SCHOOL OF EDUCATION

SCHOOL OF EDUCATION

SCHOOL OF EDUCATION

Dean: Gendernalik Cooper

Faculty: Barksdale, Brown, Davis, Dorminey, Foster, Gendernalik Cooper, Hawver, Hay, Haywood, Hunter,  Kolo, Mashburn, Mayo, McWhorter, Medders, Neale, Nichols, Rhodes, Rodkey,  Spann,  Watford.

Mission Statement

The mission of the School of Education is the preparation and continuous development of candidates from diverse populations to high levels of achievement. The School of Education is committed to:

  • developing candidates who accurately assess, reflect, and make appropriate decisions about instruction resulting in achievement for all learners.
  • motivating life-long learning and offering high quality programs based upon exemplary instruction and relevant research.
  • collaborating with schools, businesses, communities, civic organizations, and others to improve the preparation of candidates and the effectiveness of practicing teachers.
  • developing leaders in education who are skilled, reflective decision makers and view pupil learning as the focus of their work.

Principles Guiding Curriculum Development

The School of Education faculty has identified five guiding principles for curriculum development:

1. Candidate Knowledge, Skills, and Dispositions. The SOE faculty believes candidates should demonstrate content knowledge, effective pedagogical skills, and methodologies for teaching based on national, state, and local standards. Attitudes, beliefs, and dispositions about teaching must align with these standards. Faculty will model and teach candidates to use current technology to enhance and improve content and improve methodologies of teaching, thus, fostering pupil achievement.

2. Assessment and Reflective Evaluation. Faculty, administrators, and candidates will continually assess courses, clinical experiences, candidates' impact on pupil learning, and overall programs through reflection and evaluation to make skilled decisions and improve the education of all candidates and the achievement of all pupils.

3. Clinical Experiences/Field Experiences. The SOE faculty believes collaboration with faculty in the School of Arts and Sciences, faculty and support personnel in local education agencies throughout our service area, businesses, civic organizations, and other community resources are essential for exemplary programs.

4. Diversity. As change agents, faculty and candidates must adapt to the evolving needs of the global society and its diverse populations to provide exemplary learning and achievement opportunities for all pupils. Curriculum will reflect the current and ever-changing issues of diverse human needs.

5. Faculty Performance/Development. The SOE faculty models exemplary professional practices in teaching, service, and scholarship. Faculty members incorporate the standards of national and state agencies, the Board of Regents, INTASC, NBPTS, and professional organizations to achieve high levels of exemplary teaching, professionalism, and life-long learning.

Education as a Career

A career in education is multi-faceted. Teaching in public or private schools, teaching for industry, teaching abroad, human services positions in a variety of agencies, tutoring, and operating an educational clinic are some options available.

Teaching, wherever it occurs, offers challenge, personal satisfaction, interaction with individuals in diverse situations, congenial colleagues, good working conditions, opportunities for advancement, increased financial rewards, choices of location, and the professional and personal growth which accrues from advanced study in the college and university environment. The School of Education at Georgia Southwestern State University is comprised of professional educators with extensive experiences in the public schools, the community, and professional organizations.

The School of Education is nationally recognized for the quality of its preparation programs. Georgia Southwestern Teacher Education programs are fully accredited by the National Council for Accreditation of Teacher Education (2010 Massachusetts Ave NW, Suite 500, Washington, D.C. 20036; 202-466-7496), state and regional accrediting agencies, as well as by specialty accrediting groups such as the National Council for the Teaching of Mathematics, the Middle School Association, and the Council for Exceptional Children.

The mission of the School of Education is the preparation of teachers for Georgia schools. Through cooperative efforts with other schools and departments of the University, the School of Education offers Teacher Education programs for Early Childhood, Middle Grades, Secondary Education, P-12 Education, Special Education, and Reading; The School of Education provides leadership in professional developing and extension programs for teachers within the area served by the University; and collaborates with the Georgia Professional Standards Commission, school systems, professional organizations, and other groups in evaluating and improving education programs and services.

