Feb 24, 2020  
2015-2016 Augusta University Graduate and Professional Catalog 
    
2015-2016 Augusta University Graduate and Professional Catalog [ARCHIVED CATALOG]

College of Education


Overview

The Doctor of Education in Educational Innovation prepares scholarly practitioners to respond to evolving educational systems, to advocate for solutions to problems of practice, and to foster innovation. 

The Master of Education degree and the Education Specialist degree are designed to extend and enrich previous course work in professional education as well as previous clinical and field experience. These programs prepare individuals to become master teachers, counselors, and administrators.

The Master of Arts in Teaching (MAT) degree is designed for those seeking initial teacher certification at the Master’s degree level. It has a dual function: to provide initial teacher certification as well as the Master’s degree. Students completing an undergraduate degree in teacher education are not eligible for the MAT degree. A student must pass all Georgia certification requirements before becoming certified. Individuals who possess at least a baccalaureate degree and who do not hold a teaching certificate are eligible for this program. The baccalaureate degree must be in a field of specialization closely related to the certification area being sought.

The Master of Science degree in Kinesiology is designed to advance students’ knowledge and experience in health and physical activity.

Degrees and Programs of Study

The College of Education offers the Master of Science (M.S.), Master of Education (M.Ed.), the Master of Arts in Teaching (MAT), the Education Specialist (Ed.S.), and the Doctor of Education (Ed.D.) in these areas:

Master of Science: Master of Education: Master of Arts in Teaching: Education Specialist: Doctor of Education in Educational Innovation:
  • Kinesiology
  • Curriculum and Instruction
  • Counselor Education
    • School Counseling track
    • Clinical Mental Health Counseling track
  • Leadership
  • Special Education
  • Teacher Leadership
  • Early Childhood Education *
  • Middle Grades Education *
  • Secondary Education
    • Biology Education
    • English Education
    • Chemistry Education
    • History Education
    • Mathematics Education
    • Physics Education
    • Political Science Education
  • Foreign Language Education
  • Health and Physical Education
  • Music Education
  • Special Education *
  • Curriculum & Instruction
  • Educational Leadership (PL-6)
  • Counselor Education
  • Curriculum and Instruction
  • Educational Leadership

* State Certification Exam (GACE II) must be passed prior to student teaching.

Endorsements

Admission

Please see the Academic Admissions website for program specific admissions information:

http://www.gru.edu/admissions/graduate/

Applications are available on-line: www.gru.edu/admissions/apply.php.

* All questions concerning either the Graduate Record Examination (GRE) or the Miller Analogies Test (MAT) should be directed to the testing service.

GRE-ETS
PO Box 6000
Princeton, NJ 08541-0600
1-609-771-7670 or
1-866-473-4373 (toll free)
www.ets.org
Pearson Education, Inc.
19500 Bulverde Road
San Antonio, TX 78259
1-800-211-8378 (toll free)
www.milleranalogies.com
Application Deadline

Completed applications and ALL supporting materials must be received on or before the following deadlines. If all supporting materials are not received by the application deadline, the application will be processed for the next semester after all materials are received.

November 2 for spring semester acceptance and the Ed.D. summer cohort
March 2 for summer semester acceptance
June 2 for fall semester acceptance

Admission is for a specific semester and a specific program. If a student wishes to make changes in either the program of study or the semester of admission, a written request must be made to the Office of Academic Admissions. All admissions criteria for the new program must be met. A fee of $50.00 will apply to all changes requested.

Financial Aid: Information concerning scholarships, grants, loans, etc. may be found at the Financial Aid Office at www.gru.edu/finaid. It is strongly recommended that applicants take note of financial aid application deadlines, since these are usually earlier than application deadlines.

Retention and Exit from Doctor of Education Degree Program:

Students in the Doctor of Education Degree Program must meet all academic standards of the College of Education and The Graduate School, to include a requirement to maintain a minimum GPA of 3.0 each semester and overall. A minimum grade of B (or satisfactory in courses graded S and U) must be earned for each course applying toward the Ed.D.

Students whose semester or cumulative GPA falls below a 3.0 will be placed on academic probation. While on academic probation students must maintain at least a 3.0 GPA each semester. The student will have two consecutive enrolled semesters to re-establish a cumulative 3.0 GPA. Any student making less than a 3.0 GPA for more than one semester, consecutive or otherwise, will automatically be dismissed.

Student’s earning a “U” or “C” in any course will be required to repeat the course and/or participate in faculty-designed remediation. Remediation plan may include enrolling in and satisfactorily completing an Independent Study. Failure to remediate the academic probation can result in dismissal from the program.

Any student who earns a “C” and/or “U” in more than one course during their enrollment will be considered for dismissal. Students who earn a “D” or “F” in any course of the Ed.D. are automatically dismissed from the College. When circumstances are warranted, a student being considered for dismissal under this policy may be permitted to continue as a student on probation upon the recommendation of the academic program director and approval of the Dean.

