4000 College of Education

Undergraduate programs in the College of Education are described in detail in this chapter. See subsections for specific program information as well as policies and procedures.

(See Section 1600 for Teacher Preparation Information)

General Information

The information contained in this chapter applies to programs, course offerings, and requirements specific to the College of Education. However, the information in this chapter is to be considered supplemental to the general university information found in the preceding chapters of this catalog. Therefore, students should familiarize themselves thoroughly with general information on registration, fees and refunds, academic regulations, student life, and campus services. All policies, regulations, and requirements explained in the preceding chapters of this catalog also apply to the College of Education.

Office of the Dean

1000 College of Education Building (10th Floor)
404/413-8100
education.gsu.edu/coe/

Paul Alberto, Interim Dean
Gwen Benson, Associate Dean of School and Community Partnerships
Joyce Many, Associate Dean of Academic Programs Undergraduate Studies and Educator Preparation
Walt Thompson, Associate Dean of Graduate Studies and Research
Matthew Gillett, College Administrative Officer

Accreditation

The professional education unit at Georgia State University is accredited by the National Council for Accreditation of Teacher Education (NCATE), 2010 Massachusetts Ave. NW, Suite 500, Washington, DC 30036; 202/466-7496. This accreditation covers the institution’s initial teacher preparation and advanced educator preparation programs.

The Georgia Professional Standards Commission approves teacher preparation programs offered through the College of Arts and Sciences and the College of Education.

Degree Programs

Undergraduate and graduate degree programs are offered through the departments of Early Childhood Education, Kinesiology and Health, and Middle-Secondary Education and Instructional Technology. The departments of Counseling and Psychological Services, Educational Policy Studies, and Educational Psychology and Special Education offer graduate programs only.

Undergraduate degree programs for teachers of art, foreign languages, or music are offered by the College of Arts and Sciences.

College of Education Undergraduate Degrees, Majors and Minors:

Bachelor of Science (B.S.)

  • Exercise Science

Bachelor of Science in Education (B.S.E.)

  • Birth Through Five
  • Early Childhood Education
  • Health and Physical Education
  • Middle Level Education

Minors

  • Educational Psychology
  • >Urban Education 

Graduate programs offered through the College of Education are listed in the “General Information” section of this catalog and are described in the university’s graduate catalog available on the university website at www.gsu.edu/es/catalogs_courses.html. Graduate application materials can be obtained by visiting the website for the College of Education, education.gsu.edu/oaa/.

College Facilities

Many of the college’s programs involve student and faculty participation and interaction with metropolitan Atlanta community schools and agencies. Atlanta offers an ideal laboratory for the development of our students. Special facilities in the college of particular interest to undergraduate students are listed below.

Alonzo A. Crim Center for Urban Educational Excellence

350 College of Education Building
404/413-8070
education.gsu.edu/cuee/

The Alonzo A. Crim Center for Urban Educational Excellence works in partnership with the larger Georgia State community, other universities, school systems, social agencies, and community organizations. Current work includes: (1) Benjamin E. Mays Lecture Series, an annual program which brings nationally prominent educators to Atlanta to address critical issues facing education; (2) Coalition Urban Affiliate Liaisons, meetings between College of Education and Atlanta Public Schools urban affiliates to develop research agendas and to discuss difficult issues related to providing excellent education for those children who traditionally have been least well-served by schools; (3) Quarterly Forums, events which address the topic, “Tapping Into the Genius of Our Children,” which allows teachers and educators to participate in dialogue with outstanding people who have demonstrated success in fostering academic excellence for economically disenfranchised children in urban schools; (4) The Peachtree Urban Writing Project, a national writing project site and a collaborative of the Atlanta Public School System, Georgia State University, Morehouse College, and Spelman College; (5) National Board Certification Resource Center, provides awareness training to principals and teachers who are going through National Board Certification (NBC), places special emphasis on the recruitment of minority candidates and houses an information library for NBC literature; (6) Martin Luther King, Jr. Curriculum Project, lesson plans developed and designed to encourage hands-on, interactive exploration of materials available in The King Center, while providing historical and sociological knowledge to students as well as in social studies, civics, history, writing and language arts; (7) Staff Development and Curriculum Enhancement, facilitates and hosts ongoing workshops and training sessions that promote professional development for in-service teachers, and identifies supplemental learning resources that will compliment the curriculums that are currently used by teachers. The director of the center is Dr. Brian Williams.

Instructional Technology Center

2nd floor, College of Education Building
404/413-8080
itc.gsu.edu

The Instructional Technology Center serves faculty, students, and prekindergarten through twelfth-grade educators by encouraging and supporting technological confidence and expertise in the areas of teaching, collaboration, and consulting. The ITC serves as a resource center providing learning spaces, technology workshops, student computer access, and specialized educational technology resources. Our resources include computers, peripheral equipment, productivity and educational software titles, audio/video production and reproduction technology and over 100 years of combined educational technology expertise from our experienced staff.

The ITC will provide customized workshops for faculty and instructor-led classes on topics that support instruction. The ITC can create workshops for a variety of instructional technologies. It has a variety of purpose-built teaching facilities including smart classrooms, computer classrooms, a conference room and a student computing commons.

The director of the center is Mr. Randy Jones. Call the Instructional Technology Center for information and appointments or visit their website at itc.gsu.edu.

Lanette L. Suttles Child Development Center

Alumni Hall, 30 Courtland St.
404/413-8460
http://education.gsu.edu/cdc/index.htm

Capital Hill Childhood Enrichment

197 Decatur Rd.
404/413-8454
http://education.gsu.edu/cdc/index.htm

The program at Georgia State University is comprised of two centers, the Lanette L. Suttles Child Development Center and Capital Hill Child Enrichment. The Centers are operated by the College of Education under the direction of the Department of Early Childhood Education. The program provides care for children of students, faculty, and staff. The Suttles Center is open from 7:30 a.m. to 6:00 p.m. Mondays through Fridays, and the Capital Hill Center is open from 7:00 a.m. to 6:00 p.m. Mondays through Fridays. There is a waiting list for parents interested in enrolling their children. Information regarding registration, fees, and ages for children accepted into the program may be obtained by contacting the center. The director of the center is Stacey French-Lee.

Speech – Language – Hearing Clinic

8th floor, College of Education Building
404/413-8044

The Speech–Language–Hearing Clinic is operated by the Department of Educational Psychology and Special Education to provide practicum and experience for students in the master’s level Communication Disorders program offered through the College of Education. Students who are identified by faculty as needing evaluation may be referred to the clinic. Students can also receive evaluations and treatment services at their own request. The director of the center is Dr. Debra Schober-Peterson.

4020 Students' Responsibilities

Knowledge of Regulations

Students must assume full responsibility for knowledge of the policies, rules, and regulations of the College of Education and the university as well as the departmental requirements concerning their individual programs.

It is the responsibility of the students to become knowledgeable of and to observe all regulations and procedures required by the program being pursued. In no case will a regulation be waived or an exception granted because a student pleads ignorance of the regulation or asserts that an adviser or other university authority did not inform the individual of a specific requirement. Each student should become especially familiar with the chapters of this catalog that present the academic requirements for the degree being sought, the offerings and requirements of the students’ major department, and any changes published in the online Schedule of Classes each academic term.

While the provisions set forth in this catalog will ordinarily be applied as stated, Georgia State University and the College of Education have the right to change any provision, including but not limited to academic requirements for graduation, without actual notice to individual students. Every effort will be made to keep students advised of any such changes. Information on changes will be available in the Office of the Dean and Office of Academic Assistance and Graduate Admissions when changes are made by the College of Education. It is especially important that each student note that it is the individual student’s responsibility to keep apprised of current graduation requirements for his or her particular degree program.

Criteria on Academic and Professional Integrity

The College of Education is committed to upholding standards of academic and professional integrity. These standards require that students enrolled in undergraduate and graduate programs within the College of Education adhere to both the University’s Student Code of Conduct as described on-line at www2.gsu.edu/~wwwdos/ as well as their individual degree program’s Policy on Student Professionalism, Integrity and Retention. Students should contact their department for a copy of their degree program’s policy.

4030 College Academic Advisement

Academic advisors in the Office of Academic Assistance and Graduate Admissions may advise undergraduate students in the College of Education who have completed 42 hours or more and are planning to be accepted or have been accepted to a teacher education program. The college encourages students with questions about their degree requirements or the academic regulations of the college or university to contact their advisers.

Students with questions about course content, career plans, and expectations for their fields of preparation and interest may contact faculty members in the college. Students should contact the academic department in advance to arrange a conference with a faculty member.

