Master of Science in Education

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Required Application Materials

Applicants for a master’s degree education program must submit all of the following documentation to the College of Graduate Studies, Jacksonville State University, 700 Pelham Road North, Jacksonville, Alabama, 36265-1602, to be considered for admission.

The deadline for application to most programs in the College of Education and Professional Studies will be on or before the first day of classes for any given semester, unless otherwise specified in this Bulletin.  First time enrollees for programs with an application deadline of the first day of classes for any given semester must seek immediate advisement to register for classes.

Master’s programs in education with deadline dates for all admission requirements to be submitted are: Clinical Mental Health Counseling, Instructional Leadership, Library Media, and School Counseling.  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. 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, or library media programs.  As part of the interview process, applicants will be asked to submit a writing sample.

  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. 
    (Does not apply to community agency counseling.)  ALL certificate(s) must be clear and renewable throughout the program and at graduation. 

    For students applying to a master’s program in education, the bachelor’s level teaching certificate must be in the same area as the chosen area in the master’s program except the programs listed below.  In these programs applicants must possess a clear and renewable certificate in some area of education.

    Collaborative Teacher/Special Education (K-6)
    Collaborative Teacher/Special Education (6-12)
    Instructional Leadership
    Library Media
    Reading  Specialist
    School Counseling
    Sport Management
  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. Complete the Verification of Educational Experience form for the master’s programs in education listed below.

    Applicants should contact their superintendent’s office/central office for completion of this form.
    * Instructional Leadership (must have completed three years of teaching experience prior to admission to the program)
    * Library Media (must have completed two years of teaching experience prior to graduation from the program)
    * Reading Specialist  (must have completed two years of teaching experience at the early childhood, elementary, or secondary levelsprior to admission to the program)
    * School Counseling (students pursuing a traditional certification admission option must have completed two years of t
  8. Professional resume required for the following: Clinical Mental Health Counseling, Instructional Leadership, Library Media, Teacher Leader, School Counseling
  9. Documented evidence of leadership and management potential (may appear in resume) is required for the following: Instructional Leadership
  10. Summary (typed, one page, double-spaced) of the applicant’s reasons for pursuing the program required for the following master’s programs in education: Clinical Mental Health Counseling, Instructional Leadership, Library Media, School Counseling
  11. Summary (typed, one-page, double-spaced) of what the applicant expects is required for the following master’s programs in education: Clinical Mental Health Counseling, Instructional Leadership, Library Media, School Counseling
  12. Copy of applicant’s most recent performance appraisal for the following master’s programs in education: Instructional Leadership, Library Media, School Counseling
  13. Evidence of ability to improve student achievement required for the following master’s programs in education: Instructional Leadership, Library Media, School Counseling
  14. Complete 3 Graduate Reference forms
    (Must be completed by individuals who can provide qualitative assessment of the applicant’s potential for success in graduate course work.)
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.  

Students applying to the School Counseling program have two options fo rapplicaitno, the traditional certification admission option or the non-certificaiton admission option.  Details regarding the two routes for admission are found on the following chart:

Overview of the Two Routes for School Counseling Majors

Certified Option (Traditional)

Non-Certified Option (CACREP)

Admission Requirements

Bachelor’s Degree from  an accredited institution, or  the equivalent from an international institution

Required

Required

Professional educator certification

Required1

Not required

Clear background check

Required

Required

Program Completion Requirements

Completion of all program coursework with a minimum 3.0 GPA with no grade less than a C

Required

Required

Passing score on the basic skills assessment of the Alabama Prospective Teacher Testing  Program (APTTP)

Required

Required

Passing score on the Praxis II test #0420(must be completed prior to ECG 593 Internship in School Counseling)

Required

Required

Satisfactory completion of oral and written examinations

Required

Required

Additional Certification Requirements2

Alabama class B certification in a teaching field or Alabama class A certification in another area of instructional support

Required for AL certification

Not required for AL certification

Two years of full-time satisfactory teaching experience

Required for AL SCO certification

Not required for AL SCO certification

Passing score on the National Counseling Exam (NCE) (must be completed prior to enrollment in ECG 594 Internship in School Counseling)

Not required

Required

 

1 Individuals pursuing the traditional approach to school counseling certification must hold a bachelor’s- or master’s-level professional educator certificate in a teaching field or master’s level professional educator certificate in another area of instructional support

2  Certification requirements may be completed after graduation but must be completed and documented before the college’s Certification Officer can verify to Alabama or another state that a State-approved and CACREP-accredited program has been completed at an NCATE-accredited institution. Individuals seeking certification in states other than Alabama are responsible for contacting those state certification offices regarding school counseling certification requirements.

