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 Special Education, Reading and Early Childhood Education, Middle Grades and Secondary Education and Health and Physical Education. 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.
For more information on Undergraduate Admissions, please visit the Undergraduate Admissions website.
Georgia Southwestern's School of Education offers Georgia's leading graduate program in terms of cost, convenience, and speed of completion. Students can complete a degree in 13 months at a fraction of the cost of most graduate programs. Southwestern's School of Education offers the following graduate degrees:
- Master of Education (M.Ed.) in Early Childhood Education
- Master of Education (M.Ed.) in Middle Grades Language Arts
- Master of Education (M.Ed.) in Middle Grades Mathematics
- Master of Education (M.Ed.) in Special Education
- Educational Specialist (Ed.S.) in Early Childhood Education
- Educational Specialist (Ed.S.) in Middle Grades Education
For more information on Graduate Admissions for the School of Education, please visit the School of Education's Graduate Admissions page.
As a teacher education candidate, advisement plays an important role in the success of the pacing and planning of your program. It is important candidates meet with his/her assigned advisor a minimum of once per semester. It is each candidate’s responsibility to schedule an appointment, and to remain knowledgeable about the requirements of his/her program. It is most important candidates meet with advisors prior to registration each semester to assist in meeting important application deadlines, as well as registering for necessary courses. Two applications which are necessary in the progression of the teacher education candidate are the Application for Admission into the Teacher Education Program and the Application for Eligibility for Student Teaching.
Application for Admission into the Teacher Education Program
Specific requirements must be met in order to be accepted into the Teacher Education Program. Each advisor is to initial that each requirement is met prior to submission.
The minimum requirements to Admission into the Teacher Education Program are:
- Completion of EDUC 2110 (Investigating Issues in Education), EDUC 2120 (Exploring Diversity in Education), and EDUC 2130 (Exploring Learning and Teaching), or approved substitutions with a grade of “C” or higher in each course.
- Completion of at least 50 semester hours of the General Core Curriculum (Areas A-F) with a minimum GPA of 2.5 (This can include the semester hours the candidate is enrolled in at the time of application. End of semester grades are reviewed to verify admission and further enrollment eligibility.)
- Completion of COMM 1110 (Fundamentals of Speech) with a grade of “C” or higher.
- Completion of the Humanities component of the core with a minimum grade point average of 2.25.
- Completion or exemption of the GACE Program Admission/Praxis I requirement*
- Completed application and autobiography attached
- Current advisor’s transcript and updated curriculum sheet attached
- Completion of Georgia Educator Ethics Assessment
*NOTE: Candidates are exempt from this requirement if they have earned qualifying scores on any of these tests:
SAT minimum score: 1000 (critical reading score plus math score); or ACT minimum score: 43 (English score plus math score)
These are the minimum requirements for admission to teacher education. All requirements must be met for admission and eligibility to enroll in 3000 - 4000 level educator preparation courses.
CANDIDATES MUST BE ADMITTED INTO THE TEACHER EDUCATION PROGRAM TO ENROLL IN UPPER DIVISION COURSES