M.A. Cohort Information

What is a Cohort?

- 18 to 25 practicing teachers seeking advanced degrees
- Curriculum sequenced and designed around local issues and concerns
- Focus is on school improvement
- Members become a team of educational leaders who can affect teaching and education within the local school district

What degrees can be earned in a cohort?

- Master of Arts (M.A.)

  • - Early Childhood Education
  • - Middle Grades Education
  • - Secondary Education

- Education Specialist (Ed.S.)

Advantages of the Cohort

- Coursework is tied to school improvement efforts.
- Instruction is both practical and theoretical.
- Model is delivered on site. (Exceptions may occur for online courses.)
- The degree takes about four semesters to complete.
- Technology is emphasized throughout the program of study.
- Understanding diverse cultures is incorporated in the program of study.
- Assignments and research are directly related to teaching.
- Taught by scholarly practitioners involved in the real world of students and teachers

Cohort Convenience

- On site advisement, registration, instruction and evaluation
- Students can order textbooks on-line or by telephone
- Courses are held according to the host school district schedule
**Please note: Online classes are held according to the Piedmont College campus calendar and may require a face-to-face meeting on campus. Summer content classes may require attendance at the Demorest campus.

Ultimate Goals Are . . .

- Preparing proactive educators to improve the lives of all children
- Improving schools
- Improving student achievement
- Developing scholarly practitioners

Academic Support

- Arrendale Library
- Electronic library services–Galileo, Edutext, and others
- Borrowing privileges at GPALS partners
- Borrowing privileges at UGA and other libraries via Director of Library Services
- On-Line Reserves