For students considering a change of major related to career interest, professional assistance in selecting a career area is available through the university’s Career Services (260 University Center). The services of the center are described in the “Student Life and Services” chapter of this catalog

Office of Academic Assistance and Graduate Admissions

300 College of Education Building
404/413-8000
education.gsu.edu/oaa/

Carla Woods, Advisor III (Ph.D. Students)
Jacob English, Academic Advisor I (undergraduate students)
Aileen Taylor, Academic Advisor II (undergraduate students)

The Office of Academic Assistance and Graduate Admissions is here to serve you. This office:

  • Provides programs of study of each undergraduate major offered by the college;
  • Indicates to undergraduate transfer students the specific credits for work done at other institutions that can be applied toward the B.S. and B.S.E. degrees;
  • Confirms eligibility for entry into teacher education;
  • Assists students in course selections and schedule revisions each term;
  • Explains catalog regulations;
  • Administers policies for the college and the university;
  • Refers students to other sources of assistance in the university;
  • Receives and processes applications for undergraduate teacher education programs and graduate study; and
  • Assists graduates in applying for initial certification or upgrading an existing certificate.

Students are advised by appointment except during walk-in times that are provided for brief questions that can be resolved in 10 or fewer minutes. Students should schedule appointments at least two days in advance so updated records can be provided. Office hours are 8:30 a.m. to 5:15 p.m. (M.-F.).

Teacher preparation students in the College of Arts and Sciences should contact their Office of Academic Assistance (418 General Classroom Building, 404/413-5000) for advisement.

4040 College of Academic Regulations

Students may select the College of Education as a pre-major at the point of application to the university or at any point thereafter. However, this selection represents only a pre-education status until the student applies for admission to and is accepted into a teacher education program. Transfer students must comply with all academic regulations of the university and the college.

Entry into teacher education is a separate step and requires meeting specific criteria. Students must complete a separate application, show proof of Tort liability insurance, and apply for a criminal background check (fee for background check). Students interested in teacher education programs should refer to the “Teacher Preparation” section 1600 of this catalog or visit the College of Education Office of Academic Assistance website, education.gsu.edu/oaa/, for more information.

Visiting Students

Students currently enrolled in a degree program at another institution who wish to take coursework from the College of Education must follow the admissions requirements shown in the “Undergraduate Admissions” chapter of this catalog. Teacher education courses designated TEA or TCP are not available to visiting students. Students from other institutions may be enrolled as visiting students at Georgia State University for no more than two academic terms.

Transient Credit

College of Education students must have prior written approval from the college to earn transient credit from another institution if that credit is to be used in a degree program. Contact the Office of Academic Assistance and Graduate Admissions for procedures. Transient approval will not be granted to take courses at Atlanta area institutions when the course is readily available at Georgia State.

The acceptance of all transient applications is subject to any limitations set by the departments or programs of study.

Credit by Examination

Students displaying exceptional ability in certain areas of knowledge may be recommended, with the approval of the dean, to receive credit for a particular course by successfully completing a departmental examination. Credit by examination cannot be used to meet semester hour requirements for the 39-hour residency, nor can it be used to meet the hour requirements for Honors. Students are directed to contact the specific department to determine eligibility for taking an examination.

The following course has been approved for credit by examination:

  • KH 3390 Advanced First Aid and Emergency Care

Additional courses with the KH prefix may be approved for credit by examination. Contact the Department of Kinesiology and Health for a complete list of such courses.

Directed Reading Courses

Directed reading courses are designated with the prefix of the program area for which the content of the course is relevant and are numbered 4810. Such a course is for junior or senior level students of superior abilities and proven performance who wish to do independent study in a specific area. Applications for directed reading courses are available from the Office of Academic Assistance and Graduate Admissions. These courses require consultation with the instructor of choice to develop the topic of study, approval of the student’s adviser, and approval of the department chair of the instructor’s department. Directed reading courses may not substitute for courses that are part of the regular course offerings of the college.

Reentry

A reentry student is one who has been enrolled at Georgia State University and who meets at least one of these criteria:

  • has not registered for courses at Georgia State during any of the previous three semesters.
  • has been on scholastic suspension after an absence of one calendar year.
  • has been on scholastic exclusions after an absence of five or more years. (undergraduate students only)
  • has attended any semester as a transient and wishes to attend an additional term. (undergraduate students only)

Application Procedures for Reentry

The Reentry Application is available online at www.applyweb.com/apply/gsure/. Students will need to submit a $25.00 application fee with their applications. Reentry students who are accepted but do not attend the semester in which they were admitted must contact admissions@gsu.edu to attend the succeeding semester. If their academic program no longer exists at the time of reentry, they may not reenter but instead apply for a new degree program.

Student Complaints, Petitions for Policy Waivers and Variances, and Appeals

The appeals procedure for students in the College of Education will follow different courses of action depending on the nature of the student’s appeal. Please refer to University Information Section 1050.80 under Polices and Disclosures in this catalog or visit www.gsu.edu/enrollment/appeals.html for details.

Georgia State University seeks to maintain the highest standards of integrity and fairness in its relationships with students. The Undergraduate Catalog and the Graduate Catalog Student Code of Conduct set forth policies and requirements for Georgia State students. Students are expected to know and comply with these policies. Students may, however, seek relief or resolution when they believe that:

  • The application of these policies and procedures will create undue hardship for them or will not recognize their extraordinary or extenuating circumstances; or
  • Specific actions, practices, or decisions on academic or non-academic matters have been made or carried out in an arbitrary, discriminatory, or inequitable manner.

The procedures for complaints, petitions, and appeals related to University-wide and college-based policies are listed at education.gsu.edu/oaa/4009.html.

To adhere to University policy, the College of Education has developed three forms: Petition for Admission, Petition for Waiver or Variance and Student Petition for Resolution. Students should complete these forms and submit to appropriate department for review.

Petition for Admissions

Applicants denied admissions who wish to appeal an admission decision or who desire a request for exception should complete the Petition for Admission Form available in the College of Education Office of Academic Assistance and Graduate Admission

Petition for Waiver or Variance

Any student in the College of Education may petition for a waiver or variance of established policy, procedure, rule, or guideline governed by the college. This form should be used for requests of substitutions of required courses and/or waivers of college policies governing students. The Student Petition for Waiver or Variance must be submitted by the end of the term prior to the term in which the exception is needed. The form can be found at education.gsu.edu/oaa/4009.html.

Student Petition for Resolution

Students are encouraged to discuss academic or non-academic problems or grade concerns with the instructor prior to filing a formal petition, in an effort to gain understanding about the basis of the treatment or grade. If the issue is not resolved informally, students should complete the Student Petition for Resolution process. The form can be found at education.gsu.edu/oaa/4009.html.

College Degree Requirements

The College of Education has no additional degree requirements beyond the university academic regulations.

4050 Program Degree Requirements

Undergraduate degrees offered by the College of Education are listed in this section alphabetically by major and then by degree designation. The Bachelor of Science (B.S.) and Bachelor of Science in Education (B.S.E.) majors are listed, followed by nondegree, certification only programs. Students enrolled in degree programs must complete all the requirements for the selected degree and must comply with the general academic regulations of the university. Each program of study listed in this section provides the minimum requirements for that specified program. Additional coursework and non-coursework activities may be required based on faculty evaluation of the students’ background preparations and demonstration of their skills and knowledge.

Course descriptions are listed alphabetically by prefix name then course number in the “Course Descriptions” chapter of this catalog.

Undergraduate Core Curriculum

Georgia State University requires all students seeking a baccalaureate degree to satisfactorily complete a basic core of general education subjects. All programs offered by the College of Education are designed to comply with the University System of Georgia core curriculum requirements. For a full description of the requirements for Areas A through E of the undergraduate core curriculum, please see the “Core Curriculum” chapter of this catalog. Requirements for completing Areas F through H of each degree program are listed in this chapter.

Students who are completing the core curriculum requirements at another unit of the University System of Georgia are encouraged to check the Georgia State catalog for specific required course prerequisites to maximize the transfer of core credits to apply to the programs in which they plan to enroll.

4100 Birth Through Five

Program Offered:

  • Bachelor of Science in Education in Birth Through Five

Additional Teacher Education information is found in section 1600 of the catalog.

Department of Early Childhood Education
550 College of Education Building
404/413-8020
education.gsu.edu/ece/
Barbara Meyers, Chair

The B.S.E. major in Birth Through Five (B-5) prepares teachers and other early care and education professionals to work in varied settings with young children and their families from infancy through Kindergarten age, including children who are typically developing and those with disabilities.

The program reflects national and state standards, research and best practice in the field of early childhood development and education and teacher education. Candidates receive content and pedagogy in developmentally and individually appropriate practices for infants, toddlers, preschoolers and Kindergarten age children. The program provides a multidisciplinary, comprehensive and holistic approach to working with young children and families in diverse settings.

Field-based experiences are structured to provide candidates with opportunities to work with different ages and children of varying ability levels and educational needs. A broad range of courses and practicum will strengthen candidates’ knowledge and ability to select and implement appropriate curriculum and instructional strategies, developmental activities and care routines, and observation and assessment methods.

