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Education Graduate Degrees

The Thomas University Division of Education is proud to offer you graduate education degree options in the areas listed below. We offer eight different Master’s degrees in a variety of areas as well as a Specialist degree and an endorsement program.

Each of the graduate education degrees can be completed in five semesters, and is offered in multiple locations in Georgia as well as synchronous online format. We employ a cohort model with 8-week courses that meet every other week from 5:45 p.m. to 8:45 p.m. with online coursework on the alternating weeks. Students are eligible to transfer up to six credits of applicable prior graduate coursework.

All faculty members have extensive experience in K-12 education and excellent credentials.

A graduate degree in Education from Thomas University will prepare you to strengthen your classroom teaching and be a leader in your school. Please see the links below for further details.

“Thank you to all my professors at TU. You have all been excellent. This GACE was the most challenging GACE I have taken to date, and I am certified in four content areas in middle grades and subarea II in high school science. I am happy to have passed this GACE the first time.”

Lisa Fletcher, 2017

+Admissions

Applicants for a graduate degree in Education must meet the following criteria:

  • Hold a bachelor’s degree in a relevant field from a regionally accredited college or university.
  • Hold a Georgia induction or higher teaching certificate.
  • Report a minimum GPA of 3.0 on a 4.0 scale in the last 60 credit hours earned (undergraduate and graduate). Applicants with a GPA lower than 3.0 may be considered for admission by the Graduate Division.
    Students may be required to take a 3-credit hour writing course. Other requirements may be mandated by the Division and/or Graduate Council.
  • All applicants to the Teacher Leadership program must have 1 year of teaching experience and a current full-time position in a PK-12 school.

Along with proof of the above criteria, teachers are required to submit the following with their application for Graduate Admissions:

  • Apply for Admission.
  • Pay your Application Fee.
  • Send official transcripts.
  • A personal statement of career and educational objectives, including why you want to pursue a graduate degree (maximum two pages). Please explain the circumstances surrounding any ethics reprimand on your certificate.
  • Official transcripts from all undergraduate and graduate schools attended. These should be forwarded directly to the Office of Admissions from the schools attended.
  • Three professional or academic references.
  • Submit completed mentor form (Teacher Leadership applicants only).

Please see the information on each program for specific certification requirements.

Send admission documents, including official transcripts to admissions@thomasu.edu.

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Admissions Office
Thomas University
1501 Millpond Road
Thomasville, GA 31792

+Curriculum and Instruction

The purpose this program is to develop a deeper and broader knowledge of curriculum, pedagogy and assessment. The program will lead to a service (S) certificate (PK-12) when it is added to an existing Professional Georgia certificate. Students pursing the M.Ed. program must possess a Georgia induction or higher teaching certificate. Students take a total of 11 three-credit courses, plus an orientation course.

