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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

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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


  1. Submit an online application to the Graduate School
  2. Test scores (depending on your program)
  3. Unofficial transcripts (native language and English for international applicants)
  4. Three letters of recommendation

Part 2: Apply to this program


The program faculty may request additional materials from applicants. As you complete your application for the UGA Graduate School, you will be able to attach the following documents:

  1. Curriculum vita (CV) or resume
  2. Statement of purpose (short essay)
  3. Official transcripts
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