Successful completion of this program leads to a baccalaureate degree along with recommendation for Birth Through Five (B-5) licensure. Candidates completing the Birth through Five preparation program may be recommended for certification in both Birth through Kindergarten as well as the Endorsement in Pre-School Special Education (3-5).

Program Admission

Students are required to meet all University and College admission requirements. In addition, students must apply for admission to teacher education (B-5) prior to beginning coursework in the upper division core, Area G of the program.

To apply for teacher education (B-5):

  • Students must have a minimum 2.75 overall grade point average on all postsecondary coursework previously completed;
  • Students must present passing scores on the GACE Basic Skills Assessment or demonstrate an exemption upon application to an initial educator preparation program. The current options for satisfying the Basic Skills Assessment, including the exemptions, are outlined at www.gapsc.com/documentation/basicskillsinfo.asp. Under “Basic Skills Testing,” go to “Options to Satisfy the Basic Skills Requirement”;
  • Students must have successfully completed all courses in Areas A-F.
  • Students must have successfully completed all required courses in Areas A and F with a grade of “C” or higher, or have transferred in approved Area A-F courses as outlined in approved USG-DTAE Articulation Agreements;
  • Students must consent to a criminal background check;
  • Students must submit proof of tort liability insurance;
  • And students must complete a writing sample and participate in an interview with program faculty. Please note that the completion of the writing sample and participation in the interview does not guarantee admission to the Birth Through Five program.

The Technical College System of Georgia Articulation Agreements and the Birth through Five program handbook can be found on the Department of Early Childhood Education web site at education.gsu.edu/ece/index.htm.

Program Financial Information

Birth Through Five (B-5) majors must pay all tuition and fees charged by the University and the College. A lab fee may be charged at the time students register for the student teaching experience. Educator preparation students must be aware that extra cost such as tort liability insurance, criminal background check, and transportation will be incurred at various times during the completion of various teacher education field experiences.

Program Academic Regulations

Program of Study: Students must complete 42 semester hours in Areas A-E of the Undergraduate Core Curriculum. Courses in Area A must be completed with “C” or higher grades. All courses listed below in Areas F-G must be completed with a grade of “C” or higher unless otherwise noted. Semester hours are shown in parentheses following an entry.

Tort liability and criminal background check requirement: all students must show proof of tort liability insurance and consent to a criminal background investigation prior to any field experience.

B.S.E. students are required to meet the Georgia 2006 Technology Proficiency Requirement. Students enrolled in the Birth Through Five (B-5) Program at Georgia State University will complete this graduation and certification requirement by successfully completing a technology course (IT 2210 recommended) and by demonstrating competency on designated assignments embedded in the program of study.

Program Degree Requirements

B.S.E. in Birth Through Five (B-5)

Areas A-E. Core Curriculum Recommendations

Students must complete 42 semester hours in Area A-E of the Undergraduate Core Curriculum or have transferred in approved Area A-E courses as outlined in approved USG-DTAE Articulation Agreements. Courses in Area A must be completed with “C” or higher grades.

Semester hours are shown in parentheses following an entry.

Area F. Courses Appropriate for a Major (18)

Students must complete coursework with a grade of “C” or higher in Area F prior to admission to teacher education. Students must complete 18 semester hours in Area F, or have transferred in approved Area F courses as outlined in approved USG-DTAE Articulation Agreements, which can be found on the Department of Early Childhood Education web site at education.gsu.edu/ece/index.htm.

Required (18):

  • EDUC 2110 Investigating Critical & Contemporary Issues in Education (3)
  • EDUC 2120 Exploring Socio Cultural Perspectives on Diversity (3)
  • EDUC 2130 Exploring Teaching & Learning (3)
  • EDUC 2152 Birth and Parenthood (3)
  • EDUC 2300 Introduction to Child Development (3)
  • KH 2360 Childhood Health and Wellness (3)

Areas A-F Articulation Agreement for USG – DTAE Institutions

Graduates from Early Childhood Care and Education degree programs from COC accredited Technical College System of Georgia institutions will have satisfied the requirements for all six courses in the USG Area F for the BSED in Birth-Age 5 Teacher Preparation Program.

Area G: Courses Required for the Major

Required Courses (40):

  • BRFV 3200 Introduction to Administration and Organization of Programs for Young Children (3)
  • BRFV 3250 Professional and Ethical Practice-CTW (3)
  • BRFV 4360 Child Guidance Birth to Five (3)
  • BRFV 4370 Language, Literacy, and Cognition-CTW (3)
  • BRFV 4380 Methods for Infants and Toddlers (4)
  • BRFV 4390 Methods for Pre-Kindergarten and Kindergarten Children (4)
  • BRFV 4400 Family and Community Relationships (3)
  • EXC 3560 Observation and Assessment for Infants, Toddlers and Preschoolers (3)
  • EXC 4020 Characteristics and Instructional Strategies for Students with Disabilities (3)
  • EXC 4500 Environmental and Medical Issues for Children Birth to Five (3)
  • EXC 4520 Methods for Infants and Toddlers with Disabilities (4)
  • EXC 4530 Methods for Pre-Kindergarten and Kindergarten Children with Disabilities (4)

Electives (8-11):

  • IT 2210 Integrating Technology into the Elementary Classroom (3) or equivalent

Graduates from Early Childhood Care and Education degree programs from COC accredited Technical College System of Georgia institutions may transfer one of the program specializations to complete 9 hours of Electives (11 hours) in the B.S.E. Birth Through Five (B-5) degree program.

Required prior to Area H: (40) Semester Hours; All courses in B-5 Major Area must be completed with a grade of C or higher before students are authorized to enroll in student teaching.

Area H: Student Teaching (9-12)

All program requirements must be satisfactorily completed before students are authorized to enroll in student teaching. Students must complete student teaching coursework in Area H with a grade of “C” or higher.

Required (9-12):

Students must post passing scores on the appropriate GACE Content Assessment in order to be recommended by Georgia State University for clear, renewable certification. (see www.gace.nesinc.com for more information).

Total Program: minimum of 120-126 semester hours

4110 Early Childhood Education

Program Offered:

  • Bachelor of Science in Education in Early Childhood Education
    • Concentration in Early Childhood Education (P-5) Certification with an ESOL Endorsement
    • Concentration in Early Childhood Education (P-5) and Special Education General Curriculum (P-12) Dual Certification

Additional Teacher Education information is found in section 1600 of the catalog.

Department of Early Childhood Education
550 College of Education Building
404/413-8020
education.gsu.edu/ece/

Barbara Meyers, Chair

The B.S.E. major in Early Childhood Education prepares teachers to work in classrooms with children in pre-kindergarten through fifth grade. The program reflects research and best practice in the field of early childhood education and teacher education. Candidates receive content and pedagogy in all academic disciplines taught in the early childhood classroom. The program further provides integration of the visual and musical arts within the context of specific content area methods courses. The broad and extensive field-based experiences effectively develop candidates’ knowledge and ability to select and implement developmentally appropriate resources and activities for teaching and learning in diverse settings. Successful completion of this program leads to a recommendation for P-5 licensure and an endorsement to teach English to Speakers of Other Languages (ESOL) or dual certification in P-5 and Special Education.

Program Admission

Students are required to meet all University and College admission requirements. In addition, students must apply for teacher education prior to beginning coursework in Area G of the program.

To apply for the B.S.E. Early Childhood Education program:

  • students must have a minimum 2.75 overall grade point average on all undergraduate coursework previously completed;
  • Students must present passing scores on the GACE Basic Skills Assessment or demonstrate an exemption upon application to an initial educator preparation program. The current options for satisfying the Basic Skills Assessment, including the exemptions, are outlined at www.gapsc.com/documentation/basicskillsinfo.asp. Under “Basic Skills Testing,” go to “Options to Satisfy the Basic Skills Requirement”;
  • students must have successfully completed all courses in Area A-F;
  • students must consent to a criminal background check;
  • students must submit proof of tort liability; and
  • students must complete a writing sample and participate in an interview with program faculty. Please note that the completion of the writing sample and participation in the interview does not guarantee admission to the B.S.E. program.

Program Financial Information

B.S.E majors must pay all tuition and fees charged by the University and the College. A lab fee of $125 will be charged at the time students register for the student teaching experience. Educator preparation students must be aware that extra cost such as tort liability, criminal background check, and transportation will be incurred at various times during the completion of various teacher education field experiences, particularly during the students’ senior year.

Program Academic Regulations

Program of Study: Students must complete 42 semester hours in Areas A-E of the undergraduate Core Curriculum. Courses in Area A must be completed with “C” or higher grades. All courses listed below in Areas F-G must be completed with a grade of “C” or higher unless otherwise noted. Semester hours are shown in parentheses following an entry.

Tort liability and criminal background check requirement: all students must show proof of tort liability insurance and consent to a criminal background investigation prior to any field experience.

Program Degree Requirements

B.S.E. students are required to meet the Georgia 2006 Technology Proficiency Requirement. Students enrolled in the Department of Early Childhood Education Teacher Education Programs at Georgia State University will complete this graduation and certification requirement by demonstrating competency on designated assignments embedded in the four semester course sequence.

