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Required Application Materials for Graduate Admissions

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  • Take note of Degree and Nondegree Graduate Program Application Deadlines.
  • “GACE Program Admission” means that the applicant must have passed all three basic skills areas of the GACE Program Admission 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.

GACE Program Admission Assessment

Students seeking admission to a program for initial certification from the State of Georgia Professional Standards Commission (GA PSC) are required to pass the GACE Program Admission Assessment (or provide an exemption). Applicants who are already certified or meet certification requirements in the State of Georgia do not have to meet this requirement.

The Program Admission Assessment can be exempted based on certain scores from the GRE, the SAT or the ACT. The current options for satisfying the GACE Program Admission Assessment, including exemptions, are outlined here  (scroll to “Options to Satisfy the Program Admission Requirement”) Gol to GACE’s “about” page for more information about the GACE Basic Skills Assessment, including test dates and registration.

Required Materials for M.Ed. Programs
Programs Entrance Test Undergrad GPA Recommendation Letters Other Supporting Materials
Behavior/Learning Disabilities GRE (min. 50%ile verbal & quantitative) & GACE Program Admission or meets certification requirements in Georgia 3.0 2 recs goals statement, resume
Early Childhood Education GRE & meets certification requirements in Early Childhood Education in Georgia 2.75 2 recs (at least one from school administrator or professional colleague) goals statement, resume, interview
Early Childhood Education (UACM) GRE & GACE Program Admission 2.75 2 recs goals statement, interview
Educational Leadership GRE & meets certification requirements for any filed in Georgia 2.50 2 Recs (1 from school administrator) goals statement, resume, three years school experience
Elementary Education GRE & meets certification requirements in Elementary Education in Georgia 2.75 1 (from a supervisor) resume, interview may be required
English Education GRE & meets certification requirements in English Education in Georgia 2.50 2 Recs goals statement, resume
Health & Physical Education GRE & GACE Program Admission or meets certification requirements in Georgia 2.50 2 Recs goals statement, resume; students w/out T4 certificate must take additional coursework
Mathematics Education GRE & meets certification requirements in Mathematics Education in Georgia 2.50 2 Recs goals statement, resume
Middle Level Education GRE & meets certification requirements in Middle Level Education in Georgia 2.50 2 Recs goals statement, resume
Multiple & Severe Disabilities GRE (verbal/quant/analytical required) & GACE Program Admission or meets certification requirements in Georgia 2.75 2 Recs goals statement, resume
Reading, Language, & Literacy GRE & meets certification requirements for any field in Georgia 2.50 2 Recs goals statement, resume
School Counseling GRE & GACE Program Admission or meets certification requirements in Georgia 2.50 3 Recs goals statement, resume, & interview
School Psychology GRE (35%ile verbal) & GACE Program Admission or meets certification requirements in Georgia 2.50 & 3.25 Grad 3 Recs goals statement, resume, writing sample (cannot be goals statement )
Science Education GRE & meets certification requirements in Science in Georgia 2.50 2 Recs goals statement, resume
Social Studies Education GRE & meets certification requirements in Social Studies Education in Georgia 2.50 2 Recs goals statement, resume
Special Education See above:  "Behavior/Learning Disabilities" and/or "Multiple & Severe Disabilities"
Urban Teacher Leadership GRE & meets certification requirements in Georgia (minimum 1 year teaching if does not meet certification requirements in Georgia). Additional requirements based on concentration: see department webpage http://education.gsu.edu/eps/6170.html 2.50 3 Recs: additional requirements based on concentration -- see department webpage http://education.gsu.edu/eps/6170.html goals statement, resume, one year teaching if no T4

