Frequently Asked Questions
IMPORTANT – GaPSC Certificate Upgrades
This program adds the new field of Curriculum & Instruction to a Professional certificate. This is an advanced professional program which can only be added to a level four or higher renewable Professional certificate in any field. The educator can apply and be admitted to the program with an Induction certificate; however, in order to add the new field and received a certificate upgrade, the candidate must hold a level four or higher renewable Professional certificate.
The educator who in in possession of a level four or higher renewable Professional certificate will qualify for a level 5 Georgia certificate upgrades with a new Field program upon successful completion of all program requirements, achieving a passing score on the required GACE Content Assessments for Curriculum & instruction, and applying for and successfully adding Curriculum & Instruction to the educator’s GaPSC certificate.
There are no on-campus attendance requirements for this program.
Teachers enrolling in this program must be in a classroom setting with students a minimum of 20 hours per week per semester. This requirement can be fulfilled by being a classroom teacher or classroom volunteer. Students must have access to Webcam software and hardware to enable remote classroom observation and conferencing.
Financial Aid Resources
Funding a graduate or professional education is a challenge for many students. The Office of Financial Aid does NOT award scholarships or fellowships for graduate students. The primary source of information for such opportunities is the academic department or professional school in which the student is enrolled or plans to enroll.
The Office of Financial Aid can offer student loans to graduate students. To apply for loans, please follow the steps below:
- Complete the Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA) online at https://studentaid.gov/h/apply-for-aid/fafsa
- Review the Student Aid Report (SAR) for accuracy.
- Respond to any correspondence requested by Georgia Southern University Financial Aid.
- Review your award notification, sign promissory note if necessary.
- Review your online invoice and pay balance due by the published fee payment deadline.
- Receive refund check (if applicable) at your permanent home address.
- Questions? For Georgia Southern University students, contact your Financial Aid Counselor at: http://students.georgiasouthern.edu/finaid/about/staff or by calling (912) 478-5413.
This program is delivered through a course management system that provides built in content and communication tools. Students have frequent contact with the professor and fellow students through the online courses – through discussion boards, email, and presentation areas. Each professor sets expectations on timing and frequency of interaction. Faculty guide all stages of course work and interact often with students. In-service teachers seeking additional professional development find this form of anytime, anywhere interaction to be essential to their needs for flexible learning.
The online program provides free technical support for online learners through the University System of Georgia Online Support Center. Textbook information will be provided in individual course listings. All program participants have access to GALILEO, a web-based world class virtual library with extensive online database access and full text e-documents. Upon program entry, students will receive orientation documents with instructions for accessing library resources and services provided by their admitting institutions.
Students must have access to Webcam software and hardware to enable remote classroom observation and conferencing. Students are required to acquire campus-specific portfolio assessment software. Additional course specific software may be required.
Special Enrollment Issues
Students enrolled in the program will use the online courses to conduct all work, including team functions, exams, discussion posts, and case studies. Students also have access to academic resources, such as an online library.
Courses are asynchronous. No face-to-face or group online meetings are required. Students may participate in IP video conferencing/audio conferencing for instruction or field experience supervision. The courses combine text materials, case studies, online team projects and assignments, as well as discussions and written project work. Grades may be based primarily on reports, exams, assigned case studies, and participation in course and team activities.
Special Program Requirements
The semester-length courses begin and end on specific dates. Assignments are due as assigned. Other activity and work deadlines will be published in the course syllabi. There typically are no required synchronous class sessions. Some courses will require classroom observation and conferencing via Webcam.
A degree program student is required to complete a minimum of nine credits from the degree granting institution. Degree program courses are freely transferable among the collaborating institutions.
Degree students may transfer up to nine graduate credits from non-collaborating institutions if the credits were earned at a state approved teacher education program. Transfer credits must be approved by the advisor of the degree granting institution.
Tuition and Fees
The e-tuition rate established by The Board of Regents for a Georgia ONmyLINE (GOML) program is $385 per credit hour. The cost per 3-credit hour course is $1,155.
To see the tuition rate for a specific semester for this program, select Online Programs on the following Web site: http://businesssrvs.georgiasouthern.edu/bursar/office-of-student-accounts/tuition-and-fees/
Applying and Admission
For Summer – May 1
For Fall – August 1
For Spring – December 15
There is a $50 application fee paid online by credit card (MasterCard, American Express or Discover) or electronic check drawn on a United States bank.
What documents are required with the admission application?
Admission for GOML programs is handled as a Quick Admit process in which acceptance is based upon information supplied in the application. Upon review of your application and determination that you meet the program admission requirements, you will be sent, by email, an acceptance notice and information on how to register for courses. While receipt of additional requirements (official transcripts, test scores, etc.) may not prevent you from starting your program of study, you will be expected to supply any required information soon. Any additional requirements are listed on the instructions for the online application for GOML programs. Also, you will be told what is expected of you in your acceptance acknowledgement. You will not be allowed to register for future terms if you fail to complete any additional requirements within the established timelines.
Are transcripts required?
Yes. Transcripts must be designated as official and sent directly from the institution(s) previously attended to the Office of Admissions. Transcripts marked “Issued to Student” will not be accepted. Applicants who have attended Georgia Southern University are not required to submit Georgia Southern transcripts.
Are test scores (GRE, MAT, GACE) required?
GRE or MAT scores are not required. However, applicants must hold a clear renewable certification in a teaching, service, or leadership field, and applicants must submit passing GACE or PRAXIS scores.
Can I start classes before being admitted?
How will I know I’ve been admitted?
Upon review of your application and determination that you meet the program admission requirements, you will be sent, by email, an acceptance notice and information on how to register for courses.
Last updated: 5/17/2022