If you are interested in obtaining an undergraduate degree in Elementary Education there are two degree options to choose from, the Secondary Education B.S.Ed. Certification Track program or the B.S.Ed. Secondary Education-Professional Studies (Non-Certification Track) program.
The Secondary Education B.S.Ed. Certification Track program is designed for students who are seeking initial teacher certification.
Georgia Southern’s bachelor’s degree in secondary education will not only teach you the skills you’ll need to manage a classroom, plan a curriculum and engage your student, it will also give you practical hands-on training in area middle and high schools, where you can learn to apply your skills first hand and get career-ready before graduation.
Our program offers innovative approaches to student learning such as year-long residency. Completed with a partner school during your senior year, yearlong residency often allows you to work with the same teacher who will serve as your mentor in the field. School partners participating in yearlong residency have provided positive feedback, saying that student teachers gain valuable experience by becoming more integrated into the school. All field experiences, including student teaching, take place within a 60 mile radius of the Georgia Southern campus.
Successful graduation from our secondary education program will lead to an initial certification in secondary education (grades 6-12). Upon successful completion of the program which includes the state required edTPA digital portfolio assessment and passing the Secondary Education GACE exam, you will qualify for Georgia’s secondary teacher induction certification at the T-4 level.
The B.S.Ed. Secondary Education-Professional Studies (Non-Certification Track) program provides students who are interested in education the opportunity to take coursework with planned minors and concentrations. The degree allows for choice in several areas leading to a broad background. This track does NOT lead to initial teacher certification.
During the admission process, ALL students interested in either the non-certification or certification program must declare the B.S.Ed. Secondary Ed. Professional Studies (Non Certification) track as their intended major. At the completion of all courses, through area F in the program of study, students seeking initial teacher certification would then apply to the Teacher Education Program. If accepted, the student would move into the Secondary Education B.S.Ed. Certification program. Those students who are NOT seeking initial teacher certification, would complete the remainder of the program requirements for the B.S.Ed. Secondary Education-Professional Studies (Non-Certification Track).
Last updated: 5/1/2018