1600 Educator Preparation

Initial and advanced educator preparation programs at the undergraduate and master’s levels are administered by the Professional Education Faculty, an organization of faculty members from the College of Arts and Sciences and the College of Education and Human Development and local public school teachers and administrators. The Professional Education Faculty is a multidisciplinary team committed to teaching, research, and service in partnership with school and community agencies. Its mission is to prepare educators as leaders, thinkers, and change agents who are grounded in theory, content, and practice. Advanced educator preparation programs beyond the master’s level are administered by the College of Education and Human Development.

The Professional Education Faculty at Georgia State University is accredited by the National Council for Accreditation of Teacher Education (NCATE), www.ncate.org. This accreditation covers initial teacher preparation programs and advanced educator preparation programs at Georgia State University. However, the accreditation does not include individual education courses that the institution offers to P-12 educators for professional development, relicensure, or other purposes.

Teacher preparation programs in Music Education are accredited by the National Association of Schools of Music, and teacher preparation programs in Art Education are accredited by the National Association of Schools of Art and Design. The Master of Education program in School Counseling is accredited by the Council for Accreditation of Counseling and Related Programs; and the Master of Science program in Communication Sciences and Disorders is accredited by the Council on Academic Accreditation in Audiology and Speech-Language Pathology of the American Speech-Language-Hearing Association.

1610 Organization of the Professional Education Faculty

The Professional Education Faculty’s primary duty is to promote and facilitate constructive interaction of the members of the Professional Education Faculty, especially along interdisciplinary lines, in the interest of maintaining excellence in professional education programs at Georgia State University.

The Dean of the College of Education and Human Development is the presiding officer of the Professional Education Faculty. The faculty meets at least twice each year, once during Fall Term and once during Spring Term. Quotidian governance of the Professional Education Faculty is conducted by the Professional Education Council, which consists of faculty members elected from the various teacher education areas, faculty members appointed by the Dean of the College of Education and Human Development, students appointed by their departments, and is advised by representatives from various Atlanta area schools, which are a part of the Metro-Atlanta P-16 Community Council. The chair of the Professional Education Council is elected annually, and the position alternates between members of the College of Arts and Sciences and members of the College of Education and Human Development.

Additional information about the Professional Education Faculty and its activities is available at  http://education.gsu.edu/faculty-staff-resources/coe-professional-education-faculty/.

1620 Conceptual Framework

The Professional Education Faculty’s conceptual framework illustrates its philosophies and purposes in regard to effective teacher preparation. The framework builds on the College of Education and Human Development mission statement and includes the Professional Education Faculty’s purpose, assumptions underlying educator preparation, and candidate outcomes. The conceptual framework is described fully at http://education.gsu.edu/faculty-staff-resources/coe-professional-education-faculty/.

1630 Programs

Initial Certification Programs

The following majors provide initial teacher preparation to qualified students:

  1. Master of Art Education with a major in Art Education (College of Arts and Sciences)
  2. Master of Art in Teaching with a major in
    • Early Childhood Education
    • English Education
    • English to Speakers of Other Languages (ESOL) Education
    • Mathematics Education
    • Middle Level Education (Language Arts and Social Studies or Mathematics and Science)
    • Science Education
    • Social Studies Education
  3. Master of Education with a major in
    • Behavior/Learning Disabilities,
    • Early Childhood Education—Urban Accelerated Certification and Master’s Program
    • Health and Physical Education
    • Multiple and Severe Disabilities, [with concentrations in Adapted Curriculum (Intellectual Disabilities), Adapted/General Curriculum (Autism Spectrum Disorders), Deaf Education, Early Childhood Special Education, Physical and Health Disabilities (Orthopedic Impairments)]
    • School Counseling
  4. Master of Science with a major in Communication Sciences and Disorders
  5. Master of Education and Specialist in Education with a major in School Psychology
  6. Non-degree special education programs in special education general curriculum: consultative, intellectual disabilities, autism spectrum disorders, deaf education, early childhood special education, physical and health disabilities.

