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About COE


video_COE_ed_prep_preview_frame The mission of the College of Education is to prepare students to teach, lead, counsel, and model life-long learning; engage in scholarship that provides new pathways to meet the needs of a dynamic, diverse society; and facilitate access to learning opportunities that are authentic, student-centered, and technology-rich.


We envision a College of Education that continues to grow in its national recognition for excellence and innovation in teaching, scholarship, and outreach; and becomes the choice for novice and experienced professionals desiring a high quality, flexible education to help them meet their individual intellectual and career goals.


Georgia Southern University was founded in 1906 and has enjoyed a long history of preparing education professionals. The bachelor’s degree in education is the oldest professional degree at Georgia Southern, and from 1924 to 1955, the entire institution focused exclusively on preparing future teachers. With reorganization of the institution’s academic divisions in 1968, the School of Education was created to consolidate the teacher education programs.

On July 1, 1990, Georgia Southern received university status, and two years later all “school” designations were changed to “college” thereby establishing the College of Education. In 1992, the College of Education initiated the university’s first doctoral program, the Doctorate of Education, which was also the first doctorate to be offered by an institution located in South Georgia. Today, the College is comprised of three academic departments and has over 19,000 alumni located throughout the world.

Academic Offerings

The College of Education offers five undergraduate Bachelor of Science in Education majors preparing students for initial teacher certification. At the graduate level, the College offers the Master of Arts in Teaching degree, twelve master of education degrees, nine education specialist degrees, and two doctoral degrees. The College also offers three certificate opportunities and four graduate-level programs for educators seeking to add an endorsement to their certification.  Use this link for degree and program information. Use this link to see all degree programs.


Located just an hour from historic Savannah, Hilton Head Island and the Atlantic coast, Georgia Southern’s nearly 700-acre campus is nestled in the classic Main Street community of Statesboro, Georgia. The College of Education Building is located at the intersection of Akins Boulevard and Forest Drive, and is easily accessible from the Veterans Memorial Parkway (US67/Hwy301 Bypass) entrance to the University. Use this link for driving directions to the College of Education.


A residential university serving over 20,000 students, Georgia Southern is recognized for providing all of the benefits of a major university with the feeling of a much smaller college. In fall 2016, the College of Education enrolled 985 undergraduates and 1,281 graduate students.

Last updated: 1/11/2018