Atlanta Teacher Certification Programs with Course Summaries

There are seven schools within five miles of Atlanta, GA, that have teacher certification programs. Read an overview of two schools' programs, and get statistical information about the schools to find out which one is right for you.

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Teacher Certification Programs in Atlanta

Aspiring educators who wish to teach in Georgia public schools must complete a state-approved education program and pass the required certification assessment for the desired licensing. Initial licensure programs are available in bachelor's and master's degree programs, in addition to post-baccalaureate programs for those who already hold 4-year degrees in other fields. Read about the featured programs at the following two schools to learn about the curricula, certification options, field experiences and program lengths.

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  • Teacher Education, Multiple Levels
  • Teaching, Adults
  • Teaching, Elementary
  • Teaching, High School
  • Teaching, Junior High
  • Teaching, Kindergarten and Preschool
  • Teaching, Waldorf and Steiner Education
  • Teaching, Young Children

Comparison of Schools

Beyond looking at program specifics, aspiring teachers wishing to study near Atlanta may also want to compare school details concerning enrollment, tuition and graduation data. The following table presents those and more.

  • Georgia State University, located in downtown Atlanta, offers an urban accelerated certification and master's program.
  • Emory University is situated approximately five miles northeast of downtown Atlanta. This school offers a master's degree in teaching.

Georgia State University Emory University
School Type 4-year, public 4-year, private, non-profit
Total Enrollment (2015) 32,556* 14,769*
Campus Setting Large city Large suburb
Undergraduate Tuition & Fees (2015-2016) $8,974 (in-state)
$23,542 (out-of-state)*
% of First-Year Students Receiving Some Form of Financial Aid (2013-2014) 92%* 59%*
Acceptance Rate (2014) 59%* 27%*
Retention Rate (2014) 81%* 95%*
Undergraduate Graduation Rate (2014) 53%* 89%*

Source: *NCES College Navigator

Georgia State University

Georgia State University (GSU) is a center for urban research. GSU enrolls over 30,000 students in 52 undergraduate and graduate degree programs covering 250 fields of study.

Urban Accelerated Certification and Master's Program

This 2-year alternative certification program is designed for graduates with bachelor's degrees in areas other than education. Students take courses in the first year and participate in field experiences in the local Atlanta area. Successful completion of the first year earns the student a recommendation for certification in Early Childhood Education (Pre-K through grade 5) with an English for Speakers of Other Languages (ESOL) Endorsement.

Emory University

Emory University in Atlanta is a 4-year private not-for-profit liberal arts college that receives more research funds than the other schools in Georgia. Emory University provides opportunities for future educators to gain teaching experience while enrolled in their undergraduate degree programs in education.

Master of Arts in Teaching

Emory University has announced the closing of the Division of Educational Studies on August 31, 2017.

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