Advanced Programs

The following degree programs provide advanced teacher preparation for qualified students:

  1. Master of Art Education with a major in Art Education (College of Arts and Sciences)
  2. Master of Education with a major in
    • Behavior/Learning Disabilities
    • Elementary Education
    • Health and Physical Education
    • Mathematics Education
    • Multiple and Severe Disabilities [with concentrations in Adapted Curriculum (Intellectual Disabilities), Adapted/General Curriculum (Autism Spectrum Disorders), Deaf Education, Early Childhood Special Education, Physical and Health Disabilities (Orthopedic Impairments)]
    • Reading, Language, and Literacy Education with a concentration in Reading Instruction
    • Science Education
    • Social Studies Education
    • Urban Teacher Leadership
  3. Master of Music with a major in Music Education (College of Arts and Sciences)
  4. Specialist in Education with a major in
    • Educational Leadership
    • School Counseling
    • School Psychology
  5. Doctor of Education with a major in
    • Curriculum and Instruction
    • Educational Leadership
  6. Doctor of Philosophy with a major in
    • 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; Deaf/Hard of Hearing; Early Childhood Special Education, Intellectual Disabilities, Learning Disabilities, Physical and Health Disabilities (Orthopedic Impairments)
    • Educational Policy Studies (Educational Leadership)
    • Educational Psychology
    • Instructional Technology (with concentrations in Alternative Instruction 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, or Teaching and Teacher Education)

Teacher Education Warranty

Georgia State University teacher education programs provide a limited warranty and guarantee the following:

  • The Professional Education Faculty of Georgia State University guarantees the quality of any educator that they recommend for initial certification in Georgia.
  • Georgia State University guarantees educators during the first two years immediately following graduation from Georgia State or following recommendation by Georgia State for an initial certificate, whichever occurs first.
  • Any Georgia State University educator in a Georgia school who fails to demonstrate essential skills can receive additional training at no expense to the educator or the employer.

1640 Graduate Professional Education Core

All students enrolled in professional education programs at the master’s level must complete the graduate professional education core as it is described in the program requirements for their major. The professional core consists of three areas of study: research, social foundations, and psychology of learning. The Professional Education Faculty has designated the following courses as fulfilling the professional education core requirements:

Research (minimum of 3 semester hours)

  • EPRS 7900 Methods of Research in Education (3)
  • EPRS 7910 Action Research (3)
  • EPRS 7920 Classroom Testing, Grading, and Assessment (3)

Social Foundations (minimum of 3 semester hours)

Psychology of Learning (minimum of 3 semester hours)

  • EPY 7080 The Psychology of Learning and Learners (3)
  • EPY 7090 The Psychology of Learning and Learners: The Young Child (3)

1650 Georgia Assessments for the Certification of Educators (GACE)

This information is for candidates seeking admission to or enrolled in a teacher preparation program. The state of Georgia requires such candidates to take various GACE and Educator Ethics assessments as part of the educator certification process. These computer-delivered assessments have been developed by the Georgia Professional Standards Commission (GaPSC) and are delivered by the Education Testing Service (ETS). You will take these tests at different times.

Program Admission and Content Assessments:

Program Admission Assessment [Combined Test I, II, and III (700)] is an admission requirement (unless candidate meets qualifications for exemption – scroll down to “Options to Satisfy the Program Admission Assessment Requirement”). When registering for the assessment, program entry candidates must add your program provider (Georgia State University – school code 5090) as a score recipient when you register or we will not receive notification that you have completed the assessment.

Content Assessment (different content assessments for each program) tests your content knowledge and is taken after enrollment and prior to program completion. You will receive specific information regarding this test as you near completion of your program (required for certification).

Georgia Educator Ethics Assessment: 

Georgia Educator Ethics – Program Entry (350) Assessment is an admission requirement. Completion of this assessment is required for admission, though there is no “Pass/Fail” grade assigned. Program entry candidates must add your program provider (Georgia State University – school code 5090) as a score recipient when you register or we will not receive notification that you have completed the assessment.

Georgia Educator Ethics – Program Exit (360) Assessment is taken after enrollment and prior to program completion. You will receive specific information regarding this test as you near completion of your program (required for certification).

How to Register:

Educational Testing Service (ETS) is the test supplier for the GACE and for the Georgia Educator Ethics Assessment.

Important Step:  you must first establish a MyPSC account at the MyPSC website. As you create your account, you will indicate a different “Reason for Testing” specific to the test and your student status:

-Program Admission — select Reason for Testing #1 . Program entry candidates must add your program provider (Georgia State University – school code 5090) as a score recipient when you register or we will not receive notification that you have completed the assessment.
-Georgia Educator Ethics – Program Entry (or Program Exit) — select Reason for Testing #7  (Be sure to review the 4-step registration process on the link provided here: Register for the Georgia Educator Ethics Assessment). Program entry candidates must add your program provider (Georgia State University school code 5090) as a score recipient when you register or we will not receive notification that you have completed the assessment.  NOTE: Step #3 of registration — check your email SPAM folder for the email from ETS. Step #4 of registration is tricky — you are now in the ETS portal (not MyPSC) and you must create a new account under “Registration”…choose the option: Test Takers.
– Content Assessments – Undergraduate students (or graduate students in Educational Leadership, School Psychology, or Counseling):  select Reason for Testing #2 
– Content Assessments – Graduate students (except in Educational Leadership, School Psychology, or Counseling):  select Reason for Testing #3 (students in Educational Leadership, School Psychology, or Counseling select Reason for Testing #2)