“This has been a fantastic first week of classes. I am very happy with how helpful Thomas University has been. Thomas University has also been very understanding that we have full-time jobs as well and understand our workload and have planned an appropriate work load for us. After I complete my master’s, if I continue my education it will be through Thomas University.”
-Katherine Hiers, 2018
ADVANCED PROFESSIONAL KNOWLEDGE (21 hours)
  • Best Practices in Teaching and Learning
  • Curriculum Design and Development for Student Achievement
  • Program Planning
  • Applying Technologies for Effective Instruction
  • Educational Assessment and Decision-Making
  • Collaborative Classrooms through Social Emotional Learning
  • Diversity & Exceptionality in the 21st Century Classroom
RESEARCH AND INQUIRY SKILLS (6 hours)
  • Educational Research Methods
  • Teacher as a Researcher
PROFESSIONAL AND ETHICAL PRACTICE (6 hours)
  • Orientation to Advanced Programs in Education
  • Current Issues and Trends in Education
  • Curriculum and Instruction Capstone
  • Advanced Graduate Professional Dispositions.
TOTAL CREDITS 34Curriculum & Instruction students are required to pass a GACE exam to earn their K-12 Service Certification in Georgia.Students pursuing the M.Ed program must possess a Georgia induction or higher teaching certificate.CIP Code 13.0301
Teachers who earn a Master's degree in Curriculum & Instruction want to remain in the classroom and strengthen their teaching abilities and instructional capacity. Educators also gain advanced knowledge of how curricula are selected and evaluated so that they can use this knowledge more effectively in their classrooms. Curriculum and Instruction graduates create new programs at their schools, become subject matter chairs, and organize and lead professional development training for colleagues. Graduates use this degree to prepare them for careers more aimed at administration and leadership, such as a curriculum coordinator position or an instructional coach. In Georgia, most districts offer higher earning potential for students with a Master's degree and a certification in Curriculum and Instruction.
  • Highly competitive GACE exam pass rate of over 90%.
  • Curriculum is built on research-based best practices, relevant professional learning, and applied experiences with student learning as the focus.
  • Much of the coursework involves job embedded assignments, designed to move a student from theory to practice.
  • Students take one course at a time during most semesters. Summer semesters plus one additional semester require two courses begin taken during the same 8-week period.
  • Small class size provides more individual attention and support.
  • Faculty are experienced in K-12 education, highly credentialed, and supportive of students. Learn about our full-time faculty.
  • Many students who graduate with our M.Ed. in Curriculum and Instruction return to TU for an Education Specialist degree in Teacher Leadership.
  • The GRE is not required for admission.
  • A thesis is not required for graduation.
  • TU offers a discounted tuition rate for teachers.
  • Financial aid and monthly payment options are available.
  • Thomas University is ranked among the most affordable private institutions in Georgia, according to the Georgia Independent College Association.
  • Thomas University's Division of Education is authorized by the Georgia Professional Standards Commission.

+Elementary Education

Candidates admitted to the M.Ed. in Elementary Education must possess a Georgia induction of higher teaching certificate in early childhood education. The program is designed especially for early childhood education teachers to investigate current research in early childhood teaching and learning and how it translates into practice, deepen one’s knowledge and understanding of broad issues, policies and controversies that impact schools in general and early childhood teaching in particular, and to develop as a leader in early childhood education. Candidates will choose either a mathematics or reading concentration.

ADVANCED PROFESSIONAL KNOWLEDGE (12 hours)
  • Program Planning
  • Applying Technologies for Effective Instruction
  • Educational Assessment and Decision-Making
  • Cultivating Collaborative Classrooms Through Social Emotional Learning
RESEARCH AND INQUIRY (6 hours)
  • Educational Research
  • Teacher as a Researcher
PROFESSIONAL AND ETHICAL PRACTICE (3 hours)
  • Orientation to Advanced Programs in Education
  • Current Issues and Trends in Education
  • Advanced Graduate Professional Dispositions
CONCENTRATION (choose one - 12 hours) Mathematics
  • Set Theory
  • Developing Algebraic Concepts
  • Developing Geometric Concepts
  • Concepts and Application of Probability and Statistics
OR Reading
  • Foundations of Literacy and Assessment
  • Comprehension, Curricular and Programmatic Strategies for Improving Literacy
  • Enhancing Literacy with Literature
  • Patterns of Practice in the English Language Arts
TOTAL CREDITS 34 CIP Code 13.120
Thomas University's graduate programs for certified teachers are designed to enhance the role of the teacher as a leader in the school community. This degree is for Early Childhood Education, K-5 certified teachers with a desire to become leaders and mentors, who are critical thinkers and reflective decision-makers in their schools. Educators will strengthen proficiencies related to expected knowledge, skills and professional dispositions that are aligned with the expectations in professional and state standards, thereby increasing their marketability. Upon completion of this program, students will have earned a Master's of Education degree in Early Childhood Education and will be eligible for a certificate upgrade in the state of Georgia.
  • Curriculum is built on research-based best practices, relevant professional learning, and applied experiences with student learning as the focus.
  • Much of the coursework involves job embedded assignments, designed to move a student from theory to practice.
  • Students take one course at a time during most semesters. Summer semesters plus one additional semester require two courses begin taken during the same 8-week period.
  • Small class size provides more individual attention and support.
  • Faculty are experienced in K-12 education, highly credentialed, and supportive of students. Learn about our full-time faculty.
  • Many students who graduate with our M.Ed. in Early Childhood Education return to TU for an Education Specialist degree in Teacher Leadership.
  • The GRE is not required for admission.
  • A thesis is not required for graduation.
  • TU offers a discounted tuition rate for teachers.
  • Financial aid and monthly payment options are available.
  • Thomas University is ranked among the most affordable private institutions in Georgia, according to the Georgia Independent College Association.
  • Thomas University's Division of Education is authorized by the Georgia Professional Standards Commission.