Students seeking certification from the State of Georgia Professional Standards Commission are required to pass the GACE Basic Skills Assessment (or provide an exemption) and GACE Content Assessment in Early Childhood Education. The current options for satisfying the Basic Skills Assessment, including the exemptions, are outlined atwww.gapsc.com/documentation/basicskillsinfo.asp. Under “Basic Skills Testing,” go to “Options to Satisfy the Basic Skills Requirement.”

Students must post passing scores on the appropriate GACE Content Assessment in order to be recommended by Georgia State University for clear, renewable certification. There are two program options for completing the B.S.E. Degree in Early Childhood Education: the Initial Certification in PreK-5th grades with an endorsement to teach English to Speakers of Other Languages (ESOL) and the Dual Certification in Early Childhood and Special Education.

Concentration in Early Childhood Education (P-5) Certification with an ESOL Endorsement

Areas A-E: Core Curriculum Recommendations

Students must complete 42 semester hours in Areas A-E of the Undergraduate Core Curriculum. Courses in Area A must be completed with “C” or higher grades.

Semester hours are shown in parentheses following an entry.

Area F. Courses Appropriate for a Major (18)

Students must complete coursework with a grade of “C” or higher in Area F prior to admission to teacher education.

Required (18):

  • EDUC 2110 Investigating Critical & Contemporary Issues in Education (3)
  • EDUC 2120 Exploring Socio Cultural Perspectives on Diversity (3)
  • EDUC 2130 Exploring Teaching & Learning (3)
  • ISCI 2001 Life/Earth Science (3)
  • ISCI 2002 Physical Science (3)
  • MATH 2008 Foundations of Numbers and Operations (3)

Area G. Major Courses (57)

Students must complete all courses listed below in Areas G with a grade of “C” or higher unless otherwise noted. Students begin Area G of their programs as a cohort and must take courses in the sequence specified. The Department of Early Childhood Education provides a program manual describing course requirements and expectations.

Block 1: Required concurrently (15):

  • ECE 3021 Child Development (3)
  • ECE 3255 ESOL: Cultural Foundations (3)
  • ECE 3600 Intro to Literacy Learning in Early Childhood and Elementary Education (3)
  • ECE 3661 Classroom Management in Early Childhood Education Field Experience I (3)
  • EXC 4020 Characteristics and Instructional Strategies for Students with Disabilities (3)

Block 2: Required concurrently (15):

  • ECE 3601 Understanding Literacy Learning in Early Childhood and Elementary Education-CTW (6)
  • ECE 3606 Science and Inquiry in Early Childhood Education (3)
  • ECE 3607 Mathematics Methods in Early Childhood Education (3)
  • ECE 3662 Classroom Management in Early Childhood Education Field Experience II (3)

Block 3: Required concurrently (15):

  • ECE 3360 Assessment of Classroom Learning in Early Childhood Education (3)
  • ECE 3440 ESOL: Curriculum and Instruction (3)
  • ECE 3602 Digital Composing as Literacy Learning (3)
  • ECE 3605 Social Studies Methods in Early Childhood Education (3)
  • ECE 3663 Classroom Management in Early Childhood Education Field Experience III (3)

Students must earn a grade of “B” or higher in ECE 3663.

Required prior to Area H (9 hours of Mathematics Courses):
Students may take any 3000-level or higher MATH-prefix courses, but the department recommends:

  • MATH 3050 Geometry and Spatial Sense (3) (MATH 2008 is a prerequisite for this course)
  • MATH 3070 Introduction to Probability and Statistics I (3) (MATH 2008 is a prerequisite for this course)
  • MATH 3090 Algebraic Concepts (3) (MATH 2008 is a prerequisite for this course)

Select one (3):

  • AE 2300 Art and Music for Early Childhood (3)
  • MUS 2300 Art and Music for Early Childhood (3)

Area H. Student Teaching (12)

All program requirements must be satisfactorily completed before students are authorized to enroll in student teaching. Students must complete student teaching coursework in Area H with a grade of “C” or higher.

Required (12):

  • ECE 4650 Opening School Experience (0) (Required to successfully complete during the first fall semester preceding student teaching.)
  • ECE 4662 Student Teaching (12)

Students must post passing scores on the appropriate GACE Content Assessment in order to be recommended by Georgia State University for clear, renewable certification.

Total Program: minimum of 129 semester hours

Concentration in Early Childhood Education (P-5) and Special Education General Curriculum (P-12) Dual Certification

Areas A-E: Core Curriculum Recommendations

Students must complete 42 semester hours in Areas A-E of the Undergraduate Core Curriculum. Courses in Area A must be completed with “C” or higher grades.

Semester hours are shown in parentheses following an entry.

Area F. Courses Appropriate for a Major (18)

Students must complete coursework with a grade of “C” or higher in Area F prior to admission to teacher education.

Required (18):

  • EDUC 2110 Investigating Critical & Contemporary Issues in Education (3)
  • EDUC 2120 Exploring Socio Cultural Perspectives on Diversity (3)
  • EDUC 2130 Exploring Teaching & Learning (3)
  • ISCI 2001 Life/Earth Science (3)
  • ISCI 2002 Physical Science (3)
  • MATH 2008 Foundations of Numbers and Operations (3)

Area G. Major Courses (57)

Students must complete all courses listed below in Areas G with a grade of “C” or higher unless otherwise noted. Students begin Area G of their programs as a cohort and must take courses in the sequence specified. The Department of Early Childhood Education provides a program manual describing course requirements and expectations.

BLOCK 1:
Required concurrently (15):

  • ECE 3021 Child Development (3)
  • ECE 3255 ESOL: Cultural Foundations (3)
  • ECE 3600 Intro to Literacy Learning in Early Childhood and Elementary Education (3)
  • ECE 3661 Classroom Management in Early Childhood Education Field Experience I (3)
  • EXC 4010 Characteristics of Students with Disabilities (3)

BLOCK 2:
Required concurrently (15):

  • ECE 3601 Understanding Literacy Learning in Early Childhood Education and Elementary Education-CTW (6)
  • ECE 3606 Science and Inquiry in Early Childhood Education (3)
  • ECE 3607 Mathematics Methods in Early Childhood Education (3)
  • ECE 3662 Classroom Management in Early Childhood Education Field Experience II (3)

BLOCK 3:
Required concurrently (15):

  • ECE 3602 Digital Composing as Literacy Learning (3)
  • ECE 3605 Social Studies Methods in Early Childhood Education (3)
  • EXC 4560 Educational Evaluation of Students with Disabilities (3)
  • EXC 4570 Individual and Classroom Management (3) [Students must earn a grade of “B” or higher in EXC 4570.]
  • EXC 4580 Instructional Methods for Students with Behavior Learning Disabilities (3)

Required prior to Area H (9 hours of Mathematics Courses):

Students may take any 3000-level or higher MATH-prefix courses, but the department recommends:

  • MATH 3050 Geometry and Spatial Sense (3) (MATH 2008 is a prerequisite for this course)
  • MATH 3070 Introduction to Probability and Statistics I (3) (MATH 2008 is a prerequisite for this course)
  • MATH 3090 Algebraic Concepts (3) (MATH 2008 is a prerequisite for this course)

Select one (3):

  • AE 2300 Art and Music for Early Childhood (3)
  • MUS 2300 Art and Music for Early Childhood (3)

Area H. Student Teaching (12)

All program requirements must be satisfactorily completed before students are authorized to enroll in student teaching. Students must complete student teaching coursework in Area H with a grade of “C” or higher.

Required (12):

  • ECE 4650 Opening School Experience (0) [Required to successfully complete during the first fall semester preceding student teaching.]
  • ECE 4661 Student Teaching (9)
  • EXC 4671 Educational Partnerships and Practicum II: Special Education General Curriculum: Consultative (3)

Students must post passing scores on the appropriate GACE Content Assessments in order to be recommended by Georgia State University for clear, renewable certification.

Total Program: minimum of 129 semester hours

4120 Exercise Science

Program Offered:

  • Bachelor of Science in Exercise Science

Department of Kinesiology and Health
Sports Arena
404/413-8050
education.gsu.edu/kin/index.htm

Jacalyn Lund, Chair

The B.S. major in Exercise Science prepares students for careers in adult fitness, worksite health promotion/corporate fitness, personal training, clinical exercise physiology, cardiac rehabilitation, and other related fields. Preparation is also provided in fitness management, program management, sports skills development and enhancement, strength and conditionings, and related topics.

Program Admission

There are no admission requirements specific to the Bachelor of Science program. However, students are required to meet all university and college admission requirements.

Program Financial Information

Lab fees are associated with several courses within the Bachelor Science in Education degree. In addition, B.S. majors must pay all tuition and fees charged by the university and the college.