Programs in Education at Georgia Southwestern

Teacher education programs represent the cooperative planning of the School of Education and the other major academic units of the University. All programs are coordinated by  the School of Education and are designed to produce teachers who demonstrate:

1. the skills and central concepts of their disciplines and the ability to incorporate those concepts into an integrated curriculum to facilitate holistic learning.
2. knowledge of the growth and development characteristics of children and adolescents and a knowledge of content and critical historical, philosophical, and theoretical themes in education.
3. the ability to effectively instruct students from diverse populations who vary in rate, ability, compatibility, cultural background, and style of learning.
4. critical and reflective thinking skills and the ability to use a variety of instructional strategies to promote critical thinking, problem solving, and performance in pupils.
5. classroom management skills using various techniques including the ability to manage the physical classroom environment.
6. effective communication strategies to insure active participation of diverse learners.
7. the ability to make skilled, reflective decisions in planning, creating, and evaluating materials appropriate for effective instruction using a variety of teaching strategies and technologies.
8. effective assessment techniques for the purpose of diagnosing and prescribing teaching strategies resulting in high levels of pupil achievement.
9. professionalism and the knowledge and ability to use reflection, research, and inquiry to refine their own development and to support professional practice.
10. appropriate and effective collaboration, communication, and interpersonal skills with pupils, teachers, parents, administrators, and others in the community.
11. dispositions, including beliefs, values, and behaviors, that guide ethical practice.
12. integration of instructional technology to foster learning and high levels of pupil achievement.

The prospective student has many options. Programs leading to degrees and/or eligibility for initial certification are offered in Art, Biological Science, Chemistry, Early Childhood Education, English,  Health and Physical Education, History, Mathematics, Middle Grades Education, Music, and Special Education. In addition, students may earn the Bachelor of Science in Education degree in Recreation and Exercise Science/Wellness, non-teaching degrees.

Employment Opportunities

Highly qualified teachers are in demand in schools, business, industry, and education-related positions. Georgia and other states in the southern region offer attractive employment opportunities to teachers and graduates of education programs. Virtually every major field is open to education graduates seeking positions. Social and governmental agencies recruit education graduates. Corporations and banks seek those skilled in communications and human relations. The individual with a degree in education can select from a wide range of positions and opportunities.

The Teacher Career Fair, sponsored annually by the School, brings representatives from Georgia school systems to the campus to interview prospective graduates. Individual conferences are arranged to provide wide exposure for students to potential employment opportunities. Undergraduates participate in at least one Career Fair prior to graduation.

Basic Requirements for All Undergraduate Teacher Education Programs

Teacher Education programs at Georgia Southwestern State University are approved by the Georgia Professional Standards Commission. and/or national Specialty Professional Associations. Successful completion of an approved Teacher Education program leads to recommendation for a professional teaching certificate. Since these professional programs lead to licensure, students must meet requirements and responsibilities not common to other degree programs.

Academic Achievement

All Teacher Education students must have a minimum GPA of 2.5 on a 4.0 scale for Admission to Teacher Education, for Admission to Student Teaching, and for graduation. In addition, students must earn grades of C or better in the professional sequence and teaching field courses for their chosen field of study. (See individual program descriptions for professional sequences and teaching field courses). Professional course credit may not be earned by correspondence.

Field Experiences

The School of Education strongly believes that field experiences are essential elements in all preservice teacher education programs. Field experiences provide developmental, systematic, and authentic contact between Teacher Education students and the tasks involved in teaching P-12 pupils. Most education courses have field experience requirements as an integral part of the course requirements. Collaboration with area Professional Development Schools  enables students to observe and participate in classrooms beginning with the Introduction to Education course and continuing through the capstone field experience-Student Teaching. Students are expected to complete the equivalent of one year of field experience hours including student teaching. Students must have passed and documented a Criminal Background Check prior to beginning field experience assignments.

