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Graduate Programs in Education Frequently Asked Questions

What is the approximate length of time required to earn a Master of Education degree?
Most students are able to complete a master's program in two years, taking an average of two courses per semester. A student enrolled in nine hours during a semester is regarded as a full-time student. It is not recommended that a graduate student take more than two courses while working full time.

What is the approximate length of time required to earn an Education Specialist degree?
Berry offers two Education Specialist programs. Students proceed through the program in cohorts. The Education Leadership cohort is a four semester program and the Curriculum and Instruction cohort is a eight semester program.

What is the approximate length of time required to earn a Master of Arts in Teaching degree?
The MAT program is individualized depending on the student's area of concentration. Typically it takes three years for a student attending part-time to complete the MAT program. All MAT candidates are required to complete one year of student teaching/internship.

What is the tuition cost for the various graduate programs?
Currently graduate tuition for both the M.Ed. and Ed.S. program is $345 per semester hour (for 2011-2012). Each year tuition may increase slightly. 

What other costs are involved?
Students are responsible for the cost of entrance examinations for acceptance into the master's or specialist programs. Students are required to purchase textbooks as necessary for each course. The cost of books will vary. All graduate students are also charged $50 per year for a technology fee, $60 graduation fee and $150 activity fee (if registered for 9+ hours). Ed.S. Leadership candidates are charged a $100 internship fee each semester.

Is financial aid available?
Berry offers low-interest student loans for qualified students. For more information, contact the Financial Aid Office at 706-236-2276. Graduate assistantships are also available. For additional information contact the Graduate Studies Office at 706-368-5712.

What times are graduate classes offered?
Typically, courses are offered from 5:00 - 8:00 p.m., one day a week per class, fall and spring semesters. Summer-semester courses are offered during the day and evenings in two six-week blocks. These courses are scheduled to accommodate working teachers. Some course work required of MAT candidates may be offered earlier in the day. Candidates completing the MAT program will also be required to complete a number of field experiences which will be during school hours.

What endorsements or certificates can I add?
Berry College offers an ESOL (English for Speakers of Other Languages) endorsement and add-on certification in Reading. 

How much of a salary increase do I get for a master's or specialist degree?
One might expect to earn an increase of approximately $5,000 with a master's degree and $5,500 with a specialist degree.

Now that I'm admitted . . .

Each graduate candidate will have an advisor. If the candidate is a certified teacher, or seeking initial certification in early childhood, or middle grades (last names A-L only), or master's in reading Monica Willingham will be the advisor. If the candidate is seeking initial certification in middle grades (last names M-Z only), or secondary, Karen Kurz will be the advisor. Students must meet with their advisor to discuss their programs.

Graduate Registration: Students register online, not at the registrar's office. Registration times are announced through your Berry email account and are visibly posted on campus.

Fee Payment: The business office will bill candidates for tuition. For assistance, contact Patsy House at 706-236-1710.

Course Schedules: Schedules are on the education web page and are visibly posted in the Cook building. Students may also pick up schedules or any other information from the Graduate Studies Office located in Cook 215.

Student I.D.'s and Parking Permits: Student I.D.'s and parking permits are available at the Campus Safety building from 8:15 a.m. to 5:00 p.m. Monday through Friday. There is no charge for parking permits for graduate students.

Library Information: Memorial Library hours are typically 8:00 a.m. to 12 midnight, Monday through Thursday; 8:00 a.m. to 8:00 p.m., Friday; 1:00 to 6:00 p.m. Saturday; and 1:00 p.m. to midnight, Sunday. The on-line catalog may be reached from the library home page. The library offers a variety of services such as interlibrary loan, GALILEO, and search and reference assistance. Students may access ERIC through GALILEO. Off-campus graduate students (with a current Berry College I.D. card) may utilize the Kennesaw State University Library. Off-campus graduate students my also access the library database and GALILEO from the Dalton-Whitfield Public or Cobb County Libraries. For additional information, students may contact Martha Reynolds at 706-236-1705.

Bookstore: Candidates may purchase textbooks at the Berry College Bookstore, located in Krannert Center, or online from the bookstore. For additional information, contact Stephanie Loveless or the bookstore at 706-236-5499. For off-campus courses, students may purchase textbooks from the professor on the first night of class only. 

For information on any issues concerning graduate school, please contact the Graduate Education Office at 706-368-5712. 

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