Program Academic Regulations

Enrolling in some upper-level courses offered by the Department of Kinesiology and Health is restricted. These courses are:

KH 3500 Athletic Training,
KH 3550 Evaluation and Instrumentation in Exercise Science,
KH 4280 Psychology of Physical Activity,
KH 4290 Cardiopulmonary Physiology,
KH 4300 Neuromuscular Physiology and Plasticity,
KH 4350 Fitness Program Management,
KH 4360 Clinical Exercise Physiology,
KH 4600 Advanced Biomechanics for Exercise Science, and
KH 4630 Fitness Assessment and Exercise Prescription.

To enroll in these courses, a student must have

  • completed the core curriculum (See Section 1410),
  • completed KH 2220 Anatomy In Kinesiology/Health with a grade of “C” or higher,
  • completed KH 2230 Physiology Kinesiology/Health with a grade of “C” or higher, and
  • have earned a GPA of 2.5 or higher in these two courses.

KH 2220 and KH 2230 may be attempted only twice. The Area F GPA will be computed using the last attempt in each course. A WF counts as an attempt. Transfer students who transfer these course(s) into Georgia State, may use the grades in the last attempted transferred course to calculate the GPA or they may attempt them (twice) at Georgia State.

Once a student is eligible to take the restricted KH courses, the student remains eligible to take them as long as the student is eligible to enroll at Georgia State University.

Program Degree Requirements

B.S. in Exercise Science

Areas A-E: Core Curriculum Recommendations

Students must complete 42 semester hours in Areas A-E of the Undergraduate Core Curriculum. MATH 1111 is a prerequisite for B.S. Exercise Science majors. The Department of Kinesiology and Health recommends that students take MATH 1111 in Area A.

Semester hours are shown in parentheses after an entry.

Area F. Courses Appropriate for a Major (18)

Required (18):

  • BUSA 2106 The Environment of Business (3)
  • EPY 2050 Human Growth and Development (3)
  • IT 2010 Computer Skills for the Information Age (3)
  • KH 2130 Introduction to the Allied Fields of Health, Physical Education, and Fitness (3)
  • KH 2220 Anatomy in Kinesiology and Health (3)
  • KH 2230 Physiology in Kinesiology and Health (3)

Area G. Major Courses (54)

A grade of “C” or higher is required in all courses in Area G.

Required (48):

  • KH 2520 Principles of Physical Activity and Fitness (2)
  • KH 3000 Personal Health and Wellness (3)
  • KH 3390 Advanced First Aid and Emergency Care (3)
  • KH 3500 Athletic Training and Conditioning (4)
  • KH 3550 Evaluation and Instrumentation in Exercise Science (3)
  • KH 3600 Biomechanics (3)
  • KH 3650 Physiology of Exercise-CTW (4)
  • KH 4280 Psychology of Physical Activity (3)
  • KH 4290 Cardiopulmonary Physiology (3)
  • KH 4300 Neuromuscular Physiology and Plasticity (3)
  • KH 4350 Fitness Program Management-CTW (3)
  • KH 4360 Clinical Exercise Physiology (4)
  • KH 4600 Advanced Biomechanics for Exercise Science (3)
  • KH 4630 Fitness Assessment and Exercise Prescription (4)
  • NUTR 4960 Nutrition and Physical Fitness (3)

Electives (6):
Select two or more:

  • BIOL 2240 -BIOL 2250 Human Physiology (3) and Human Physiology Laboratory (1)
  • KH 3040 Performance and Analysis Area IV: Lifetime Sports (3)
  • KH 3060 Performance and Analysis in Disability Sport (3)
  • KH 3360 Disability, Sport, and Physical Activity (3)
  • KH 3610 Motor Learning and Development (3)
  • KH 3680 International Experience in Sport and Exercise Science (3)
  • PSYC 3450 Health Psychology (3)
  • NUTR 3100 Nutrition and Health (3)
  • NUTR 3200 Introduction to Clinical Nutrition (2)
  • NUTR 3500 Nutrition and Metabolism (3)
  • RT 3005 Clinical Cardiopulmonary Physiology (CPR) (3)
  • SOCI 1101 Introductory Sociology (3)
  • SOCI 4230 Sociology of Health and Illness (3)
  • (Other courses may be selected with consent of adviser.)

Area H. Practicum (6 semester hours)

A grade of “S” is required in all courses in Area H. This experience is established with the assistance of the Program advisor and the Internship Coordinator.

Required (1):

  • KH 4750 Practicum in Exercise Science (1)

Select One (5):

  • KH 4760 Internship in Exercise Science (5)
  • KH 4800 Research Fellowship in Exercise Science (5)*

* Students are required to successfully complete a minimum of 5 credit hours that may extend beyond one semester but no more than three semesters.

Total Program: minimum of 120 semester hours

4130 Health and Physical Education

Programs Offered:

  • Bachelor of Science in Education in Health and Physical Education

Additional Teacher Education information is found in section 1600 of the catalog.

Department of Kinesiology and Health
Sports Arena
404/413-8050
education.gsu.edu/kin/index.htm

Jacalyn Lund, Chair

The B.S.E. major in Health and Physical Education prepares graduates to teach integrated programs of health and physical education for pre-kindergarten through twelfth grade. Areas of emphasis include skill development and analysis, personal health assessment, pedagogical-disciplinary study, contemporary curriculum, instructional skills and models, and direct field experiences. The program features a field-based approach.

Program Admission

Students are required to meet all university and college admission requirements. In addition, students must apply for teacher education prior to beginning Area G of the program.

To be accepted into teacher education:

  • students must have a 2.50 overall grade point average on all undergraduate coursework previously completed;
  • students must have successfully completed areas A-F of program, as listed in the Undergraduate Catalog. This includes completion of Area A Essential Skills with a “C” or better and Area F courses appropriate to the major with a grade of “C” or better;
  • students must demonstrate competence in oral communication. Screening takes place in all education courses (see catalog for more details);
  • students must present passing scores on the GACE Basic Skills Assessment or demonstrate an exemption upon application to an initial educator preparation program. The current options for satisfying the Basic Skills Assessment, including the exemptions, are outlined at http://www.gapsc.com/EducatorPreparation/Assessment/BasicSkillsInfo.aspx. Under “Basic Skills Testing,” go to “Options to Satisfy the Basic Skills Requirement”;
  • students must consent to a criminal background check;
  • students must show proof of tort liability insurance; and
  • students must participate in an interview and writing sample with program faculty. This will take place after Teacher Education application is submitted to the Department of Kinesiology and Health.

Program Financial Information

B.S.E. majors must pay all tuition and fees charged by the university and the college. A lab fee of $125 will be charged at the time students register for the student teaching experience. Educator preparation students must be aware that extra cost such as fees for LiveText, tort liability, criminal background check, and transportation will be incurred at various times during the completion of various teacher education field experiences, particularly during the students’ senior year.

Program Academic Regulations

Students must complete 42 semester hours in Areas A-E of the Undergraduate Core Curriculum. Courses in Area A must be completed with “C” or higher grades.  A grade of “C” or higher is required in Area F courses.  A grade of “C+” is required for the following courses:  KH 3200, KH 3250, KH 3410, KH 3420, KH 4510, KH 4520, KH 4530, KH 4540.  Students who do not receive a grade of “C+” or better may repeat the course once.  If a student fails to earn a “C+” the second time, then the student is administratively removed from the program.  A grade of “B” in KH 4710 and KH 4720 is required for recommendation for certification.  Students who do not receive a grade of “B” or better may repeat the course once.  If a student fails to earn a “B” the second time, he or she will not be allowed to enroll in the course again and will not be recommended for certification.

Entry into the program does not guarantee continuation in the program, graduation from the program and/or recommendation for certification even if all requirements have been met. Students may graduate from the program with a “B-”, “C+”, “C”, or “C-”  without recommendation for certification even if the certification test has been passed.

Program candidates may be placed on a Professional Development Plan (PDP). The HPE faculty has many options to choose from for determining a PDP for individuals. These options may include but are not limited to retaking courses; taking additional courses; and taking speech or writing workshops. Continuation in the program will depend on demonstrating timely and successful completion of PDP requirements.

As the courses progressively become more field-based, program faculty, cooperating teachers, and school administrators may also recommend that program candidates be placed on a PDP, removed from a course or removed from the program. The HPE program faculty has a personal and professional responsibility to ensure that the teacher candidates that enter and graduate from the program exhibit professional behaviors. The HPE faculty is obligated to follow university policy set forth in the following excerpt from the GSU catalog:

The Professional Education Faculty believes that all students who are in field experiences must be personally and psychologically equipped as well as academically prepared. Students may be denied entry to field experiences based on departmental prerequisites or the professional judgment of faculty based on observed performance and behavior. This policy is based on the premise that educators should be part of the evaluation of the students’ ability to function adequately and safely in classrooms and those educators have a right and responsibility to make such judgments prior to placing students in schools. The practicum or student teaching supervisor has the authority to withdraw students from their classroom experience if their performance constitutes a detriment to the children in the class. If such removal is necessary, students will be given an F in each corresponding course.

