EdS in Education (Social Studies Education)
Design an advanced course of study in social studies education through this flexible EdS in Social Studies Education program for working teachers who already hold a master’s degree.
You will refine your craft or prepare for leadership positions by tailoring your studies to your own experience, interests, and goals.
The degree requires 30 hours of coursework beyond a master’s degree, including a semester-long applied project and oral defense by committee. Depending on your school district, completion of this program may lead to a certification upgrade of T-6.
- Designed for working teachers who already hold a master’s degree
- Offers evening, weekend, and summer classes in a variety of formats
- Earns upgraded T-6 Georgia teaching certification
Create your own advanced degree in social studies education through a combination of upper-level coursework and a semester-long applied project that you will defend before a committee.
As part your personalized program of study, you will take three required core courses and work with a faculty advisor to create a personalized program of study. Areas of inquiry may include:
- Mentoring and supervision
- Curriculum theory and design
- Teacher education
- Socio-political and cultural contexts of education
You will complete 30 hours of coursework comprising:
- 3 required core courses in research, problems, and curriculum in social studies education
- Courses targeting your interests, selected with your advisor
- A semester-long applied project that you’ll defend before a committee
Additional information and disclosures regarding state licensure for professional practice in this field can be found at the UGA Licensure Disclosure Portal .
Part 1: Apply to the University of Georgia
The Graduate School handles admission for all graduate programs at the University of Georgia, including those in the College of Education. The Graduate School website contains important details about the application process, orientation, and many other useful links to guide you through the process of attending UGA at the graduate level.
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Part 2: Apply to the EdS in Education (Social Studies Education)
- Must hold a baccalaureate degree and a master’s degree from an accredited college or university
- Cumulative GPA for all undergraduate courses should be 2.8 or above on a four-point scale
- Must have taken the Graduate Record Examination (GRE) or Miller Analogies Test
- GRE: minimum scores of 146 verbal and 140 quantitative
- Miller Analogies Test: minimum score of 402
When all of the Graduate School’s application materials have been received, they are reviewed by the Social Studies Education program faculty. The faculty may request additional materials from applicants before making a recommendation on the application. The faculty make a recommendation to the Department of Educational Theory and Practice’s graduate coordinator, who in turn makes a recommendation to the Graduate School. The final decision on admissions is made by the Graduate School. Applicants and the department will receive notification directly from the Graduate School concerning a decision on acceptance.
Letters of Recommendation
Letters will be solicited by the Graduate School and submitted on-line and include three letters of recommendation from individuals acquainted with the applicant’s academic abilities or potential as a teacher. At least one reference must be a current or former professor. Names of referees must be included in the Graduate School application form, page 3.
When all of the application materials have been received, they are reviewed by the social studies education program faculty. The faculty makes a recommendation on the application to the Department of Educational Theory and Practice’s graduate coordinator, who in turn makes a recommendation to the Graduate School. The final decision on admissions is made by the Graduate School. Applicants and the department will receive notification directly from the Graduate School concerning a decision on acceptance.
Deadline to Apply
- Refer to the UGA Graduate School deadlines
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