Degrees & Majors
Choose from dozens of nationally ranked and recognized programs and more than 250 majors, minors and pathways at the university offering the widest variety of fields of study in Georgia.
The educational leadership program advances the development and practice of effective educational leadership. This program addresses educational leaders' professional needs and supports their long-term career goals in leading schools, school districts and other education agencies in a complex, highly competitive global environment. We provide senior-level administrators with the following: Knowledge and skills necessary to deal effectively with the complex issues facing education today Methods of inquiry necessary to analyze educational problems Leadership skills necessary to direct the development and implementation of programs to address those problems and to disseminate the results in various professional and public forums Knowledge and applied skills rarely provided in traditional advanced degree programs in educational leadership in an alternative format that meets the needs of senior-level administrators. Select concentration in: Advanced Leadership Higher Education Administration Tier II
The M.Ed./add-on educational leadership program is designed around a set of academic and site-based experiences that provide knowledge and skills for candidates seeking a stronger understanding of the dynamics of educational leadership. This self-select program leads to Tier I leadership certification in Georgia and couples traditional, online and hybrid classes with a minimum of 300 hours of site-based experience. Tier I certification allows an individual to serve as an assistant principal or/in district level leadership positions that do not supervise principals. The program design gives students a comprehensive understanding of beginning leadership concepts and activities. Students develop the dispositions required to lead school and district improvement efforts by engaging in an innovative program that focuses on linking theory, research and practice to positively affect student achievement. A fully online Educational Leadership, Tier I Certificate is also available. Education programs leading to professional licensure or certification (nursing, education, social work, counseling, accounting, allied health professions, etc.) may requir ...
The online Tier I Educational Leadership Certificate program is for those with an education-related master’s degree who are passionate about leading and ready to take the next step towards becoming an entry-level leader in a school or school district such as an assistant principal. The courses introduce students to educational leadership theory and practice. Students participate in 300 hours of varied leadership experiences supported by a school or district mentor in addition to completing advanced coursework. Upon completion of the program, students will receive a program certificate from the Board of Regents and will be eligible to apply to the Professional Standards Commission for a Tier I Educational Leadership add-on certificate. Our Voices, Our Stories, Our Faculty Graduate highlight on Amanda Lynch Five questions with Kareem Dunlap Recent graduate's children's book The Educational Leadership Unit is composed of eight faculty members with practitioner and academic expertise.
The Tier II educational specialist (Ed.S.) and Tier II add-on in educational leadership prepares graduates to be effective school and/or system leaders who positively affect student achievement. Throughout the program, students work on meaningful projects to help them develop the knowledge, skills and dispositions required to lead school and district improvement efforts. Georgia State collaborates closely with its partner districts to help ensure students are being properly prepared to successfully address school and/or district needs. Candidates who already hold an Ed.S. degree should apply for the 18-hour certification only add-on certificate. Candidates seeking a full Ed.S. degree should apply for the full 30-hour Ed.S. program. Both the add-on and the Ed.S. program lead to Tier II certification. The certificate allows you to become a supervising administrator for schools and districts in Georgia. Education programs leading to professional licensure ...
The Ph.D. in Educational Policy Studies allows students to examine the philosophy and practice of education and to develop skills in both the methodology and the study of educational practice. Students will prepare to become policymakers and examiners of policy and the effects of policy on education. There are four concentrations you can choose within this degree program: Concentration in Educational Leadership This concentration has three strands (leadership and administration, leadership and policy or leadership and urban education) that emphasize organizational leadership, policy development, supervision and management. The leadership concentration will be designed to meet the students’ unique career objectives including teaching and research in academia, leading schools, school districts and other education agencies. For those students seeking to obtain a Tier II certification, they must apply to the leadership and administration strand. (Note: Applicants who receive favorable admission to the Ph.D. in Educational Policy Studies with a concentration in Educational Leadership can apply to the Tier II certification should they qualify; to qualify, an applicant must be employed in a K-12 system to be able to complete the required hours of clinical leadership experiences for the Tier II certification, satisfy the Georgia Ethics Assessment for Educational Leadership, and finally submit a letter of recommendation from their immediate supervisor) Concentration in Higher Education The concentration in Higher Education will prepare students for careers in higher education as academics, researchers, policymakers and practitioners. Through an interdisciplinary study of theory, research and content, graduates will be able to understand, analyze and impact higher education in complex ways. Students who pursue the concentration in higher education will explore and challenge a range of perspectives in order to develop an in-depth understanding of higher education; including but not limited to its educational and intellectual core, its institutional and organizational structures, its social, cultural and civic context, as well as its contemporary role as an enterprise. Concentration in Research, Measurement and Statistics This concentration prepares graduates to investigate research methodologies, to conduct research related to schools, and to conduct and critique research in educational practice, policy and administration. Students develop knowledge and skills in qualitative and quantitative research and evaluation methods. Concentration in Social Foundations of Education Social foundations is a broadly conceived field of educational study that derives its character from a number of academic disciplines and interdisciplinary studies. At Georgia State University, the disciplines involved in social foundations inquiry are history, philosophy, sociology, anthropology and political science; the interdisciplinary field is cultural studies. The purpose of social foundations study is to bring the intellectual resources derived from these areas to bear in developing interpretive, normative and critical perspectives of educational theory, policy and practices, both inside and outside of schools. For more information about the concentrations, please visit: Educational Leadership Higher Education Research, Measurement and Statistics Social Foundations of Education
The educational psychology master's degree helps students understand the science of learning and behavioral change with emphasis on the application of the principles of psychology to the systematic study of education. Students can explore: Learning Instruction Motivation Development Cognition Socialization Applied behavior analysis* *While educational psychology master’s students may gain exposure to applied behavior analysis through some coursework, students must be enrolled in the applied behavior analysis program (as either a MS or non-degree student) to be eligible to complete the coursework required to become eligible to sit for the Board Certified Behavior Analyst Examination. Educational Psychology M.S. and Ph.D. programs are research-focused and are not designed to prepare you for licensing exams or certifications. If you are interested in certifications for teaching, counseling, or school psychology, we encourage you to explore the other programs in Georgia State University’s College of Education & Human Development.
