If you are interested in obtaining an undergraduate degree in Elementary Education there are two degree options to choose from, the Elementary Education B.S.Ed. Certification Track program or the B.S.Ed. Elementary Education-Professional Studies (Non-Certification Track) program.
The Elementary Education B.S.Ed. Certification Track program is designed for students who are seeking initial teacher certification. Within this program, students may choose to obtain a single certification in elementary education or a dual certification in elementary and special education. Students will have the opportunity to have many experiences in public school classrooms prior to the student teaching semester. All field experiences, including student teaching, take place within a 70 mile radius of the Georgia Southern campus. Upon successful completion of the program and passing either the Elementary Education or the Dual Certification GACE exam, and the edTPA portfolio, the student will qualify for Georgia’s P-5 teacher Induction certification.
The B.S.Ed. Elementary 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 BSED Elementary 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 Elementary Education B.S.Ed. Certification program in either the single certification or dual certification track. Those students who are not seeking initial teacher certification, would complete the remainder of the program requirements for the B.S.Ed. Elementary Education-Professional Studies (Non-Certification Track).
Last updated: 10/16/2018