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 professionals, school media specialists as well as evaluation, assessment and research professionals.
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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 elementary 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. For more specific information about our Undergraduate programs, visit our Education Degree Programs web page or click here to request information.
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 seventy (70) 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:
- 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.
- 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 Elementary 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, geography, history, mathematics, physics, and political science. (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. For more program information please visit our Masters of Arts in Teaching web page. For more information regarding Graduate programs please visit our Education Degree Programs web page or click here to request information.
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. For more information regarding Graduate programs please visit our Education Degree Programs web page or click here to request information.
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. For more information regarding Graduate Advanced Programs, please visit our Education Degree Programs web page.
- Master of Arts in Teaching (M.A.T.)
Last updated: 7/9/2019