Mission and Objectives

Master Of Education

Categories of Admission for the Master of Education Degree

Regular Admission

Provisional Admission

Non-Degree Admission

Transient Admission

Special Admission

Change of Status

Appeals of Admission Status

Change of Degree Program

Application for Graduation

Degree Requirements

Comprehensive Examinations

Other Policies

Curricular Components of the Degree Program

College Of Education Graduate Faculty

Mission and Objectives

The College of Education offers the Master of Education (M.Ed.) degree in the various certification areas shown and the Education Specialist (Ed.S.) degree in educational administration and supervision. The purpose of the M.Ed. degree program is to develop responsibility and leadership in classroom teaching, subject matter specialization, and/or supervision and administration in educational systems. The program promotes critical thinking and creative reasoning skills in solving educational problems, a continual quest for knowledge and the ability to communicate effectively with students, parents, citizens and the community of educators. The program has the following objectives:

  1. To prepare teachers and other school professionals to implement basic and applied research in education.
  2. To promote the development of the essential observable competencies deemed significant for teachers and other school professionals.        
  3. To assure the acquisition of advanced level  knowledge in a field of concentration at an advanced level.
  4. T o provide a variety of experiences that enhance professional advancement opportunities for teachers and other school professionals.
  5. To prepare students for further graduate study in the field of education.

Master Of Education

Graduate students may pursue 9 different major programs for certification (the Masters in Educational Leadership & Supervision does NOT lead to certification in Georgia). Degree programs are designed for fifth-year level certification. Education courses are offered in foundations, teaching fields, research and statistics. The following describes the 10 major programs of study, identifies the college offering for each specific program.


M.Ed. Program



Early Childhood Education

College of Education


Educational Leadership

College of Education


English Education

College of Arts and Humanities 


Health and Physical Education

College of Education


Mathematics Education

College of Sciences and Health Professions


Middle Grades Education

College of Education


Music Education*

College of Arts and Humanities


Science Education

College of Sciences and Health Professions


Special Education

College of Education


School Counseling

Collge of Education


* Not accepting applicants

Categories of Admission for the Master of Education Degree

Students enrolling for graduate studies in the College of Education will enter under one of five categories described below. All categories require that applicants have received a baccalaureate degree from an accredited college or university with an undergraduate major in the planned graduate field of study or that the applicant meets prerequisite requirement to satisfy admission in the planned graduate field of study. These categories do not apply to the requirements of the Ed.S. program.

Regular Admission

  1. An undergraduate degree from an accredited college or university.
  2. An undergraduate grade-point average of at least 2.5.
  3. A score on the MAT of no less than 44 or a score on the Aptitude Test of the GRE of no less than 800.

Admission Requirement for Certified Teachers: Clear Renewable Teaching Certificate, three work-related letters of recommendation, and a writing sample

Admission Requirement for Non-Certified Teachers: Non-certified teachers may only be admitted to the Departments of Counseling, Teacher Education (Early Childhood, Middle Grades, and Special Education), or Health and Physical Education after meeting the following criteria: GACE Basic (or xemption), three letters of recommendation, a writing sample, 2.5 GPA, current MAT or GRE requirements, and current admission to Teacher Education requirements

Provisional Admission

Applicants who do not fully meet the requirements for regular admission may be considered for provisional admission. The following criteria must be met:

  1. An undergraduate degree from an accredited college or university.
  2. An undergraduate grade-point average of at least 2.5.
  3. A score on the MAT of no less than 27 or a score on the Aptitude Test of the GRE of no less than 700.

A student satisfying 9 semester hours of course work with no grade of less than a "B" may be admitted to regular status. If the previous criteria are not met, the student will be withdrawn from the program.

Non-Degree Admission

Applicants interested in study for personal enrichment or for job-related requirements are admitted under the non-degree status. While students may enroll for an unlimited number of courses in the non-degree status, they must be fully aware that a Master's degree is not awarded at the completion of courses in this status. Only 9 semester hours of coursework completed in non-degree status may be considered toward the Master's degree, provided students meet the criteria of provisional or regular admission status.