+Middle Grades

“Thank you so much for checking on me! Yes, I had a wonderful weekend and the first week of class has been incredible. Dr. Neal is absolutely wonderful! She’s very thorough in the delivery of the materials, and most importantly, genuinely cares about our success as students. I’m very excited about this adventure with TU and its incredible staff.”
Leslie Knighton, 2018
The program is designed especially for middle grades language arts teachers to investigate current research in language arts teaching and learning and how it translates into practice, deepen one’s knowledge and understanding of broad issues, policies, and controversies that impact schools in general and language arts teaching in particular, and to develop as a leader in language arts education. ADVANCED PROFESSIONAL KNOWLEDGE (12 hours)
  • Program Planning
  • Applying Technologies for Effective Instruction
  • Educational Assessment and Decision-Making
  • Collaborative Classrooms through Social Emotional Learning
READING CONCENTRATION (12 hours)
  • Foundations of Literacy and Assessment
  • Comprehension, Curricular and Programmatic Strategies for Improving Literacy
  • Enhancing Literacy with Literature
  • Patterns of Practice in the English Language Arts
RESEARCH AND INQUIRY (6 hours)
  • Educational Research
  • Teacher as a Researcher
PROFESSIONAL AND ETHICAL PRACTICE (3 hours)
  • Orientation to Advanced Programs in Education
  • Current Issues and Trends in Education
  • Advanced Graduate Professional Dispositions
TOTAL CREDITS 34 Candidates admitted to the M.Ed. in Middle Grades Language Arts must possess a Georgia induction or higher teaching certificate in middle grades language arts. Teachers who hold a professional certificate in another content area, but have an interest in an advanced degree in Middle Grades Language Arts need to do the following:
  • Sign the Out-of-Field Certification form at admission.
  • Pass the GACE in Middle Grades Language Arts prior to graduation, and then add that certification area to their certificate.
CIP Code 13.1203

Candidates admitted to the M.Ed. in Middle Grades Mathematics must possess a Georgia professional T-4 certificate in middle grades mathematics. The program is designed especially for middle grades mathematics teachers to investigate current research in mathematics teaching and learning and how it translates into practice, deepen one’s knowledge and understanding of broad issues, policies, and controversies that impact schools in general and mathematics teaching in particular, and to develop as a leader in mathematics education.

ADVANCED PROFESSIONAL KNOWLEDGE (12 hours)

  • Program Planning
  • Applying Technologies for Effective Instruction
  • Educational Assessment and Decision-Making
  • Collaborative Classrooms through Social Emotional Learning

RESEARCH AND INQUIRY (6 hours)

  • Educational Research
  • Teacher as a Researcher

MATHEMATICS CONCENTRATION (12 hours)

  • Set Theory
  • Developing Algebraic Concepts
  • Developing Geometric Concepts
  • Concepts and Application of Probability & Statistics

PROFESSIONAL AND ETHICAL PRACTICE (3 hours)

  • Orientation to Advanced Programs in Education
  • Current Issues and Trends in Education
  • Advanced Graduate Professional Dispositions

TOTAL CREDITS 34

Candidates admitted to the MEd. in Middle Grades Mathematics must possess a Georgia professional T-4 certificate in middle grades mathematics. Teachers who hold a professional certificate in another content area, but have an interest in an advanced degree in Middle Grades Mathematics need to do the following:

  • Sign the Out-of-Field Certification form at admission.
  • Pass the GACE in Middle Grades Mathematics prior to graduation, and then add that certification area to their certificate.

CIP Code 13.1203

Thomas University's graduate programs for certified teachers are designed to enhance the role of the teacher as a leader in the school community.

