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Master of Education

Are you a teacher looking to advance your teaching certificate while learning valuable skills in the teaching of literacy?

Do you need a flexible schedule that will fit the busy lifestyle of a practicing teacher, with a completely online format and the ability to take as many or as few courses as you wish?

Our Masters of Education (M.Ed.) with a Literacy Focus degree program offers practicing teachers the opportunity to deepen their knowledge, add new skills, and broaden their vision as teachers and educational leaders. This practical, created-for-teachers master’s degree focuses on 21st-century opportunities, needs, and demands, and endows graduates with a deep and varied set of pedagogical skills in the discipline of literacy learning and instruction for all content areas and grade levels, P-12.

Is this program for you?

  • Are you a practicing teacher employed by an accredited P-12 school?
  • Do you currently hold (or are you eligible for) a clear, renewable, level-four (4) Georgia Teacher Certificate?
  • Do you need a flexible, all-online program to meet your needs as a busy teacher?
  • Are you looking for a master’s degree program that is affordable but still provides an extremely high-quality educational experience?

If you answered “yes” to these questions, our M.Ed. may be for you!

Program features

  • Composed of 30 credit hours across 10 courses
  • All courses are fully-online
  • Flexible course offerings each semester – take as many courses as your professional and personal schedule allow
  • Practical instruction for teachers in the field provided by experienced, high-quality educators from the P-12 setting

Includes focused, practical instruction in:

  • Evaluating best practices in teaching
  • Preparing experienced teachers for full participation in the profession as leaders, researchers, and master practitioners in literacy instruction
  • Promoting both teacher autonomy and collaboration through inquiry, reflection, and action.

Application requirements

The M.Ed. with Literacy Focus is a flexible, all-online program that admits candidates every semester. Admission to the M.Ed. program is competitive and granted on a “space available” basis. 

To be accepted into the program, candidates must:

  • Provide evidence of a cumulative minimum GPA of 2.75 in previous undergraduate program. Please note: candidates who have met all requirements for admission but have a cumulative GPA between 2.5-2.74 may submit a letter of appeal as part of their application; additionally, disciplinary action at any other institution that the student has attended or while in the military may prevent admission.
  • Hold or be eligible for a clear renewable, level four (4) Georgia Teacher Certificate.
  • Submit a complete graduate program admission packet to the Office of Graduate Studies.
  • Provide two professional recommendations.
  • Submit official transcripts from all college/universities attended.

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Admissions Deadlines


Application Deadline

Classes Begin

Fall 2024

July 15, 2024*



October 15



April 1


*Application deadline for our inaugural class!

Program of Study

  1. EDUC 5037 Interdisciplinary Frameworks in Children’s and Adolescent Literature (3 hours)
  2. EDUC 5033 Trends and Issues in Language and Literacy Education (3 hours)
  3. EDUC 5034 Literacy Curriculum Development and Instruction for All Learners (3 hours)
  4. EDUC 5035 Improving Literacy Instruction through Assessment (3 hours)
  5. EDUC 5036 Organization, Interventions, and Supports for Literacy Instruction (3 hours)
  6. EDUC 5038 Struggling Readers in Literacy Classrooms: Addressing Reading Disabilities and Dyslexia (3 hours)
  7. EDUC 5030 Theoretical Frameworks of Curriculum and Instruction (3 hours)
  8. EDUC 5031 Emerging Trends in Educational Technology for Curriculum and Instruction (3 hours)
  9. EDUC 5032 Qualitative and Quantitative Research Methods (3 hours)
  10. EDUC 5039 Capstone Research Project (3 hours)

Program Contact Information

M.Ed. Coordinator: Dr. William Gary Cole
Phone: 478-471-2880
Office: Macon, TEB, 308