Transient Admission

A graduate student in good academic standing at another institution may enroll as a transient student. The residential institution must provide written authorization for students to enroll under this status. Copies of transcripts and standardized test scores are not required.

Special Admission

Albany State University students with senior standing may register for graduate courses if the conditions of the Albany State University Senior Policy are met:

Change of Status

A student admitted to the graduate program remains in the original academic status until notified in writing by the Graduate Admissions Office of the approval of a different status.

Appeals of Admission Status

Decisions regarding the student' s admission status may be appealed. Information regarding appeal process will be provided by the program coordinator of the degree program in which the student is attempting to enroll. Such appeals and their supporting documentation are referred to the College of Education Graduate Council. The student has the right of further appeal to the Vice President for Academic Affairs, and finally, the President of the University.

Change of Degree Program

Before a student can change a major, he/she must be officially admitted into the major. Before changing a major, the student must consult with an advisor in the new degree program.

Application for Graduation

Students pursuing a program leading to the Master of Education degree must apply for graduation after gaining full admission to graduate studies and before completing 12 semester credit hours. The graduate student is responsible for applying for graduation with the Office of Academic Services and Registrar. Approval of the application requires:

  1. The applicant to be fully admitted to graduate studies and recommended by the advisor.
  2. The applicant to have made satisfactory progress in the planned program of study.
  3. The applicant to be approved by the Chairperson and Dean of the College of Education.

Degree Requirements

Comprehensive Examinations

In partial fulfillment of the M.Ed. degree, students are required to satisfactorily pass a comprehensive examination. The comprehensive examination may be attempted three times. A third failure on the comprehensive examination results in termination from the degree program. Educational Leadership and School counseling students are NOT required to take comprehensive examinations.

Comprehensive Examination Eligibility

Graduate students are eligible to take the M.Ed. comprehensive examination in the last semester of their study or when they have completed all the courses in Area C of their degree program and the advisor has granted permission. A student is eligible to take the comprehensive examination only if (a) a passing score on the GACE Content Exam has been filed with the student's advisor, and (b) courses for the major area (Area C or the Professional Courses) have been completed with grades no less than a "B." Grades less than "B" in Area C of the Program of Study must be repeated. The overall grade-point average for all 36 semester credit hours for the Master of Education must be no less than 3.0 on a four-point scale. No grade less than "C" will be accepted in any course.


The comprehensive examination shall be given on the first Saturday following mid-semester examinations or as otherwise announced by the College of Education.

Nature of the Examination

The examination shall be made of three or four general essay questions and/or problems covering current research, recent developments and general principles in the student's major area of study.

Examination Committee

The program coordinator shall assemble and chair an examination committee of at least three instructors for each examinee. The examination committee shall construct and grade the examination and report the results to the chairperson.


The comprehensive examinations shall be arranged and supervised by the College of Education.


A member of the examination committee must grade each item using an established rubric. Each test item will receive one of the following grades: "P" for passing or "F" for failing.

Retest Sessions

If the examination committee determines that an examinee has failed the comprehensive examination, the student retakes the examination. A new test will be administered. Retest sessions must be scheduled no later than two weeks prior to the final examinations for potential graduates.


The program coordinator shall report all examination results and seminar paper grades to the chairperson within one week of the date of the regular examination. The Chair, using the Graduate Admissions Office's Report of Non-Course Work Requirements form, shall report the results of each examination or seminar paper to the Graduate Admissions Office. The Graduate Admissions Office officially informs the student of the results.


In the event of a condition or event that imposes extreme difficulty in construction, administering or grading the examination for a student as expressly stated therein, the College of Education shall make exceptions to these policies and will be required to resolve the situation in such a manner that is consistent with overall University policies.

Other Policies

Correspondence Credits

No course work taken as correspondence credits is acceptable for degree credits.

Grade-Point Average

A minimum 3.0 grade-point average is required for completion of the degree program.

Non-Resident Credits

All non-resident credits are to be approved in advance. It is recommended that students avoid enrolling in a course for transient credits during the anticipated semester of graduation.

