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Welcome to Graduate Studies in the Richard W. Riley College of Education 

Directors' Message

I was lucky when I went to graduate school at the University of Georgia. I was single, a full time student, and had the luxury of being able to focus solely on school. I understand that most of our students don't have that luxury today. Graduate school is never easy. It is difficult for working adults to fit graduate work into an already full schedule. Graduate school requires sacrifices not only for students, but for students' families as well. From the financial to the personal, our faculty understands that students make sacrifices to attend graduate school, and we understand that you have options for graduate study as well. Our goal is to make your transition to graduate study as smooth as it can be. From the moment that you apply to the evening when you walk across the stage and receive your diploma and your Masters' hood, we offer our complete support. 

We pride ourselves in our graduate programs and in the attention we pay to students in our graduate programs. We offer unique and fully accredited masters programs.  We offer initial teaching certification through two unique Master of Arts in Teaching (MAT) degrees. We offer advanced study for classroom teachers in our Master of Education (M.Ed.) programs in, Learning Design and Technology, Literacy, Special Education and Teacher Leadership. We offer teachers looking to work as elementary and secondary school principals an opportunity to study in our Master of Education (M.Ed.) in Educational Leadership. And if you are a principal looking for advancement, we offer an Educational Specialist (Ed.S.) degree in Educational Leadership that will allow you to earn your Superintendent’s license and provide a pathway to your doctoral degree through our unique partnership with Clemson University.

We also offer graduate study in non school-based settings. Our Masters of Education (M.Ed.) in Counseling and Development prepares students to be school counselors or community mental health counselors. Our Master of Science (MS) in Sports and Fitness Administration prepares students to assume leadership positions in various sport and fitness venues in both facility and personnel management and program development. Our on campus classes are scheduled primarily in the evenings to fit the schedules of working adults. We offer traditional face to face classes, online classes, blended classes (a combination of online activities and face to face classes) and weekend classes. But beyond flexibility we offer you a rigorous and relevant degree program. We can't promise it will be easy, but we can promise you that our faculty will prepare you to be a leader in your field, whatever that field may be. 

If you are a prospective student, a current student or one of our graduates, please feel free to contact me with any questions you may have. 


Dr. Marshall G. Jones, 
Director of Graduate Studies


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