Elementary Education (EdS)
Teachers holding a clear renewable T-5 teaching certificate with at least three years of teaching experience may apply for admission to the Specialist in Education (Ed.S.) program. Education Specialist candidates develop content and pedagogical expertise as well as seek to influence educational decisions outside their own classrooms. They become increasingly accomplished teachers who display leadership.
All educator preparation programs are approved by the Georgia Professional Standards Commission.
Successful completion of the Ed.S. allows the candidate to apply to upgrade teacher certification to the T-6 level.
Program of Study
|Area 1 Professional Core|
|EDUF 7116||Applied Educational Research: Assessing and Monitoring Student Achievement||3|
|ELEM 7147||Investigating Problems in Elementary Education||3|
|Area 1 Total||6|
|Area 2 Concentration|
|ELEM 7127||Perspectives in Elementary Education||3|
|ELEM 7137||Advocacy and Public Policy in Elementary Education||3|
|ELEM 7155||Cognitive Development in Young Children||3|
|ELEM 7157||Advanced Assessment in Teaching||3|
|ELEM 7167||Childhood and Society: An Introduction to the Sociology of Childhood||3|
|ELEM 7899||Research in Elementary Education||3|
|Area 2 Total||18|
|Area 3 Electives|
|Select 6 hours from the list below or other courses approved by advisor.||6|
|Elementary Education in a Contemporary Society|
|Theories, Concepts, and Applications of Child Development|
|Assessment Methodologies, Instruments, and Procedures in Elementary Education|
|Literacy Education with Young Children|
|Writing and the Young Child|
|Developing Mathematical Thinking in the Elementary Classroom|
|Developing Scientific Thinking in Young Children|
|Exploring the World with Young Learners|
|Imagination, Curiosity, & Creativity in Teaching and Learning|
|Partnerships with Parents and Guardians of Young Children|
|Methods and Materials for Teaching Reading in P-5 and Special Education|
|Psychology of Reading: Understanding Readers and the Reading Process|
|Assessment and Classroom Instruction|
|Applications in Arithmetic and Algebra for K-5 Teachers|
|Applications in Geometry and Measurement for K-5 Teachers|
|Applications in Data Analysis and Probability for K-5 Teachers|
|Elementary Science and Energy for K-5 Teachers|
|Elementary Science and the Environment for K-5 Teachers|
|Contemporary Issues in Science Education for K-5 Teachers|
|Instructional Design in STEM Education (P-12)|
|Technology & Application with Problem Based Learning in P-12 STEM Classrooms.|
|Community-Based STEM Education|
|Area 3 Total||6|
|Professional Activities Requirement|
|All candidates must complete and provide verification of a minimum of three professional activities prior to completion of the program (see Advisor for Professional Activities Form)|
Note: See advisor for information about all endorsements.
- GPA of at least 3.0 on all graduate course work at an accredited United States institution in fulfillment of the requirements for a graduate degree
- A clear renewable teaching license or documentation of eligibility for certification (approved program completion and applicable licensure exam scores)
- The successful applicant must not have a criminal record or discharge from the armed services that would prevent recommendation for related teacher certifications
- Minimum of three years of teaching experience
Additional Program Requirements
- Students must earn a 3.0 GPA calculated on all graduate work attempted. "Academic Forgiveness" policy does not apply to graduate studies.
- Students cannot graduate with a grade of "C" in more than one (1) graduate course without an appeal to the College of Education Graduate Council.
- Courses earned with grades of "D" may not be used toward a graduate degree or certificate, but will be calculated in the overall grade point average.
- A minimum of 24 semester hours required for the degree must be earned in residence (75%). Asynchronous (online) and distance learning courses administered through Columbus State University constitute courses taken in residence.
- A maximum of six (6) semester hours of transfer credit or courses taken at CSU prior to full admission to a specialist degree program may be applied toward the degree. Courses with earned grades of "C" or below are not accepted. Courses must be approved by the major advisor and department chair.
- An active TK20 account is a required resource for this program because selected assignments must be submitted electronically using this online platform. TK20 is used by the university to maintain our accreditation, to demonstrate the quality of our academic programs, and to improve teaching and learning.
Program Learning Outcomes
- evaluate and implement curriculum theory, developmentally appropriate instructional strategies, and assessments methods and techniques for diverse learners, their learning styles, and their environments supported by contemporary theory and research (teaching, scholarship);
- identify a self-selected area of professional interest conducive to assuming leadership roles within a school setting (scholarship professionalism);
- employ problem solving resources, skills, and techniques necessary for ethical decision making in early childhood environments (scholarship professionalism); and
- select and use variety of technological resources for instruction, management, media development, and problem solving (to include online teaching and learning) (teaching).