The educational psychology minor is for undergraduates interested in a deeper understanding of how psychological principles can be applied in educational settings. Educational psychology minors will gain experience in topics such as: The science of learning Applied memory and cognition Sociocultural and diversity issues in education Learning and development Behavior analysis
In the educational psychology doctoral program, students work closely with faculty in an apprenticeship-based model to examine how theories of learning, culture, development and behavior can be applied to educational settings. Our program is in the Department of Learning Sciences, a growing group of interdisciplinary researchers. In this Ph.D. program you will explore diverse perspectives and approaches to the study of learning. If you do not have a master's degree, you are still encouraged to apply to the Ph.D. program. You can be admitted concurrently and receive your master's degree on the way to your Ph.D. You are also encouraged to reach out to faculty members whose research interests overlap with your own. To find out about our work, see the EPY Ongoing Projects Page. The EPY Ph.D. program follows an apprenticeship model. This means you are paired with a faculty advisor in your first year of the program. Along with your advisor, you will put together a tailored curriculum that suits your interests and satisfies the requirements. As a Ph.D. student, you will take coursework in: Research methods Qualitative, quantitative and single-case research and analysis Measurement and assessment Social foundations of education College-level instruction In the early years of study, Ph.D. students gain foundational knowledge in current issues in education, theories of learning and development and methodology. As you progress, you will work closely with faculty to develop greater expertise in their research specialty. You will take additional seminars and electives as well as engage in more independent research. This phase of work is marked by completion of a comprehensive exam. The final portion of the Ph.D. program is the proposal, writing and defense of the doctoral dissertation.
The online M.S. in educational research prepares you to conduct research, evaluate programs and policies and translate current research into practical language. Our graduates are working in research units housed in educational agencies at the state and local level, non-profits and private employers who value internal research capacity. Statistics Measurement Program evaluation Survey research Computer applications Policy research If you have an interest in applying skills in statistics and research methodology to address educational problems in today’s world, our program will help you advance.
Our educational research and mental health counseling dual degree program* combines educational research and the application of educational research methodology to a content area in mental health counseling. You will meet faculty who are leaders in the field and find opportunities for research and field experience that are an enhancement to each of these academic programs. The program leads to a master of science degree with majors in educational research and mental health counseling. Graduates of the program have increased career opportunities within academia and the work setting. *This program requires you to apply to both educational research and mental health counseling to be admitted to complete the degree program.
The educational research master’s program prepares students to conduct research and evaluate programs in kindergarten through 12th grade schools, colleges and universities, and other settings (for example: government, healthcare and public health). You’ll gain a comprehensive understanding of research methods as they are applied to the study of education. Coursework is available in the following areas: statistics, measurement, program evaluation, survey research, computer applications, qualitative research, institutional research, and policy research. Graduates of this program find employment in research units housed in educational agencies (for example: local education agencies, state boards of education), non-profits, and private employers who seek to improve their research capacity. Master of Science in Educational Research graduates are also well prepared to seek admission to Ph.D. studies in various disciplines.
The M.A.T. in elementary education is an exciting alternative teaching certification and master's degree program that celebrates urban education of elementary school students (pre-kindergarten through 5th grades). Each year, up to 25 master’s degree students are accepted into a new cohort. This program promotes the success of elementary students taught in urban schools through the development of competent, equity-oriented, caring, empowered teachers who are change agents inside and outside the classroom. We believe teaching is a profession and our team of experienced and dedicated faculty guide our candidates to become experts in the field of teaching and learning. Education programs leading to professional lice ...
