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Required Application Materials

Applicants for an Educational Specialist (Ed.S) program must submit all of the following documentation to the College of Graduate Studies to be considered for admission.

Applicants for programs in the College of Education and Professional Studies, other than those programs listed below, will be permitted to enroll for one semester of course work prior to submission of all required admission documents. 

Unconditional Admission to Class AA (EdS) Programs for Teaching Fields

  Requirements for unconditional admission shall include a valid master’s – level professional educator certificate in the same teaching field(s) in which the Class AA Professional Educator Certificate is sought, except for special education and reading specialist. If an individual is unconditionally admitted to a Class AA program based on a valid master’s-level professional educator certification from another state and completes a Class AA program and subsequently applies for Alabama certification at the Class AA level, then the individual must hold valid Alabama Class A certification before applying for Class AA certification.

 Candidates admitted to the program (to enroll in courses in a Class A teaching field program) may complete no more than five approved program courses prior to unconditional admission to the program (this includes transfer credit). 

The maximum number of hours to be taken during this semester is six.  At the end of the semester, a determination will be made, by graduate faculty, regarding admission status.  If applicants fail to submit all required admission documents, they will not be permitted to register for subsequent semesters.  Applicants will not be considered for admission until all required documents are received by the Graduate Office.  The first semester of enrollment serves as the commencement of the six year time limit to finish a graduate degree or certificate. 

Ed.S. programs with deadline dates for all admission requirements to be submitted are: clinical mental health counseling, instructional  leadership, school counseling, teacher leader and library media.  Application deadline dates for these programs are: November 1 for spring semester admission, April 1 for summer admission and July 1 for fall semester admission. Any exceptions to these deadlines must be granted by the respective graduate program chair.  Applicants in these programs whose application packages are complete will be contacted to schedule an appointment for a writing sample and an interview with faculty members of the counselor education, instructional leadership, teacher leader or library media programs.  As part of the interview process, applicants will be asked to submit a writing sample. The admission requirement rubrics for evaluating the interview and writing sample are available online at www.jsu.edu/depart/graduate/forms.html.   

 

  1. Completed Application for Admission
  2. $35.00 application processing fee (Non-refundable )
  3. Official transcripts(s) from all postsecondary institutions attended.
    (Students who have previously attended JSU do not need to request a transcript from the University.)
  4. Official tests scores on the General Test of the GRE or the MAT.
  5. Copies of all clear and renewable teaching certificates. 
     ALL certificate(s) must be clear and renewable throughout the program and at graduation. 
    For students applying to an educational specialist program, the master’s level teaching certificate must be in the same area as the chosen area in the educational specialist program: Teaher Leader must possess a master's level clear and renewable teaching certificate in some area of education and a minimum of three full years of full-time teaching experience in a P-12 setting.  
  6. Background check:
    Any candidate applying for admission to a state-approved teacher education program shall be required to be fingerprinted for a criminal history background check through the Alabama State Department of Education to the Alabama Bureau of Investigation (ABI) and the Federal Bureau of Investigation (FBI).  Applicants should contact Cogent Systems at www.cogentid.com/alabama for directions in completing this process.
  7. Professional resume required for the following :
    Ed.S. programs: Clinical Mental Health Counseling, Instructional Leadership, Library Media, Teacher Leader, School Counseling
  8. "Verification of Educational Experience" form for the EdS programs in Education listed below.  Applicants should contact their superintendents's office/central office for completion of this form or online https://www.alsde.edu/sec/tc/Experience%20Form/SUPPLEMENT%20EXP.pdf#search-supplement%20exp

    Instructional Leadership (Minimum of three full years of full-time, satisfactory professional educational experience in a P-12 setting, which must include P-12 teaching experience if admitted prior to August 2010 or have a minimum of three full years of full-time, satisfactory professional educational experience in a P-12 setting, which must include P-12 teaching experience or have a minimum of three full years of full-time, acceptable professional educational experience in a P-12 setting, which must include at least one full year of full-time P-12 teaching experience if admitted on or after August 1, 2010).

            Library Media (must have completed two years of teaching experience prior to graduation from the program).

           
            Teacher Leader Program (a valid master's degree and certification in some area of education are required.  The student must have a clear and renewable teaching certificate and a minimum of three full years of full-time teaching experience in a P-12 setting.  Teacher Leader majors MUST have unconditional status in order to be admitted to the program).

      9.  Three Graduate Reference forms completed by individuals who can provide qualitative assessment of the applicant's potential for success in graduate course work.  

           This form is available in the office of the College of Graduate Studies or online at http://www.jsu.edu/graduate/student-resources/index.html (scroll down the page on that link to the forms section).  NOTE: For Instructional Leadership programs, one of the references must be from the applicant’s principal or superintendent. 

     10.  If English is not the applicant’s native language, the applicant is required to submit an official TOEFL score report, an IELTS score report, or a PTE score report.  



Admission Requirements

The master’s level teaching certificate must be in the same area as the chosen area in the educational specialist program.  If a student has a degree with a major and fifth-year certification in reading, they may apply for the educational specialist degree program with a major in elementary education. If a student has a degree and fifth year certification in any teaching field, they may apply for the educational specialist degree with a major in education and a concentration in teacher leader. 

