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Master of Education in Middle Grades Math & Science

The University of North Georgia (UNG) offers a fully online Master of Education in Middle Grades Math and Science for in-service teachers to expand their knowledge in highly sought-after teaching fields.   

Top graduate faculty from UNG and Valdosta State University teach the courses. This 12-course program can be completed in four consecutive semesters - about 16 months - with a full-time enrollment. Courses are offered on a continuous basis allowing for part-time enrollment. All course-work, including exams, is done online. 

Applicants certified in Georgia should verify with their employer or the GaPSC whether the advanced degree leads to a certificate upgrade or pay increase. The GaPSC provides the Certificate Upgrade Advisor to assist with this process. Out-of-state applicants should also verify with their employer or certification body to verify certificate upgrades.

Application & Supporting Documents Deadline

Fall - July 24
Spring - December 12
Summer - April 26

Middle Grades Math & Science (M.Ed.) Program Quick Facts

  • Online program, no campus visit required
  • Program length 36 credit hours
  • May be completed in four consecutive semesters
  • UNG and VSU faculty
  • Certification in Middle Grades math or science required
  • No entrance test required

How to Apply to the Master of Education in Middle Grades Math & Science Program

Select Your Student Type for Requirements and Application Steps

Degree Seeking Regular

Requirements

  • Baccalaureate from a regionally accredited, four year institution with at least a cumulative grade point average of 2.75 (4.0 scale) calculated in accordance with Graduate Admissions procedures.
  • Employment as a teacher in a Middle Grades classroom working with students at least 20 hours per week.
  • Clear/renewable teaching certificate in Middle Grades Math or Middle Grades Science in the state of Georgia. Graduate Admissions will verify your certificate through the Georgia Professional Standards Commission (GAPSC).
    • Teachers certified in states other than Georgia may be eligible. To qualify, you must hold the equivalent of a Georgia clear/renewable teaching certificate. Please contact Graduate Admissions for additional information.

Applying to UNG

Submit the online application for Graduate Admissions.

Please allow three business days after submitting your application for processing. You will receive an email from grads@ung.edu after your application has been reviewed for accuracy and updated with submitted documents. Please do not check your application status prior to receiving an email from this office as your online application checklist will not accurately reflect the required items for your program of interest.

  • Non-refundable application fee of $40.
  • Pay with a credit/debit card (Visa, MasterCard, Discover, American Express) or electronic check (U.S. banks only) when completing the online application.
  • Include check or money order payable to UNG when submitting a paper application.

Submit one set of official transcripts from each institution attended for all course work, undergraduate and graduate level.

  • Transfer credit posted on records of other institutions is not accepted in lieu of transcripts from original institutions. Please request a transcript from each institution attended.
  • Transcripts that have been opened, scanned or forwarded by email are not official and will not be accepted.
  • Official paper transcripts are accepted if submitted from the issuing institution and mailed to University of North Georgia Admissions Imaging Center, P.O. Box 1358, Gainesville, GA 30503-1358. Student paper transcripts are accepted only when issued to the student in a sealed envelope and submitted to Graduate Admissions unopened.
  • Official electronic transcripts are accepted if submitted from the issuing institution to grads@ung.edu. Depending on the transcript service you are using, grads@ung.edu may not be an available option. You may then select any admissions or undergraduate admissions @ung.edu address. Electronic transcripts forwarded via email from the student are not accepted.
  • International transcripts must have a course-by-course credential evaluation by an independent evaluation service that is a member of the National Association of Credential Evaluation Services, Inc. (NACES). Official evaluations must include certification that the applicant's course work and degrees earned are equivalent to course work and degrees earned from a regionally accredited institution of higher education in the United States and include a cumulative grade point average. Evaluations should be submitted from the evaluation service to Graduate Admissions. Evaluations must include certification that the applicant has received a baccalaureate from a regionally accredited institution with a minimum grade point average of 2.75. 
  • Graduate Admissions will retrieve transcripts of coursework completed in-residence at UNG. You do not need to order official transcripts from UNG.

Board of Regents’ policy requires all applicants accepted for admission or readmission to UNG seeking in-state for tuition classification provide validation of residency and lawful presence in both the state of Georgia and the United States.

Degree Seeking Provisional

Students who do not meet the regular admission criteria may be granted provisional admission pending a successful admission appeal. See Appeal of Graduate Admission.

Provisional degree-seeking students

  • may register for a maximum of nine semester hours of graduate credit.
  • will be reviewed to determine eligibility for regular admission following completion of the first semester enrolled.
  • are not eligible for federal financial aid while enrolled in courses as a provisional student.
  • will not be allowed to continue in the program if a grade of C or lower is earned in any graduate course.
  • may apply for readmission after three semesters from the date removed from the program because of a deficient grade by submitting a new application to Graduate Admissions with a letter addressed to the program coordinator requesting readmission.

Non-Degree

The Master of Education in Middle Grades Math and Science program does not permit non-degree students.