Educators will strengthen proficiencies related to expected knowledge, skills and professional dispositions that are aligned with the expectations in professional and state standards, thereby increasing their marketability.

Upon completion of this program, students will have earned a Master's of Education degree in Middle Grades Education and will be eligible for a certificate upgrade in the state of Georgia.

  • Curriculum is built on research-based best practices, relevant professional learning, and applied experiences with student learning as the focus.
  • Much of the coursework involves job embedded assignments, designed to move a student from theory to practice.
  • Students take one course at a time during most semesters. Summer semesters plus one additional semester require two courses begin taken during the same 8-week period.
  • Small class size provides more individual attention and support.
  • Faculty are experienced in K-12 education, highly credentialed, and support of students. Learn about our full-time faculty.
  • Many students who graduate with our M.Ed. in Middle Grades Education return to TU for an Education Specialist degree in Teacher Leadership.
  • The GRE is not required for admission.
  • A thesis is not required for graduation.
  • TU offers a discounted tuition rate for teachers.
  • Financial aid and monthly payment options are available.
  • Thomas University is ranked among the most affordable private institutions in Georgia, according to the Georgia Independent College Association.
  • Thomas University's Division of Education is authorized by the Georgia Professional Standards Commission.

+Secondary

The program is designed especially for Secondary English teachers to investigate current research in English teaching and learning and how it translates into practice. Students will deepen their knowledge and understanding of broad issues, policies and controversies that impact schools in general, and English teaching in particular, so they will develop as leaders in English education.

ADVANCED PROFESSIONAL KNOWLEDGE (12 hours)

  • Program Planning
  • Applying Technologies for Effective Instruction
  • Educational Assessment and Decision-Making
  • Collaborative Classrooms through Social Emotional Learning

RESEARCH AND INQUIRY (6 hours)

  • Educational Research
  • Teacher as a Researcher

ENGLISH CONCENTRATION (12 hours)

  • Argumentative and Persuasive Writing
  • Poetry (Genre Study)
  • Race, Gender and Culture in Modern British Literature
  • Shakespeare

PROFESSIONAL AND ETHICAL PRACTICE (3 hours)

  • Orientation to Advanced Programs in Education
  • Current Issues and Trends in Education
  • Advanced Graduate Professional Dispositions

TOTAL CREDITS 34

Candidates admitted to the M.Ed. in Secondary Education English must possess a Georgia induction or higher teaching certificate in Secondary Education - English. Teachers who hold a professional certificate in another content area, but have an interest in an advanced degree in Secondary Education - English need to do the following:

  • Sign the Out-of-Field Certification form at admission
  • Pass the GACE in Secondary English prior to graduation, and then add that certification area to their certificate.

CIP Code 13.1205

The program is designed especially for secondary grades mathematics teachers to investigate current research in mathematics teaching and learning and how it translates into practice, deepen one’s knowledge and understanding of broad issues, policies, and controversies that impact schools in general and mathematics teaching in particular, and to develop as a leader in mathematics education.

ADVANCED PROFESSIONAL KNOWLEDGE (12 hours)

  • Program Planning
  • Applying Technologies for Effective Instruction
  • Educational Assessment and Decision-Making
  • Collaborative Classrooms through Social Emotional Learning

RESEARCH AND INQUIRY (6 hours)

  • Educational Research
  • Teacher as a Researcher

MATHEMATICS CONCENTRATION (12 hours)

  • Set Theory
  • Developing Algebraic Concepts
  • Developing Geometric Concepts
  • Concepts and Application of Probability and Statistics

PROFESSIONAL AND ETHICAL PRACTICE (3 hours)

  • Orientation to Advanced Programs in Education
  • Current Issues and Trends in Education
  • Advanced Graduate Professional Dispositions

TOTAL CREDITS 34

Candidates admitted to the M.Ed. in Secondary Mathematics must possess a Georgia induction or higher teaching certificate in secondary education Mathematics. Teachers who hold a professional certificate in another content area, but have an interest in an advanced degree in Secondary Education - Mathematics do the following:

  • Sign the Out-of-Field Certification form at admission
  • Pass the GACE in Secondary Mathematics prior to graduation, and then add that certification area to their certificate.