The following programs will use the GACE Program Admission Assessment as an entrance examination: M.A.T. English Education, M.A.T. Mathematics Education, M.A.T. Middle Level Education, M.A.T. Reading, Language, and Literacy Education (Teaching English as a Second Language), M.A.T. Science Education, and M.AT. Social Studies Education. Students seeking certification from the State of Georgia Professional Standards Commission are required to pass the GACE Program Admission Assessment (or provide an exemption) and GACE Content Assessment in their fields.
Required Materials for M.A.T. Programs
Programs Entrance Test Undergrad GPA Recommendation Letters Other Supporting Materials
Early Childhood Education GRE GACE Program Admission 2.75 2 recs goals statement, resume
English Education GRE GACE Program Admission 2.50 2 recs goals statement, resume
Mathematics Education GRE GACE Program Admission 2.50 2 recs goals statement, resume
Middle Level Education GRE GACE Program Admission 2.50 2 recs goals statement, resume
Reading, Language and Literacy Education (Teaching English as a Second Language) GRE GACE Program Admission 2.50 2 recs goals statement, resume
Science Education GRE GACE Program Admission 2.50 2 recs goals statement, resume
Social Studies Education GRE GACE Program Admission 2.50 2 recs goals statement, resume
Required Materials by M.S. Programs
Programs Entrance Test Undergrad GPA Recommendation Letters Other Supporting Materials
Communication Sciences and Disorders GRE (min. 50%ile verbal; verbal/quant/analytical required) & GACE Program Admission or meets certification requirements in Georgia) 3.0 2 Recs goals statement, resume, interview
Educational Psychology GRE 2.50 2 Recs goals statement, resume
Educational Research GRE 2.50 2 Recs goals statement, resume
Exercise Science GRE 2.50 2 Recs goals statement, resume
Instructional Technology (online program) GRE 2.50 2 Recs goals statement, resume
Mental Health Counseling (replaces Professional Counseling) GRE 2.50 3 Recs goals statement, resume, interview
Rehabilitation Counseling GRE 2.50 3 Recs goals statement, resume
Social Foundations GRE 2.50 2 Recstwo recent letters from persons who can evaluate academic promise (professors) goals statement, resume, writing sample, interview
Sports Administration GRE 2.50 3 recs goals statement must indicate specific area of interest, resume, complete history of sports background
Sports Medicine GRE 2.50 3 Recsone letter each from curriculum director, head athletic trainer, & supervising athletic trainer goals statement, resume, NATA certification
Required Materials for Ed.S. Programs
Programs Entrance Requirement Graduate GPA Recommendation Letters Other Supporting Materials
Early Childhood Education GRE (no min.) or MAT 50%ile & T5 in Any Area 3.25 (M.Ed.) 2 Recs goals statement, interview, three years teaching experience
Educational Leadership GRE or MAT 3.25 2 Recs (1 must be from immediate supervisor) *Contact the EPS Department before applying. Goals statement, resume, applicant must be employed in leadership position in partnering school system
School Counseling GRE & T5 School Counseling 3.25 (must hold Master's degree in Counseling) 3 Recs goals statement, resume, completed practicum/internship for master's in a school setting
School Psychology GRE (min. 35%ile verbal) & GACE basic or meets certification requirement in Georgia 3.25 (must hold Master's degree in School Psychology) 3 Recs goals statement, resume, writing sample (cannot be goals statement), interview
Required Materials for Ed.D. Programs
Programs Entrance Requirement Graduate GPA Recommendation Letters Other Supporting Materials Additional
Educational Leadership (Ed.D. ) GRE 50%ile (Verb & Quan) or MAT 50%ile 3.30 2 Recs (1 must be from immediate supervisor) Goals statement, resume, & interview (writing sample collected during interview) Five years successful teaching or administrative experience required. Applicant must have earned a Master's degree.
Curriculum & Instruction (Ed.D.) GRE 3.30 Must have at least one master's or Ed.S. degree in education or closely related field At least one degree must be in area of concentration or applicant must have substantial years teaching in area of concentration 2 professional letters of reference Goals statement, resume, & interview (music ed. includes demonstration of musical skill; art ed. includes portfolio) Writing sample may be print or electronic publication, course paper, professional blog series, etc. Three years teaching experience required. Students who plan to pursue the S7 level certification must have at least a T4 teaching certificate.
Required Program Materials for Ph.D.
Programs Entrance Test Graduate GPA Reference Letter Supplemental Materials
