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College of Graduate Studies and Extended Education

College of Graduate Studies and Extended Education
Office: (478) 825-6338, 6237
Warner Robins: (478) 953-7423
Fax Number (478) 825-6533

  • Entering a graduate degree program at Fort Valley State University is a great way to move forward in your career or prepare for a new one!

    Classes at the Warner Robins Center (mainly on week nights and during the day on weekends):

    • Master of Public Health: Environmental Health
    • Master of Science in Early Childhood and Special Education
    • Master of Science in Education in Middle Grades Education
    • Master of Science in Education in School Counselor Education
    • Master of Science in Mental Health Counseling
    • Master of Science in Rehabilitation Counseling and Case Management (Fully online or in classroom)
    • Ed.S. in School Counselor Education

    Classes on the Fort Valley Campus:

    • Master of Science in Animal Science
    • Master of Science in Biotechnology
    • Master of Arts in History

    We look forward to hearing from students who would like to know more about these programs. You must be accepted to the Graduate Program and also to the specific master’s program of your choice. Keep checking this site—we will be offering new programs soon! (For more information, contact the Dean of the College of Graduate Studies and Extended Education at
    Take the first step and inquire about a graduate degree at FVSU!

    Application Submission

    Please send your completed graduate application and all supporting materials, including:
    One copy of official transcripts from each college/university you attended (a cumulative undergraduate GPA of at least 2.5 or better on a 4.0 scale required for admission),
    Immunization records,
    Three letters of recommendation,
    A personal or professional statement
    A resume containing prior work, education, community service, and other relevant experience, and any additional materials required by the individual program to which you are applying to:

    College of Graduate Studies and Extended Education
    Fort Valley State University
    1005 State University Drive
    Fort Valley, Georgia 31030

    You are responsible to ensure that all of your application materials are received; we welcome calls or emails (to from candidates regarding the status of their applications.

    Application fee: $20 (non refundable). International Students: $75.

    *Individual programs may set higher standards and have additional requirements, including but not limited to higher GPA, GRE or MAT scores, a personal interview, certifications, and/or samples of academic work. Please check the page of your intended program of study.

    Application Deadlines for Graduate Students
    Spring – November 1
    Summer – April 1
    Fall – June 15

    Application Deadlines for all International students
    Spring – October 1st
    Summer- March 1st
    Fall - May 1st

    All international students must have their credentials verified through World Education Services or another outside agency.

    Taking the GRE or MAT

    Submission of a standardized test score (GRE, MAT, or other) is strongly recommended and may be an important consideration, but is not required by Graduate Studies. It may, however, be required by individual programs. Please check the page for your intended program.

    In addition, individual programs may provide justification for an exception to the admission requirements on a case-by-case basis. The request for consideration of an exception will be presented to the Graduate Council for approval or rejection.

    Graduate Assistantships
    Awards are subject to availability, and selection criteria will be applied. Application forms are available in 320 Hubbard Education in Fort Valley or via email to


  • Candidates in the School Counselor Education Education Specialist (EdS) program will have the opportunity to enhance and refine the knowledge and skills they already possess as practicing school counselors. The EdS program meets all of the educational requirements for the Professional School Counselor Certificate, Level 6. The EdS program emphasizes the development of clinical skills that may be used in the school setting or applied in other various community settings, such as mental health agencies or marriage and family therapy clinics. While working on clinical skills, candidates will be encouraged to pursue the associate professional counselor license. Coursework in the EdS program focuses on the application of knowledge in the candidates’ professional settings; candidates will target areas for improvement and/or research in their current work settings, institute projects and plans, and summarize findings. For candidates who have not already completed an action research project for a previous graduate degree, an action research project is required. This includes a PowerPoint presentation, identifying research questions and conducting research, and publishing findings in a synthesized paper. Candidates will be encouraged to submit their written projects for publication in peer-reviewed journals and to present their findings at professional conferences.

    The EdS program is 27 semester hours, with 5 required courses and 4 elective courses. Candidates will take 2 courses per semester, both on Thursday nights. Classes will alternate so that each class will meet every other week. During the week a class does not meet, the emphasis will be on practical application of knowledge in the work setting.

    Candidates will participate in a clinical practicum at their work sites. EDSC 6143 Clinical Supervision is a prerequisite for the practicum.

    Candidates must maintain a cumulative average of 3.0 on a 4.0 scale, complete all coursework, pass a Departmental Comprehensive Examination, earn satisfactory ratings on all key program assessments. Program assessments are aligned with the CoE performance objectives, the Board of Regents’ Principles, the Georgia 2000 standards, the NBTPS Propositions, and NCATE/GA PSC standards.

