Candidates select one of three program options:

  1. Workforce Education and Development Option
  2. Career and Technical Education Option
  3. Business Education and Information Technology Option

Workforce Education and Development Option

Selected Educational Outcomes

  1. Candidates will demonstrate a comprehensive understanding of the knowledge, research, and theories appropriate to their major field.
  2. Candidates will demonstrate advanced knowledge and skills appropriate to adult workforce education.
  3. Candidates will demonstrate the ability to engage in focused inquiry on a topic relevant to their particular area of concentration.

Examples of Outcome Assessments

  1. Candidates will successfully develop an approved capstone experience that requires the application of knowledge and skills gained from a series of courses. The capstone project will be evaluated by a team of faculty members.
  2. Candidates will successfully complete culminating assessments in ACED 7640 and ACED 7150.
  3. Program graduates will successfully research a topic including a relevant literature review as part of the requirements of the capstone project.

Career and Technical Education Option

Selected Educational Outcomes

  1. Candidates in advanced teacher education programs have an in-depth knowledge of the content that they teach.
  2. Candidates in advanced teacher education programs select and use a broad range of instructional strategies and technologies that promote student learning, and they will clearly explain the choices they make in their practice.
  3. Candidates in advanced teacher education programs reflect on their practice and are able to identify their strengths and areas of needed improvement.
  4. Candidates in advanced teacher education programs analyze student, classroom, and school performance data and make data-driven decisions about strategies for teaching and learning so that all students learn.

Examples of Outcome Assessments

  1. Candidates in advanced teacher education programs will demonstrate the level of their content knowledge as it relates to current issues in the field as part of the requirements for the capstone project. Candidates will research relevant issues related to their content field and to the pedagogy in that field which will lead to the successful completion of the Capstone Experience Current Issue Research Project.
  2. Candidates in advanced teacher education programs will demonstrate their use of instructional strategies and technologies through completion of a teaching episode.
  3. Candidates in advanced teacher education programs will document reflection on their teaching and will identify areas of strengths and areas for improvement through completion of the COEHS Advanced Teacher Self-Assessment Instrument.
  4. Candidates in advanced teacher education programs will demonstrate their ability to positively impact P-12 learning through performance on an approved capstone experience that requires the application of knowledge and skills gained from a series of courses. The capstone experience will be evaluated by a team of faculty members.

Business Education and Information Technology Option

Selected Educational Outcomes

  1. Candidates will demonstrate a comprehensive understanding of the knowledge, research, and theories appropriate to their major field.
  2. Candidates will demonstrate knowledge and skills in advanced Business Education and Information Technology computer applications.
  3. Candidates will demonstrate the ability to engage in focused inquiry on a topic relevant to their particular area of concentration.

Examples of Outcome Assessments

  1. Candidates will successfully develop an approved capstone experience that requires the application of knowledge and skills gained from a series of courses. The capstone project will be evaluated by a team of faculty members.
  2. Candidates will successfully complete specified assessments in the five classes of the Area of Concentration.
  3. Candidates will successfully research a topic and successfully complete a relevant literature review as part of the requirements of the capstone project.

Prior to admission to any graduate program at Valdosta State University, applicants must first submit a completed application to the Graduate School. A completed application packet includes official transcripts from all institutions previously attended, official test scores (GRE or MAT), completed application form, fee, and any additional program requirements, submitted by the admission deadline. To be considered for the preferred term, all required materials must be received by the Graduate School no later than the close of business on the deadline. It is the responsibility of the applicant to allow adequate time for document submission and to ensure receipt of documents.

Admission Deadlines

  • Fall Deadline: July 15
    Spring Deadline: November 15
    Summer Deadline: May 1

Go to the Graduate School website and click on ACED M.Ed. Program for information on:

  • Specific ACED M.Ed. Program Admission Requirements
  • ACED M.Ed. Program Retention, Dismissal, and Readmission Policies
  • ACED M.Ed. Program Graduation Requirements

To Apply Online, click here.

Requirements for the M.Ed. Degree with a Major in Adult and Career Education

Workforce Education and Development Option

Core Courses15
RSCH 71003
PSYC 70103
or PSYC 7040
ACED 76403
ACED 79903
ACED 76203
Area of Concentration21
ACED 71003
ACED 71103
ACED 71503
ACED 75303
ACED 76803
or ACED 7350
Capstone Option A6
Comprehensive Exam
Guided Electives 16
Capstone Option B6
ACED 79503
Guided Elective 13
Total Hours Required for the Degree36

Requirements for the M.Ed. Degree with a Major in Adult and Career Education

Career and Technical Education Option

Core Courses12
RSCH 71003
ACED 76203
ACED 79903
ACED 79501-3
Area of Concentration12
ACED 70203
ACED 74103
or ACED 7680
Select one of the following:3
ACED 7120
ACED 7430
ACED 8450
ACED 71503
or ACED 7710
Guided Electives6
Total Hours Required for the Degree30

Requirements for the M.Ed. Degree with a Major in Adult and Career Education

Business Education and Information Technology Option

Core Courses12
RSCH 71003
ACED 76203
ACED 79903
ACED 79501-3
Area of Concentration12
ACED 72203
ACED 76103
ACED 77003
ACED 84503
Guided Electives6
Total Hours Required for the Degree30