Any student dismissed from the College of Education/ The Graduate may appeal the action in accordance with the Augusta University policy.

Retention and Exit from Masters Degree Programs:

Academic Standing:

Good Standing: A student must maintain a grade point average of at least 3.0 throughout his/her graduate program. Only a grade of C or better will be counted as successful completion of a course for the graduate program. A grade of D or less will be counted in the cumulative GPA. A student must have a cumulative 3.0 GPA in order to graduate.

Probation: A student who fails to maintain the required average will be placed on “academic probation.” In order to remain in the graduate program, the student must reestablish the cumulative grade point average of 3.0 during the next semester of enrollment.

Suspension: A student who is unable to remediate the grade point average after one semester will be placed on “academic suspension” for a period of one semester.

Reinstatement: To apply for reinstatement, the student must meet with the advisor(s), prepare a formal plan to address the academic problems, and submit a letter of appeal for readmission to the department chair of the appropriate program after one semester of academic suspension.

Dismissal from the Graduate Program: If a student is suspended for the second time, the student will be dismissed from the graduate program. A student who has been dismissed may petition for readmission to the graduate program after one calendar year from the date of dismissal. A new application for the graduate program must be accompanied by a letter of appeal for admission.

Retention and Exit From Education Specialist Programs:

Academic Standing:

Good Standing: A student must maintain a grade point average of at least 3.0 throughout his/her graduate program. Only a grade of C or better will be counted as successful completion of a course for the graduate program. A grade of D or less will be counted in the cumulative GPA. A student must have a cumulative 3.0 GPA in order to graduate.

Probation: A student who fails to maintain the required average will be placed on “academic probation.” In order to remain in the graduate program, the student must reestablish the cumulative grade point average of 3.0 during the next semester of enrollment.

Suspension: A student who is unable to remediate the grade point average after one semester will be placed on “academic suspension” for a period of one semester.

Reinstatement: To apply for reinstatement, the student must meet with the advisor(s), prepare a formal plan to address the academic problems, and submit a letter of appeal for readmission to the department chair of the appropriate program after one semester of academic suspension.

Dismissal from the Graduate Program: If a student is suspended for the second time, the student will be dismissed from the graduate program. A student who has been dismissed may petition for readmission to the graduate program after one calendar year from the date of dismissal. A new application for the graduate program must be accompanied by a letter of appeal for admission.

Transfer Hours

A maximum of 9 semester hours of graduate work from an accredited institution may be transferred into a graduate program at Augusta University. At the time of admission, the student must discuss the transfer hours with the advisor(s) and file a formal request with the chair of the department of the discipline of the course(s) being considered for transfer hours to be included in the program of study.

Time Limits for Degree Completion

All requirements for the Master of Arts in Teaching degree, the Master of Education, Master of Science, Education Specialist, and Doctor of Education must be completed within seven years of the first semester of enrollment.

If a student is not enrolled in an MAT program for three consecutive semesters, that student is required to complete any curricular changes made to the program before eligibility to student teach.

Graduate Appeals

A student who is denied admission to, retention in, and/or exit from a graduate program has the right to appeal. Appeals are to be filed in writing with the Dean of the College of Education.

A student also has the rights afforded by the Student Academic Appeals procedures and by the Student Academic Grievances procedures as specified in the University Catalog.

Programs

Post-Baccalaureate Certificate

Department of Counselor Education, Leadership, and Research

Counselor Education

The Counselor Education Master of Education (M.Ed.) degree graduate program at Augusta University prepares students for professional careers as either school counselors or counselors in community mental health or private practice settings. Early in the program, students are assisted as needed in determining which specialty area will most closely align with their career goals. Most courses require outside field experiences, coordinated by the faculty, to help students gain a sense of professional responsibilities and expectations in the field. Although the student body is quite varied, we are committed to increasing the numbers of diverse students enrolled in our program in order to be more representative of the surrounding community.

Both the School Counseling and Clinical Mental Health Counseling concentration areas are accredited by the Council for the Accreditation of Counseling and Related Educational Programs (CACREP).

The Counselor Education Program is designed to meet the needs of both traditional and non-traditional students. Courses are generally offered during evening hours or on Saturdays to accommodate those who may already be working as school teachers or in other professional career areas. It is not required, however, that applicants have a teaching certificate or work experience for acceptance into the program. Those individuals with at least some work experience will be considered more highly. Both the School Counseling and the Clinical Mental Health Counseling concentration areas also require intensive practicum and internship experiences near the end of the course of study. For future school counselors, the practicum and internship placements are completed in school settings at the elementary or secondary levels. For those specializing in Clinical Mental Health Counseling, internships are held at local hospitals, mental health centers, and other community agencies.

