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The Master of Education (M.Ed.) program in Elementary Education is a graduate degree designed for teachers who wish to pursue advanced preparation in a specific content area at the elementary level (reading, mathematics or science).

The teacher functions as a collaborator with parents and children to focus on strategies for enhancing effective child learning. Therefore, all ECEE coursework and instruction will incorporate reflective practice, collaboration, theories of child development, strategies for managing classrooms and affirming diversity.

The degree program provides graduates with the content and pedagogical knowledge, skills and dispositions needed to serve as effective teachers and decision makers in their schools and communities.

Teachers who apply for the program choose one area of content concentration: Elementary Literacy, Elementary Literacy in Reading Recovery, Elementary Mathematics or Elementary Science.

Students who are in the Elementary Literacy in Reading Recovery, Elementary Mathematics, Elementary Science concentrations may receive an endorsement. Once students complete the course work for the endorsement, they should complete the CEHD Endorsement Completion form here.

Course description and classes

View the GSU Graduate Catalog 

Program Contact

Lynn C. Hart, program coordinator
Questions should be directed to eceeadmissions@gsu.edu.

Application Deadlines

Fall Semester Spring Semester Summer Semester
July 1 Oct. 15 April 15

Application Requirements

  • GRE & meets certification requirements in Elementary Education in Georgia. More information at www.gre.org
  • One letter of recommendation from a supervisor, resume, interview may be required.
  • Undergrad GPA of 2.75

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  • Take note of the deadlines.
  • “GACE Program Admission” means that the applicant must have passed all three basic skills areas of the GACE Program Admission Assessment.
  • “Georgia Educator Ethics — Program Entry Assessment” means that the applicant must take this assessment (applicants to Educational Leadership programs take the Georgia Ethics for Educational Leadership — Program Entry Assessment, instead). You will receive a certificate once you complete the assessment.
  • GRE scores may not be more than five years old at the time of application.
  • All documents and materials submitted in consideration for admission to a program become the property of Georgia State University and cannot be returned at any time.

Ph.D. GRE Admission Guidelines

An official score on the Graduate Record Examination General Test is required for admission to Ph.D. programs in the College of Education and Human Development. While it is important to note that GRE scores are used along with other criteria established by departments and programs when determining admission, a score of 155 or higher on the verbal section and 151 or higher on the quantitative section will make the application more competitive.

GACE Program Admission & Georgia Educator Ethics (Program Entry) Assessments

Students seeking admission to a program for initial certification from the State of Georgia Professional Standards Commission (GaPSC) are required to pass the GACE Program Admission Assessment (or provide an exemption — Attention: GSU will not exempt for holders of Master’s degrees) and the Georgia Educator Ethics — Program Entry Assessment (applicants for the Educational Leadership programs take the Georgia Ethics for Educational Leadership — Program Entry Assessment, instead). Applicants who are already certified or meet certification requirements in the State of Georgia do not have to meet this requirement. For more information about these assessments, visit GACE & Georgia Educator Ethics.

The GACE Program Admission Assessment can be exempted based on certain scores from the GRE, the SAT or the ACT (Attention: GSU will not exempt for holders of Master’s degrees). The current options for satisfying the GACE Program Admission Assessment, including exemptions (attention: GSU will not exempt for holders of master’s degrees), are outlined here  (scroll to “Options to Satisfy the Program Admission Requirement”) Go to GACE’s “about” page for more information about the GACE Program Admission Assessment, including test dates and registration.