EDS General Admission Requirements

The following documents must be received prior to admission:

  1. North Georgia Graduate Admissions application and non-refundable application fee.
  2. Official transcripts from a regionally-accredited institution where a master's degree in a teaching field was earned. Official international transcripts must have a foreign course-by-course credential evaluation by an independent evaluation service that is a member of the National Association of Credential Evaluation Services, Inc. (NACES). Evaluations must include certification that the applicant has received a master's degree from a regionally-accredited institution and state a cumulative GPA.
  3. Official scores on the Graduate Record Exam General Test (GRE) or Miller Analogies Test (MAT). Only those scores that are less than six years old will be considered.

In accordance with Board of Regents' policy, the following documents must be submitted two weeks prior to the first day of the term:

  1. North Georgia Immunization Certification form. Former North Georgia students are required to submit only proof of a tetanus booster within the last ten years.
  2. If applying for in-state tuition, proof of lawful presence in the U.S.

EDS Applicants

To qualify for regular admission, individuals must have:

  1. Master's degree in a teaching field from a regionally-accredited institution with a grade-point average of at least 3.25.
  2. L-5, NPL-5, or NL-5 certification. Candidates without L-5, NPL-5, or NL-5 certification are required to complete two additional courses.
  3. Entrance test score that is no more than six years old on the Graduate Record Exam (GRE), at least 1,000 (verbal and quantitative combined) if taken before August 1, 2011; or at least 305 (verbal and quantitative combined) on the GRE if taken on or after August 1, 2011; or at least 400 on the Miller Analogies Test (MAT).
  4. Three years of teaching experience.
  5. Employment in a leadership position that requires L-5 certification or that the system designates as a leadership position (subject to change based on PSC rules).

A new cohort of approximately 20-students begins in each fall, and the site location alternates among North Georgia campus, Gainesville State College University Center, and the Forsyth Professional Development Center.

Provisional Admission

Students who do not meet regular admission requirements for item number(s) 1 or 3 above may be granted provisional admission pending a successful admission appeal (see Appeal of Graduate Admission). Provisionally-admitted students are not eligible for federal financial aid.

Non-Degree Admission

Students may not enroll in EDS courses as a non-degree seeking student.

Transient Student Admission

Students may not enroll in EDS courses as a transient student.

Appeal of Graduate Admission

A candidate whose application is denied has the right to appeal the decision. An appeal must be made in written form to the EDS Program, School of Education, 82 College Circle, North Georgia College & State University, Dahlonega, Georgia 30597-1001. The letter should clearly state the grounds for appeal. A student whose appeal is accepted will be admitted as a provisional student and must complete at least six hours with a grade no less than B to be considered for regular admission. Provisional students are not eligible for financial aid. Applicants may not appeal for regular admission status.