Frequently asked questions: (Please scroll down for EDS information)

 

Master's and Education Specialist Degree

 

MASTER'S PROGRAM:  Printable information sheet

Q.  How is advisement, registration, etc. handled?

A.  All advisement, registration and evaluation procedures are brought to the student at the site of the cohort.  All instruction (with the exception of those Adding a New Field) is also brought to the student at the site of the cohort.  ANF’s may have to classes at the Piedmont Demorest/Athens Campus. Middle Grades Content and Secondary Content Classes are primarily offered online but do require mandatory face to face meetings on the Demorest or Athens campus.

 

Q.  How do students obtain textbooks?

A.  Go to http://www.piedmont.edu/

  1. Click on Bookstore link in left column
  2. Once you are on the Piedmont College Bookstore webpage, click on Textbooks tab.
  3. Select your term ( if your term is not showing then the books have not been ordered.  You need to check back again in a few weeks)
  4. Select your department ( EDUC, EDS, EDEC, EDMG, EDSE, SPED, MATH, ENG, HIS)
  5. Select your course number
  6. Select your section number
  7. click GO
  8. This will show you what book(s) has (have) been ordered for your class.

If you have any questions concerning the books needed for your cohort class, please call the bookstore at 706-776-0013.

 

Q.  How are classes scheduled?

A.  Classes meet one night per week for 4 ½  hours (4 hours of instructional time and ½ hour for dinner) for a period of 8 weeks during the school year.  During the Spring or Fall semester (16 weeks) some cohorts may also meet a second class on a second night of the week meeting every other week.  This would allow you to have the month of May off since it is such a busy school month.  Normally, during the summer, classes are held only during the month of June (2-4 days per week, 8 hours per day).  HOWEVER, some cohorts may meet during July and some may have evening classes. Students should always check with their Cohort Coordinator before scheduling vacations or other activities during the summer.

 (Note:  Students adding a new field, or secondary students, may require more than one night a week for classes depending on the individual student’s needs.)

 

Q.  What if my school is having spring break, do I have class at Piedmont?

A.  The cohort meets according to the HOST system’s calendar.  If you are in a different system you would need to attend class if your schedule is not the same as the host school. All holidays and closings of the host school system are observed by Piedmont.

 

Q.  How many classes are needed to complete a degree in Early Childhood Education? 

A.  If you currently have a clear renewable Georgia teaching certificate in Early Childhood,  the M. A. program requires 30 semester hours. If you do not have a clear renewable Georgia teaching certificate in Early Childhood the minimum hours required are 33.  However, you may need more depending on an analysis of your transcript as completed by the Dean of Graduate Studies.  This analysis must be completed prior to your admission to the program.

 

Q.  How many classes are needed to complete a degree in Middle Grades Education? 

A.  If you currently have a clear renewable Georgia teaching certificate in Middle Grades Education, the M. A. program requires 30 semester hours. Currently, Piedmont does not offer the Middle Grades MA to those who do not already have a clear renewable certificate in Middle Grades.

 

Q.  How many classes are needed to complete a degree in Secondary Education? 

A.  If you currently have a clear renewable Georgia teaching certificate in English, Math, History or Broadfield Science, you will need 36 semester hours.  If you are adding a new field to an existing content field, the number of hours needed is based on your transcript analysis as completed by the appropriate content department for the area in which you desire your Master’s Degree. This analysis must be completed prior to your admission into the program.  In either case you must have a minimum of 3 content classes as a part of your program of study.

 

Q.  What are the admissions requirements?  

  1. Completed application
  2. Official copy of bachelor's degree transcript in sealed envelopes
  3. Photocopy of your current teaching certificate
  4. Photocopy of all SDU courses completedThree professional reference's through Piedmont College's reference system: (1 from your primary evaluator,1 from a former professor/instructor, and 1 from another professional educator)
  5. Current GRE or MAT test score. Target score is the 35 percentile on composite verbal and quantitative for the GRE and 35percentile on MAT and a 2.5 GPA average in undergraduate course work.
  6. Personal Affirmation Form

 

Q.  What is the tuition?

A.  Currently, tuition is $457 per semester (2014 Fall and 2015 Spring semester) hour.  (Tuition is subject to change as approved by the Board of Trustees) This does not include textbooks, materials or graduation fees. Financial aid and payment plans are available.  These need to be discussed with the Financial aid office.


EDUCATION SPECIALIST DEGREE: Printable Information Sheet
Q.  How is advisement, registration, etc. handled?
A.  All advisement, registration and evaluation procedures are brought to the student at the site of the cohort.  All instruction is also brought to the student at the site of the cohort.
 

Q.  How do students obtain textbooks?

A.  They may be ordered on line by emailing This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it or by telephone at 1-866-718-3194 from Piedmont College Bookstore or from any other source the student chooses.  Students are cautioned to make sure they have an updated listing or required textbooks before ordering from a source other than the college bookstore.

 

Q.  How are classes scheduled?

A.  Classes meet one night per week for 4 ½  hours (4 hours of instructional time and ½ hour for dinner) for a period of 8 weeks during the school year.  During the summer various arrangements of classes are held.  Students should always check with their advisor before scheduling vacations during the summer

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Q.  What if my school is having spring break, do I have class at Piedmont? 

A.  The cohort meets according to the HOST school system’s calendar.  If you are in a different system you would need to attend class if your schedule is not the same as the host school. All holidays and closings of the host system are observed by Piedmont.

 

Q.  How many classes are needed to complete the degree?

A.  The program requires 30 hours.  There are 10 courses required.

 

Q.  What certification will I receive when I complete this degree? 

A.  THIS IS A CERTIFICATION UPGRADE PROGRAM.  Your CURRENT Level 5 certificate in your existing field will be upgraded to a Level 6 certificate in the same field upon proper submission of all documents to the Professional Standards Commission (PSC). Piedmont College is under the PSC grandfathering period and will make all curriculum changes necessary as directed by PSC to meet new certification areas.

 

Q.  What are the admissions requirements?       

1. Completed Education Graduate Application or Apply Online (www.piedmont.edu/gradapply)

2. Final, Official transcript from the regionally accredited college or university awarding your master’s degree.  This must be submitted in a sealed envelope sent from the registrar’s office.  (Piedmont College transcripts are on file.)

3. Three professional references using our online professional reference system, one each from: (Supervising administrator, Former professor or instructor and a Professional colleague)

4. Copy of current clear, renewable Level 5 T or S certificate.

5. GRE General Test or Miller Analogies Test score.  Note: This is not required if you earned your master's degree from Piedmont College.

6. Photocopies of the two most recent annual evaluations.  Classroom observations are not acceptable.  These must verify two years of satisfactory experience in accredited public or private schools.  (This can be completed using the online reference system.)

7. Letter of Intent

8. Professional Activities Resume

9. Personal Affirmation Form 

 

Q.  What is the tuition?

A.  Currently, tuition is $457 per semester hour (Fall 2014 and Spring 2015 semester).  This does not include textbooks, materials and graduation fees. Financial aid and payment plans are available.  These need to be discussed with the Financial aid office.