Admission to Teacher Education Programs

All students following a Teacher Education program must be formally admitted to Teacher Education. The Admission to Teacher Education process is an advisement and tracking procedure designed to assist students in completion of degree requirements. Admission to Teacher Education is a prerequisite for enrollment in professional education courses. Failure to make application at the appropriate time can jeopardize timely program completion. Deadlines for submitting applications for Admission to Teacher Education are posted each semester in the School of Education and on the School of Education website.

Application for Admission to Teacher Education should be made upon completion of 36 semester hours of core curriculum credit. Transfer students with at least 36 semester hours of credit must make application for Admission to Teacher Education immediately upon entering the University. Application forms may be obtained from the School of Education office or from the School of Education website.

All applicants must submit the application and a two-page autobiography to the School of Education office. Students are notified by letter of their admission to a Teacher Education program. Admission to Teacher Education must occur at least two semesters prior to the Student Teaching semester, and prior to enrollment in any 3000 or 4000 level program courses.

Formal Admission to the Teacher Education program will be granted to students meeting the following requirements:

1. Completion of EDUC 2010 (Introduction to Education), EDUC 2030 (Human Growth and Development), and EDSP 2010 (Introduction to Special Education) with a grade of C or higher.
2. Completion of a minimum of 50 semester hours of General Core Curriculum (Areas A-F) credit with a minimum grade point average of 2.50 on all work taken, whether at other colleges/universities or at Georgia Southwestern State University, that is foundational to Teacher Education. Achievement and maintenance of a core GPA of at least 2.50 is required to be admitted and to remain in the program.
3. An institution grade point average of 2.50 or higher in all program course work taken whether at other colleges/universities or at Georgia Southwestern State University is required to be admitted and to remain in the program.
4. Successful completion of the Regents Examination.
5. Successful completion of the PRAXIS I academic skills tests in Reading, Mathematics, and Writing.*
6. Proficiency in communication skills, which is subject to review by the School of Education at any time during the program. Communication skills are measured by completion of the Humanities component of the core with a GPA of 2.25 or higher and successful demonstration of proficiency in communication skills or completion of COMM 1110 or THEA 1110 with a grade of C or higher. COMM 1110 or THEA 1110 may be taken in Area B to satisfy this requirement.
7. Recommendation by the student's academic advisor and one other professor who has recently taught the student (other than the instructor of EDUC 2010).
8. Recommendation by the appropriate program faculty, and approval by the Dean of the School of Education.

* NOTE: Candidates are exempt from this requirement if they have earned qualifying scores on any of these tests:

SAT minimum score: 1000 (verbal score plus math score);
GRE minimum score: 1030 (verbal score plus quantitative score); or
ACT minimum score: 43 (English score plus math score).

Opening School Experience

During the academic year in which a candidate completing a degree program with certification is scheduled to student teach, she/he must complete the Opening School Experience in the placement where the student teaching is to be completed. Opening School Experiences, student teaching placements, and all other field experiences will be authorized by the Director of Field Experience/Professional Development School Network in consultation with program faculty and Professional Development School liaisons.

Admission to Student Teaching

Completion of Student Teaching, under the guidance of a Professional Development School master teacher and a university supervisor is required of each Teacher Education student. Student Teaching occurs during the senior year and is considered a "full time" experience. Students may not enroll for additional courses other than the seminar course while Student Teaching without special permission, nor should they engage in outside activities that divert attention and energy from Student Teaching.

Student Teaching is conducted in elementary, middle, and secondary Professional Development Schools. Each assignment is made by the School of Education after a careful study of the student's academic record and general college/university experience. The School of Education reserves the right to assign a student to Professional Development School according to the best interests of the student and the University. Georgia Southwestern State University's Professional Development Schools are located in the following counties: Ben Hill, Crisp, Houston, Lee, Macon, and Sumter.

Application for Student Teaching must be filed with the Director of Field Experiences/Professional Development School Network. The deadline for applications for Student Teaching March 1st preceding the academic year (fall and spring semesters) in which Student Teaching is anticipated. For Student Teaching in Fall 2005 or Spring 2006, applications will be due 1 March 2005.

