Students seeking teacher certification programs in Georgia have many school and program options, including bachelor's and master's degree programs and post-baccalaureate non-degree programs. A bachelor's degree in education is the minimum requirement to satisfy state regulations for certification, but those with bachelor's degrees in other subjects can complete a master's degree in education in order to qualify for teaching certification. Programs often include concentrations in a subject or grade level; common options include early childhood education, elementary education, special education, mathematics, English and physical education. Students typically get experience working with children through student teaching and other field experiences part of a program's curriculum.
Georgia State University
The College of Education at Georgia State University, located in Atlanta, offers bachelor's and master's degrees as well as certification-only, non-degree programs for students seeking teacher certification. The non-degree, certification-only programs are available for graduate students and are available with such concentrations as physical and health disabilities, behavior and learning disabilities, health occupations and trade, deafness, early childhood education and reading.
Leading to certification in health and physical education, birth through five, early childhood education or middle level education, the bachelor's degree program in education includes core education classes, a student teaching period and courses related to the chosen specialization. The master's program in teaching features concentrations in science, mathematics, English, middle level education, social studies and teaching English as a second language. The master's program in education features concentrations for licensed teachers as well as those seeking initial certification. Some of these include English, middle level education, early childhood education and learning disabilities.
University of West Georgia
The University of West Georgia (UWG) is located in Carrollton. Teacher certification is offered through the College of Education for students receiving undergraduate and graduate degrees, as well as those enrolled in select non-degree programs. The non-degree programs are for graduate students interested in pursuing certification in a specific concentration, such as art, chemistry, business, foreign language, economics, chemistry, music or physics.
This school's bachelor's degree program in education prepares students for certification in health and physical education, middle grades, secondary grades or early childhood education. Graduate students seeking certification can pursue the Master of Education program, which includes options in early childhood education, middle grades, physical education, secondary education and special education.
School Comparison: At a Glance
|School||School Type & Setting||Programs Offered||Undergraduate Tuition & Fees (2018-2019)|
|Georgia State University||4-year, public; large city|| BS in Education
MA in Teaching
Master of Education
Non-Degree Certification Programs
|$9,112 (in-state), $23,971 (out-of-state)*|
|University of West Georgia||4-year, public; fringe town|| BS in Education
Master of Education: Specialist in Education
Non-Degree Certification Programs
|$6,288 (in-state), $17,074 (out-of-state)*|
Source: *NCES College Navigator