CIP Code 13.1205

Thomas University's graduate programs for certified teachers are designed to enhance the role of the teacher as a leader in the school community. This degree is for certified teachers with a desire to become leaders and mentors, who are critical thinkers and reflective decision-makers in their schools.

Educators will strengthen proficiencies related to expected knowledge, skills and professional dispositions that are aligned with the expectations in professional and state standards, thereby increasing their marketability.

Upon completion of this program, students will have earned a Master of Education degree in Secondary Mathematics Education or a Master of Education degree in English Education and will be eligible for a certificate upgrade in the state of Georgia.

English

This program provides four graduate English courses. If a student wishes to teach English at the community college level, they may complete two additional graduate courses in English at Thomas University.

Mathematics

This program provides four graduate English courses. IF a student wishes to teach English at the community college level, they may complete two additional graduate courses in Mathematics at Thomas University

  • Highly competitive GACE exam pass rate.
  • Curriculum is built on research-based best practices, relevant professional learning, and applied experiences with student learning as the focus.
  • Much of the coursework involves job embedded assignments, designed to move a student from theory to practice.
  • Students take one course at a time during most semesters. Summer semesters plus one additional semester require two courses begin taken during the same i-week period.
  • Small class size provides more individual attention and support.
  • Faculty are experienced in K-12 education, highly credentialed, and support of students. Learn about our full-time faculty.
  • Many students who graduate with our M.Ed. in Curriculum and Instruction return to TU for an Education Specialist degree in Teacher Leadership.
  • The GRE is not required for admission.
  • A thesis is not required for graduation.
  • TU offers a discounted tuition rate for teachers.
  • Financial aid and month payment options are available.
  • Thomas University is ranked among the most affordable private institutions in Georgia, according to the Georgia Independent College Association.
  • Thomas University's Division of Education is authorized by the Georgia Professional Standards Commission.

+Teacher Leadership

This program is for certified teachers with a desire to become leaders and mentors who are critical thinkers and reflective decision-makers in their schools who will facilitate improved teaching and learning by collaborating with and guiding colleagues. Graduates also possess the understandings that enable them to use fundamental research methods to address educational problems and assume leadership roles beyond the classroom.

Candidates admitted to the Teacher Leadership program must have 1 year certified teaching experience. A permanent Service (S) certificate P-12 requires a passing score on the Teacher Leadership GACE Performance Assessment. Students who do not wish to earn a Master’s or Specialist of Education degree may choose to complete the 18-hour Endorsement program in Teacher Leadership.

Thomas University is a small school with a big impact; it is one of the best kept secrets in higher education. Thomas University’s Teacher Leadership program has been instrumental in my career. I now have the promotion I wanted and the skills and knowledge necessary to be successful. The activities I did through my work at TU directly matched what I needed to know for my profession. The professors not only know all the current and cutting edge concepts and information in the field of education, but they also make it a point to know their students. They were readily available to answer any of my questions. If you are looking for a degree in education, undergraduate or graduate, Thomas University will not disappoint!
-Shelly Sheets, Ed.S., 2018

Candidates admitted to the Master of Education degree in Teacher Leadership program must possess a Georgia induction of higher teaching certificate and have 1 year certified teaching experience.

ADVANCED PROFESSIONAL KNOWLEDGE (12 hours)

  • Best Practices in Teaching and Learning
  • Curriculum Design and Development for Student Achievement
  • Educational Assessment and Decision-Making
  • Applying Technologies for Effective Instruction

RESEARCH AND INQUIRY (6 hours)

  • Using Data to Improve Schools
  • Action Research for Teacher Leaders

PROFESSIONAL AND ETHICAL PRACTICE (15 hours)

  • Orientation to Advanced Programs in Education
  • Teacher as Leader and Mentor
  • Leading the Professional Learning Community
  • Building Collaborative Teams
  • Teacher Leadership Residency I
  • Teacher Leadership Residency II
  • Advanced Graduate Professional Dispositions

TOTAL CREDITS 34

Upon graduation, students will earn a temporary P-12 Service Certificate in Teacher Leadership for 12 months. Passing the GACE Performance Assessment is required for permanent certification. GACE Performance Assessment in Teacher Leadership

CIP Code 13.0401

Candidates admitted to the Education Specialist in Teacher Leadership program must possess a Georgia induction of higher teaching certificate.

