Teaching Degrees in Georgia

Individuals interested in attaining Georgia teacher certification must meet several requirements as outlined by the Georgia Professional Standards Commission. Before taking the appropriate certification exam in the desired subject area, candidates must earn a bachelor’s degree from an accredited university and complete an educator preparation program. A number of universities offer Georgia teacher education through undergraduate initial teacher preparation programs as well as alternative certification programs for baccalaureate degree holders.

The four largest universities that offer these programs are Georgia State University, the University of Georgia, Kennesaw State University, and Georgia Southern University. Each of these teaching schools in Georgia has a state-approved teaching certification program that prepares students to receive a Georgia teacher license. Read on to find out more about the programs each university offers.

Georgia State University

The College of Education at Georgia State University offers more than 60 degree and non-degree programs, including alternative certification, within six academic departments. In 2010, GSU’s College of Education produced 555 new teachers, 58% of which were employed by Georgia public schools. U.S. News & World Report ranks the GSU College of Education #61 in its listing of the top 100 education schools in the nation. When applying to the College of Education, prospective students must also apply for an online criminal background check in order to participate in student teaching internships.

University of Georgia

The University of Georgia College of Education boasts internationally recognized faculty and alumni. The college offers 16 undergraduate education programs. Admission to the school is rather selective, as the average GPA of the nearly 5,000 students enrolled each semester is 3.44. UGA’s College of Education produced 747 new teachers in 2011 and 99% of them passed their Georgia educator certification exams. The UGA College of Education has a 52% job placement rate.

<h3>Kennesaw State University</h3>

The Bagwell College of Education delivers a variety of teacher education programs at all grade levels and in most content areas though 16 initial preparation program areas and an alternative certification program. As the second largest preparer of teachers in the state of Georgia, the Bagwell College of Education produced 697 teachers at the completion of the 2010-2011 academic year. Graduates who pass the appropriate GACE content exams become eligible to receive a Georgia teaching license, which is referred to as the Clear Renewable Certificate.

Georgia Southern University

In the fall of 2011, Georgia Southern University’s College of Education enrolled 1,133 undergraduate and 1,453 graduate students. Since 1924, Georgia Southern University has been preparing future teachers, and currently offers four undergraduate Bachelor of Science in Education majors that prepare students for initial teacher certification in the state of Georgia. The College also offers 10 Master of Education degrees, nine education specialist degrees, and four graduate-level programs for educators seeking to add endorsements to their certification.

Albany State University

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504 College Drive
Albany, GA 31705
(229) 430-4600

Type of School:

  • Public
  • 4-year

Programs Offered:

  • Bachelors
  • Masters
  • Post-Masters

Armstrong State University

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11935 Abercorn St
Savannah, GA 31419-1997
(912) 344-2576

Type of School:

  • Public
  • 4-year

Programs Offered:

  • Associates
  • Bachelors
  • Certificate
  • Doctoral
  • Masters
  • Post-Bachelors
  • Post-Masters

Berry College

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2277 Martha Berry Hwy NW
Mount Berry, GA 30149
(706) 232-5374

Type of School:

  • Private not-for-profit
  • 4-year

Programs Offered:

  • Bachelors
  • Masters

Brenau University

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500 Washington Street SE
Gainesville, GA 30501-3668
(770) 534-6299

Type of School:

  • Private not-for-profit
  • 4-year

Programs Offered:

  • Associates
  • Bachelors
  • Doctoral
  • Masters
  • Post-Bachelors
  • Post-Masters

Brewton-Parker College

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201 David-Eliza Fountain Circle
Mount Vernon, GA 30445
(912) 583-2241

Type of School:

  • Private not-for-profit
  • 4-year

Programs Offered:

  • Associates
  • Bachelors

Accrediting Agency:

  • Southern Association of Colleges and Schools, Commission on Colleges

Clayton State University

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2000 Clayton State Boulevard
Morrow, GA 30260-0285
(678) 466-4000

Type of School:

  • Public
  • 4-year

Programs Offered:

  • Associates
  • Bachelors
  • Certificate
  • Masters

Columbus State University

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4225 University Ave
Columbus, GA 31907-5645
(706) 507-8800

Type of School:

  • Public
  • 4-year

Programs Offered:

  • Associates
  • Bachelors
  • Certificate
  • Doctoral
  • Masters
  • Post-Bachelors
  • Post-Masters

Covenant College

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14049 Scenic Highway
Lookout Mountain, GA 30750-4164
(706) 820-1560

Type of School:

  • Private not-for-profit
  • 4-year

Programs Offered:

  • Associates
  • Bachelors
  • Masters

Accrediting Agency:

  • Southern Association of Colleges and Schools, Commission on Colleges

Emmanuel College

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181 Springs St
Franklin Springs, GA 30639
(706) 245-7226

Type of School:

  • Private not-for-profit
  • 4-year

Programs Offered:

  • Associates
  • Bachelors

Accrediting Agency:

  • Southern Association of Colleges and Schools, Commission on Colleges

Fort Valley State University

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1005 State University Dr
Fort Valley, GA 31030-4313
(478) 825-6211

Type of School:

  • Public
  • 4-year

Programs Offered:

  • Bachelors
  • Masters
  • Post-Masters

Georgia College and State University

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231 W Hancock Street
Milledgeville, GA 31061
(478) 445-2770

Type of School:

  • Public
  • 4-year

Programs Offered:

  • Bachelors
  • Doctoral
  • Masters
  • Post-Masters

Georgia Military College

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201 E Greene St
Milledgeville, GA 31061
(478) 387-4900

Type of School:

  • Public
  • 2-year

Programs Offered:

  • Associates

Accrediting Agency:

  • Southern Association of Colleges and Schools, Commission on Colleges

Georgia Regents University

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1120 Fifteenth St
Augusta, GA 30912
(706) 721-0211

Type of School:

  • Public
  • 4-year

Programs Offered:

  • Associates
  • Bachelors
  • Doctoral
  • Masters
  • Post-Bachelors
  • Post-Masters

Georgia Southern University

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Brannen Hall, Room 2015, 2670 Southern Drive
Statesboro, GA 30460-8126
(912) 478-5391

Type of School:

  • Public
  • 4-year

Programs Offered:

  • Bachelors
  • Doctoral
  • Masters
  • Post-Bachelors
  • Post-Masters

Georgia Southwestern State University

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800 Georgia Southwestern State University Dr.
Americus, GA 31709-4693
(877) 871-4594

Type of School:

  • Public
  • 4-year

Programs Offered:

  • Bachelors
  • Certificate
  • Masters
  • Post-Bachelors
  • Post-Masters

Georgia State University

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33 gilmer st
Atlanta, GA 30303-3083
(404) 413-2000

Type of School:

  • Public
  • 4-year

Programs Offered:

  • Bachelors
  • Doctoral
  • Masters
  • Post-Bachelors
  • Post-Masters

Kennesaw State University

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1000 Chastain Rd
Kennesaw, GA 30144-5591
(770) 423-6000

Type of School:

  • Public
  • 4-year

Programs Offered:

  • Bachelors
  • Certificate
  • Doctoral
  • Masters
  • Post-Bachelors
  • Post-Masters

LaGrange College

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601 Broad Street
Lagrange, GA 30240-2999
(706) 880-8000

Type of School:

  • Private not-for-profit
  • 4-year

Programs Offered:

  • Bachelors
  • Masters

Mercer University

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1400 Coleman Avenue
Macon, GA 31207
(478) 301-2700

Type of School:

  • Private not-for-profit
  • 4-year

Programs Offered:

  • Bachelors
  • Doctoral
  • Masters
  • Post-Masters

Paine College

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1235 15th St
Augusta, GA 30901-3182
(706) 821-8200

Type of School:

  • Private not-for-profit
  • 4-year

Programs Offered:

  • Bachelors

Accrediting Agency:

  • National Council for Accreditation of Teacher Education
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