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Become a leader in mathematics education in grades prekindergarten through eighth grade with our EdS in Educational Specialist program.

We designed this program for experienced math teachers who hold a master's degree and T-5 certification in elementary or middle school. You will deepen your subject knowledge while learning new teaching methods and completing an applied project. K-5 teachers will have the option of earning the K-5 mathematics endorsement.

Program Highlights

  1. Designed for full-time elementary and middle school teachers
  2. Hybrid format, combining online coursework and face-to-face meetings at the Griffin campus per semester
  3. Earn K-5 endorsement with completion of a portfolio
  4. Focus is grades K-8; for grades 6-12, consider our Athens-based program

Deadline to Apply

June 30

Faculty and Curriculum

Designed for full-time teachers, this program will help you improve your teaching of math concepts, prepare your students to be powerful math thinkers, and become a leader in shaping math education.

The coursework covers a wide-range of topics, including:

  • The major content areas of the PreK-8 math curriculum
  • Learning theory
  • Methods of instruction
  • Research
  • Effective use of technology
  • Manipulatives

You will complete 30 hours of coursework over two years plus an applied project. Coursework entails:

  • 15 hours studying math concepts including arithmetic, geometry, algebra, probability, and statistics
  • 9 hours of pedagogy classes, including methods to teach arithmetic, geometry, and algebra
  • 6 hours of research courses

You will progress through the coursework with a cohort of your peers, which provide the opportunity to learn from one another and make connections with other teachers around the state. You will take up to two courses each semester. Your coursework will include synchronous online classes, independent work, and six to eight in-person meetings at our Griffin campus per semester, all led by faculty with recent classroom experience.

Tuition and Financial Aid

Almost all in-state students begin their studies at UGA paying limited tuition or fees. Please note that these amounts are subject to change and are meant to give prospective students an idea of the costs associated with a degree at the University of Georgia College of Education.

Students may qualify for a variety of assistantships, scholarships, and other financial awards to help offset the cost of tuition, housing, and other expenses.

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Meet Your Advisor

Most graduate students at UGA are not assigned to a faculty advisor until after admittance. A close working relationship with your advisor is paramount to progressing through your program of study.

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Student Life

Alumni of this program have gone on to win instructional and technology grants, make presentations to the Georgia Council of Teachers of Mathematics, and work with the Georgia Department of Education on math education frameworks and tasks.

Gain knowledge and build relationships with teachers across the state while continuing your own teaching career through our hybrid program designed for working professionals.

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See for yourself how much UGA College of Education has to offer! Schedule a tour of campus to learn more about the UGA student experience.

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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 Mathematics Education (PreK-8, Griffin Campus)

We base admissions decisions on a variety of factors including past performance in course work, especially mathematics course work, GPAs in past degree programs, entrance exam scores, and letters of recommendation.

Minimum Requirements

  • Minimum 3.0 GPA in your undergraduate degree and 3.3 GPA in your master's degree.
  • Passing or exempting GACE I

Applicants must submit their official GRE or MAT scores during application. Average GRE scores (old scale) of recently admitted students:

  • Quantitative score in the low 141 (~75-80th percentile)
  • Verbal score near 150 (~50-55th percentile)

While completing the Graduate School application, you will need to provide:

  • 3 letters of recommendation
    You will identify your letter writers and their email addresses when you apply, and they will receive an email from the Graduate School asking them to complete the form online. Choose recommenders who know your academic work well and can speak to your capacity to engage in graduate level study of mathematics, to perform well in courses requiring high levels of reading and writing, to work as a classroom teacher, and to be successful in a graduate program. Do not solicit "character references" from friends, family, or people you know socially.
  • Transcripts
    Applicants should submit unofficial transcripts from all institutions attended as part of the online application. Official transcripts are not required during the review process and will only be required for applicants who are offered admission. Do not mail official transcripts until offered admission.
  • Test Scores
    Have your GRE scores sent directly to UGA using the institution code 5813.
  • Statement of purpose
    Please tell us why you are interested in the program for which you're applying. Please include any relevant experiences which have driven your interest.

Returning Applicants

Completed application due:
June 30

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