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Students who hold a bachelor’s degree who wish to pursue teacher certification while simultaneously earning a master’s degree
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The master’s degree program in Educational Studies is a generic program designed to meet the needs of individuals who desire to pursue advanced study but who do not wish or need state certification.
Individuals who desire to pursue advanced study but who do not wish or need state certification may find the MA degree in Educational Studies an appropriate option. Additionally, students enrolled in Master of Arts in Teaching (MAT) programs in Early Childhood Education, Middle Grades Education, Secondary Education, Art Education, or Music Education not wishing to pursue teacher certification or complete the professional requirements for student teaching, apprenticeship teaching, or internship may apply instead to complete requirements for an M.A. Degree in Educational Studies. Individuals who select this option are not recommended for state certification.
The Master of Arts degree in Educational Studies is a 33-credit hour program, of which 27 credits (including the capstone course) must be in Education.
Master of Arts (M.A.) degrees in education are designed for teachers and/or individuals who hold a valid teaching certificate or who are currently teaching in a private school accredited by the Southern Association of Universitys and Schools (SACS) or the Georgia Accrediting Commission Inc. (GAC) at the Accredited With Quality (AWQ) or Accredited (ACC) level. Eligibility for application requires a bachelor’s degree with a 2.5 cumulative GPA from a regionally accredited college or university and a copy of a valid teaching certificate or letter from the principal or head of school verifying full-time employment as a teacher or educational administrator.*
Note: Master of Arts (MA) degree programs do not lead to initial educator certification nor to the conversion of a non-renewable certificate (Provisional or Waiver certificate) to a Professional certificate. (Piedmont has Master of Arts in Teaching (MAT) and certification-only programs leading to initial certification.)
Applicants must also submit:
- Graduate Admissions Application
- Official, final transcripts from the college or university awarding the Bachelor’s degree showing all course work from all colleges and universities attended. (Piedmont University transcripts are on file.)
- Three Professional References, one each from
- Supervising administrator
- Former professor or instructor (college instructor, staff development or mentor)
- Professional colleague
- Copy of valid, current professional Georgia teaching certificate at the appropriate level or letter from the principal or head of school verifying full-time employment as a teacher or educational administrator. For those holding provisional certificates a copy of the current certificate and a copy of the PSC letter outlining requirements for updating to a clear-renewable certificate
- (Note: If your certificate is not a Georgia certificate and you desire to be certified in Georgia, you must complete all requirements through Professional Standards Commission [PSC].)
- For Art Education, the art department chair must approve a portfolio of past work and a philosophy of teaching before acceptance
- For Music Education, the music department chair must approve a videotaped or live audition before acceptance.
- Personal Affirmation Form
* These programs are for advanced certification and do not lead to a recommendation for an initial Georgia Teaching Certificate. Holders of out-of-state certificates should contact the Georgia Professional Standards Commission for reciprocity rules.
** Teachers using this option must have taught three out of the past five years with a professional teaching certificate in an accredited public school or private school [SACS or GAC (top two levels)] verified through submitted annual evaluations.