Admission Requirements

Applicants for a master's program in education must meet one of the following formula requirements.  For purposes of compouting the undergraduate GPA, a 4.0 GPA is used.  The plus (+) and the  minus (-) grades from undergraduate transcripts are not used in calculating the GPA.

Unconditional:

450 times the undergraduate 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 2100 points.

OR

15 times the undergraduate GPA plus the MAT score is equal to or greater than a total of 80 points.

Conditional:

Any applicant failing to meet the requirements for unconditional admission must meet one of the following conditional formula requirements:  

450 times the undergraduate 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 1600 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 undergraduate GPA plus the MAT score is equal to or greater than a total of 60 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).

Applicants who are granted conditional admission must achieve a GPA of at least 3.25 for instructional leadership and 3.0 for all other programs on the first 12 graduate hours attempted. Failure to meet these conditions will result in the student being dropped from Graduate Studies.

 

Minimum Requirements for Master's Programs in Education

The course requirements and the minimum number of semester hours for each program are provided on each individual program of study sheet in the subsequent sections of this Bulletin.  A written comprehensive examination is required of all candidates for the master’s degree and fifth-year teacher certification programs.  In preparation for the comprehensive examination, candidates should contact their academic advisor.

An overall GPA of 3.0 on a 4.0 scale is required on all course work attempted in all approved teacher education programs at the master’s level except instructional leadership.  The major in instructional leadership requires a GPA of 3.25 on a 4.0 scale on all course work for the program. Transfer credit cannot be used to raise the GPA in this major to the required 3.25.  Professional education courses cannot be transferred to JSU if taken in another state.

A student majoring in secondary education is required to have an overall minimum GPA of 3.0 on a 4.0 scale and in the teaching field course work. The master’s program in secondary education offers the following teaching fields: biology, business marketing education, English language arts, family and consumer science, general science, history, mathematics, and social science.  Transfer credit cannot be used to raise the GPA in the teaching field course work to the required 3.0.   At least one-half of the graduate courses taken in the teaching field within the secondary education major must be numbered 500 and no more than three hours in the teaching field may be transferred to JSU. 

Class A Teacher Certification

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 an appropriate 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. When a student completes the program of study, the institution recommends to the State Department of Education that the appropriate certificate be issued.

  1. Students must hold or meet requirements for a valid baccalaureate level (undergraduate) teaching certificate in the same area of Class A certification they wish to complete at the master’s level.  However, the areas of collaborative/special education (K-6), collaborative/special education (6-12), instructional leadership, library media, reading specialist, school counseling,  and sport management are exceptions to the same arearequirement.  

    Students may complete a master’s in any of these specific areas by holding a valid baccalaureate level teaching certificate in any area of education.  To complete a Master of Science in Education (MS.Ed.) in early childhoodspecial education, students must have certification at the baccalaureate level in the areas of early childhood education, elementary education, or any area of special education except gifted-talented.
  2. Alabama State Department of Education regulations are subject to change; therefore, it is recommended that students apply for certification upon graduation. 
  3. 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.
  4. Students certified in states other than Alabama who wish to apply for master’s level certification in Alabama upon completion of the master’s degree must apply for Alabama certification on the undergraduate level prior to applying for the master’s level certification.  Students must be eligible for undergraduate certification in the teaching field(s) in which master’s level certification is sought.  Earning a master’s degree at JSU does not automatically entitle a student to an Alabama certificate without first holding the appropriate undergraduate certificate.
  5. Recommendation for certification must be made within five years of program completion.  Recommendation after five years requires completion of a current program.