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Admission to the Graduate Programs

Admission Deadlines: Application for Graduate of Education admission must be filed with the dean of admissions and financial aid no later than 30 days before the beginning of the semester for which admission is sought. All transcripts, references and test scores should be in the admissions office at least 10 days prior to the beginning of the semester for which admission is sought. All applicants admitted to the masters degree program must hold a baccalaureate degree from a fully accredited institution of higher education. Applicants who do not hold a current teaching certificate should follow the application procedures listed for the Master's of Arts in Teaching program.    

Master of Education (M. Ed)

An applicant seeking M.Ed must submit the following: 

  1. On-line Graduate application;
  2. One official transcript from each college or university attended;
  3. A satisfactory score on the  Graduate Record Examination (GRE) or the  Miller Analogies Test (MAT). The MAT (Miller Analogies Test) or GRE (Graduate Record Exam) is required for admissions to the masters program. Berry College considers a score of 50% on the MAT and 500 on each area of the GRE acceptable for admission to the masters program, however applicants entire application packet will be taken into consideration. The MAT is administered on the campus of Berry College. The cost of the MAT is $70 and advanced registration is required. The GRE test is only administered through the Educational Testing Services computer based testing center. Call 1-800-GRE-CALL;
  4. Two recommendation forms, preferably from a teacher or college professor;
  5. A minimum grade-point average of 2.5;
  6. A passing score on the  GACEContent Exams 
  7. An  educational goal statement in narrative form, not more than 500 words, outlining your goals in pursuing graduate study and the background and/or professional accomplishment, and address the graduate professional teaching dispositions that you will bring to the program. This statement must be typed or printed and sent to the admissions office. Two education faculty members will evaluate the goal statement, along with the other admissions material.
  8. Current resume; and
  9. Submit a copy of Official Criminal Background Check. Official Federal Level Background Check (PSI). Company Organization code is cust_261 and Package code  is PP1.

Master of Arts in Teaching (MAT)

An Applicant seeking MAT must submit the following: 

  1. On-line Graduate application;
  2. One official transcript from each college or university attended;
  3. A satisfactory score on the Graduate Record Examination (GRE)or the Miller Analogies Test (MAT). The MAT (Miller Analogies Test) or GRE (Graduate Record Exam) is required for admissions to the masters program. Berry College considers a score of 50% on the MAT and 500 on each area of the GRE acceptable for admission to the masters program, however applicants entire application packet will be taken into consideration. The MAT is administered on the campus of Berry College. The cost of the MAT is $70 and advanced registration is required. The GRE test is only administered through the Educational Testing Services computer based testing center. Call 1-800-GRE-CALL;
  4. Two recommendation forms, preferably from a teacher or college professor;
  5. A minimum grade-point average of 2.5;
  6. A passing score on the GACE Program Admission Assessment or sufficient scores on the SAT, ACT or GRE as defined by the state to waive the GACE I requirements;
  7. An educational goal statement in narrative form, not more than 500 words, outlining your goals in pursuing graduate study and the background and/or professional accomplishment, and address the graduate professional teaching dispositions that you will bring to the program. This statement must be typed or printed and sent to the admissions office. Two education faculty members will evaluate the goal statement, along with the other admissions material.
  8. Current resume
  9. Submit a copy of Official Criminal Background Check. Official Federal Level Background Check (PSI). Company Organization code is cust_261 and Package code  is PP1.

Education Specialist (Ed.S - Leadership)

An Applicant seeking Ed.S (Leadership) must submit the following: Complete on-line admissions application

  1. Evidence of special education coursework. 
  2. Submit official transcripts.
  3. Hold an M.Ed. degree from an NCATE-accredited school at the time the degree was granted, or hold a master's degree and meet the guidelines established and published for admission to M.Ed program at Berry College.
  4. Prepare a statement describing his or her education and leadership goals.
  5. Submit recommendations from two supervisors if possible, one from a professor in the applicant's previous graduate work and one from a work supervisor.
  6. Show evidence of successful completion of three years of classroom teaching or the equivalent.
  7. Submit a copy of official Criminal Background Check. Official Federal Level Background Check (PSI). Company Organization code is cust_261 and Package code  is PP1. 
  8. Superintendent's Assurance Form (Currently in leadership position and district recommendation). 

Education Specialist (Ed.S - Curriculum and Instruction)

An Applicant seeking Ed.S (Curriculum and Instruction) must submit the following:

  1. Complete  on-line admissions application.
  2. Evidence of special education coursework. 
  3. Submit official transcripts.
  4. Hold an M.Ed. degree from an NCATE-accredited school at the time the degree was granted, or hold a master's degree and meet the guidelines established and published for admission to M.Ed program at Berry College.
  5. Prepare a statement describing his or her education and leadership goals.
  6. Submit recommendations from two supervisors if possible, one from a professor in the applicant's previous graduate work and one from a work supervisor.
  7. Show evidence of successful completion of three years of classroom teaching or the equivalent.
  8. Submit a copy of official Criminal Background Check. Official Federal Level Background Check (PSI). Company Organization code is cust_261 and Package code  is PP1. 

Contact the Office of Graduate Studies for additional information at (706) 368-5712 or graduateeducation@berry.edu

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