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The College of Education prepares educators including:

  • Teachers – for initial teacher certification and for certification upgrades
  • Educational Leaders – for P-12 education and for higher education administration
  • Service Specialists – including counselors, school psychologists, instructional technology and school
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Undergraduate: Initial Teacher Certification

Bachelor of Science in Education (B.S.Ed.) degree programs lead to initial teacher certification. The College of Education offers B.S.Ed. programs in early childhood education (grades P-5); middle grades education (grades 4-8); secondary education (grades 6-12); special education (P-12); and the P-12 teaching field in health and physical education


Graduate: Initial Teacher Certification

At the graduate level, teacher certification programs (referred to as alternative certification programs) are designed for individuals who do not currently hold certification and also for individuals who hold a non-renewable (NR) teacher certification. The teaching-internship options for these programs are within a sixty (60) mile radius of Georgia Southern. A bachelor’s degree is required for admission into an alternative teacher certification program, and, in most cases, it must be in a discipline related to the teaching field.

Two pathways are offered at Georgia Southern:

  1. Master of Arts in Teaching (M.A.T.)
    The student earns a master’s degree and a Professional Level Five certification. Upon employment by a public school system, this graduate will qualify for pay at the Professional Level Five level.
  2. Non-degree Initial Teacher Certification Programs
    The non-degree program option is designed for those who do not wish to pursue a master’s degree. Certification awarded will be a Professional Level Four Certificate.

The M.A.T.  options are available for those in Early Childhood Education, Health and Physical Education, Middle Grades Education, Spanish Education, Special Education, and the Secondary and P-12 education fields of biology, broad fields science, business, chemistry, economics, English, family and consumer sciences, geography, history, mathematics, physics, political science, and Spanish. (Those who hold a bachelor’s degree and are interested in Music Education certification must complete program requirements at the undergraduate level, rather than at the graduate-level.)

The first step:
For M.A.T. and all non-degree program options, prospective students must have their transcripts evaluated by Georgia Southern University’s Graduate Academic Services Center and they must meet all Teacher Education Program (TEP) admission and retention requirements, including an overall GPA of 2.50 or higher on all college course work attempted. If a graduate MAT degree is sought, all admission requirements for the graduate program must also be met and admission granted prior to entering Step Two of the MAT program.


Graduate: Initial Certification in Non-Teaching Fields

Initial Certification in non-teaching fields such as Counselor Education, Instructional Technology and Tier I Educational Leadership require completion of the M.Ed. master’s degree; Tier II Educational Leadership and School Psychology require completion of the Ed.S. degree.

Initial certification in Counselor Education and School Psychology cannot be completed as non-degree study. To pursue certification in Tier I Educational Leadership as a non-degree student, the applicant must possess at entry a master’s degree or higher in any certification field and meet all other admission criteria.   To pursue certification in Tier II Educational Leadership as a non-degree student, the applicant must possess at entry a specialist’s degree or higher in any certification field and have obtained Tier I Educational Leadership certification.  To pursue certification in Instructional Technology as a non-degree student, the applicant must possess a master’s degree at entry and meet all other admission criteria for the Master of Education in Instructional Technology program.


Graduate: Advanced Programs for Certification Upgrades or Adding a Field

All COE programs meet the PSC’s requirements for certification upgrades or adding a certification field.

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Last updated: 5/4/2017