Graduate Recruitment


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M.Ed. - Clinical Mental Health (60 hours)

Admissions Requirements

  • GPA: 2.5 or above at the Baccalaureate level
  • Background Check: Successful completion of a background check
  • Test Scores: Minimum GRE Score of 300 overall or at least 146 verbal; OR minimum MAT score of 388.
  • Insurance: Tort liability insurance from SPAGE, GAE or NEA
  • Letters of Recommendation: Three letters of professional recommendation
  • Essay: Personal autobiographical essay
  • Interview: Successful completion of a personal interview

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M.ED. - Instruction (36 hours) (100% Online)

Admissions Requirements

  • GPA: 2.50 or above at the Baccalaureate level
  • Bachelor's degree: Bachelor's degree in related field from an accredited institution
  • Certification: Valid, level 4 or higher Induction, Professional, Advanced Professional, or Lead Professional teaching certificate, leadership certificate, service field certificate or Life certificate
  • Insurance: Tort liability insurance from SPAGE, GAE or NEA
  • Background Check: Successful completion of a background check

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M.S. - Kinesiology (36 hours) (100% Online)

Admissions Requirements

    • GPA: 2.75 or above at the Baccalaureate level
    • Bachelor's degree: Bachelor's degree in related field from an accredited graduate institution
    • References: One academic and one professional reference
    • Test Scores: Minimum GRE Score of 290 overall and minimum score of 3.0 in analytical writing
    • Background Check: Successful completion of a background check
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M.ED. - School Administration Tier One (36 hours) (100% Online)

Admissions Requirements

  • GPA: 2.5 or above at the Baccalaureate level
  • Certification: Valid level 4 or higher Standard Professional, Advanced Professional, or Lead Professional teaching certification, leadership certificate, service field certificate or Life certificate
  • Background Check: Successful completion of a background check
  • Insurance: Tort liability insurance from SPAGE, GAE or NEA
  • GACE Ethics Exam: Proof of completing the Georgia Educational Leadership Ethics Entrance (370)

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M.ED. - School Counselor (48 hours)

Admissions Requirements

  • GPA: 2.5 or above at the Baccalaureate level
  • Background Check: Successful completion of a background check
  • Test Scores: Minimum GRE Score of 300 overall or at least 146 verbal; OR minimum MAT score of 388.
  • GACE Scores: GACE Program Admission Assessment
  • Insurance: Tort liability insurance from SPAGE, GAE or NEA
  • Letters of Recommendation: Three letters of professional recommendation
  • Essay: Personal autobiographical essay
  • Interview: Successful completion of a personal interview
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ED.S. - Advanced Educational Studies (30 hours)

Admissions Requirements

  • Master's degree: Master's degree from an accredited program and an accredited college or university
  • GPA: 3.0 GPA or above at the Master's level
  • Certification: Valid level 5 or higher Standard Professional, Advanced Professional, or Lead Professional teaching certificate, leadership certificate, service field certificate, or Life certificate
  • Background Check: Successful completion of a background check
  • Insurance: Tort liability insurance from SPAGE, GAE or NEA

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ED.S. - Leadership Tier II (30 hours) (100% Online)

Admissions Requirements

  • GPA: 3.0 GPA or above at the Master's level
  • Master's degree: Master's degree in related field from an accredited graduate institution
  • Certification: A valid level 5 or higher Standard Professional, Advanced Professional, or Lead Professional teaching certification, leadership certificate, service field certificate or Life certificate
  • Insurance: Tort liability insurance from SPAGE, GAE or NEA
  • Background Check: Successful completion of a background check
  • Tier I certification in Leadership
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Ed.D. - Educational Innovation (55 hours)

Admissions Requirements

  • GPA: Minimum GPA of 3.0 at the graduate level; competitive applicants will have a 3.5 GPA
  • Letters of Recommendation: Three letters of professional recommendation with reference form included
  • Test Scores: Minimum score of 3.5 on the writing and a total of 290 on the quantitative and verbal portion are required. Competitive applicants will score a total GRE of 300 and 4.0 on the writing.
  • Background Check: Successful completion of a background check
  • Purpose Statement: 300-500 word purpose statement about how the program aligns with their professional goals.
  • Interview & Writing Exercise: Participation in a personal interview and writing exercise