    EdS Program Requirements

    The School Counselor Education Ed.S. Program requires a minimum of 27 semester hours.

    The required courses are:

    • EDUC 6423 Seminar in Social Issues and Comparative Education
    • EDUC 6133 Using the SPSS Statistical Package
    • EDSC 6123 Diagnosis and Treatment
    • EDSC 6143 Clinical Supervision
    • EDSC 6853 Practicum in Supervision

    Elective courses:

    • EDSC 6263 Advanced Seminar in Students Issues
    • EDSC 6363 Advanced Seminar in Counseling Theories
    • EDSC 6423 Counseling Children (Target- Elem., Middle)
    • EDSC 6563 Advanced Career Counseling
    • EDUC 6663 Advanced Multicultural Studies
    • EDSC 6763 Leading Groups in Schools
    • EDUC 6893 Research Project
    • EDUC 6993 Thesis

    Program Coordinator

    Teah Moore, Ph.D. (478) 825 6860

    Thomas Jarvis, Ed.D., LPC

    Jerry Mobley, Ph.D. Phone: (478) 953-7754
    FAX: (478) 971-4452

  • The Master of Science degree in Middle Grades Education Program is designed to assist students in acquiring a broad range of knowledge and skills and a repertoire of specialized teaching skills for students in grades 4 through 8. The specialized content courses provide instruction in communicative arts, mathematics, science, social sciences, and reading. Field-based instruction is incorporated in over 40 percent of the coursework leading to the degree. A specialized content practicum allows the students to continue to apply content knowledge in a suitable setting. The Master of Science in Middle Grades Education is a thirty-six (36) Semester Hour program.

    Graduates of the Middle Grades Education program are eligible for certification at the T-5 level and for positions in teaching upper elementary and middle school settings.

    NOTE: Certification requirements in addition to the courses listed on this brochure include a course in the teaching of reading and a course in teaching students with exceptionalities. Candidates are also required to demonstrate computer literacy by a) passing the GACE exam in this area or b)passing a CSCI 1153.

    Core Courses

    Professional core (6 Hours Required)
    Social, Cultural, Historical Foundation

    • EDUC 5503 Fundamentals of Research Design 3hrs
    • EDUC 5783 Applied Inferential Statistics and Research Design 3hrs

    Specific Requirements (16Hours Required)

    • FVSU 0500 Orientation to Graduate Studies 1hr
    • EDUC 5423 Seminar in social Issues and Comparative Education 3hrs
    • EPSY 5513 Pre-Adolescent Psychology 3hrs
    • EDMG 5613 Curriculum Needs of the Transescent Learner 3hrs
    • EDMG 5623 Methods & Problem of Teaching in Middle Grades 3hrs
    • EDUC 5793 Applied Research Practicum 3hrs

    Major Requirements Content (15 Hours Required)

    Nine (9) Semester hours in primary concentration
    Six (6) Semester hours in secondary concentration


    • ENGL 5003 Communicative Arts 3hrs
    • ENGL 5023 Teaching Literature in the Middle Grades 3hrs
    • ENGL 5423 American Literature II 3 hrs


    • MATH 5301 Numbers & Operations 3hrs
    • MATH 5302 Algebra & Functions 3hrs
    • MATH 5303 Geometry & Measurements 3hrs
    • MATH 5304 Concepts of Calculus 3hrs
    • MATH 5404 Statistics 3hrs


    • BIOL 5103 Issues in Environ. Science 3hrs
    • BIOL 5243 Human Anatomy 3hrs
    • GEOL 5203 Environmental Geology 3hrs


    • HIST 5500 Topics in World History 3hrs
    • HIST 5515 Colloq. In U.S. History-Recent 3hrs
    • HIST 5516 Colloq. In U.S. History-Africa Amer. 3hrs
    • HIST 5517 Colloq. In U.S. History- Old South 3hrs
    • HIST 5518 Colloq. In U.S. History-Civil War 3hrs

    Applied Research Project/Thesis

    • EDUC 5793 Applied Research Practicum 3hrs

    Some substitutions allowed with approval from Content Area Chairperson and Middle Grades Coordinator.

    Graduation Requirements

    Each Graduate must have an academic grade point average (GPA) of at least 3.00(B Avg).
    In addition, all candidates for graduation must take and pass the Final Written Comprehensive Examination or submit and defend a thesis in the area of study. A capstone course of Applied Action Research is also required.

