Georgia Teaching Certification
Aspiring teachers in Georgia must obtain a Clear Renewable Certificate, which requires completing an education program in the state at the bachelor's degree level or higher. The applicant must have completed this education or have had relevant work experience within the previous five years. Requirements also include passing the pertinent Praxis tests and, as of June 2006, achieving competency in computer skills as determined by the state.
Universities in Georgia offer bachelor's and master's degree programs in education. Find out about the program specializations, curricula and requirements for two schools' degree programs. In addition, the table near the end of this article details some other important school facts.
- The University of Georgia is located in Athens, in the northeastern portion of the state. This school's teaching degree offerings include bachelor's degrees in middle school, early childhood, science and foreign language education. This school also offers a master's degree in social studies education.
- Georgia State University offers bachelor's degrees in early childhood education and health and physical education, in addition to master's degrees appropriate for those who wish to teach middle or secondary school in English, math and science. This school is located in the northwestern area of the state, in Atlanta.
Comparison of Schools
The road to becoming a teacher is a 4-year commitment, at least. Many factors should be considered beyond finding the program that seems the most fitting. Check the table below for some important school details, such as enrollment, tuition and graduation rate.
|University of Georgia||Georgia State University|
|School Type||4-year, public||4-year, public|
|Total Enrollment (2014)||35,197*||32,556*|
|Campus Setting||Midsize city||Large city|
|Undergraduate Tuition & Fees (2015-2016)|| $11,622 (in-state)*
| $8,974 (in-state)*
|% of First-Year Students Receiving Some Form of Financial Aid (2013-2014)||95%*||92%*|
|Acceptance Rate (2014)||56%*||59% (2013)*|
|Retention Rate (2013-14)||94%*||81%*|
|Undergraduate Graduation Rate (for students who began their studies in fall 2008)||85%*||53%*|
Source: *NCES College Navigator.
University of Georgia
The University of Georgia (UGA) has more than 34,000 students. Undergraduates account for over 75 percent of the student population. UGA has many education degree programs for future teachers through its College of Education.
Bachelor of Science in Education - Middle School Education
This degree program prepares students to teach fourth to eighth grade in the subjects of language arts, science, math and social science. Classes in the program focus on teaching styles, student evaluation, curriculum planning, teaching middle school students and special problems related to the field.
Bachelor of Science in Education - Early Childhood Education (with a Pre-K to Second Grade Emphasis)
After earning this degree, students can teach pre-school through fifth grade. The second half of the program focuses on levels Pre-K to second grade. Students who successfully finish also earn a math endorsement.
Bachelor of Science Education - Science Education
This dual degree program prepares future educators to teach biology, chemistry, earth science and physics to students in sixth to 12th grades. Students take courses covering the sciences, education issues, learning and teaching.
Bachelor of Science in Education - World Language Education
Along with receiving a bachelor's degree, students receive initial teaching certification. They are prepared to teach pre-school to 12th grade in languages such as Spanish, French, Latin and German.
Master of Arts in Teaching - Social Studies Education
Students who already have a bachelor's degree can earn a master's degree and teaching certification through this degree program. It prepares students to teach economics, geography, history and political science in grades 6-12.
Georgia State University
A public university, Georgia State was founded in 1913 and has about 32,000 students. It has numerous degree options for those interested in becoming teachers.
Bachelor of Science in Education - Early Childhood Education
This degree program is for students who want to teach pre-kindergarten to fifth grade. Students take courses in classroom management, childhood development, literacy, reading, science and math.
Bachelor of Science in Education - Health and Physical Education
Upon successful completion, students can teach pre-K to 12th grade. Students learn about physical education and health for elementary and secondary schools. Courses cover teaching methods, curricula and instruction models, among other areas.
Master of Arts in Teaching - English Education
Prospective teachers who already have a bachelor's degree in English are able to get a master's degree and initial teaching certification. They are able to teach sixth through 12th grade English.
Master of Arts in Teaching - Mathematics Education
Students who already have a bachelor's degree can enroll in this program in preparation for teaching middle school math. Courses include multicultural education, the psychology of learning, math education and secondary teaching.
Master of Arts in Teaching - Science Education
After receiving their master's degree and initial teacher certification through this program, students can teach sixth through 12th grade science classes. Students take classes in education foundations, multicultural education, using technology in the classroom and science teaching.