Prerequisites for Student Teaching are as follows:

1. Admission by letter to a Teacher Education program at Georgia Southwestern State University at least two semesters prior to the Student Teaching semester;
2. Completion of fifteen semester hours of credit in residence at Georgia Southwestern, including the materials and methods course specific to the major;
3. Completion of the General Core Curriculum with a minimum grade point average of 2.5 on all core work whether taken at other colleges/universities or at Georgia Southwestern;
4. Completion of all course work required except Student Teaching with a grade of C or higher whether taken at other colleges/universities or at Georgia Southwestern;
5. An institution grade point average of 2.5 or higher in all program course work whether taken at other colleges/universities or at Georgia Southwestern;
6. Recommendation by major advisor and endorsement by the appropriate area curriculum committee.
7. Pass and document a Criminal Background Check.

Certification

Teacher certification is granted by the Georgia Professional Standards Commission. Students successfully completing all requirements in a baccalaureate Teacher Education program and meeting the Praxis I and Praxis II requirements may apply to the Georgia Professional Standards Commission for a clear-renewable professional certificate. Application forms for certification may be obtained from the School of Education Office. Students should complete application forms and submit them prior to the end of the semester in which they anticipate completing certification requirements.

DEPARTMENT OF MIDDLE GRADES AND SECONDARY EDUCATION

Middle Grades Education

Chair: Watford

Faculty: Brown, Kolo, Neale, Watford

Middle Schools serve a student population undergoing physical, intellectual, and psychological changes. Teachers prepared to meet the developmental needs of young adolescents are at the heart of the Middle School. The School of Education's Middle Grades program prepares teachers who understand the nature of the learner, create meaningful learning environments, empower students, collaborate with other teachers, and know the value of caring. The Middle Grades program prepares students to become responsive, knowledgeable, and capable teachers of adolescents.

BACHELOR OF SCIENCE IN EDUCATION WITH A MAJOR IN MIDDLE GRADES

Core Curriculum Requirements: Core curriculum requirements should be completed during the first two years of college study. Students must meet the General Core Curriculum requirements as established by the University and the School of Education.

Admission to Teacher Education. Admission to Teacher Education is required for a student to enroll in all 3000-4000 level program courses. A grade of C or higher is required in each professional and teaching field course, and an institution grade point average of 2.50 is required for both Student Teaching and graduation.

Professional Sequence. The Middle Grades Education professional sequence enables students to develop understanding and competencies essential for teaching pupils in grades 4-8. 
Required Teaching Field Courses. Teaching field requirements are established by the School of Education. Major teaching field courses should be taken during the junior and senior year and must be completed prior to Student Teaching.

Concentration Areas: Students in Middle Grades must complete two concentration areas each requiring  a total of 15 semester hours of course work. The concentrations must be selected from the areas of Language Arts, Social Studies, Science, or Mathematics.

The following courses marked with an asterisk (*) are required when a student chooses that specific area  for Concentration I or Concentration II. A grade of C or higher is required in each teaching field course. Major teaching field courses should be taken during the junior and senior years.

Language Arts: EDRG 3030*, ENGL 3210, ENGL 3220, ENGL 4010, 3 hrs English or Reading elective.

Social Science: EDMG 4050*, and at least one course from each of the following areas: Regional Perspectives (HIST 3510, 3770, 3780 3810), World Perspectives (HIST 4110, 4770, 4800, POLS 3210), US Government Perspective (POLS 3110, 4460, 4470, 4570), 3 hrs. of Social Studies elective.

Science: EDMG 3060*, 4-hr science elective* (must be Chemistry or Physical Science if not taken in Core Area D), and at least two additional courses from the following:
BIOL 3300, BIOL 3600, BIOL 3710, BIOL 4050, BIOL 4350, BIOL 4500, BIOL 4800, GEOL 3111, GEOL 3121, GEOL 3311, OR GEOL 3411.