    A student in the MSED program who does not maintain a 3.0 GPA will be dismissed from the program. In addition, a student who fails to achieve satisfactory scores on the program’s key assessments, including an assessment of dispositions, will be counseled and provided with a professional development plan. Failure to complete the plan satisfactorily or failure to improve assessment scores in any succeeding semester will also result in the student’s dismissal from the program.


    A limited number of graduate assistantships is offered to qualifying students by the College of Graduate Studies & Extended Education. There is other University level financial assistance available to qualifying students


    A majority of the courses in the master’s program are taught at the Warner Robins Campus, just 5 minutes from I-75 on Osigian Boulevard.

    Program Coordinator

    Dr. Alfrieda Manson
    307B Hubbard Education Building
    Phone: (478) 825-6192
    FAX: (478) 825-6162

  • Fort Valley State University’s Master of Arts in History degree is a flexible program for graduate students seeking their terminal degree in the field. Our program offers a wide choice of three specialization tracks, and a thesis and non-thesis option.

    The major objective of this program is to develop competent graduates that have an understanding of the development of American and international society, culture and governments.

    History is the fountainhead of all subjects in the humanities and social sciences. Our historical legacy defines us both individually and collectively. Studying our country and the world’s past allows us to understand ourselves and our society.

    FVSU graduate history classes will provide individuals with a strong foundation in scholarship that’s needed to pursue fulfilling careers in the government, civil society, industry, law and law enforcement.

    Admission Requirements

    1. Required:
      1. Two copies of official transcripts demonstrating a cumulative undergraduate G.P.A. of at least 2.5 or better on a 4.0 scale
      2. Three letters of recommendation
      3. A personal or professional statement
      4. A resume
      5. Writing sample
    2. Optional:
      1. Submission of a standardized test score (GRE, MAT, or other) is strongly recommended and may be an important consideration.
      2. A personal interview and samples of academic work may be requested, especially if other indicators are weak or a request for an exception is being considered.
    3. In addition, individual programs may provide justification for an exception to the admission requirements on a case-by-case basis. The request for consideration of an exception will be presented to the Graduate Council for approval or rejection.

    Program Description

    The Master’s in History requires 36-credit hours and is typically completed in three or four semesters. The program has three tracks: 1) African-American and Diaspora History; 2) Military History; and 3) General History.

    The course requirements and options are as follows:

    Students will select either the Thesis Option or the Non-Thesis Option and a Track

    Thesis Option
    • HIST 5000 Historical Research and Writing, 3 hours
    • History Courses in Track, 18 hours (including at least one seminar)
    • History Courses Outside Track, 9 hours
    • Thesis, 6 hours
    • Total, 36 hours
    Non-Thesis Option
    • HIST 5000 Historical Research and Writing, 3 hours
    • History Courses in Track, 21 hours (including at least two seminars)
    • History Courses Outside Track, 12 hours (This may include internship or other practical history project as approved by adviser.)
    • Total, 36 hours
    • African American and Diaspora History
    • Military History
    • General (The General Tract is recommended for teachers in the public schools.) For the Thesis Option, students will be expected to take 6 hours each in U.S., European, and African History with the remaining 9 hours to reflect the student’s interests and provide background for the thesis. In the Non-Thesis Option, students will be expected to take 9 hours each in U.S., European and African History, with the remaining 6 hours to reflect the student’s interests

    Student Organizations

    Students are encouraged to join professional organizations such as the Georgia Association of Historians, Southern Historical Association, and the National Association for the Study of African American Life and Culture. On campus student organizations include:

    • The Phi Nu Chapter of Phi Alpha Theta International Honor Society in History
    • The Georgia Omicron Chapter of Pi Gamma Mu International Honor Society in Social Science
    • The FVSU History Students Association

    Students will also have the opportunity to participate in the annual Banks-Pierro-Rutland-Bellamy Social and Behavioral Sciences Colloquium where they can present their research and participate in the activities of a professional scholarly organization.


    For more information about our Master's in History program, please contact:

    Fred R. van Hartesveldt, Chair, Department of History, Geography, Political Science, and Criminal Justice,
    Location: Room 134, Horace Mann Bond Building
    Telephone: (478) 825-6230

    Valeria Bass, Administrative Assistant, Department of History, Geography, Political Science, and Criminal Justice
    Location: Room 149, Horace Mann Bond Building
    Telephone: (478) 825-6230

  • After school and summer programs for children, grant writing and tax classes for nonprofits, conversational Spanish and sign language classes, even classes on how to take great photos with your digital camera—these are examples of continuing education opportunities through Fort Valley State University. FVSU also will facilitate workshops for your club, association, or professional organization!

    Click here for information on the Continuing Education Course Schedule

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