1655 edTPA

Teacher preparation candidates will be required to pass an externally scored  portfolio assessment (edTPA) to be eligible for certification.  This portfolio assessment requires candidates to submit evidence of ability to teach in a subject-specific classroom.  Candidates must develop and teach a unit of instruction and then submit materials based on three to five lessons from this unit.  The portfolio includes video clips of student-teacher interactions, lesson plans, learner work samples, and candidates’ reflective analysis.

In the event a candidate has passed their student teaching/practica course included in their teacher preparation program but fails to pass edTPA, candidates may be eligible to graduate but not be eligible for certification.  Students in this situation may enroll in EDUC 4750 Clinical Experience for one credit hour to participate in a practicum experience to create and implement a unit of instruction and complete a new edTPA portfolio.

1660 Educational Field Experiences

All Georgia State University students who are accepted into a teacher education program and will be completing a field placement must complete the requirements to obtain a Pre-Service Certificate through the Georgia Professional Standards Commission which includes a criminal background check and the ethics module.

All teacher preparation programs require an Opening School experience in addition to practicum and student teaching placements. Opening school experiences vary by program and can include the Georgia State student spending 1-2 weeks with a mentor teacher during pre-planning and the first week of school. Due to the schedules of the county schools where Georgia State places students, the opening school experience may occur prior to the start of the Georgia State fall term. Students should check with their program faculty regarding the specific number of days/hours required for their opening school experience for their program.

Students accepted into teacher education programs, will not be able to begin their field placement(s) until they receive their Pre-Service certificate number from the GaPSC and provide proof to the Office of Field Placements.

Upon admission to a teacher education program, you will receive an email from the Office of Academic Assistance with instructions for how to apply for your Pre-Service certificate. Do not submit your Pre-Service Certificate application before you are admitted.

Extended field experiences, opening school, practicum and/or student teaching (i.e. experiences involving interactions with students, tutoring or classroom teaching in school settings) will be arranged by the Office of Field Placements and program coordinators in the educator preparation departments of the students’ major fields of study.

Students must successfully complete the prerequisite courses in their program of study with respect to securing a placement.

It is the responsibility of the student to check with their faculty advisor regarding specific departmental procedures required to request a practicum or student teaching placement.

Students may not contact a school or school system office or report to a school site until they are notified by their department or the Office of Field Placements of their placement confirmation.

An additional lab fee of $125.00 will be charged at the time students register for selected field experiences. Educator preparation students must be aware that extra costs such as tort liability, criminal background check, and transportation will be incurred at various times during the completion of educational field experiences.

Teacher education and counseling students are required to purchase tort liability prior to placements in field experience courses, practicum, or student teaching. Students will be expected to show proof of coverage to program coordinators/supervisors prior to field placements.

Continuing Duty to Report Criminal Events

In addition to the continuing duty Georgia State University students have to report criminal events that occur after application to the University per the Georgia State Student Code of Conduct, students enrolled in educator preparation programs or in education coursework requiring field-based experiences must (1) report to the Office of Field Placement any criminal events described below that occur after the criminal background check required for field placements was conducted (notice to Office of Field Placement must be made within 72 hours of the student’s notice of the event); (2) consent to a new criminal background check; and (3) provide written consent for the release of the criminal background report and all information about the criminal event to any field placement site at which the student is currently student teaching or at which Georgia State attempts to place the student in the future. Failure to comply with the notice requirement described herein may result in sanctions up to and including immediate withdrawal from the University. Failure to comply with the criminal background check and release of information requirement described herein will result in immediate removal from all current field placements and courses and denial of future requests for field placement.

  1. Conviction of a crime other than a minor traffic violation.
  2. Criminal charges filed against the student.
  3. Entering a plea of guilty, a plea of no contest, a plea of nolo contendere, an Alford plea, or a plea under any first offender act in response to charges filed against the student.

1670 Criteria on Academic and Professional Integrity

The College of Education and Human Development 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 and Human Development adhere to both the University’s Student Code of Conduct as described on-line at  http://codeofconduct.gsu.edu/ 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.