Master of Education (M.Ed.) in middle grades Math and Science

For more information on the M.Ed. in Middle Grades Math and Science program and other Online Education Programs, visit the Dewar College of Education Online Program.

Admission Overview

  • Fall, Spring, and Summer admission available.
    • Fall deadline - July 15
    • Spring deadline - November 15
    • Summer deadline  - April 15
  • Program contact: Marci Marshall (marcmarshall@valdosta.edu)
  • Note: to be eligible for a certificate upgrade from GAPSC upon completion of the MED in Middle Grades Math and Science, a candidate must hold a certification in Middle Grades math and/or science prior to beginning the program.  
    • Admission information
    • Program of study
    • Course Descriptions
    • Link to Online Application

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 or professional teaching certificate in Middle Grades Math and/or Middle Grades Science in the State of Georgia.  Teachers certified in states other than Georgia may be eligible if they hold the equivalent of a Georgia professional teaching certificate in Middle Grades Math or Science.  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 or professional teaching certificate in Middle Grades Math and/or Middle Grades Science in the State of Georgia.  Teachers certified in states other than Georgia may be eligible if they hold the equivalent of a Georgia professional teaching certificate in Middle Grades Math or Science.  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 Middle Grades Math and Science program fits into the student's professional teaching and learning goals. 

Program Deficiency Point 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 PRIOR to 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.