The elementary education bachelor's degree program prepares teachers to work with children in pre-kindergarten through fifth grade. The program reflects research and evidence-based practice in the field of early childhood education, elementary education and teacher education. We offer two concentrations: Early childhood education (pre-kindergarten through 5th grade) certification with an English to Speakers of Other Languages (ESOL) endorsement Early childhood education (pre-kindergarten through 5th grade) and early childhood special education (pre-kindergarten through 5th grade) dual certification Our students receive content and pedagogy in all academic disciplines taught in elementary classrooms. There are also opportunities for teacher preparation in dual immersion settings. The program provides integration of the visual, theatrical and musical arts in the context of digital technology. The broad and extensive field-based experiences effectively develop your knowledge and ability to select and implement developmentally appropriate technology, resources and activities for teaching and learning in diverse settings across grade levels. Education programs leading to professional licensure or certification (nursing, educati ...
Our online M.Ed. in Elementary Education program is designed for teachers looking for an advanced degree with a concentrated study in a specific area through an endorsement. You complete your chosen endorsement as a part of the M.Ed. program, with no additional courses required. Program experiences provide you with instructional capabilities, pedagogical content knowledge and the mindsets needed to serve as effective and equitable teachers and teacher leaders in your schools and communities. Open Endorsements Kindergarten through 5th-grade mathematics endorsement Dual language endorsement (only for M.Ed. applicants who hold a Foreign Language Education Certificate from the state of Georgia, otherwise M.Ed. applicants can choose this as a concentration) Reading endorsement Download our program brochure here. Download our program of study here. Find our cohort-based endorsements here. View the Additional Information tab below to learn about opportunities for elementary education majors who are interested in teaching in a Spanish-English dual immersion program.
The English education program is designed for students who hold a bachelor's degree and seek an initial teaching certification in secondary English (grades 6-12). This program leads to a master of arts in teaching (M.A.T.) and a clear and renewable (T5) induction certificate in the state of Georgia. English educators are responsible for constructing learning environments that support students’ development in reading literature, writing for multiple audiences, expressing ideas and opinions in speech and interpersonal communication and exploring the potential of the arts in language arts. The secondary English degree program is grounded in educational theory, research and best practice, integrating principles of social justice and equity. Throughout the program, students take specialized education and content courses and gain practical teaching experience for middle and high school levels. Our dynamic program features technology integration and offers study abroad opportunities. Faculty support teacher candidates in planning, instruction, assessment and reflection with colleagues, faculty and partner schools who are committed to excellence in education. This program will transform your passion into a professional career, providing an initial certification for teaching English language arts for 6th-12th grades.
Reinvigorate your passion for working with youth and deepen your knowledge of teaching literature, composition and more with our English education master's program. You can use the master's degree in English education to pursue a doctorate or transition into an alternative career requiring a background and expertise in English education and related areas.
The English to Speakers of Other Languages (ESOL) education degree program is designed for students who hold a bachelor's degree and seek an initial teaching certification in ESOL (grades kindergarten through 12th grade). This program leads to a master of arts in teaching degree and a clear and renewable (T5) induction certificate in the state of Georgia. ESOL educators are responsible for teaching learners intellectual skills and knowledge that support English language learners’ cultural identities, languages and literacy development. Our urban communities need highly skilled, compassionate and advocacy-oriented ESOL teachers whose content knowledge and instructional practice honor students’ diversity and promote equity. The ESOL degree program is grounded in educational theory, research and best practice, integrating principles of social justice and equity. Throughout the program, students take specialized education and content courses and gain practical teaching experience in kindergarten through 12th grade. The program also includes the option of pursuing a reading endorsement for individuals with an interest in teaching ESOL at the middle or secondary level (grade 6-12). Our dynamic program features technology integration and offers study abroad opportunities. Faculty support teacher candidates in planning, instruction, assessment and reflection with colleagues, faculty and partner schools who are committed to excellence in education. There is also an online version of this program. Education programs leading to professional licensure or certification (nursing, education, social work, counseling, accounting, allied health professions, etc.) may require addit ...
Graduate courses in bilingual/English as a second language give teachers additional training to work with non-English speaking or limited English speaking students at the early childhood, middle childhood and secondary school levels. ESOL endorsement Successful completion of the coursework and portfolio demonstrating competencies established for English to Speakers of Other Languages (ESOL) teachers by Teaching English to Speakers of Other Languages (TESOL) results in candidates being endorsed to teach ESOL in pre-kindergarten through 12th grade. Students must be admitted as graduate students to the College of Education & Human Development. Students who do not hold an initial certification in a teaching field may apply to the M.A.T. degree in reading, language and literacy education to receive initial certification in ESOL and a reading endorsement. Online ESOL endorsement Successful completion of the non-degree online ESOL endorsement coursework and a portfolio qualifies a person a person to teach ESOL in pre-kindergarten through 12th grade. Students seeking only the non-degree online ESOL endorsement must be admitted to the College of Education & Human Development as a non-degree student. All courses in the non-degree online ESOL endorsement must be completed online. No other courses may apply.