Transient

A student currently enrolled at a regionally accredited college or university as a graduate student in good standing may apply to UNG as a transient student.

  • Permission to take courses does not indicate or imply subsequent admission into the program.
  • Students must receive pre-approval from the program coordinator before enrolling in courses.
  • Requests will be considered on a space-available basis.
  • Admission is for one semester only.
  • Students who wish to return as a transient student for a subsequent semester must reapply through Graduate Admissions.
  • Students may be required to submit an official transcript from the home institution in order to verify adequate prerequisite knowledge/skills.

Requirements

  • Required Supplemental Documents
    • Copy of Georgia teaching certificate
      • Graduate Admissions will verify your certificate through the Georgia Professional Standards Commission (GAPSC).
      • Teachers certified in states other than Georgia may be eligible. To qualify, you must hold the equivalent of a Georgia clear/renewable teaching certificate. Contact Graduate Admissions, grads@ung.edu, for additional information.
    • Letter of good standing or transient permission form documenting that the student is not on academic probation or suspension or on disciplinary suspension at the student’s home institution. The letter or form should state that the student is in good standing and should indicate the course(s) the student is being allowed to take at UNG.

Applying to UNG

Submit the online application for Graduate Admissions. Transient admission is for one semester only.  Students who wish to return as a transient student for a subsequent semester must reapply to Graduate Admissions.

Please allow three business days after submitting your application for processing. You will receive an email from grads@ung.edu after your application has been reviewed for accuracy and updated with submitted documents. Please do not check your application status prior to receiving an email from this office as your online application checklist will not accurately reflect the required items for your program of interest.

  • Application fee of $40.
  • Pay with a credit/debit card (Visa, MasterCard, Discover, American Express) or electronic check (U.S. banks only) when completing the online application.
  • Include a check or money order payable to UNG when submitting a paper application.
  • Required supplemental documents may be uploaded with your application or emailed to grads@ung.edu.

Submit a letter of good standing or transient permission form documenting that the student is not on academic probation or suspension or on disciplinary suspension at his/her home institution.

Note: The letter or form should indicate the course(s) the student is being allowed to take at UNG.

Board of Regents’ policy requires all applicants accepted for admission or readmission to UNG seeking in-state for tuition classification provide validation of residency and lawful presence in both the state of Georgia and the United States.

All International

The Master of Education (MEd) program requires a clear, renewable Georgia teaching certificate.

International applicants who must be issued an F-1 visa by UNG to enter the United States to attend school may not apply for completely online programs. The Master of Education Middle Grades Math and Science program does not permit F-1 visa student admission.

Appeal of Graduate Admission

A candidate whose application is denied has the right to appeal the decision. A written letter of appeal must include strong evidence to support the basis for your appeal. The appeal should consist of information beyond what was previously submitted in your admissions file and detail your ability to be successful in graduate studies.

  • Students whose appeals are granted will be admitted as provisional students.
  • Students are not eligible for financial aid while taking courses under a provisional admission status.
  • Students may not appeal for regular admission.

Email your letter of appeal as a pdf attachment to grads@ung.edu.

Learn More About the Middle Grades Math & Science (M.Ed.) Program

Program Information

Students must have access to a middle grades classroom (grades 4 - 8) Math or Science to complete coursework. If not, please contact your advisor upon acceptance into program. Students conduct all work online, including team projects, exams, discussion posts, and case studies. Students have access to online academic resources such as those available through UNG's Library Technology Center. Courses are asynchronous, so there are no scheduled online class meetings except those you might make with peers for group work.

Technology: Students must have high speed internet access.  Courses are delivered via Desire to Learn course management system.  In addition, all students are required to purchase the LiveText assessment program. Additional software may be required. 

Quick Facts

  • Program begins each semester.
  • Fall application deadline: July 24
  • Spring application deadline: December 12
  • Summer application deadline: April 26

New Students

Welcome to the University of North Georgia's Masters of Education in Middle Grades Math and Science program.  Hopefully you received an acceptance letter directing you to this site, which contains very important information on how to begin your studies, as well as guides on other processes and protocols. Please check this site for information regarding questions you may have. Note that these guides are meant for students enrolled in this Georgia on my line (GOML) program. Here are some key steps for getting started:

  1. Student Email - Upon admission to the University of North Georgia, each student is provided with a student e-mail account. Student e-mail is the official channel of communication between the university and its students. It is the responsibility of the student to periodically monitor his/her student e-mail account and be aware of the information sent by the university. Lack of knowledge that results from failure to monitor university e-mail communications will not excuse students from complying with university policies, procedures and/or deadlines and will not be considered grounds for appeal for relief from those policies, procedures and deadlines. Visit the student email web page on the IT Service Desk blog for details about your username, password, how to access your email and other important email information.
  2. Banner: This system allows students to register, access their student records and financial aid, and update personal information. Students are strongly encouraged to familiarize themselves with this system. Visit the UNG Banner Web webpage for details on accessing this system.
  3. Advisement: Dr. April Nelms april.nelms@ung.edu
  4. Calendars: Please see view (and bookmark) the Current Calendar for important dates, such as registration and start of classes.
  5. Course Registration: Registration is completed through the regular campus registration system, using your Banner log-in username and password. 
  6. Paying for Courses: This is important so that you are not dropped from your courses. You may view your invoice within your Banner account.
  7. Accessing Courses: For GoVIEW/GOML students, there is also a special course management system, Desire to Learn (D2L). Access your GeorgiaVIEW account by following the on screen instructions.
  8. LiveText and your Program Portfolio: For your capstone, end-of-the-program project, you are required to complete a Program Portfolio. First, you will purchase a membership to an online management program called LiveText, Inc.  Visit LiveText at www.livetext.com and purchase the 'standard' version of LiveText.  This online product is a one-time purchase that is good for the length of the program and one year in the field.

    VERY IMPORTANT STEP: Once you've purchased LiveText with University of North Georgia, because you'll be taking courses through Valdosta State University too, you'll need to register with both schools. To this, send a brief email to support@livetext.com, give them your LiveText username and ask them to 'add you to the Valdosta State University domain. This will allow you to view both UNG and Valdosta work, as well as allowing instructors from both schools to view your work.
  9. Your Program Portfolio: Your portfolio will be a collection of your work or 'artifacts' that you've completed in your courses. You will select work that best represents your performance but work that also aligns to the National Board for Professional Teachers standards.  Your portfolio will also include a brief reflection in which you will make connections between the standards and your work. The portfolio template can be located and started by following these instructions:

To create your portfolio:
- Log in to LiveText.
- Click on the 'Documents' tab.
- Click on the 'New' button.
- Select the 'North Georgia portfolios' folder.
- Select the 'M.Ed. MGMS Program Portfolio (Middle Grades Math & Science)' template.
- Give your document a name and click on the 'Save as New Document' button.  You have now created your portfolio document and do NOT have to 'create' it again!!

To update/work on your portfolio:
- Log in to LiveText.
- Click on the 'Documents' tab.
- Locate your portfolio and click on the title link.
- Now begin working on your portfolio by clicking on the sections (navigation bar) and the 'edit' buttons.  The template includes prompts to assist you in completing the portfolio.  We recommend that you work on the portfolio throughout your program and not leave it for the end.  For further instructions on LiveText, visit the Student Help pages within LiveText.  Part of the fee for LiveText includes an online helpdesk.  Take advantage of this service by using the email links in the lower right corner of every LiveText screen.

To send your portfolio to your advisor:
- Log in to LiveText.
- click on the 'Documents' tab.
- Locate your portfolio and click on the title link.
- From within your portfolio, click on the 'Send for Review' button.
- From within the 'Document Chooser' window, click on the checkbox next to your portfolio title. Click on Select Document.
- The system will give you a brief confirmation message.

To locate your 'reviewed' portfolio:
- Log in to LiveText.
- Click on the 'Review' tab and locate your portfolio. 

Help: For technical questions, contact the campus HelpDesk at helpdesk@ung.edu.  For program questions, contact the COE Graduate Office, coegrads@ung.edu

Getting Help

General Inquiry and Admissions

For general information about the University of North Georgia's online programs, contact Kathy Moody (706-864-1757) at kmoody@ung.edu.
For help with College of Education graduate programs, contact the COE Graduate Office - Reginia Samples (706-867-2044) at coegrads@ung.edu

Shared Systems

UNG's Email - Submit help request at helpdesk@ung.edu  or call UNG HelpDesk at (706-864-1922 - be sure to identify yourself as a GOML student).
UNG's Student ID Number - Contact the UNG's Registrar's Office at regoff@ung.edu  (706-864-1760).
UNG's Registration System - Access your Banner account.

GoVIEW/GOML - GeorgiaVIEW Technical Problems

When submitting a help request, be sure to identify yourself as a UNG GOML/GoVIEW Online Program student.
Submit help request at helpdesk@ung.edu or call UNG HelpDesk (706-864-1922).

UNG Online Technical Problems

Banner - Course System - view on screen instructions

LiveText - Visit www.livetext.com to purchase and utilize the course/program management system.  Once purchased, LiveText provides online support at support@livetext.com or you can contact Kathy Moody - kmoody@ung.edu or your instructor. See LiveText Help page for more information.

 

Where Could This Program Lead You?

Notice Regarding Online Offerings

In compliance with state authorization for the delivery of distance education, UNG online courses, degrees and certificate programs are not available in some states. If you are not a Georgia resident, email onlineapproval@ung.edu to check program availability in your state. This email address is exclusively for questions regarding state authorization of online offerings. Other inquiries should be directed to the academic department offering the online program or to Graduate Admissions.

International applicants who will require F-1 status to attend UNG may not apply for part-time programs (less than nine hours fall and spring semesters) and are allowed only one on-line class per term to count towards full-time enrollment.

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