The Georgia Professional Standards Commission defines an advanced preparation/degree-only program as "an educator preparation program at the post-baccalaureate level for the continuing education of educators who have previously completed initial preparation and are certified in the program’s subject area or field of certification. Advanced preparation programs commonly award graduate credit and include master’s, specialist, and doctoral degree programs. Although GaPSC-approved EPPs must provide data on advanced preparation programs in reports required by the state and for national accreditation, they are neither reviewed nor approved by GaPSC" (Rule 505-3-.01, 2016).