Dean's Message

deanWelcome to the website of the Georgia Southwestern State University (GSW) School of Education. The faculty and staff of the GSW School of Education are committed to preparing teachers who are skilled, reflective decision-makers. This embodies our vision of accomplished education professionals and is further detailed in all of our beliefs, goals, and mission.

The School of Education is organized into two departments: Special Education, Reading and Early Childhood Education; and Middle/Secondary Education and Health and Human Performance. All of our programs reflect commitment to collaboration with our colleagues throughout the University and the local school systems. Through a network of 47 Professional Development Schools located in 14 area school systems, we fully integrate the field experience and academic components of our programs. Individuals can earn baccalaureate degrees with certification in Early Childhood Education, Middle Grades Education, Special Education, Health and Physical Education, and Music with Teacher Certification. Individuals interested in secondary certification can pursue baccalaureate degrees with certification in English, History, and Mathematics. We also offer the Bachelor of Science degree with a concentration in Exercise Science/Wellness.

Advanced programs for educators with teaching certification are available. The Master of Education degree in Curriculum and Instruction and the Education Specialist degree in Teacher Leadership are graduate programs offered in the GSW School of Education.

The GSW School of Education is accredited by the National Council for the Accreditation of Teacher Education (NCATE). All of our initial-level teacher education programs are approved by the Georgia Professional Standards Commission (PSC).

We are proud of the education our candidates receive with emphasis on standards-based curriculum, research-based practices, and diversity. Many of our graduates have earned distinctions as Teachers of the Year in their schools and systems. We have included information and links on this website that will assist you in becoming more familiar with the GSW School of Education. We hope you will choose to join us as we pursue educational excellence within the context of an energetic and challenging learning community.


Lettie J. Watford, Ph.D.
Dean & Professor
GSW School of Education