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Required Application Materials for Graduate Admissions

To see the requirements for the program you are applying to, choose the degree type below.

  • 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.
  • “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.


 
Required Materials for M.Ed. Programs
Programs Entrance Test Undergrad GPA Recommendation Letters Other Supporting Materials
Early Childhood and Elementary Education (UACM) GRE & GACE Program Admission plus Georgia Educator Ethics -- Program Entry Assessment 2.75 2 recs goals statement, interview
Educational Leadership GRE. Also, Georgia Ethics Assessment for Educational Leadership (entry; 370): for Fall 2016 admission and thereafter 2.50 2 recs (1 from school administrator) *Contact EPS Department before applying. Must have a minimum three years experience in a school or other educational setting. Goals statement, resume.
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 &  meets certification requirements in Health & Physical Education 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
Reading, Language, & Literacy GRE & meets certification requirements for any field in Georgia. To be eligible for the Reading Specialist Certificate, applicants must have Standard Professional Certification (3 years classroom teaching experience) upon admission. 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 & 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 )
Social Studies Education GRE & meets certification requirements in Social Studies Education in Georgia 2.50 2 recs goals statement, resume
Special Education GRE (verbal/quant/analytical required) &  meets certification requirements in Special Education (field specific) in Georgia 2.50 2 recs goals statement, resume
 

The following programs will use the GACE Program Admission Assessment and the Georgia Educator Ethics -- Program Entry Assessment as entrance examinations: M.A.T. English Education, M.A.T. Health & Physical Education, M.A.T. Mathematics Education, M.A.T. Middle Level Education, M.A.T. English As A Second Language Education, 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), both the Georgia Educator Ethics Assessments (Program Entry & Program Exit), and GACE Content Assessment in their fields.
Required Materials for M.A.T. Programs
Programs Entrance Tests Undergrad GPA Recommendation Letters Other Supporting Materials
English As A Second Language Education (Teaching English as a Second Language) GRE; GACE Program Admission; Georgia Educator Ethics -- Program Entry 2.50 2 recs goals statement, resume
English Education GRE; GACE Program Admission; Georgia Educator Ethics -- Program Entry 2.50 2 recs goals statement, resume
Health and Physical Education GRE; GACE Program Admission; Georgia Educator Ethics -- Program Entry 2.50 2 recs goals statement, resume
Mathematics Education GRE; GACE Program Admission; Georgia Educator Ethics -- Program Entry 2.50 2 recs goals statement, resume
Middle Level Education GRE; GACE Program Admission; Georgia Educator Ethics -- Program Entry 2.50 2 recs goals statement, resume
Science Education GRE; GACE Program Admission; Georgia Educator Ethics -- Program Entry 2.50 2 recs goals statement, resume
Social Studies Education GRE; GACE Program Admission; Georgia Educator Ethics -- Program Entry 2.50 2 recs goals statement, resume
Special Education GRE; GACE Program Admission; Georgia Educator Ethics -- Program Entry 2.50 2 recs goals statement, resume
 
Required Materials by M.S. Programs
Programs Entrance Test Undergrad GPA Recommendation Letters Other Supporting Materials
Applied Behavior Analysis GRE (min. 50%ile on verbal/quant/analytical) 3.0 2 recs goals statement, resume
Clinical Mental Health Counseling (replaces Professional Counseling) GRE 2.50 3 recs goals statement, resume, interview
Clinical Rehabilitation Counseling GRE 2.50 3 recs goals statement, resume
Communication Sciences and Disorders GRE (min. 50%ile verbal; verbal/quant/analytical required) and 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 2.75 2 recs - one letter from a former professor or instructor who can evaluate your academic promise goals statement, resume
Instructional Technology (online program) GRE 2.50 2 recs goals statement, resume
Social Foundations GRE 2.50 2 recs - two recent letters from persons who can evaluate academic promise (professors) goals statement, resume, writing sample, interview
Sport Administration GRE 2.50 3 recs goals statement must indicate specific area of interest, resume, complete history of sports background
 
