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COE Receives Final Approval for Graduate Degree Certificate Upgrades

BOR_logo_blue_94The Board of Regents on May 8, 2012, gave final approval for changes the College of Education has made to some of its M.Ed. and Ed.S. programs to ensure that upon completion teachers qualify for certificate upgrades. Although there are minor curricular changes, some of the names of programs will change and all of them will move to a 100% online format as of Fall 2012.

The programs that were formerly M.Ed. and Ed.S. degrees in Teaching and Learning will now have the teaching field in the name of the degree. For example, we will now have separate M.Ed. and Ed.S. degrees in Early Childhood Education, Special Education, Middle Grades Education, and Secondary Education. These minor changes will ensure that teachers are eligible to receive their certificate upgrades upon completion of these programs. Please keep in mind that teachers seeking a certificate upgrade must complete a degree that is in the content area in which they are currently certified.

Beginning fall semester, COE will also have a separate Ed.S. for Reading Education.  In addition, the M.Ed. in Literacy Education will change its name back to Reading Education.  Those with a Teacher, Service, or Leadership Level 4 certificate can add Reading and upgrade to a level 5 certificate by completing the M.Ed. in Reading Education and passing the GACE in Reading.  Those with a Teacher, Service, or Leadership Level 5 certificate, can add Reading and upgrade to a level 6 certificate by completing the Ed.S. in Reading Education and passing the GACE in Reading.  Those with a level 5 certificate in Reading can upgrade to a level 6 certificate by completing the Ed.S. in Reading Education.

For further information please contact Tracy Linderholm, Associate Dean for Graduate Education and Research (tlinderholm@georgiasouthern.edu) or Lydia Cross, Director of the Graduate Academic Services Center (lcross@georgiasouthern.edu)

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