Tort liability insurance and criminal background check requirement: all students must show proof of tort liability insurance and consent to a criminal background investigation prior to admission to Teacher Education and then again prior to enrollment in student teaching (KH 4710 Student Teaching in Health and Physical Education, P-5, and KH 4720 Student Teaching in Health and Physical Education, 6-12). Students may obtain the appropriate forms through education.gsu.edu/oaa/field_placement.htm.

Program Degree Requirements

B.S.E. in Health and Physical Education

Areas A-E: Core Curriculum Recommendations

Students must complete 42 semester hours in Areas A-E of the Undergraduate Core Curriculum. Courses in Area A must be completed with “C” or higher grades.

Semester hours are shown in parentheses following an entry.

Area F. Courses Appropriate for a Major (18)

Students must complete coursework with a grade of “C” or higher in Area F prior to admission to teacher education.

Required (18):

  • EDUC 2110 Investigating Critical and Contemporary Issues in Education (3)
  • EDUC 2120 Exploring Socio Cultural Perspectives on Diversity (3)
  • EDUC 2130 Exploring Teaching and Learning (3)
  • KH 2130 Introduction to the Allied Fields of Health, Physical Education, and Fitness (3)
  • KH 2220 Anatomy in Kinesiology and Health (3)
  • KH 2230 Physiology in Kinesiology and Health (3)

Area G. Major Courses (53)

Students must apply for teacher education prior to beginning courses in Area G. To be accepted into teacher education, students must:

  1. Successfully complete areas A-F of program, as listed in the Undergraduate Catalog. This includes completion of Area A Essential Skills with a “C” or better grade and Area F Course appropriate to the major with a grade of “C” or better.
  2. Demonstrate competence in oral communication. Screening takes place in all education courses (see catalog for more details).
  3. Have a passing score on GACE Basic academic skills tests in Reading, Mathematics, and Writing, or proof of eligibility for exemption based on SAT, ACT, PRAXIS I, or GRE scores.
  4. Have a grade point average of no less than 2.5 (includes GSU and any transfer credit).
  5. Complete a departmental interview and writing sample. (Will be scheduled by department after application deadline)
  6. Complete a criminal background check and show proof of tort liability insurance (See education.gsu.edu/oaa/field_placement.htm)

Content:
Required (34):

  • KH 3010* Performance and Analysis Area I: -Skill Themes and Movement Concepts (3)
  • KH 3020 Performance and Analysis Area II: Fitness and Physical Activity for P-12 (3)
  • KH 3030 Performance and Analysis Area III: Team Sports (3)
  • KH 3040 Performance and Analysis Area IV: Lifetime Sports (3)
  • KH 3250** Teaching Comprehensive School Health Education (3)
  • KH 3420** Curriculum in Health and Physical Education-CTW (3)
  • KH 3600 Biomechanics (3)
  • KH 3610 Motor Learning and Development (3)
  • KH 3650 Physiology of Exercise (4)
  • KH 3700 Sexuality Education -for P-12-CTW (3)
  • EXC 4020 Characteristics and Instructional Strategies for Student with Disabilities (3) (or equivalent)

* Completion of KH 3010 is required before taking KH 3200 and KH 3410.

** Completion of KH 3250 and KH 3420 with a “C+” or better along with HPE faculty permission is required before taking KH 3200 and KH 3410.

KH 3420 and KH 3700 will fulfill the Critical Thinking Through Writing (CTW) requirement.

Methods and Curriculum:
Required (19):

  • KH 3200* Instructional Skills for Health and Physical Education, P-12 (4)
  • KH 3410 *Assessment in Health and Physical Education (3)
  • KH 4510** Contemporary Instructional Models for Pre-K and Elementary Physical Education (3)
  • KH 4520** Contemporary Instructional Models for Secondary Physical Education (3)
  • KH 4530** Contemporary Instructional Models for Health Education (3)
  • KH 4540** Contemporary Instructional Models for Adapted Physical Education (3)

* Completion of KH 3200 and KH 3410 with a “C+” or higher along with permission of HPE faculty is required before taking the remainder of the courses in this section.

**Completion of KH 4510, KH 4520, KH 4530, and KH 4540 with a “C+” or higher is required along with permission from HPE faculty before taking KH 4710 and KH 4720.

Area H. Practicum and Student Teaching (12)

First Aid and CPR Proficiency: All students must have current certifications in First Aid and CPR (including infant, child, and adult) at the time of application to student teaching. Those certifications must remain current through the end of the student teaching term. Students may demonstrate this proficiency by attaining the appropriate certifications from  GSU Recreation Department, American Heart Association, local fire departments or the American Red Cross at www.redcrossatlanta.org/pdf/communitycourses.pdf or by completing KH 3390 Advanced First Aid and Emergency Care (3) Please note:  The skills test for first aid and CPR cannot be taken online.

Students must complete student teaching coursework in Area H with a grade of “B” or higher for recommendation for certification.

Required (12):

  • KH 4650 Opening School Experience (0)
  • KH 4710 Student Teaching in Health and Physical Education, P-5 (6)
  • KH 4720 Student Teaching in Health and Physical Education, 6-12 (6)

Total Program: minimum of 125 semester hours

4140 Middle Level Education (B.S.E.)

Program Offered:

  • Bachelor of Science in Education in Middle Level Education

Additional Teacher Education information is found in section 1600 of the catalog.

Department of Middle and Secondary Education
600 College of Education Building
404/413-8060
msit.gsu.edu

Dana L. Fox, Chair

The B.S.E. major in Middle Level Education prepares outstanding middle level educators who can meet the needs of young adolescents in today’s diverse, highly technological, and changing society. Graduates have a well developed content knowledge in two fields (language arts, mathematics, reading, science, or social studies), and they are able to construct and implement interdisciplinary instruction creatively.

Successful completion of this program and the appropriate GACE Content Assessment tests leads to a recommendation for licensure for grades four through eight in the two areas of concentration.

Program Degree Requirements

B.S.E. Middle Level Education

Students must complete 42 semester hours in Areas A-E of the Undergraduate Core Curriculum with the recommendations listed in this section. Courses in Area A must be completed with “C” or higher grades.

Semester hours are shown in parentheses following an entry.

Area A. Essential Skills

Students who choose mathematics or science as one of their areas of concentration should select pre-calculus or a more advanced mathematics course) to fulfill the mathematics requirement.

Area C. Humanities and Fine Arts

Students who choose language arts as one of their areas of concentration should select ENGL 2110 World Literature 3), ENGL 2120 British Literature (3), or ENGL 2130 American Literature (3) to fulfill three semester hours of the Humanities and Fine Arts requirements.

Area D. Science, Mathematics, and Technology

Students who choose mathematics as one of their areas of concentration should select calculus of one variable (or a more advanced mathematics course) to fulfill three semester hours of the Science, Mathematics, and Technology requirements. Students who choose science as one of their concentration areas are encouraged to choose CHEM 1101K and CHEM 1102k or {BIOL 1103K] and BIOL 1104K. Students who choose Social Studies as an area of concentration are encouraged to choose GEOG 1112 and GEOG 1113.

Area E. Social Science

Students who choose social studies as one of their areas of concentration should select either AAS 1140 Introduction to African and African-American History and Culture (3), AAS 2010 Introduction to African-American Studies (3), ANTH 1102 Introduction to Anthropology (3), ECON 2105 Principles of Macroeconomics (3), ECON 2106 Principles of Microeconomics (3), GEOG 1101 Introduction to Human Geography (3), or HIST 1140 Introduction to African and African-American History (3) to complete the Social Science Foundations requirement.

Area F. Preparation for a Major (18 semester hours)

Students must earn a grade of “C” or higher in each course used to fulfill Area F requirements.

Required (9):

  • EDUC 2110 Investigating Critical and Contemporary Issues in Education (3)
  • EDUC 2120 Exploring Socio Cultural Perspectives on Diversity (3)
  • EDUC 2130 Exploring Teaching and Learning (3)

Select three (9):
With advisor approval, students select two additional 1000- or 2000-level courses for a minimum of six semester hours in one concentration area and one course for three semester hours in a second concentration area.

Area G. Major/Teaching Field (48 semester hours)

Students are encouraged to apply for teacher education after completing Areas A-F and at least 6 credit hours in each content concentration in Area G.1. Students must apply for teacher education prior to beginning coursework in G.3 (Pedagogical Knowledge) of their program. To be accepted into teacher education:

  • students must have a 2.50 composite grade point average on all undergraduate coursework previously completed;
  • Students must present passing scores on the GACE Basic Skills Assessment or demonstrate an exemption upon application to an initial educator preparation program. The current options for satisfying the Basic Skills Assessment, including the exemptions, are outlined at www.gapsc.com/EducatorPreparation/Assessment/BasicSkillsInfo.aspx. Under “Basic Skills Testing,” go to “Options to Satisfy the Basic Skills Requirement”;
  • students must have successfully completed Areas A through F of the program of study; and
  • students must have successfully completed at least 12 of the 24 hours in Area G.1 Content Concentration courses (at least 6 hours in each concentration).

