To be eligible for the Master of Education (M.Ed.) in Early Childhood Education program, either the 12-month online or the 16-month classroom-based version, applicants must hold or be eligible for a valid level 4 certificate or higher in an appropriate field (such as Early Childhood Education, Early Childhood Education/Special Education, or Birth-Kindergarten) and hold a bachelor's degree from a regionally accredited institution with an undergraduate cumulative GPA of 3.0 on all coursework attempted. Recent bachelor’s degree graduates must meet initial certification eligibility requirements prior to being admitted to the M.Ed. Program. Minimum graduate semester hours required for certification and degree: 30.
Required Application Materials Include:
Completed online application
$25 Application Fee
Certificate of Eligibility or Induction Certificate
Official Sealed College transcript(s)
Possible Additional Application Materials Include:
Official sealed GRE or test score report(s) if undergraduate GPA is below a 3.0 to serve as strong evidence of the ability to complete graduate coursework.*
Possible faculty interview
*NOTE: GRE test scores are waived for students with at least a 3.0 GPA from a regionally accredited institution.
Application – Completed online application for admission
Application Fee - Please include the $25 application fee ($50 for international applicants) in the form of a check or money order made payable to Mercer University. Bank or credit cards are accepted, please do not send cash. The application fee is waived for Mercer students or alumni.
The application fee is nonrefundable, cannot be applied toward tuition.
Certificate of Eligibility or Induction Certificate – Applicants must provide a copy of their Georgia certificate of eligibility or induction certificate.
College transcript(s) - Applicants must submit two official, sealed transcripts from every postsecondary institution previously attended, regardless of length of stay or if the grades are listed on another school's transcript. Former and current Mercer University students need not request a Mercer University transcript.
Application materials may be mailed to:
Tift College of Education
Graduate Teacher Education Admissions
P.0. Box 2140
McDonough, GA 30253
Atlanta Classroom-Based Program
Tift College of Education Graduate Teacher Education Admissions
3001 Mercer University Drive
Atlanta, GA 30341-4155
Additional Requirements for International Applicants
A.Evaluation of Foreign Credentials: Applicants who completed all or part of their education abroad are required to have their foreign educational credentials evaluated by an independent evaluation service. A Course-by-Course and Grade Point Average Equivalent Evaluation is required for admission. Contact the Office of Admissions for information about evaluation services if your foreign credentials have not been evaluated. If an evaluation has been done, you must submit an official sealed evaluation report with your application.
B.Official Translations: Documents submitted in a language other than English must be accompanied by official translations.
C.Test of English as a Foreign Language (TOEFL): The TOEFL or the International English Language Testing System (IELTS) test is required for international applicants whose primary language is not English. The scores may not be more than two years old. Official score reports must be sent directly to the Office of Admissions by the Educational Testing Service. The Educational Testing Service institution code for submission of official score reports is 5025. Unofficial copies of the score report may be included with the application for initial review and evaluation. This does not replace the requirement of an official score report for those applicants who are offered admission.
Exception: The TOEFL is not required of international applicants who have attended another U.S. institution and completed freshman English Composition I and II with grades of "C" or higher.
D.Financial Guarantee: International applicants who wish to obtain an I-20 for F-1 visa must include financial documentation showing ability to finance tuition and living expenses for one year. Financial documents must have a current date and indicate available funds of US$25,000.
E.Visa Status: International Applicants Who are Currently in the United States - Documentation of your current visa status must be submitted with the self-managed application. (Copy of I-20 and I-94 if on an F-1 visa; copy of visa stamp and I-94 if on another type of visa; or copy of Resident Alien card [front and back] if classified as a Resident Alien.)