All full-time Counselor Education Program faculty hold doctoral degrees and have professional experience in their particular subject areas. Several hold professional licensure (LPC) and certifications from the national or state certification organizations. They are also actively involved in the counseling profession, holding membership and/or offices in the American Counseling Association (ACA), the Association for Counselor Education and Supervision (ACES), Georgia School Counselor Association (GSCA), South Carolina School Counselor Association (SCSCA), Licensed Professional Counselors of Georgia (LPCG), South Carolina Counseling Association (SCCA) and other organizations. Faculty members frequently present at regional and national conferences, quite often in collaboration with counseling students, reporting on descriptive or experimental research which has been conducted during the program courses.

Admissions Procedures and Requirements

The Counselor Education Program faculty seeks to admit only those individuals who are personally and academically prepared to successfully complete the Master’s degree in clinical mental health or school counseling. Faculty members recognize the need for counselors to be sensitive and competent in working with diverse populations. In order to meet this need, they support multicultural perspectives throughout educational programs and actively seek a diverse student and faculty population. Additionally, faculty are committed to admitting students who demonstrate an awareness of self and others regardless of race, religion, ethnicity, age, physical ability, sexual orientation, gender, or other forms of diversity. Only those students who have completed the admissions process and have been accepted into the program may take counseling courses. Exceptions to those with previous graduate experience may be given on a case by case basis.

Admission to the program is competitive and based on several criteria. For all counseling programs, the student should exhibit those personal qualities or characteristics which, in the judgment of the faculty, are necessary for effective functioning in the role of a counselor. Applicants may obtain an application packet and more detailed admissions criteria from the Dean’s office in the College of Education.

Please note that application deadlines for the Counselor Education Program are earlier than those in the College of Education and are as follows:

Fall semester admission: May 15
Spring semester admission: October 15
Summer semester admission: March 15

The completed application packet should be submitted to the College of Education Dean’s office. The application process involves several required elements, the last of which is, if selected a formal interview with program faculty.

These requirements include:

  1. Complete application and accompanying materials to the College of Education (COE) Graduate Program. Requirements include at least a 2.5 undergraduate GPA, passing score on the Georgia Assessments for the Certification of Educators (GACE) Basic Skills test (school counseling track applicants only), and a criminal background check (see COE Graduate Program section of catalog for complete requirements).
  2. GRE or MAT Minimum Scores (must have been taken within the last five years).

    Graduate Record Exam (GRE)
    Regular admission: minimum of 300 on the test overall, with a score of at least 146 on the Verbal subtest

    Miller’s Analogy Test (MAT)
    Regular admission: minimum of 388
     
  3. Three Letters of Recommendation
    Applicants will include at least three professional recommendations using specified forms.
  4. Personal Autobiographical Essay
    Applicants will write an autobiographical essay in which they discuss their reasons for wanting to become a counselor, what attributes they may possess which would contribute to their effectiveness as a counselor, what personal characteristics they possess that might hinder their relationships with clients, and how they are planning to address those issues. The essay must be double-spaced and three pages in length.
  5. Personal Interview
    The personal interview with the faculty is the final requirement for full admission into the program. Shortly after the admissions deadline, faculty will select applicants to be invited to the interview based on the quality of the previous criteria. The interview is designed to assess applicants’ potential for forming effective interpersonal relationships in individual and group contexts; openness to self-examination and personal and professional growth; potential to develop knowledge, skills and dispositions in the field; potential to work effectively with diverse populations; emotional stability; receptiveness to supervision; degree to which the Program’s objectives and mission are consistent with the vocational and professional goals of applicants; and the degree to which applicants display the potential for success in the counseling program and profession. After the interview applicants are evaluated by the faculty with a rubric which considers all of these factors, including both academic and non-academic issues.

Applicants who gain admission are those who best match the characteristics described in the above paragraphs based on all of the information provided, the results of the interview, and the number of available openings for the upcoming semester.

The Admissions Committee makes its recommendations to the Dean of The Graduate School. The Office of Admissions sends each applicant a formal letter regarding the admission decision.

Program Eligibility and Systematic Assessment of Students

Students are expected to maintain an overall grade point average (GPA) of at least 3.0 across all courses attempted in the M.Ed. program. Any course in which a student earns a grade of D or F must be retaken. Student progress throughout the program is regularly monitored and assessed by program faculty. Students showing deficiencies in either academic or nonacademic areas may be placed on probation and/or remediation status, and may be either reinstated or dismissed based on subsequent academic or non-academic performance. Students must successfully complete all coursework and clinical experiences in order to graduate from the program.

Applicants and students should consult the Counselor Education Program Student Handbook (http://www.gru.edu/colleges/education/elcse/counseling.php) for more specific and updated information. The College of Education Graduate Programs portion of this catalog also contains important information on transfer hours, retention and exit from programs, time limits for completion of degree, graduate appeals and financial aid.

Programs

Doctor of Education

Master of Education

Specialist in Education

Department of Kinesiology and Health Science

Programs

Master of Science

Post-Baccalaureate Certificate

Department of Teacher Education

Programs

Master of Arts in Teaching

Master of Education

Post-Baccalaureate Certificate

Post-Master’s Certificate

Specialist in Education