G.1 Content Concentrations for Middle Level Education (24 hours)

In consultation with their advisors, students select TWO areas of concentration from among language arts, mathematics, reading, science, and social studies. Each area of concentration consists of 12 semester hours of coursework, at least 6 of which must be numbered 3000 or higher. Students are expected to have completed all prerequisites prior to enrolling in any of the following courses requiring prerequisites. Students must earn a grade of “C” or higher in each course used to fulfill Area G.1 requirements.

  • Language Arts Concentration (12)
    • Required (3):
      • EDLA 3200 Topics in Middle Childhood Language Arts (3)
    • Literature/Folklore
      Select one (3):

      (Another course may be selected with consent of advisor.)

    • Composition
      Select one (3):

      • ENGL 3080 History, Theory, and Practice of Argumentative Writing (3)
      • ENGL 3090 History, Theory, and Practice of Expository Writing (3)
      • ENGL 3100 Twentieth-Century Composition Theory and Practice (3)
      • ENGL 3150A Introduction to Creative Writing – Poetry (3)
      • ENGL 3150B Introduction to Creative Writing – Fiction (3)
      • EDLA 3240 Special Topics in the Middle Level Literature Curriculum (3)

      (Another course may be selected with consent of advisor.)

    • Language
      Select one (3):

      • AL 3021 Introduction to Linguistics (3)
      • ENGL 3105 Practical Grammar (3)
      • ENGL 3190 Language Analysis for Teachers of English (3)
      • ENGL 3200 Introduction to the English Language (3)
      • ENGL 3220 History of the English Language (3)
      • ENGL 3955 Language in the African-American Community (3)
      • SPCH 3750 Intercultural Communication (3)
      • SPCH 4500 Visual Communication (3)
      • (Another course may be selected with consent of advisor.)
  • Mathematics Concentration (12)
    • Required (9):
      • EDMT 3350 Topics in Middle Childhood Mathematics (3)
      • MATH 3050 Geometry and Spatial Sense (3)
      • MATH 3070 Introduction to Probability and Statistics (3)
    • Select one (3):
      • MATH 3000 Bridge to Higher Mathematics (3)
      • MATH 3090 Algebraic Concepts (3)
      • MATH 3420 Applied Combinatorics (3)
      • MATH 3820 Historical and Cultural Development of Mathematics I (3)
      • EDMT 3420 Special Topics in the Middle Level Mathematics Curriculum (3)
      • (Another course may be selected with consent of advisor.)
  • Reading Concentration (12)
    • Required (9)
      • EDRD 3490 Topics in Middle Childhood Reading (3)
      • EDRD 3500 Assessment and Instruction of Middle Childhood Students with Reading Difficulty (3)
      • EDLA 3200 Topics in Middle Grades Language Arts (3) (Students selecting Language Arts as their second concentration may select another literacy elective with recommendation of their advisor.)
      • AL 3021 Introduction to Linguistics (3)
  • Science Concentration (12)
    • Select three or four (12):
      Students are required to take 6 hours of upper-level (3000-level or above) science courses.

      • BIOL 2240 Intro to Human Physiology (3)
      • BIOL 2250 Human Physiology Lab (1)
      • BIOL 2300 Micro and Public Health (3)
      • BIOL 2310 Fundamental Micro Lab (1)
      • BIOL 2800 Intro to Molecular Biology (3)
      • BIOL 4050K Natural Environment of Georgia (4)
      • CHEM 4590 Special Topics in Physical Chemistry (3)
      • EDSC 3250 Topics in Middle Grades Science (4)
      • NSCI 3001 Integrated Science I: Physics and Astronomy (4)
      • NSCI 3002 Integrated Science II: Chemistry and Geology (4)
      • NSCI 3003 Integrated Science III: Geology and Biology (4)
      • (Another course may be selected with consent of advisor.)
  • Social Studies Concentration (12)
    • Required (6):
      • EDSS 3400 Topics in Middle Grades Social Science/History (3)
      • HIST 4310 Georgia History (4)
    • Select two (6):
      • North American or World Studies
      • Political Science
        • POLS 3110 State Government (3)
        • POLS 3170 American Legislative Process (3)
        • POLS 3200 Comparative Politics (3)
        • POLS 3400 International Politics (3)
        • POLS 3800 Introduction to Political Research (3)
        • POLS 4115 Urban Politics (3)
        • POLS 4130 American Constitutional Law (3)
        • POLS 4131 Civil Liberties and Rights (3)
        • POLS 4180 American Chief Executives (3)
        • (Another course may be selected with consent of advisor.)

G.2 Core Knowledge for Middle Level Education (12)

Students must earn a grade of “B” or higher in each course used to fulfill Area G.2 requirements.

Required (12)

  • EDCI 3200 Organization and Instruction of the Middle Grades Curriculum (3)
  • EDCI 3220 Understanding and Supporting Middle School Learners (3)
  • EXC 4020 Characteristics and Instructional Strategies for Students with Disabilities (3)
  • IT 3210 Teaching, Learning, and Technology Integration (3)

G.3 Pedagogical Knowledge (12)

Students must earn a grade of “B” or higher in each course used to fulfill Area G.3 requirements.

Students must complete at least half of their Content Concentrations (at least 6 of 12 hours in each concentration) and at least 9 to 12 hours in Area G.2 Core Knowledge concentration prior to enrolling in Area G.3 Pedagogical Knowledge courses. Area G.3 courses must be taken concurrently.

  • Required (6):
  • Select two (6):
    • EDLA 4400 Concepts and Methods in Language Arts for Middle Childhood Education (3)
    • EDMT 4460 Concepts and Methods in Middle Childhood Mathematics (3)
    • EDRD 4450 Concepts and Methods in Reading for Middle Childhood Education (3)
    • EDSC 4470 Concepts and Methods in Middle Childhood Science (3)
    • EDSS 4480 Concepts and Methods in Middle Childhood Social Studies (3)

Area H: Student Teaching (12 semester hours)

Students must successfully complete all courses in Area G.2 and Area G.3, and at least 18 of the 24 credit hours in Area G.1, to be authorized to enroll in Area H courses.

Students must earn a grade of “B” or higher in each course used to fulfill Area H requirements.

Required (12):

  • EDCI 4640 Critical Issues in Middle Grades Education-CTW (3)
  • EDCI 4700 Student Teaching in Middle Grades (9)

Exit Criteria:

  • Successful completion of all program coursework.
  • Successful completion of professional portfolio.

Total Program: minimum of 120 semester hours

4200 Minor in Urban Education

The minor in urban education provides undergraduate students with knowledge and experiences in urban education. Students select from course experiences offered from across departments in the College of Education. The minor must consist of 15-18 hours of coursework as outlined below with at least 9 hours in 3000-4000- level courses. Coursework counting toward the minor cannot also count toward Area A-E of the undergraduate degree. A grade of C or higher is required in all courses counting toward the minor

A. Required: (6)

  • EDUC 3010 Introduction to Urban Education (3)
  • EDUC 4660 Field Based Research in Urban Education (3)

B. Select one: (3)

  • ECE 3010 Introduction to Early Childhood Education (3)
  • EDCI 3220 Understanding and Supporting Middle School Learners (3)
  • EDCI 3250 Introduction to Teaching in Secondary Schools (3)
  • EDCI 4810 Directed Readings in Teaching and Learning (3)
  • EDUC 4982 Undergraduate Research in Urban Education (3)
  • EPY 3010 Learning, Memory, and Cognition in the Real World (3)

The course selected in section B cannot also be used fulfill section C.

C. Select two to three: (6-9)

  • ECE 3010 Introduction to Early Childhood Education (3)
  • EDCI 3220 Understanding and Supporting Middle School Learners (3)
  • EDCI 3230 From Ferris Bueller to Freedom Writers: Images of Education in Film (3)
  • EDCI 3240 Education or Incarceration: Schools, Communities, and the Prison Industrial Complex (3)
  • EDCI 3250 Introduction to Teaching in Secondary Schools (3)
  • EDCI 4810 Directed Readings in Teaching and Learning (3)
  • EDLA 3200 Topics in Middle Grades Language Arts (3)
  • EDMT 3350 Topics in Middle Grades Mathematics (3)
  • EDRD 3490 Reading Methods for Middle Childhood Education (3)
  • EDRD 3500 Assessment/Instruction of Middle School Childhood Students with Reading Difficulties (3)
  • EDSC 3250 Topics in Middle Grades Science (4)
  • EDSS 3400 Topics in Middle Grades Social Science/History (3)
  • EDUC 2110 Investigating Critical and Contemporary Issues in Education (3)
  • EDUC 2120 Exploring Sociocultural Perspectives on Diversity in Educational Contexts (3)
  • EDUC 2130 Exploring Learning and Teaching (3)
  • EDUC 4982 Undergraduate Research in Urban Education (3)
  • ELMT 2100 Information Literacy for the Digital Age (3)
  • EPY 3010 Learning, Memory, and Cognition in the Real World (3)
  • EXC 4020 Characteristics and Instructional Strategies for Students with Disabilities (3)
  • IT 3210 Teaching, Learning, and Technology Integration (3)

Students who have questions regarding the Minor in Urban Education may contact the College of Education’s Office of Academic Assistance at 404/413-8000.