"I was student in your program who graduated last May and was one of the student speakers at the GaPSC Leadership Summit. I have some good news!  I am now an instructional coach for a local middle school. This has been a wonderful opportunity and learning experience for me, and TU has certainly equipped me with skills necessary to be an instructional coach. I am really happy with my new school and position. I brag on your program to anyone who will listen. "
Shelly Sheets, Ed.S. - 2018
  ADVANCED PROFESSIONAL KNOWLEDGE 9 Credits
  • Best Practices in Teaching and Learning
  • Curriculum Design and Development for Student Achievement
  • Educational Reform
RESEARCH AND INQUIRY 6 Credits
  • Using Data to Improve Schools
  • Action Research for Teacher Leaders
PROFESSIONAL AND ETHICAL PRACTICE 18 Credits
  • Orientation to Advanced Programs in Education
  • Teacher as Leader and Mentor
  • Leading the Professional Learning Community
  • Educational Law
  • Building Collaborative Teams
  • Teacher Leader Residency I
  • Teacher Leader Residency II
  • Advanced Graduate Professional Dispositions
TOTAL CREDITS 34 Credits

Upon graduation, students will earn a temporary P-12 Service Certificate in Teacher Leadership for 12 months. Passing the GACE Performance Assessment is required for permanent certification. GACE Performance Assessment in Teacher Leadership

CIP Code 13.0401
Candidates admitted to the Teacher Leadership Endorsement program must possess a Georgia induction of higher teaching certificate. The purpose of this program is to prepare classroom teachers to develop as leaders in their schools and school systems who will facilitate the design and implementation of sustained, intensive, and job-embedded professional learning based on identified student and teacher needs. The program results in an Endorsement in Teacher Leadership.

  • Orientation to Advanced Programs in Education
  • Teacher as Leader and Mentor
  • Best Practices in Teaching and Learning
  • Leading the Professional Learning Community
  • Using Data to Improve Schools
  • Building Collaborative Teams
  • Action Research for the Teacher Leader

Total Hours 18

CIP Code 13.0401
The purpose of the Thomas University Teacher Leadership programs is to prepare classroom teachers to develop as leaders within their grade levels, and in their P-12 schools and school systems. Teachers who choose the Teacher Leadership program do so to advance in their careers and expand their instructional knowledge, but who also may want to stay in or near the classroom.

Many teachers who graduate from the Thomas University Teacher Leadership programs become department chairs or grade-level team leaders. They also move into hybrid positions in which they both teach and take on instructional leadership responsibilities at the school level such as an instructional coach, or at the district level as a curriculum coordinator.

Additionally, many Georgia educators choose to obtain a teacher leadership certification through graduate studies to assist in their pursuit of the top tier of the Georgia tiered certification, known as the Lead Professional.
  • Highly competitive GACE exam pass rate.
  • Curriculum is built on research-based best practices, relevant professional learning, and applied experiences with student learning as the focus.
  • Much of the coursework involves job embedded assignments, designed to move a student from theory to practice.
  • Students take one course at a time during most semesters. Summer semesters plus one additional semester require two courses begin taken during the same i-week period.
  • Small class size provides more individual attention and support.
  • Faculty are experienced in K-12 education, highly credentialed, and supportive of students. Learn about our full-time faculty.
  • Many students who graduate with our M.Ed. in another area return to TU for an Education Specialist degree in Teacher Leadership.
  • The GRE is not required for admission.
  • A thesis is not required for graduation.
  • TU offers a discounted tuition rate for teachers.
  • Financial aid and monthly payment options are available.
  • Thomas University is ranked among the most affordable private institutions in Georgia, according to the Georgia Independent College Association.
  • Thomas University's Division of Education is authorized by the Georgia Professional Standards Commission.

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