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Graduate education classes at Georgia Southwestern completely online this summer

AMERICUS, GA (February 28, 2022) — Georgia Southwestern's College of Education plans to hold all graduate classes entirely online again this summer. After seeing much success from shifting the program virtually last summer, the decision was made to do so again. The flexibility of online summer classes allows teachers the ability to work within their school systems, serve their students’ needs and restore their own health and well-being before a new school year begins.

GSW’s Master of Education (M.Ed.) and Specialist of Education (Ed.S.) programs, which can be completed in just 13 months, have seen a significant increase in enrollment. Professionals are wanting to further their education, earn advanced degrees, increase content knowledge, grow skill development and become an expert or leader in their field.

Rachel Abbott, Ph.D., dean of the College of Education, wants to accommodate these working professionals by offering a more flexible schedule with online learning.

“Many GSW graduate students have a busy schedule and a desire to teach summer school. I felt it was important to allow more flexibility by not asking them to commute and giving them time to refresh and reenergize over the summer,” Abbott said. “This is our way of saying we appreciate their perseverance during a challenging time and to thank them for all they do for P-12 students.”

Eddie Brown, a health and physical education teacher at Beach High School in Savannah Chatham County Schools stated, “The virtual component of this summer will help in allowing my peers to reconnect with their families that they may not have had the opportunity to enjoy over the past two years.”

GSW’s College of Education offers the state’s leading graduate program in terms of cost, convenience and speed of completion. Students can complete a degree in 13 months at a fraction of the cost of most graduate programs. GSW offers a Masters in Elementary Education, Middle Grades Language Arts, Middle Grades Mathematics, and Special Education; and a Specialist in Elementary Education, Middle Grades Education, and Teacher Leadership.

Please note this change is only for M.Ed. and the College of Education, not for undergraduate education classes or any other classes on campus.

Learn more about GSW’s graduate education programs at Virtual Admissions Sessions on Feb. 28, Mar. 14, Mar. 21 and Apr. 11. Register for these sessions at

The deadline to apply for the M.Ed. and Ed.S. programs is Friday, May 15. The first day of summer classes begins Monday, June 6. Apply online at