Transfer Credit

A maximum of 9 semester credits of transfer credit may be applied toward the completion of the M.Ed. degree. The credit must be indicated on the student's Internal Review of Student's Record and program check sheet. Some program areas do not accept transfer credits in Area C of the degree-planned program. Transfer credits must have been earned within six years of the semester of graduation.

Curricular Components of the Degree Program

Most M.Ed. programs require 36 semester credit hours (School Counseling requires 48 semester credit hours) to be completed within six years of the semester of graduation. In those cases, credit hours are distributed according to the following general design:



Credit Hours

Area A

Nature of the Learner


Area B

Program and Problems of the School


Area C

Core courses of the major


Area D

Research in Education


Area E



Total Minimum Semester Hours Required

36-48 (48 for School Counseling only)

*An elective is any graduate level course with a grade of "B" or better that is no older than six years, that was taken after graduate admission and that wasn't taken for undergraduate credit. The graduate program advisor must approve electives.


Abayomi, Babatunde, Ph.D., Georgia State University. Specialty: Science Education and Research Methodology

Andero, Abraham, Ph.D., University of Southern Mississippi. Specialty: Educational Leadership and Research

Beard, Audrey W., Ed.D., Jackson State University. Specialty: Early Childhood Education.

Bembry, Deborah, Ph.D., University of Iowa. Specialty: Early Childhood Education, Foundations and Educational Leadership. Interim Chair, Department of Counseling and Educational Leadership.

Biasiotto, Judson, Ed.D., University of Georgia. Specialty: Health, Drug Education and Physical Training

Bynum, Leroy, D.M.A., University of Georgia.  Professor, Dean, College of Arts & Humanities

Bryant, Rhonda, Ph.D., University of Virginia. Specialty: School Counseling

Fields, Kimberly, E.D., Georgia Southern University. Specialty: Special Education. Interim Chair, Department of Teacher Education

George, Rani, Ph.D., University of Delaware. Specialty: Educational Research and Statistics.

Goldsmith, SaDohl, M.A.ED., Clark Atlanta University. Specialty: School Counseling 

Griffin, DaShonera, Ph.D., Auburn University. Specialty: Special Education

Grimsley, Alan Paul, Ph.D., Georgia State University. Specialty: Educational Leadership

Hill, James, Ph.D., University of Iowa. Specialty: English. Chair, Department of English and Modern Languages.

Hood, Marcia, Ph.D., University of Alabama at Tuscaloosa. Specialty: Music. Chair, Department of Fine Arts

Jenkins, Patricia, Ed.D., Tennessee State University. Specialty: Reading Education

Johnson, Joyce, Ph.D., University of Mississippi. Specialty: Nursing. Dean of the College of Sciences and Health Professions

King-Jupiter, Kimberly, Ph.D., Indiana University-Bloomington. Specialty: Educational Foundations. Dean of the College of Education

Lupinski, Kirsten, Ph.D., University of Cincinnati. Specialty: Education Foundations and Health Promotion Education

Medlin, Dorene, Ed.D., University of Georgia. Specialty: Science Education

Oladunjoye, Ganiyu, Ph.D., Bowling Green State University. Specialty: Educational Leadership

Porter, Rhonda, Ph.D., Auburn University. Specialty: Mathematics Education

Puller,  Shawn, M.M., Ithaca College. Specialty: Music Education

Rollins, Carolyn W., Rh.D., Southern Illinois University-Carbondale. Specialty: Counseling

Roosta, Seyed, Ph.D., University of Iowa. Specialty: Mathematics. Chair, Department of Mathematics and Computer Science

Saleem, Daa'iyah, Ph.D., Ohio State University. Specialty: Early Childhood Education

Scott, Kevin, Ph.D., Purdue University. Specialty: English Education

Trujillo, Juan. Ph.D., Florida State University. Specialty: Statistics & Measurement.

Walker, Quiteya. Ph.D. , University of Iowa. Specialty: Rehabilitative Counseling Education

Williams, Richard, Ed.D., University of Georgia. Chair, Health and Physical Education. Specialty: Exercise and Sport Science

Wrensford, Louise, Ph.D., Brown University. Specialty: Chemistry. Chair, Department of Natural Sciences