Required Materials for Ed.S. Programs
Programs Entrance Requirement Graduate GPA Recommendation Letters Other Supporting Materials
Educational Leadership GRE or MAT & meets certification requirements for any field in Georgia.. Also, Georgia Ethics Assessment for Educational Leadership (entry; 370) -- for Fall 2016 admission and thereafter 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 & 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. Also, Georgia Ethics for Educational Leadership (entry; 370 ) -- for Fall 2016 admission and thereafter 3.30 (Applicant must have earned a master's degree) 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 Master's degree in counseling required) GRE -- see above "Ph.D. GRE Admission Guidelines" for more information 3.30 3 recs goals statement, resume, writing sample, & interview
Counseling Psychology (completed Bachelor's or Master's level degree required) GRE -- see above "Ph.D. GRE Admission Guidelines" for more information 3.30 3 recs goals statement, resume, writing sample & interview
Early Childhood & Elementary Education GRE (Verbal, Quantitative, & Analytical subtests required) -- see above "Ph.D. GRE Admission Guidelines" for more information 3.30 2 recs goals statement, resume, & writing sample; interview
Education of Students with Exceptionalities GRE 50% ile (Verbal & Quantitative subtests required) --  see above "Ph.D. GRE Admission Guidelines" for more information 3.30 3 recs goals statement, resume, & writing sample; interview
Educational Psychology GRE (Verbal, Quantitative & Analytical subtests required) -- see above "Ph.D. GRE Admission Guidelines" for more information 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 -- see above "Ph.D. GRE Admission Guidelines" for more information 3.30 2 recs goals statement, resume, & writing sample
Research, Measurement, & Statistics (concentration in Educational Policy Studies degree -- completed Master's level degree required) GRE 50% ile -- see above "Ph.D. GRE Admission Guidelines" for more information 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 & GACE Program Admission (or exemption) if does not meet certification requirements in Georgia -- see above "Ph.D. GRE Admission Guidelines" for more information 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 degree -- completed Master's level degree required) GRE -- see above "Ph.D. GRE Admission Guidelines" for more information 3.30 2 recs two recent letters from persons who can evaluate academic promise (professors) goals statement, resume, & writing sample; interview
Kinesiology GRE -- see above "Ph.D. GRE Admission Guidelines" for more information 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 -- see above "Ph.D. GRE Admission Guidelines" for more information 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 (Tier II)  Georgia Ethics for Educational Leadership (entry; 370): for Fall 2016 admission and thereafter. 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
Applied Behavior Analysis 2.50 or Master's degree goal statement
Behavior/Learning Disabilities: Special Education-General Curriculum P-12 GACE Program Admission plus Georgia Educator Ethics -- Program Entry if does not meet certification requirements in Georgia 2.75 goals statement, resume, 2 letters of recommendation, GACE program admission plus Georgia Educator Ethics -- Program Entry or meets certification requirements in Georgia
Communication Sciences and Disorders 2.50 or Master's degree goals statement
Educational Leadership Tier 1 Certification  Georgia Ethics for Educational Leadership (entry; 370): for Fall 2016 admission and thereafter. Must hold a master's, specialist, or doctoral level degree with minimum 3.25 GPA AND meet certification requirements in Georgia *Contact EPS Department before applying: applicants must have an identified mentor who currently holds leadership certification in Georgia. Goals statement, resume, 2 rec letters (one must be from a school administrator), 3 years experience in a school or other educational setting.
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, meets certification requirements in Georgia
English Education 2.50 or Master's degree goals statement, meets certification requirements in Georgia
K-5 Mathematics Endorsement 2.50 or Master's degree goals statement, meets certification requirements in Georgia in Early Childhood and Elementary Education and must have minimum one year of teaching experience.
K-5 Science Endorsement 2.50 or Master's degree goals statement, meets certification requirements in Georgia in Early Childhood and Elementary Education and must have minimum one year of teaching experience.
Instructional Design & Technology (online program) 2.50 or Master's degree goals statement
Instructional Design & Technology Graduate Certificate (online program) 2.50 or Master's degree (3.0 GPA) goals statement
Mathematics Education 2.50 or Master's degree goals statement; meets certification requirements in Georgia
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; meets certification requirements in Georgia
Multiple and Severe Disabilities (Adapted Curriculum-Intellectual Disabilities or Autism, Deaf Education, Early Childhood Special Education, General Curriculm-Autism, or Physical & Health Disabilities) GACE Program Admission plus Georgia Educator Ethics -- Program Entry 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
Program Evaluation Certificate Master's degree required goals statement, resume, 1 rec
Reading Endorsement 2.50 or Master's degree goals statement, meets certification requirements in Georgia
Reading Language and Literacy 2.50 or Master's degree goals statement, resume, meets certification requirements in Georgia
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; meets certification requirements in Georgia
Social Foundations 2.50 or Master's degree goals statement
Social Studies Education 2.50 or Master's degree goals statement; resume; meets certification requirements in Georgia
Teacher Support & Coaching (TSC) Endorsement 2.50 or Master's degree goals statement, meets certification requirements in Georgia in Early Childhood and Elementary Education and must have minimum three years of teaching experience.