Mathematics: EDMG 3100*, MATH 3001, 3002, 4490, 3 hrs Mathematics elective.

NOTE: Other courses in concentration may be approved where appropriate at the discretion of the advisor and the Department Chair.

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Secondary Education

Georgia Southwestern State University offers programs leading to certification in secondary education in Biology, Chemistry, English, History, and Mathematics. These programs complement a strong academic background in the teaching field with providing the knowledge, skills, and experiences that are prerequisite to effective instruction. Students who plan to teach grades 6-12 must enroll in the appropriate program. Requirements for each program are established jointly by the School of Education and the School of Arts and Sciences and respective departments. Students are assigned academic advisors from within the respective academic school or department and the School of Education. The School of Education plans and schedules courses in the professional sequence. All programs are designed to lead to eligibility for the initial teaching certificate in Georgia.

Students should be familiar with the BASIC REQUIREMENTS FOR ALL UNDERGRADUATE TEACHER EDUCATION PROGRAMS listed previously, denoting requirements specifically for Teacher Education students. Changes in major program requirements must be approved in writing by the Dean of the School of Arts and Sciences and the Dean of the School of Education.

Core Curriculum Requirements. Students must meet the General Core Curriculum requirements as established by the University for each Teacher Education program. A GPA of 2.5 or higher is required for courses used to meet General Core Curriculum requirements. This applies to course work taken at other institutions as well as at Georgia Southwestern State University. Transfer students must meet the same core GPA requirements. Because of the several options in Teacher Education programs, the specific courses required in Area F of the core will vary from program to program. Students should take such courses only with the approval of the appropriate academic area advisor. COMM 1110, THEA 1110 or demonstrated competence in Speech is a requirement in all Teacher Education programs. COMM 1110 or THEA 1110 may be taken in Area B to satisfy this requirement.

Professional Sequence. The professional sequence consists of twenty-six semester hours of professional education courses. Admission to Teacher Education is required for a student to enroll in all 3000-4000 level education courses including EDRG 3060, EDUC 3200, EDUC 3400, EDSC 4060, EDSC 4080, EDSC 4090, EDSC 4100, EDSC 4960, EDSC 4970, EDSC 4980, and EDSC 4990.

Required Teaching Field Courses. Teaching field requirements are established by the academic departments and the School of Education. A grade of C or higher is required in each course applied to a teaching field. , and an institution grade point average of 2.5 is required for both Student Teaching and graduation. All teaching field courses in addition to required General Core Curriculum courses, Certification Core courses, and the professional sequence courses must be completed prior to Student Teaching. Specific requirements for each area follow.

DEPARTMENT OF EARLY CHILDHOOD, READING, AND SPECIAL EDUCATION

Acting Chair: Mayo

Faculty: Dorminey, Foster, Hunter, McWhorter, Mayo, Medders, Nichols, Spann

Early Childhood

The student who specializes in Early Childhood Education has career options in a variety of settings: public and private preschools, agencies, community programs, child care, public schools, and private enterprise. With advanced training, supervisory and administrative positions are available. Students who plan to teach in pre-kindergarten through 5th grade (P-5) must enroll in this program to obtain certification.

BACHELOR OF SCIENCE IN EDUCATION WITH A MAJOR IN EARLY CHILDHOOD EDUCATION

Core Curriculum Requirements. Core curriculum requirements should be completed during the first two years of college study. Students must meet the General Core Curriculum requirements as established by the University and the School of Education.

Admission to Teacher Education.
Admission to Teacher Education is required for a student to enroll in all 3000-4000 level program courses. A grade of C or higher is required in each professional and teaching field course, and an institution grade point average of 2.5 is required for both student teaching and graduation.

Early Childhood Education Professional Sequence. The Early Childhood Education professional sequence enables students to develop understanding and abilities that are essential for teaching young pupils.