Applicants for the Ed.S. in all majors except Instructional Leadership (see note below) must meet one of the following formula requirements.  For purposes of computing the undergraduate GPA, a 4.0 grade-point scale is used. The plus (+) and minus (-) grades from undergraduate transcripts are not used in calculating the GPA.  Instructional Leadership and Teacher Leader majors MUST have unconditional status in order to be admitted to the program. Students in this program must submit the MAT or GRE test results but will not be subject to the formula calculation requirement.

 For the Teacher Leader program, a valid masters degree (at Class AA level) and certification in some area of education are required. The student must have a clear and renewable teaching certificate and a minimum of three full years of full-time teaching experience in a P-12 setting. Teacher Leader majors MUST have unconditional status to be admitted to the program. 

Candidates admitted to the program (to enroll in courses in a Class A teaching field program) may complete no more than five approved program courses prior to unconditinoal admission to the program (this includes transfer credity). 

Applicants for the Ed.S. in all majors must meet one of the following formula requirements.  For purposes of computing the undergraduate GPA, a 4.0 grade-point scale is used. The plus (+) and minus (-) grades from undergraduate transcripts are not used in calculating the GPA.

Unconditional:

 450 times the master's GPA plus the total score of verbal and quantitative sections of the General Test of the GRE is equal to or greater than a total of 2250 points

OR

15 times the master's  GPA plus the MAT score is equal to or greater than a total of 85 points.

 Conditional:

450 times the master's GPA plus the total score of verbal and quantitative sections of the General Test of the GRE is equal to or greater than a total of 1800 points (currently reviewed and recommended by the graduate faculty in the applicant’s major and approved by the Dean of the College of Graduate Studies).

 

OR

 

15 times the master's GPA plus the MAT score is equal to or greater than a total of 70 points (currently reviewed and recommended by the graduate faculty in the applicant’s major and approved by the Dean of the College of Graduate Studies).

NOTE: Instructional Leadership Applicants who meet the minimum requirements for admission to Graduate School at JSU will, upon submission of all required applicaiton documents, completion of required interview, and recommendation for admission to the Instructional Leadership program, be granted unconditional status.  Instructional Leadership students must mainatin an overall GPA of at least 3.25. 

Applicants who are granted conditional admission must achieve a GPA of at least 3.25 on the first 12 graduate hours attempted. Failure to meet these conditions will result in the student being dropped from Graduate Studies.  All Instructional Leadership majors must be unconditionally accepted into the program.

MINIMUM REQUIREMENTS FOR THE ED.S. DEGREE

The purposes of a Class AA program shall be to prepare educators on the sixth-year level to serve effectively in instructional support positions. Persons who complete Class AA programs shall have acquired knowledge and skills above the level required for completion of a Class A program.  An overall GPA of 3.25 on a 4.0 scale is required on all course work attempted for the educational specialist degree.  Any course completed for the master's degree or for master's level teacher certification may not be repeated or counted for the Ed.S.  Graduate courses at the 400 level will not count as credit towards the Ed.S. degree.

 

Class AA Teacher Certification Requirements

Teacher education programs are approved by the Alabama State Board of Education and are therefore subject to periodic revision resulting from changes in State certification requirements. Subsequently, modifications in students’ programs may become necessary. Students in all graduate level teacher education programs must schedule their course work each semester with approval of their faculty advisors. Issuance of Alabama teaching certificates is the legal responsibility of the Alabama State Department of Education. Universities cannot issue a professional certificate. To be eligible to apply for certification, a student must complete a program of study at a college or university which has been approved by the State Board of Education to offer a program leading to the desired certificate.

  1. For all fields other than Teacher Leader, the applicants must possess fifth-year certification in the same area as the chosen concentration in the educational specialist program. Applicants selecting the concentration in Teacher Leader must possess master's level clear and renewable teacher certification in some area of education and a minimum of three full years of full-time teaching experience in a P-12 setting.  
  2. Alabama State Department of Education regulations are subject to change; therefore, it is recommended that students apply for certification upon graduation.  Students, during their last semester of course work, are to obtain application forms for certification from the Teacher Service Center, 207 Ramona Wood Hall.  The appropriate fees (money order or Cashier’s Check made payable to the Alabama State Department of Education), with the student’s credits are forwarded to the State Department of Education by the Teacher Service Center. The University cannot recommend any student for certification who has not satisfied all State and University requirements for admission to and completion of an approved program.
  3. Students certified in states other than Alabama who wish to apply for certification in Alabama upon completion of the educational specialist degree must apply for Alabama certification on the undergraduate and master’s levels prior to applying for the educational specialist level certification. Earning an educational specialist degree at JSU does not automatically entitle a student to an Alabama certificate without first holding the appropriate undergraduate and master’s certificates.
  4. Recommendation for certification must be made within five years of program completion. Recommendation after five years requires completion of a current program.
  5. Candidates admitted to the program (to enroll in courses in a Class A teachign field program) may complete no more than five approved program courses prior to unconditional admission to theprogram (this includes transfer credit). 
  6. Individuals must be unconditionally admitted to the Class AA instructional leadership program or the Class AA teacher leader program before enrolling in any leadership courses in the program. 
  7. If an individual is unconditionally admitted to a Class AA program based on a valid master's-level professional educator certification from another state and completes a Class AA program and subsequently applies for Alabama certification at the Class AA level, thene the individual must hold a valid Alabama Class A certificaiton before applying for Class AA certification. 


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