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TIER I- SCHOOL ADMINISTRATION CERTIFICATION ONLY PROGRAM (18 HOURS) (100% Online)

  • Apply as non-degree-seeking
  • GPA: Minimum of 3.0 GPA at the Master's level
  • Certification: Valid level 5 or higher Standard Professional, Advanced Professional or Lead Professional teacher certificate, leader certificate, service certificate or Life certificate
  • Background Check: Successful completion of a background check
  • Insurance: Tort liability insurance from SPAGE, GAE or NEA
  • GACE: Completion of Georgia Ethics Program Entrance (370) for Educational Leadership

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TIER II - EDUCATIONAL LEADERSHIP CERTIFICATION ONLY PROGRAM (21 hours) (100% Online)

  • Apply as non-degree-seeking
  • GPA: Minimum of 3.0 GPA at the Master's level
  • Certification: Valid level 6 or higher Standard Professional, Advanced Professional or Lead Professional teacher certificate, leader certificate, service certificate or Life certificate
  • Background Check: Successful completion of a background check
  • Insurance: Tort liability insurance from SPAGE, GAE or NEA
  • Letters of Recommendation: Must be recommended by the school system administrator (superintendent) or a designee, if not currently employed as a principal.
  • Certification: Must hold renewable Tier One leadership certification.

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ESOL Endorsement (9 hours)

  • Background Check: Successful completion of a background check
  • Insurance: Tort liability insurance from SPAGE, GAE or NEA
  • Certification: Must have a valid level 4 or higher Induction, Standard Professional, Advanced Professional, or Lead Professional teaching certificate, leadership certificate, service field certificate, or Life certificate.

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Gifted In-Field Endorsement (9 hours)

  • Background Check: Successful completion of a background check
  • Insurance: Tort liability insurance from SPAGE, GAE or NEA
  • Certification: Must have a valid level 4 or higher Induction, Standard Professional, Advanced Professional, or Lead Professional teaching certificate, leadership certificate, service field certificate, or Life certificate.

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Reading Endorsement (9 hours)

  • Background Check: Successful completion of a background check
  • Insurance: Tort liability insurance from SPAGE, GAE or NEA
  • Certification: Must have a valid level 4 or higher Induction, Standard Professional, Advanced Professional, or Lead Professional teaching certificate, leadership certificate, service field certificate, or Life certificate.

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STEM Endorsement (9 hours) (100% Online)

  • Background Check: Successful completion of a background check
  • Insurance: Tort liability insurance from SPAGE, GAE or NEA
  • Certification: Must have a valid level 4 or higher Induction, Standard Professional, Advanced Professional, or Lead Professional teaching certificate, leadership certificate, service field certificate, or Life certificate.

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Education-influenced pay increases

When an educator earns a higher degree, this often results in a salary increase. The rate of increase depends on state supplements and county pay rates. Pay increases are at entry level. Salaries may be adjusted by years of experience. Please see district website for specific pay adjustments based on the number of years taught. Below is an example of five years of a pay increase for five years of experience.

Burke County

  • Moving from Bachelor to Master’s results in a $5,425 pay increase
  • Moving from in Master’s to Education Specialist results in a $5,407 pay increase
  • Moving from Education Specialist to Doctorate results in a $5,179 pay increase

Columbia County

  • Moving from Bachelor to Master’s results in a $6,755 pay increase
  • Moving from in Master’s to Education Specialist results in a $6,776 pay increase
  • Moving from Education Specialist to Doctorate results in a $6,826 pay increase

McDuffie County

  • Moving from Bachelor to Master’s results in a $5,262 pay increase
  • Moving from in Master’s to Education Specialist results in a $5,265 pay increase
  • Moving from Education Specialist to Doctorate results in a $5,062 pay increase

Richmond County

  • Moving from Bachelor to Master’s results in a $5,372 pay increase
  • Moving from Master’s to Education Specialist results in a $5,354 pay increase
  • Moving from Education Specialist to Doctorate results in a $5,124 pay increase

Aiken County

  • Moving from Bachelor to Master’s results in a $5,844 pay increase
  • Moving from Master’s to Education Specialist or Master’s Plus 30 results in a $3,420 pay increase
  • Moving from Education Specialist (Master’s plus 30) to Doctorate results in a $6,757 pay increase

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