Academic Concentrations:
The Early Childhood Education program requires the completion of a concentration in Reading. Courses that are taken to complete this requirement include: EDRG 3020, EDRG 3040, EDRG 3280, EDRG.

The Early Childhood Education program requires the completion of a concentration in Mathematics. Courses that are taken to complete this requirement include: MATH 2204, EDEC 3100, MATH 3001, MATH 3002, and MATH 4490.

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Special Education

Students planning to teach individuals with disabilities should enroll in this program leading to Georgia T-4 certification in Interrelated Special Education.

A degree in Special Education qualifies an individual for professional opportunities in public schools and other settings concerned with meeting the needs of individuals with disabilities. Special Education graduates are currently in great demand in Georgia and throughout the nation.

BACHELOR OF SCIENCE IN EDUCATION WITH A MAJOR IN INTERRELATED SPECIAL EDUCATION

Core Curriculum Requirements. Core Curriculum requirements should be completed during the first two years of college study. Students must meet the General Core Curriculum requirements as established by the University and the School of Education.

Admission to Teacher Education. Admission to Teacher Education is required for a student to enroll in all 3000-4000 level program courses. A grade of C or higher is required in each professional and teaching field course, and an institution grade point average of 2.5 or higher is required for both Student Teaching and graduation.

Professional Sequence. The Special Education professional sequence enables students to develop understanding and competencies essential for teaching pupils with disabilities.

Required Teaching Field Courses. Teaching Field requirements are established by the School of Education. Major teaching field courses should be taken during the junior and senior years. Teaching field courses, including the Special Education Block, must be completed prior to Student Teaching.

Special Education Block. All students seeking initial certification in Special Education are required to complete the Special Education Block prior to Student Teaching. The Special Education Block is a full-time experience of course work and internship. Students spend approximately 20 hours per week as interns serving special education pupils in public schools under the supervision of master teachers. Additionally, they are enrolled in university course work on campus.

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P-12 EDUCATION

P-12 education programs are designed for students who plan to teach Music, Art, and Health and Physical Education. Students who plan to teach grades P-12 must enroll in the appropriate program. Requirements for each program are established jointly by the School of Education and the respective academic department.

Students are assigned academic advisors from within the respective academic school or department and the School of Education. The School of Education plans and schedules courses in the professional sequence. All programs are designed to lead to eligibility for the initial teaching certificate in Georgia.

Students should be familiar with the BASIC REQUIREMENTS FOR ALL UNDERGRADUATE TEACHER EDUCATION PROGRAMS listed previously, denoting requirements specifically for teacher education students. Changes in major program requirements must be approved in writing by the Dean of the School of Arts and Sciences and the Dean of the School of Education. All courses taken during the junior and senior years must be approved by the student's academic advisor.

Core Curriculum Requirements. Students must meet the General Core Curriculum requirements as established by the University for each Teacher Education program. A GPA of 2.5 or higher is required for courses used to meet General Core Curriculum requirements. This applies to course work taken at other institutions as well as at Georgia Southwestern State University. Transfer students must meet the same core GPA requirements. Because of the several options in Teacher Education programs, the specific courses required in Area F of the core will vary from program to program. Students should take such courses only with the approval of the appropriate academic area advisor. COMM 1110, THEA 1110, or demonstrated competence in Speech, is a requirement of all Teacher Education programs. COMM 1110 or THEA 1110 may be taken in Area B to satisfy this requirement.

Required Teaching Field Courses. Teaching field requirements are established by the academic school and the School of Education. A grade of C or higher is required in each course applied to a teaching field, and an institution grade point average of 2.5 is required for both Student Teaching and graduation. All  teaching field courses in addition to required General Core Curriculum courses, Certification Core courses, and the professional sequence courses must be completed prior to Student Teaching. Specific requirements for each area follow:

DEPARTMENT OF HEALTH AND HUMAN PERFORMANCE

Chair: Hawver

Faculty: Barksdale, Bosak, Hawver, Hay, Haywood, Rodkey

The Department of Health and Human Performance offers a Bachelor of Science in Education degree with a teaching major in Health and Physical Education, a Bachelor of Science in Education with a concentration in Exercise Science/Wellness, and a Bachelor of Science in Education with a major in Recreation. The growth of sports in the American culture, the increased public interest in health and physical fitness, and the emphasis on equal opportunity have resulted in expanded sports programs throughout the nation.

