Graduate Degree Programs

 

The School of Education offers several graduate degree programs as listed below. Please follow the links on the left to view details of each program. 

Master of Arts in Teaching & Master of Arts Programs:

The objectives of the undergraduate education programs apply to candidates seeking initial
certification at the master’s level. Additionally, the Master of Arts in Teaching (M.A.T.)
and Master of Arts (M.A.) programs at Piedmont College continue to provide the graduate
candidate knowledge in the social and educational development of students. Through an
individualized program of study based on the candidate’s undergraduate program, experience,
and professional goals, the programs seek to:
• provide the candidate with the ability to communicate and teach effectively using
an interdisciplinary knowledge base and understanding of multidimensional
classrooms;
• use and facilitate critical thinking skills;
• enhance candidates’ content knowledge, integrating it with instructional technology;
• enable candidates to interpret and assess educational research, and conduct their
own classroom-based research; and
• provide experiences that enable candidates to assume roles as proactive, reflective,
and scholarly practitioners and develop their skills and abilities as professional
teachers.

Candidates seeking initial certification in education fields will pursue the Master of Arts in Teaching (M.A.T.) degree. 

Students who hold a teaching certificate are eligible to pursue a Master of Arts (M.A.) degree.

Instructional Technology

Schools of the 21st century will require educators who are prepared to meet the challenges of higher academic standards, increasingly diverse student populations, complex social issues and ever expanding uses of technology. These professionals set as their goal high levels of learning for all students. The School of Education at Piedmont College believes that the proactive teacher takes responsibility for seeking solutions for problems through scholarly work and reflection, guided by a vision that is mindful of ways to improve schools and the lives of children.

Piedmont College School of Education offers a Master of Arts (MA) degree in Instructional Technology: Design, Integration, and Administration for educators with a clear, renewable teacher certification. This program prepares graduates for the content-specific GACE exam.

Graduates become "Teacher Leaders" in Instructional Technology for their classroom, school, and system, with the skills required for blended learning, statewide virtual school teaching, support, and administration.

There is a separate track for non-teachers who may enter the program from various fields with the goal of working in Instruction Technology. 

 

Education Specialist

The goal of the Specialist Program in Curriculum and Instruction is to develop distinguished contributing teachers as leaders, mentors, and models across schools and systems. The primary purpose of schooling is instruction; therefore, all teachers, staff and administrators must focus through habits of mind on the ultimate goal of providing students with the best and most appropriate education possible through continuous school improvement. Regular classroom teachers, teachers in specialty areas, lead teachers, department heads, building level administrators, as well as staff and administrators at the district levels need to view themselves as instructional leaders and through proactive, scholarly and reflective professional and pedagogical development provide teaching and learning expertise and leadership to students and peers both formally and informally.

The Specialist Program in Curriculum and Instruction offers components that address the qualities necessary for distinguished teaching and leadership. The program provides a rigorous and scholarly pragmatic approach that meets the needs of candidates in various geographic and educational contexts.

 

Education Doctorate

The Education Doctorate (Ed.D.) is consistent with the goals in all graduate programs at Piedmont College. It is designed to develop eminent leaders in the field of education. The primary focus of the Ed.D. program is to facilitate transformational change of ndividuals and schools by preparing teacher leaders, other school professionals, and school administrators for the challenges of our rapidly changing world. The program will also serve to prepare educators for various roles in college and university teaching and in research and leadership positions in other educational institutions. Additionally, the doctoral program allows candidates to demonstrate a comprehensive knowledge base of theoretical and pedagogical issues relating to teaching and learning through adding new knowledge about their fields.

Candidates for the Ed.D. degree in Curriculum and Instruction are expected to engage in independent learning throughout their program. Research toward, and the ultimate completion of, the doctoral dissertation are primary examples of independent learning. Independent learning is a key component in many courses in which the aim is the development of analytical skills and critical thinking. Developing the ability to think independently leads to strengthened learning communities.