Master of Education (M.Ed.) in Curriculum and Instruction in Accomplished Teaching

(Formerly the M.Ed. in Accomplished Teaching)

For more information on the M.Ed. in Curriculum and Instruction in Accomplished Teaching program and other Online Education Programs, visit the Dewar College of Education Online Program.

This is an advanced professional program which adds a new field to a Professional certificate. Though you can be admitted to the program with an Induction certificate (IN1, IN2, or IN3), in order to add the field of Curriculum & Instruction and receive a certificate upgrade, you must successfully complete the program, hold a level four or higher renewable Professional certificate in any field, and pass the Curriculum & Instruction GACE content assessment at the Professional level.

Admission Overview

The M.Ed. collaborative program in Curriculum and Instruction in Accomplished Teaching (CIAT) utilizes a sequenced, two-semester admission process which includes a Quick Admit followed by Full Admission.

Quick Admit is a provisional admission decision and is only valid for the first semester of the program.  To be reviewed for the semester one quick admission, applicants must submit the collaborative online education application and fee prior to the deadline for that term.  Admission to the first semester is a provisional admission based on verification of teacher certification status.

Full Admission is required to continue in the program.  To be fully admitted for the second term, applicants must complete all admission requirements in full prior to the admission deadline for that term. 

Full Admission Requirements
1. Must hold a Bachelor's degree from a regionally-accredited college/university.  Official transcripts must be submitted from each college/university attended, even for transfer credit.  
2. Must have a minimum cumulative undergraduate grade point average (GPA) or combined undergraduate and graduate GPA of 2.75 on a 4.0 scale. 
VSU has a "no forgiveness" policy when calculating GPAs.  Applicants not meeting the required GPA may be eligible for admission by an alternative pathway (see below).
3. Must hold a valid Level 4 or higher Induction, Professional, Advanced Professional, or Lead Professional teaching certificate, leadership certificate, service field certificate, or Life certificate in the State of Georgia.  Teachers certified in states other than Georgia may be eligible. To qualify, a teacher must hold the equivalent of a Georgia clear/renewable teaching certificate.  VSU reserves the right to request additional documentation, if needed. 

Admission by Alternative Pathway Requirements
1. Must have a minimum cumulative undergraduate GPA or combined undergraduate and graduate GPA of 2.5 on a 4.0 scale AND meet requirements for one of the following alternative pathways:

  • Alternative Pathway 1: Have a minimum GPA of 3.0 on a 4.0 scale in all coursework attempted while registered as an upper-division undergraduate student working towards a bachelor's degree (i.e. 3000 and 4000 level coursework); or
  • Alternative Pathway 2: Have a minimum GPA of 2.75 on a 4.0 scale in all graduate coursework (must have completed at least 6 credit hours of graduate work in which a letter grade was awarded); or
  • Alternative Pathway 3: Have an undergraduate GPA earned ten or more years prior to admission.

2. Must hold a Bachelor's degree from a regionally-accredited college/university.  Official transcripts must be submitted from each college/university attended, even for transfer credit.
3. Must hold a valid Level 4 or higher Induction, Professional, Advanced Professional, or Lead Professional teaching certificate, leadership certificate, service field certificate, or Life certificate in the State of Georgia.  Teachers certified in states other than Georgia may be eligible. To qualify, a teacher must hold the equivalent of a Georgia clear/renewable teaching certificate.  VSU reserves the right to request additional documentation, if needed. 
4. Applicants seeking admission by an alternative pathway must also submit a writing sample.  The writing sample should address how completing the Master of Education with a Major in Curriculum and Instruction in Accomplished Teaching fits into the student's professional teaching and learning goals. The statement should be no longer than 300 words. 

Retention, Dismissal Policy: Earning grades below “B” in graduate courses will result in the following consequences: Students admitted Fall 2011 and thereafter will be dismissed from the Graduate School if they accumulate three or more academic deficiency points unless otherwise indicated by individual program policy. A grade of “C” (although it may be credited toward a degree) equals one deficiency point. A grade of “D,” “WF” or “F,” or “U” (none of which will be credited toward a degree) equals two deficiency points. Candidates admitted BEFORE Fall 2011 and receiving two grades below “C” (“D”, “F”, “WF”,“U”) will be dismissed from the program. One grade below a "C" results in a warning.