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Academic Departments

Curriculum, Foundations, and Reading

The Department of Curriculum, Foundations, and Reading at Georgia Southern University provides a service function to all other programs in the College of Education. Undergraduate and graduate level courses are offered in the areas of educational foundations, educational psychology, curriculum theory and development, reading education, and educational research. The department offers a master’s degree program in reading education and in evaluation, assessment, research, and learning; an education specialist degree program in reading education; and a doctoral degree program in curriculum studies. In addition to degree programs, the department offers the reading endorsement and graduate certificates in applied research and evaluation and in curriculum and pedagogy for social justice.

Elementary and Special Education

The Department of Elementary and Special Education at Georgia Southern University offers undergraduate degree programs that lead to initial teacher certification in the areas of birth through kindergarten (B-K), elementary education (P-5), special education (P-12), and elementary education and special education combined (P-5). All three areas also offer non-certification tracks that provide students the opportunity to take education coursework that does not lead to Georgia teacher certification. At the graduate level, the department offers initial certification Master of Arts in Teaching (M.A.T.) degrees in elementary education (P-5) and special education (P-12); Master of Education (M.Ed.) degrees in elementary education (P-5) and special education (P-12) general or adaptive curriculum; a Teaching and Learning Education Specialist (Ed.S) degree with concentrations in elementary education (P-5) and special education (P-12) general or adaptive curriculum; and Endorsements in autism and positive behavior intervention support. The department also offers an M.Ed. in Curriculum and Instruction that is part of a USG collaborative with Valdosta State and Columbus State Universities.  Many graduate programs offered by the department are 100% online.  All programs are based upon the concept of developmentally appropriate practices and value diverse, intensive field experiences in a range of grade levels and school settings.

Leadership, Technology, and Human Development

The Department of Leadership, Technology, and Human Development at Georgia Southern University offers a broad range of programs that provide school/system-wide and student-oriented support services for traditional and alternative settings. A divers selection of graduate programs prepare school and community agency personnel in the areas of school and clinical mental health counseling, educational leadership, higher education administration, instructional technology and school psychology. A doctoral degree program in educational leadership is also offered by this department. In addition to degree programs, the department offers certificate programs in education leadership, instruction technology and school library media, and offers the teacher leader and the online teaching and learning endorsements. The department also houses the Instructional Design and Technology minor.

Middle Grades and Secondary Education

The Department of Middle Grades and Secondary Education at Georgia Southern University offers a variety of programs to prepare teachers and provide advanced professional development.  Programs at the undergraduate level include middle grades education (4-8) with concentrations in English language arts, math, science and social studies; secondary education (6-12) with specializations in biology, chemistry, English, history, mathematics and physics; and health and physical education (P-12). The Master of Arts in Teaching (M.A.T.) program offers initial teacher preparation at the graduate level in middle grades, health and physical education, and Spanish education, as well as secondary education in areas of biology, broad field science, chemistry, economics, English, history, geography, mathematics, physics, and political science.  The department offers Master of Education (M.Ed.) degrees in middle grades and secondary education and in Teaching Culturally and Linguistically Diverse Students (TCLD/ESOL).  It also offers the Teaching and Learning Education Specialist (Ed.S.) program in middle grades education in areas of language arts, reading, math, science, and social studies and in secondary education in areas of biology, broad field science, business, chemistry, economics, English, geography, history, mathematics, physics, and political science education. In addition to these degree programs, the department also offers endorsements in English of speakers of other languages (ESOL), gifted education, and teacher support and coaching.

Last updated: 5/27/2022