4210 Minor in Educational Psychology

The minor is designed to provide undergraduate students with knowledge and expertise in Educational Psychology. Educational Psychologists are interested in applications of psychology to education, broadly defined. A minor in Educational Psychology will allow students to explore learning and teaching in classrooms as well as other educational outreach programs. Such explorations, along with students’ knowledge of major content areas, will provide viable possibilities for future careers and a deeper appreciation for learning in a variety of contexts.

Coursework counting toward the minor cannot also count toward Area A-E of the undergraduate degree.

A grade of C or higher is required in all courses counting toward the minor.

The coursework in the minor will include three required courses focusing on Educational psychology to ensure students explore and research critical areas of the field.

A. Required (9):

  • EDUC 2130 Exploring Learning and Teaching (3)
  • EPY 2050 Human Growth and Development (3)
  • EPY 4960 Seminar in Educational psychology (3)

B. Students must select 9 hours (at least 6 hours at or above the 3000 level) from the following list:

  • EDUC 2120 Exploring Sociocultural Perspectives of Diversity in Educational Context (3)
  • EPY 2040 The Science of Learning: Theories, Application, and Practice (3)
  • EPY 3010 Learning, Memory, and Cognition in the Real World (3)
  • EPY 4190 Introduction to Behavioral Analysis (3)
  • EPY 4360 Learning and Development During Adolescence (3)
  • Another course may be selected with consent of advisor.

Total Program: minimum of 18 Hours

Students who have questions regarding the Minor in Educational Psychology may contact the College of Education Office of Academic Assistance at 404-413-8000 or the Department of Educational Psychology at 404-413-8311.

4300 Certification Only Programs

4300.10 Initial Certification Special Education

Special Education General Curriculum: Consultative

Department of Educational Psychology and Special Education
850 College of Education Building, 404/413-8040
education.gsu.edu/epse/

Laura Fredrick, Chair

This is an initial certification program for students in an undergraduate degree program at Georgia State University that has a cooperative dual certification agreement with the Department of Educational Psychology and Special Education. Students seeking admission to this initial certification program, must have a minimum cumulative GPA of 2.5 and have passing scores on the GACE Basic Skills Assessment (see www.gace.nesinc.com for more information) or demonstrate an exemption. The current options for satisfying the Basic Skills Assessment, including the exemptions, are outlined at www.gapsc.com/documentation/basicskillsinfo.asp. Undergraduate students at Georgia State University must meet the requirements jointly set by their major department and the Department of Educational Psychology and Special Education.

Students who do not satisfactorily pass a course must retake the course and satisfactorily pass the course prior to taking additional courses in the program. Courses may be repeated once.

The sequence of required certification courses are as follows:

  • EPY 2050 Human Growth and Development (3)
  • EXC 4010 Characteristics of Students with Disabilities (3)
  • EXC 4560 Educational Evaluation of Students with Disabilities (3)
  • EXC 4570 Individual and Classroom Management (3)
  • EXC 4580 Instructional Methods for Students with Behavior Learning Disabilities (3)
  • EXC 4590 Functional and Social Methods for Students with Behavior Learning Disabilities (3)
  • EXC 4661 Practicum I: Special Education General Curriculum: Consultative (3)
  • EXC 4671 Educational Partnerships and Practicum II: Special Education General Curriculum: Consultative (3)

Total hours for certification: 24 semester hours

4300.15 Initial Certification (Trade and Industry)

Trade and Industrial Education

Health Occupations Education Certification

Department of Middle and Secondary Education
600 College of Education Building, 404/413-8060
msit.gsu.edu

Dana L. Fox, Chair

The department offers undergraduate courses to allow individuals from specific areas of health, industry, and information technology to become teachers at secondary schools based on occupational experience in the field and the minimum educational level required for the field. Applicants to this program have qualified for the initial Technical Specialist teaching certificate in Georgia and are required to complete an approved program for the professional renewable certificate. These programs lead to initial certification only.

Successful completion of the following courses qualifies a person for the NT- or T-level certificate, depending upon the current level of certification. The program presupposes certification at least at the provisional level. Students are admitted through a special application process once a year in summer session; they may take these courses either as non degree or degree-seeking students. Students must present passing scores on the GACE Basic Skills Assessment or demonstrate an exemption upon application to the program. The current options for satisfying the Basic Skills Assessment, including the exemptions, are outlined at www.gapsc.com/documentation/basicskillsinfo.asp. Under “Basic Skills Testing,” go to “Options to Satisfy the Basic Skills Requirement.”

Contact the Department of Middle-Secondary Education and Instructional Technology (404/413-8060) for additional information.

Required (21):

  • EDBT 3020 Instructional Development in Technology/Career Education (3)
  • EDBT 3360 Foundations of Management and Safety in Technology/Career Education (3)
  • EDBT 3690 Teaching Practicum in Technology/Career Education (3)
  • EDBT 3700 Teaching Practicum in Technology/Career Education (3)
  • EDBT 3710 Teaching Practicum in Technology/Career Education (3)
  • EDBT 4250 Principles and Practices in Technology/Career Education
  • EDBT 4570 Instructional Strategies in Technology/Career Education (3)
  • EXC 4020 Characteristics and Instructional Strategies for Students with Disabilities (3)

Total hours for certification: minimum of 24 semester hours

4400 Graduate Degree Programs

The College of Education offers the following graduate degree programs:

Master of Arts in Teaching:

  • Early Childhood Education
  • English Education
  • Mathematics Education
  • Middle Level Education (with concentrations in Language Arts and Social Studies or Mathematics and Science)
  • Reading, Language, and Literacy Education (with a concentration in English to Speakers of Other Languages)
  • Science Education
  • Social Studies Education

Master of Education:

  • Behavior/Learning Disabilities
  • Communication Sciences and Disorders
  • Early Childhood Education
  • Early Childhood Education — Urban Accelerated Certification and Master’s Program
  • Educational Leadership
  • English Education
  • Health and Physical Education
  • Mathematics Education
  • Multiple and Severe Disabilities [with concentrations in Adapted Curriculum (Intellectual Disability); Adapted/General Curriculum (Autism Spectrum Disorders), Deaf Education, Early Childhood Special Education General Curriculum, Physical and Health Disabilities(Orthopedic Impairments)]
  • Reading, Language, and Literacy Education
  • School Counseling (with concentrations in Elementary/Middle Grades School Counseling, Secondary School Counseling)
  • School Psychology
  • Science Education (online only)
  • Social Studies Education
  • Urban Teaching Leadership

Master of Science:

  • Educational Psychology
  • Educational Research
  • Exercise Science (with concentrations in Fitness and Health Promotion, Exercise Physiology, Biomechanics)
  • Instructional Design and Technology
  • Mental Health Counseling
  • Rehabilitation Counseling
  • Social Foundations of Education
  • Sports Administration
  • Sports Medicine

Specialist in Education:

  • Early Childhood Education
  • Educational Leadership
  • School Counseling
  • School Psychology

Doctor of Education:

  • Educational Leadership

Doctor of Philosophy:

  • Counseling Psychology
  • Counselor Education and Practice
  • Early Childhood and Elementary Education
  • Education of Students with Exceptionalities (with concentrations in Autism Spectrum Disorders, Behavior Disorders, Communication Disorders, Early Childhood Special Education, Learning Disabilities,  Intellectual Disabilities , Physical and Health Disabilities (Orthopedic Impairments), Deaf/Hard of Hearing)
  • Educational Policy Studies (Educational Leadership; Research, Measurement, and Statistics; Social Foundations of Education)
  • Educational Psychology
  • Instructional Technology (with concentrations in Alternative Instructional Delivery Systems, Instructional Design, Management, Research, and Consulting);
  • Kinesiology (with concentrations in Biomechanics and Physical Rehabilitation, Exercise Physiology, Exercise Psychology, and Physical Education Teacher Education)
  • School Psychology
  • Teaching and Learning (with concentrations in Language and Literacy, Mathematics Education, Music Education, Science Education, Social Studies Education, and Teaching and Teacher Education)

Information concerning the graduate programs is contained in the university’s Graduate Catalog and also available online at http://education.gsu.edu/main/coe_programs.htm and from the Office of Academic Assistance and Graduate Admissions, 300 College of Education Building, Georgia State University, Atlanta, GA 30303-3083, 404/413-8000.