Children with SLD
SPED 6307 Scales and Inventories for Assessment Children with SLD
SPED 6417 Practicum in Specific Learning Disabilities
SPED 6795 Ethical and Legal Issues in Special Education
SPED 6796 Seminar in Special Education
SPED 6797 The Special Education Teacher within the School

Area 3 Electives

Required Hours: 3

Select from the following:
SPED 5225 Teaching Students with Moderate and Severe Disabilities
SPED 6156 Psychosocial and Emotional Foundations of Behavior Disorders
SPED 6175 Lifespan Issues for People with Disabilities
SPED 6176 Teaching Adolescents with Learning Problems and Special Needs
SPED 6899 Independent Study

Total Hours Required: 36

MEd Special Education - Mental Retardation

Students who do not currently hold a teaching certificate may be required to complete prerequisite course work.

Course Requirements

Area 1 Professional Core

Required Hours: 8


EDUF 6115 Educational Psychology
EDUF 6215 Research Methods

Area 2 Concentration

Required Hours: 25


SPED 6135 Inclusive and Collaborative Procedures in Special Education
SPED 6145 Language and Instruction for Children with Disabilities
SPED 6188 Learning and Behavioral Characteristics of Students with Mental Retardation
SPED 6215 Teaching Students with Mental Retardation
SPED 6265 Assessment of Exceptional Children and Youth
SPED 6308 Scales and Inventories for Assessment of Children with Mental Retardation
SPED 6418 Practicum in Mental Retardation
SPED 6795 Ethical and Legal Issues in Special Education
SPED 6796 Seminar in Special Education
SPED 6797 The Special Education Teacher within the School

Area 3 Electives

Required Hours: 3

Select from the following:
SPED 5225 Teaching Students with Moderate and Severe Disabilities
SPED 6156 Psychosocial and Emotional Foundations of Behavior Disorders
SPED 6175 Lifespan Issues for People with Disabilities
SPED 6276 Teaching Adolescents with Learning Problems and Special Needs
SPED 6899 Independent Study

Total Hours Required: 36

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