The Education Specialist degree with a major in Secondary Education is offered with a concentration in Biology, Broad Field Science, Business, Chemistry, Economics, English, History, Mathematics, Physics, or Political Science. This program provides advanced preparation for an in-depth knowledge of the teaching field and an opportunity for utilization of research methods and a culminating project.

For more information, please see the Academic Catalog.

  • Overview

    The Education Specialist degree with a major in Secondary Education is offered with a concentration in Biology, Broad Field Science, Business, Chemistry, Economics, English, History, Mathematics, Physics, or Political Science. This program provides advanced preparation for an in-depth knowledge of the teaching field and an opportunity for utilization of research methods and professional literature. Each concentration includes a minimum of 27 hours of graduate work distributed among courses in professional education, content specialization, and research, and includes a culminating project.

    Method of Delivery

    95-100% online

    Accreditation

    The University of West Georgia is accredited by The Southern Association of Colleges and Schools Commission on Colleges (SACSCOC).

    Credit and transfer

    Total semester hours required: 27
    A transfer credit evaluation will be completed by the UWG Transfer Team (transfer@westga.edu). Course application to a program is subject to review by the department.

  • Cost

    This program is offered entirely online. Though a student may choose to sign-up for a face-to-face elective or core course, one can earn this degree completely online.

    Save money

    UWG is often ranked as one of the most affordable accredited university of its kind, regardless of the method of delivery chosen. In addition, online courses and programs can mean a huge cost-savings in many non-evident ways: No more high gas charges. No childcare needed. The flexibility can allow one to maintain a job while attending school. Regardless of state residency, out-of-state non-resident students are not charged non-resident tuition for online course credit hours.

    Details

    • Total tuition costs and fees may vary, depending on the instructional method of the courses in which the student chooses to enroll.
    • The more courses a student takes in a single term, the more they will typically save in fees and total cost.
    • Face-to-Face or partially online courses are charged at the general tuition rate and all mandatory campus fees, based on the student's residency (non-residents are charged at a higher rate).
    • Fully or entirely online course tuition rates and fees my vary depending on the program. Students enrolled in exclusively online courses do not pay non-Resident rates.
    • Together this means that GA residents pay about the same if they take all face-to-face or partially online courses as they do if they take only fully online courses exclusively; while non-residents save money by taking fully online courses.
    • One word of caution: If a student takes a combination of face-to-face and online courses in a single term, they will pay both all mandatory campus fees and the higher eTuition rate.
    • For the cost information, as well as payment deadlines, see the Bursar's Office website

    There are a variety of financial assistance options for students, including scholarships and work study programs. Visit the Office of Financial Aid's website for more information.

  • Courses

    General

    Program Sheet

    • ECED-8272 - Teacher as Leader

      Designed to provide students with knowledge of factors and processes related to teacher leadership roles within schools. Topics such as mentoring, peer coaching, community relations, organizational change, and advocacy will be addressed.

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    • ECSE-7560 - Contemporary Issues in Education

      This course is designed to guide 21st Century teachers in developing perspectives on the influences that affect public schools. Educational problems, trends, and issues will be identified and addressed, especially as they relate to students, teachers, school systems, and American society as a whole.

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    • ECSE-7564 - Content Area Literacy Instruction

      This course is designed for teachers who need strategies for helping their students comprehend informational texts and improve their informational writing skills across the curriculum, especially in content areas such as business, math, science, and social studies. Developmentally appropriate practice and literature for teaching reading and writing in the elementary, middle, and high school, to include the study of language and literacy, study skills, print and non-print media, and technology, will be examined across the curriculum and in relation to the Georgia Milestones Assessment System.

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    • ECSE-7566 - Advanced Instructional Strategies for the 21st Century Classroom

      This course is designed for continued professional growth of teachers as they investigate and evaluate best practices in the teaching of English language arts, social studies, science, math, business, music, or other fields, with a focus on developing instructional strategies and curriculum that maximize the potential of 21st Century technologies to meet the needs of all learners. This course includes a field experience component that focuses on the use of online teaching platforms for instruction.

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    • ECSE-8562 - Using Data to Meet the Needs of Diverse Learners

      This course is designed to advance teachers’ understandings of the philosophies and practices of educational measurement as they apply to diverse student assessment data (specifically data collection and analysis). Students will demonstrate an understanding of the characteristics of quality assessment with regard to the reliability and validity of such measures with special emphasis on existing student diversity. Students will also demonstrate the skills and understanding needed to design and construct their own assessments and interpret the results of these assessments as well as those made by others.

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    • EDRS-6342 - School and Classroom Assessment

      This course is designed to increase the school leader's knowledge and understanding of assessment and its role in improving student achievement. Students will examine the knowledge and skill base that supports the effective use of assessment within classrooms and schools. The nature and purpose of assessment, its use for improving instruction and the design of high-quality teacher-developed classroom assessments will be emphasized.

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    • SEED-6285 - Special Topics

      Titles and detailed descriptions of specific courses and associated content to be inserted at time of offering. This course may be repeated for credit.

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    • SEED-8200 - Culminating Project for the SEED EdS

      This course will provide teacher leaders with the opportunity to continue integrating and applying the knowledge and skills learned throughout the Secondary Education Specialist Degree program through a practice-based investigative project. Students will select their project format, develop and carry out their plan, and complete their final submission. Specific details will vary by student and project and will focus on the student’s content area of certification.

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    • SEED-8202 - Culminating Experience for the SEED EdS Project

      This course will provide teacher leaders with the opportunity to exchange scholarly thinking and research through successful dissemination of the practice-based, peer-reviewed investigative project and findings prepared in SEED 8200. Specific details will vary by student and project and will focus on the student’s content area of certification.

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  • Faculty
  • Admissions

    Guidelines for Admittance

    • All graduate applicants must complete the online Grad Application. A one-time application fee of $40 is required.
    • Applicants should also review the Graduate Studies Website for individual program specific requirements and tasks that must be completed prior to admission. See Graduate Studies Application Process.
    • International applicants are subject to additional requirements and application deadlines. See Procedures for International Students.
    • Official transcripts from a regionally or nationally accredited institution are required and should be sent directly to the UWG Graduate Admissions Office.

    Program Specific Admittance Guidelines

    Applicants must have:

    • a Master’s degree with a 3.0 or higher GPA,
    • passed the GACE (or equivalent) in their area of concentration,
    • a T-5 Georgia Professional Educator Certificate (or meet eligibility with an equivalent out-of-state teaching license), and
    • three years of teaching experience in grades 6-12

    Admission Process Checklist

    The Graduate Studies Application Process checklist is available here.

    Contact

    Graduate Admissions
    graduate@westga.edu
    678-839-1394

    College of Education: 

    The The Department of Early Childhood through Secondary Education website includes projected course offerings, program sheets, and other vital information.

    Dr. Natasha Ramsay-Jordan
    Pre-enrollment Contact
    nrjordan@westga.edu 
    Phone: 678-839-6086

  • Dates

    Graduate Admission Deadlines are listed here.

  • Objectives
    • Specialist candidates know the subjects they teach and how to teach those subjects to students. They are responsible for managing and monitoring student learning.
    • Specialist candidates think systematically about their practice and learn from experience. They research effective practices for ongoing professional growth and development.
    • Specialist candidates are able to identify effective practices and share that knowledge with others through scholarly publications and presentations.
    • Specialist candidates are leaders in their schools and seek opportunities to lead others through professional development and collaboration. They are members of learning communities.