Counselor Education and Practice (completed Mater's degree in counseling required) GRE 3.30 3 recs goals statement, resume, writing sample, & interview
Counseling Psychology (completed Master's level degree required) GRE 3.30 3 recs goals statement, resume, writing sample & interview
Early Childhood & Elementary Education GRE (Verbal, Quantitative, & Analytical subtests required) 3.30 2 recs goals statement, resume, & writing sample; interview
Education of Students with Exceptionalities GRE 50% ile (Verbal & Quantitative subtests required) 3.30 3 recs goals statement, resume, & writing sample; interview
Educational Psychology GRE (Verbal, Quantitative & Analytical subtests required) 3.30 (applicants for concurrent master's/Ph.D. admission must have minimum undergraduate GPA 3.30) 3 recs two of the three letters should come from academic sources goals statement, resume, & writing sample; interview
Instructional Technology GRE 3.30 2 recs goals statement, resume, & writing sample
Research, Measurement, & Statistics (concentration in Educational Policy Studies) GRE 50% ile 3.30 2 recs goals statement, resume, & writing sample; interview
School Psychology (must have Bachelor's within major in psychology, education, or related field OR Master's in area related to school psychology) GRE (35%ile verbal, no min. on other sections) & GACE Program Admission (or exemption) if does not meet certification requirements in Georgia 3.30 (minimum 2.50 undergraduate GPA if no master's) 3 recs goals statement, resume, writing sample, & interview
Social Foundations (concentration in Educational Policy Studies) GRE 3.30 2 recs two recent letters from persons who can evaluate academic promise (professors) goals statement, resume, & writing sample; interview
Kinesiology GRE 3.30 2 recs goals statement, resume, & writing sample
Teacher and Teacher Education (Teaching & Learning) ( w/concentrations in Language & Literature Ed., Math Ed., Music Ed., Science Ed., & Soc. Studies Ed. ) GRE 3.30 2 recs goals statement, resume, & writing sample; interview
Required Materials for Non-Degree Programs
Programs Entrance Test Undergrad GPA Other Supporting Materials
Add-On PL-6 Leadership Certificate Ed.S., Ph.D, or Ed.D degree with minimum 3.25 GPA *Contact EPS Department before applying. Employment in an approved position in a partnering school system. Goals statement, resume, 2 rec letters [one must be from principal or immediate supervisor (if not school-based)], T6 or T7
Behavior/Learning Disabilities: Special Education-General Curriculum P-12 GACE Program Admission if does not meet certification requirements in Georgia 2.75 goals statement, resume, 2 letters of recommendation, GACE program admission or meets certification requirements in Georgia
Communication Sciences and Disorders 2.50 or Master's degree goals statement
Educational Psychology 2.50 or Master's degree goals statement
Educational Research 2.50 or Master's degree goals statement
English As A Second Language Endorsement 2.50 or Master's degree goals statement, resume, T4 Certificate required
English Education 2.50 or Master's degree goals statement, T4 Certificate required
K-5 Mathematics Endorsement 2.50 or Master's degree goals statement, T4 or higher Certificate required in Early Childhood Education
K-5 Science Endorsement 2.50 or Master's degree goals statement, T4 or higher Certificate required in Early Childhood Education
Instructional Design & Technology (online program) 2.50 or Master's degree goals statement
Mathematics Education 2.50 or Master's degree goals statement; T4 Certificate required
Mental Health Counseling GRE Master's degree goals statement, resume, and 3 recs; interview
Middle Level Education 2.50 or Master's degree goals statement; T4 Certificate required
Multiple and Severe Disabilities GACE Program Admission if does not meet certification requirements in Georgia 2.50 or Master's degree goals statement,GACE Program Admission or meets certification requirements in Georgia
Reading Endorsement 2.50 or Master's degree goals statement, T4 Certificate required
Reading Language and Literacy 2.50 or Master's degree goals statement, resume, T4 Certificate required
School Counseling GRE & GACE Program Admission or meets certification requirements in Georgia 3.30 graduate GPA and Master's degree from a CACREP accredited program goals statement, resume, 3recs; interview, GACE Program Admission or meets certification requirements in Georgia
Science Education 2.50 or Master's degree goals statement; resume; T4 Certificate required
Social Foundations 2.50 or Master's degree goals statement
Social Studies Education 2.50 or Master's degree goals statement; resume; T4 Certificate required
 
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