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School of Education

Come and study with us on our beautiful campus in Demorest in the foothills of the Blue Ridge Mountains or on our lovely urban campus in Athens…or in one of our many off-campus cohorts across Georgia.

The School of Education offers a variety of programs at the undergraduate and graduate levels (MAT, MA, EdS, and EdD) as well as certification-only options on our campuses in Athens and Demorest. Additionally, graduate programs (MA and EdS) are offered to educators in off-campus cohorts in several locations across the state of Georgia.

School of Education Mission and Ideals

The theme of the School of Education is “Mastering the art of teaching: Preparing proactive educators to improve the lives of all children.” 
 
The School of Education strives to prepare scholarly, reflective, proactive educators in a caring environment with challenging and meaningful learning experiences. These practitioners effectively educate their own students to become knowledgeable, inquisitive, and collaborative learners in diverse, democratic learning communities.
 
Specific ideals undergird the School’s conceptual framework, advocating these democratic ideals: 
  • equal rights and opportunities; 
  • individual freedom and responsibility; 
  • responsibility for the greater good; 
  • respect for diversity; 
  • openness to possibilities;
  • open, informed discourse.
The following processes are means toward these ideals: 
  • engaging in participatory decision-making; 
  • collaborating in teaching and learning; 
  • collecting information from all constituencies; 
  • examining options and projecting consequences;
  • nurturing open discourse; 
  • providing for field experiences; 
  • assessing processes as well as products; 
  • modeling democratic ideals in the classroom; 
  • forming communities of learners; 
  • continuously revising the curriculum to reflect new insights and understandings.  
Further, the School endorses the development of a sense of personal integrity and of strong habits of mind: reflectiveness, persistence, clarity, accuracy, and responsiveness to feedback.  

TESSA HEATON (MA '09, EDS '13)

Heaton (MA ’09, EDS ’13) of Buford has been named athletic director at Duluth High School. Heaton has been a soccer coach at Duluth since 2009 and last year was named head women’s coach, leading the team to the state playoffs in Region 7-AAAAAA. She was the goalkeeper coach at Piedmont while studying for her master’s degree.

 

Stories & Highlights

RD Nordgren: Blue-collar roots, forward-thinking leadership

Dr. Rollin “R.D.” Nordgren joined Piedmont College July 1 as Dean of Education. A native of Illinois and former bodybuilder, Nordgren has blue-collar roots, attended college in fits and starts as his checkbook allowed, and earned his undergraduate degree at the age of 29. As a college student, Nordgren just wanted a degree that would lead to a good job in business. He majored in English, his easiest subject, and added an education component as an insurance policy. During his junior year, Nordgren began student teaching and decided to turn his back-up plan into a full-time career. That passion has taken him to Ohio, California, Sweden, and now here, the hilly, green confines of Northeast Georgia. FULL STORY / Q&A

A Visionary for the Visually Impaired

There are roughly 2,500 blind students living in Georgia and Tennessee. Of these, only a fraction has heard of Dr. Kathy Segers. But no one, according to advocates and educators, has had a greater impact of the lives of visually impaired students in this pair of states than Segers.

During a career that has spanned 35 years, the Habersham County native has served as a teacher, principal, administrator, and superintendent at institutions that educate and serve the visually impaired. FULL STORY

Researching the Red Eye

Six a.m. is an early rise for anyone. But for a 17-year-old it is especially uncomfortable. Even so, on February 6, Souliya Chittarath, a senior at Habersham Central High School, was up before the sun. He put on a warm pair of jeans, a soft blue flannel shirt and grabbed his waders, rod, reel, and other fishing equipment.

By 7 a.m. he was turning onto Georgia Highway 384 roughly 30 miles from an upper section of the Chattahoochee River near Helen. There he met his new friend, Bill Nye. Thin and angular, Nye had a greying beard that extended below his collar bone. Wearing a brown camouflage jacket and broad-brimmed hat, he looked every bit the outdoorsman he is. FULL STORY

Piedmont College Alumni awarded Georgia Gifted Teacher of the Year

Jonathan Feicht, Piedmont class of 2018 and current Gifted Education Coordinator/Coach/Teacher at Chestatee Elementary School in Forsyth County Georgia, was presented with this year’s Georgia Gifted Teacher of the Year Award at the Georgia Association of Gifted Convention on March 5.  The ceremony took place at the University of Georgia Center for Continuing Education in Athens, Georgia.   Jonathan Feicht graduated with his Ed.D from Piedmont College in December of 2018.

Motivated to Shine: The Success Story of Dionne Rosser-Mims

From being underestimated to becoming a college dean, the success of Dr. Dionne Rosser-Mims never came easy. However, her drive and determination led her to become a dean, author, teacher, and much more.  READ MORE

 

All programs are recognized & approved by Georgia Professional Standards Commission (GaPSC)  

The School of Education is a member of:

  American Association of Colleges of Teacher Education (AACTE)

  Association of Independent Liberal Arts Colleges of Teacher Education (AILACTE)

  Georgia Association of Colleges of Teacher Education (GACTE)

  Georgia Association of Independent Colleges of Teacher Education (GAICTE)