The Bachelor of Arts (BA) degree program in Elementary Education prepares candidates to teach at the preschool through fifth grade levels and leads to Georgia certification in early childhood education (Level T-4 certification).
The teacher preparation program in Elementary Education combines course work and field experiences, culminating in a yearlong school experience that is comprised of a supervised practicum and student teaching. Experienced college faculty and educators in local schools work collaboratively to provide candidates with real-world experiences needed to develop knowledge, skills, and dispositions expected of educators.
In addition to course work in the liberal arts and sciences, candidates complete courses in teaching and learning with a focus on literacy, technology, diversity, and instructional methods. To enhance their marketability, candidates may also elect a sequence of three courses to earn in-field endorsement in Gifted Education.
Candidates must apply for and be admitted to Teacher Education early in the major. To complete certification requirements, candidates must pass the Georgia Assessments for the Certification of Educators (GACE) content examinations and complete the Education Teacher Performance Assessment (edTPA).