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Master of Education in Workforce Education
Earning your M.Ed. in Workforce Education is invaluable if you teach in a public school, a technical college or work in business and industry. This degree will provide you with the expertise to guide student learning in career and technical education for both academic and industry settings. The program addresses the current skills you need to manage careers within a global economy, cultivate work ethic and communication skills and develop capacity for innovation.
Offered through the Mary Frances Early College of Education, the University of Georgia’s online M.Ed. in Workforce Education is designed for individuals who have completed a bachelor’s degree in education with a specialization in an area of Career and Technical Education (CTE) such as Agricultural, Business, Engineering and Technology, Family and Consumer Sciences, Health Science Technology, Marketing or Trade and Industrial Education. The program is approved by the Georgia Professional Standards Commission.
The UGA Workforce Education program was ranked the #1 graduate technical/vocational program in the country by US News & World Report.
University of Georgia online graduate education programs are ranked #4 in the nation by U.S. News & World Report in 2021.
The University of Georgia is accredited by the Southern Association of Colleges and Schools Commission on Colleges (SACSCOC) to award baccalaureate, master’s, specialist, and doctoral degrees. Questions about the accreditation of the University of Georgia may be directed in writing to the Southern Association of Colleges and Schools Commission on Colleges at 1866 Southern Lane, Decatur, GA 30033-4097, by calling (404) 679-4500, or by using information available on SACSCOC’s website (www.sacscoc.org).
- Computer with current operating system (Windows, Mac, or Linux). Additional peripherals such as webcam, headphones, and printer may be required.
- High-speed internet access.
Tuition & Fees
|Online Tuition||$629 per credit hour||36 credit hours||$22,644 USD|
|Student Fees||$597 per semester||6 semesters||$3,582 USD|
|Total Program Cost||$26,226 USD|
Tuition and fees are subject to change. Tuition is the same regardless of residency. Current tuition and fees are available on the Bursar's Office website. If you register for less than 5 credit hours, student fees are reduced to $372 in that semester.
Online students pay the following fees: Connect UGA, Green, Special Institutional, and Technology. See UGA Tuition and Fees for the complete schedule of fees.
Additional costs may include:
- Exam proctoring fees
- Technology upgrades
Visit the Office of Student Financial Aid for information about financial assistance.
Consult your employer about the availability of tuition reimbursement or tuition assistance programs.
Active duty military, veterans, and military families should visit Veterans Educational Benefits to take full advantage of available financial assistance and educational benefits.
University System of Georgia Tuition Assistance Program (TAP)
The purpose of TAP is to foster the professional growth and development of eligible employees. For more information, see Tuition Assistance (refer to the Distance Learning section).
Credit and Transfer
With proper approval, six semester hours of graduate credit may be transferred onto the student's program of study. A request for transfer of credit cannot be made until a student has been admitted at UGA as a prospective candidate for a degree. The transfer credit must be included on the program of study.
Courses to be transferred onto a graduate student transcript must meet the following requirements: taken at an accredited institution, falls within the 6 year course time limit, received a grade of B or better, and not used to fulfill requirements for another degree.
Prospective candidates for the M.Ed. must hold a baccalaureate degree from an accredited college or university, preferably within a Career and Technical Education area however, other academic backgrounds will also be considered. Admissions are evaluated holistically, and recommendations for admission are based on an applicant’s qualifications, recommendations, statement, match with faculty interests, and the program’s capacity.
Among other indicators of academic promise, candidates should possess:
- A strong undergraduate GPA with usual acceptance being 3.0 or higher.
Students applying to The University of Georgia must be accepted by the Graduate School. Persons holding a bachelor's degree from any institution accredited by the proper regional accrediting association are eligible to apply for admission to the Graduate School.
Application – Submit the Graduate School Admissions online. Application fee: $75 Domestic/$100 International
Select Campus - Online
Select Intended Program - MED, Workforce Education (Career and Info Studies)[MED_WKED_ONL]
Entrance Exam Scores-Send recent official entrance test scores (less than five years old) to the graduate school. UGA institutional code for ETS reporting: 5813
- GRE or MAT (The GRE and MAT tests are waived for this program)
- International applicants must also submit TOEFL or IELTS scores.
Statement of Purpose – Submit a one-page statement of purpose online to the Graduate School. The statement of intent should clarify the candidate's relevant background, interests, and goals in relation to the program.
Résumé or curriculum vita – Upload to the Graduate School application.
Transcripts – Submit unofficial transcripts from all institutions attended as part of the Graduate School application. Send official transcripts after you are offered admission.
Letters of Recommendation – Submit three letters of recommendation online to graduate school. Letters should be from individuals who can evaluate the applicant’s scholarly ability and potential for success in a graduate program. Preferably at least two of them are from faculty who have instructed the applicant in a previous program of study. The application will prompt your recommenders to submit their letters electronically.
- Fall: July 1
- Spring: November 15
- Summer: May 1
- Fall: April 15
- Spring: October 15
- Summer: February 15
Registration deadlines vary per semester. The UGA Office of the Registrar website provides up-to-date information on registration dates.
This fully online M.Ed. program requires a minimum of 36 credit hours, consisting of 12, 3 semester hour courses. Two courses are recommended each academic term (including summers). Students are assigned an academic advisor who will advise them by telephone and/or e-mail.
Course Sequence (potential course options)
WFED 6990E – Basic Research Methods
WFED 6200E – Introduction to International Workforce Education
WFED 7560E – Diversity in Workforce Education & Work
WFED 6100E – Career Development
WFED 8000E – Technology in the Workplace
WFED 7090E – Critical Issues in Workforce Education
EDIT 6170E – Instructional Design
WFED 8050E – Understanding the Global Marketplace
EMKT 6120E – Human Resource Foundations in Work-Based Education
ETES 7010E – Technology & Society
WFED 8320E – Innovation in Workforce Education
EBUS 6010E – Business Communication
Additional information and disclosures regarding state licensure for professional practice in this field can be found at the UGA Licensure Disclosure Portal.
News & Events
Contact the online Workforce Education Coordinator for answers to any additional questions you may have.
" I chose UGA to achieve my online degree because they offered workforce education, and I wanted to teach high school, business classes. There aren’t a lot of schools that offer this program. After volunteering with a group of high school students, I realized I wasn’t happy in the 9-to-5 business world, what made me happy was seeing students grow, mature, and figure out who they want to be."- Whitney Van Atta, '16