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.
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.
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.
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.