Program Coordinator

Admission Deadlines

Additional Links

Dr. Lynn Minor Fall Semester: July 15

Department of Early Childhood & Special Education

Email: Spring Semester: November 15
Phone: 229-333-5929

Summer Semester: April 15

Admission Requirements

Required Documents

Admission Requirements

Online Graduate Application

  • Application Fee (credit or debit card and e-checks accepted)
  • Apply Online

Official transcript from your bachelor’s degree-granting school and from any graduate coursework

(Transcripts of coursework completed in-residence at VSU will be obtained by the Graduate School

  • Applicants must have completed (or will complete) the VSU undergraduate program of the same name. See the Important Program Information section for additional information on this requirement.
  • Minimum undergraduate GPA of 2.75 on a 4.0 Scale. GPA will be calculated on all attempted undergraduate coursework in which a letter grade was awarded.

Graduate Record Exam


Miller Analogies Test

  • Minimum GRE Requirements:
    • 750 overall (Verbal score plus either Quantitative score or Analytical score) with a Verbal score no less than 350.
  • Minimum MAT Requirement: 375

Verification of Lawful Presence

(Effective Fall 2011 for applicants who believe they qualify for in-state tuition or a residency waiver.)

  • This is not required for individuals who do not qualify for in-state tuition or a residency waiver.
  • This must be received prior to enrollment (if applicable), NOT prior to admission.
  • Citizenship documentation is needed for any applicant who wishes to be considered for in-state tuition.
  • Complete list of accepted documents and information on residency.

Unless otherwise indicated above, all required documents must be received on or before the admission deadline for your file to be reviewed. It is the applicant's responsibility to allow adequate time for document delivery and to ensure receipt of documents. Please allow at least 7-10 days for delivery by mail.

Important Program Information

To qualify for admission to this program, applicants must have recently completed the VSU Bachelor of Science in Education (B.S.Ed.) program of the same name, meet all admission requirements outlined above, and have met College of Education requirements for Admission to Teacher Education.

Teachers who are interested in pursuing an initial certificate in Special Education General or Adapted Curriculum via a master's program should consider the Georgia ONmyLINE Master of Arts for Teachers (M.A.T.) program.

International Applicants 

International applicants must meet all admission criteria and documentation requirements as defined by the program, however, additional documentation may be required.  Please review the information below for specific information and guidelines. Please note: To meet minimum eligibility requirements for this program applicants must hold a clear/renewable teaching certificate (T-5 or higher) in the state of Georgia or a related certificate in another state.

  • Certificate of Finances- The Certificate of Finance is required of any applicant requiring a student visa to enter the United States to complete his or her studies. This document is considered a part of the application for admission and applications will not be reviewed without this document.  Applicants who do not require an I-20 student visa to complete their studies are exempt from this requirement.
  • Evaluation of International Transcripts - Applicants who have completed coursework at an institution outside of the United States must submit a course-by-course evaluation of the coursework.  This transcript evaluation must be completed by an international education credentials evaluation service such as Josef Silny, ECE, etc.  The transcript evaluation does not replace the transcript requirement. Official transcripts are still required.

Admission Classification and Evaluation Scale

College of Education M.Ed. Admission Evaluation Scale

MAT or GRE Points GPA Points
450+ 950+ =35 Points 3.5+ =35 Points
396-404 900-949 =30 Points 3.25-3.49 =30 Points
391-395 850-899 =25 Points 3.00-3.24 =25 Points
386-390 800-849 =20 Points 2.75-2.99 =20 Points
375-385 750-799 =15 Points 2.50-2.74 =15 Points
Test Score Point Subtotal=
GPA Point Subtotal=
Total = (Test score points + GPA points)
Recommendation Guidelines for Admission
40+ points
30-39 points
Below 30
Will be considered for regular admission
Will be considered for probationary admission
Admission Denied

Admission Classifications

  • Regular Status
  • Probationary Status
  • Irregular Admission is not available for this program.
  • Non-degree admission is not available for this program.

Admission Questions 

For admission questions about this program, please contact the Graduate School by phone, email, or stop by our office.

  • Call Us: 229-333-5694 or toll free 800-618-1878, Option #5







  • Visit Us: Psychology Building (Main Campus), Third Floor, Suite 3100




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