Online Graduate Programs in the Middle, Secondary, Reading, & Deaf Education Department
The Teacher Leadership Ed.S. Degree is an advanced degree that prepares educators to meet the GaPSC Teacher Leadership standards providing a foundation for effective collaboration with students, parents, and colleagues. These standards are related to curriculum and instruction, assessment, a school culture that fosters excellence in teaching and learning, modeling best practices in instruction, working with others to design assessments, and using data to work with colleagues in collaborative efforts to improve instruction for all students. By completing this online degree and passing the appropriate Georgia content assessment, candidates will be eligible for the new Teacher Leadership (level 6) certification. One of several paths of electives in this program allows completion of the Educational Leadership pre-service requirements or acquisition of an endorsement in Reading, Gifted Education, or Online Teaching. Other electives are available.
This 27- hour program can be completed in three to four consecutive semesters - about 12 to 16 months - with full-time enrollment. Courses are offered on a continuous basis, allowing for part-time enrollment. No campus visits are required to complete the program.
The M.Ed. in Curriculum and Instruction in Accomplished Teaching is offered through three NCATE-accredited Colleges of Education in the University System of Georgia: Valdosta State University, Georgia Southern University, and Columbus State University. Top graduate faculty from each school teach the courses. This 12-course, 36 semester hour program can be completed in four consecutive semesters – about 16 months – with full-time enrollment. For students who are unable to enroll full-time, courses are offered on a continuous basis allowing for part-time enrollment. No campus visits are required to complete the program.
This program is an on-line collaborative degree with North Georgia College and State University. Math and Science are the two concentration areas of study for this on-line M.Ed. program.
The M.Ed. in Middle Grades Concentration Areas: Math and Science is an advanced degree, offering in-service middle grades teachers the opportunity to pursue advanced training in their teaching fields. Current certification in Middle Grades Math and/or Science is required for admission to the degree program, in order for the candidate to be considered for a teaching certificate upgrade. The degree is awarded through the NCATE accredited Dewar College of Education & Human Services at Valdosta State University. Top graduate faculty from Valdosta State University and North Georgia College and State University teach the courses. This 12-course program can be completed in four consecutive semesters – about 16 months - with full-time enrollment. Courses are offered on a continuous basis, allowing for part-time enrollment. All course-work, including exams, is done online. No campus visits are required to complete the program.
For acceptance consideration into the Masters of Special Education-Deaf and Hard of Hearing (M.Ed.) program, , an applicant must be a recent graduate of the VSU undergraduate B.S.Ed. Special Education – Deaf and Hard of Hearing program. Prior to admission to any graduate program at Valdosta State University applicants must first submit a completed application to the Graduate School. A completed application packet includes official transcripts from all institutions previously attended, official test scores (GRE or MAT), a completed application form, and an application fee.
Students enrolled in the graduate program complete one full year of student teaching, part time for two semesters, while completing on-line graduate work specific to the major.
The M.Ed.-Track 2 is designed for individuals holding clear renewable teaching degrees outside of the field of Deaf Education. This degree prepares teachers to work with students who are D/deaf or hard of hearing. By providing teachers with content knowledge and pedagogical skills, graduates complete the program prepared to meet the diverse needs of this unique student population. This pre-professional degree (P – 12) is designed to provide graduates with competency in American Sign Language (ASL), as measured by an Intermediate rating or above on the Sign Language Proficiency Interview (SLPI). This equips graduates with the skill set needed to communicate with students enrolled in schools for the deaf, as well as those served in resource rooms and general education settings.
The M.A.T in Special Education: Deaf Education is designed for students with bachelor’s degrees, outside of the teaching field who want to obtain initial certification and a Master’s degree in Special Education: Deaf/Hard of Hearing P-12. The program leads to a Master’s Degree in Special Education: Deaf Education. After the core courses, candidates are able to take courses for certification in Deaf/Hard of Hearing. This is an applied degree. The practicum experiences are built into core courses so students apply and evaluate what they learn on-line within their own classroom environment.
The Masters of Reading program is designed for teachers PK-12 and prepares teachers to work as a teacher of reading in these areas. Literacy development, processes, instruction, and research are part of this master’s-level program. The program meets the standards required by the International Reading Association (IRA), the National Association of Teachers of Colleges (NCATE), and the Georgia Professional Standards Commission (PSC). Teachers graduating from this program are required to take the GACE in Reading Education.
The Reading Endorsement is an online program specifically for PreK-12 classroom teachers wishing to add expertise to their current State of Georgia Teacher Certification. The endorsement is designed to help meet the literacy needs of the students, regardless of content area. The program meets the competencies required by the Professional Standards Commission’s Georgia Reading Endorsement. Emphases include understanding readers and the reading process, linking assessment and instruction, and exploring specific instructional strategies that can be applied in individual classroom contexts.