The purpose of the Health and Physical Education curriculum is to prepare majors for careers in teaching students at the preschool level through the secondary level and for coaching positions at the middle and secondary level. Completion of degree requirements and successful completion of the PRAXIS Exam lead to certification by the Georgia Professional Standards Commission.

The Bachelor of Science in Education degree with a concentration in Exercise Science/Wellness is designed to prepare graduates who prefer careers in corporate fitness and wellness. Completion of the program will provide the undergraduate student with the entry level skills and the knowledge base to function competently in a wide range of fitness/wellness employment opportunities.

The Bachelor of Science in Education degree with a major in Recreation is designed to prepare graduates to enter different areas of recreational service. In our society, recreation is considered to be an important counter to the stress and pressure of modern living. The purpose of the recreation field is to provide a wide variety of physical, mental, social, and cultural opportunities for all people. The leisure service field is recognized as a multi-million dollar industry with such varied branches as follows:

School Recreation: Intramurals, student activities director, student union director, in public and private elementary and secondary schools and colleges.

Public Recreation: Community recreation programs, park administration, community education, cultural programs and services.

Commercial Recreation: Direction of amusement centers, bowling lanes, golf courses, private gyms, movies, and sporting events.

Armed Forces Recreation: Special Services, USO, and Red Cross.

Group Work Recreation: YMCA, YWCA, Boys' Clubs, Girls' Clubs, Scouts, and other related youth groups.

Therapeutic Medical Recreation: Hospitals and mental institutions.

Resort Recreation: Hotels and auxiliary recreation services.

Private Recreation: Condominiums, private communities, special interest clubs, country clubs, and athletic clubs.

The emphasis at Georgia Southwestern is to provide the future recreation professionals with the administrative and technical knowledge needed for proper execution of such positions. For more information concerning these programs, students should consult the Chair of the Department of Health and Human Performance.

Students working toward a baccalaureate degree must complete the service courses in Health and Human Performance as part of the general university requirements. (See Academic Regulations for exemptions). A minimum grade point average of C (2.00) is required in the 1000 level courses.

Students enrolled in other programs offered by the University must complete physical education courses required in the specific programs.

BACHELOR OF SCIENCE IN EDUCATION WITH A MAJOR IN HEALTH AND PHYSICAL EDUCATION

Students planning to teach Health and Physical Education in grades P-12 must enroll in this program. leading to Georgia T-4 certification.

Core Curriculum Requirements. Core curriculum requirements should be completed during the first two years of college study. Students must meet the General Core Curriculum requirements as established by the University and the School of Education.

Admission to Teacher Education. Admission to Teacher Education is required for a student to enroll in all 3000-4000 level program courses. A grade of C or higher is required in each professional and teaching field course, and an institution grade point average of 2.5 is required for both Student Teaching and graduation.

Professional Sequence. The Health and Physical Education sequence enables students to develop understanding and competencies essential for teaching pupils in grades P-12.

Required Teaching Field Courses. Teaching field requirements are established by the School of Education. Major teaching field courses should be taken during the junior and senior years, and must be completed prior to Student Teaching.

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BACHELOR OF SCIENCE IN EDUCATION WITH A MAJOR IN EXERCISE SCIENCE/WELLNESS

This program is designed to prepare graduates who prefer careers in corporate fitness and wellness. The program does not lead to certification to teach.

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BACHELOR OF SCIENCE IN EDUCATION WITH A MAJOR IN RECREATION

This program is designed to prepare students for positions with agencies providing for the recreative use of leisure time in our society. The program does not lead to teacher certification.

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  MINOR IN RECREATION

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