4000 College of Education and Human Development

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

(See section 1600 for Educator Preparation Information)

General Information

The information contained in this chapter applies to programs, course offerings, and requirements specific to the College of Education and Human Development. 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 and Human Development.

Office of the Dean

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

Paul Alberto, Dean
Gwen Benson, Associate Dean of School, Community and International 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 Faculty is accredited at Georgia State University is accredited by the National Council for Accreditation of Teacher Education (NCATE), www.ncate.org. This accreditation covers all 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.

The Professional Education Faculty offers undergraduate initial teacher preparation programs through the College of the Arts, College of Arts and Sciences, and the College of Education and Human Development.

The B.S. Exercise Science program is accredited by the Commission of Accreditation of Allied Health Education Programs (CAAHEP).

Degree Programs

Undergraduate and graduate degree programs are offered through the departments of Early Childhood and Elementary Education; Educational Psychology, Special Education and Communication Disorders; Kinesiology and Health; and Middle and Secondary Education. The departments of Counseling and Psychological Services, Educational Policy Studies, and the Learning Technologies Division offer graduate programs only.

Undergraduate degree programs for teachers of art and music are offered by the College of the Arts.

Undergraduate degree programs for teachers of foreign languages and physics are offered by the College of Arts and Sciences.

College of Education Undergraduate Degrees, Majors and Minors:

Bachelor of Arts (B.A.)

  • Sign Language Interpreting

Bachelor of Interdisciplinary Studies

  • Concentration in Human Learning and Development
  • Concentration in Sport Administration

Bachelor of Science (B.S.)

  • Exercise Science

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

  • Birth Through Five
  • Elementary Education
  • Health and Physical Education
  • Middle Level Education
  • Special Education

Minors

  • Educational Psychology
  • Special Education – High Incidence Disabilities
  • Urban Education

For a list of graduate programs offered through the College of Education and Human Development please visit the college’s website at education.gsu.edu/academics/programs/graduate/. Graduate application materials for these programs can be obtained by visiting the Office of Academic Assistance and Graduate Admissions website at education.gsu.edu/admissions/graduate-admissions/.

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 and Human Development Building
404-413-8070
crim.education.gsu.edu/

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 Human Development 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 curriculum that are currently used by teachers. The director of the center is Dr. Brian Williams.

Instructional Technology Center

2nd floor, College of Education and Human Development 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

Dahlberg Hall, 30 Courtland St.
404-413-8460

Capital Hill Childhood Enrichment

197 Decatur Rd.
404-413-8454

cdp.education.gsu.edu/

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 and Human Development under the direction of the Department of Early Childhood and Elementary 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 Ms. Stacey French-Lee.

Speech – Language – Hearing Clinic

8th floor, College of Education and Human Development Building
404-413-8044
speechlanguagehearing.education.gsu.edu/

The Speech–Language–Hearing Clinic is operated by the Department of Educational Psychology, Special Education, and Communication Disorders to provide practicum and experience for students in the master’s level Communication Sciences and Disorders program offered through the College of Education and Human Development. 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.

4010 Students’ Responsibilities

Knowledge of Regulations

Students must assume full responsibility for knowledge of the policies, rules, and regulations of the College of Education and Human Development 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 and Human Development 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 and Human Development. 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 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 online at 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.

4020 College Academic Advisement

Academic advisors in the Office of Academic Assistance and Graduate Admissions advise undergraduate students in the College of Education and Human Development who have completed 90 credit hours or more and are admitted to or are pursuing admission to one of the college’s undergraduate degree programs. The college encourages students with questions about their degree requirements or the academic regulations of the college or university to contact their academic advisor.

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 University Career Services (270 Student Center West). The services of the center are described in section 1536 of this catalog.

Office of Academic Assistance and Graduate Admissions

300 College of Education and Human Development Building
404-413-8000
education.gsu.edu/student-services/office-of-academic-assistance/

Nancy Keita, Director
Leslie Currah, Assistant Director, Graduate Admissions and Outreach
Stephen Mendenhall, Assistant Director, Academic Assistance
Jennifer Sukanek, Academic Advisor II (undergraduate students)
Aileen Taylor, Academic Advisor II (undergraduate students)
Basja Tibbs, Certification Officer and Graduation Counselor

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;
  • Evaluates previous coursework of undergraduate transfer students for specific course credits that can be applied toward the B.A., B.I.S., 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 admission applications for the college’s undergraduate and graduate programs; 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 one day in advance so updated records can be provided. Wednesdays are reserved for walk-ins. Office hours are 8:30 a.m. to 5:15 p.m. (M.-F.).

Teacher preparation students in the College of Arts and Sciences (Art, Foreign Language, and Music) should contact the Arts & Sciences Office of Academic Assistance (418 Langdale Hall, 404-413-5000) for advisement.

4030 College Academic Regulations

Pre-Major Status

Students may select the College of Education and Human Development 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 a degree program through the college’s admissions process. 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 pass the GACE program admission assessment (or meet exemption criteria) and the Georgia Educator Ethics entry assessment. Students interested in teacher education programs should refer to Educator Preparation in section 1600 of this catalog or visit the College of Education and Human Development Office of Academic Assistance and Graduate Admissions website, education.gsu.edu/admissions/undergraduate-admissions/, 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 and Human Development must follow the admissions requirements shown in the “Undergraduate Admissions” chapter of this catalog. 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 and Human Development 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.

Prerequisite Courses

The faculty have designated prerequisites for many College of Education and Human Development courses. Students are expected to have completed a course’s prerequisites prior to the first day of class. If students have appropriate academic and professional experience, they may ask the instructor or department to allow them to register for a course without having completed the published prerequisites for a course; however, the instructor and department are under no obligation to allow the students to enroll without having completed the prerequisites. In some courses, the students may be administratively withdrawn from the course if the instructor or department discovers that they have not completed the course’s prerequisites.

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.

Separate Undergraduate and Graduate Programs

The undergraduate and graduate programs of the college are entirely separate and only those persons who have been admitted to a graduate program may enroll in courses numbered 6000 or higher.

Re-entry

A re-entry 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 Re-entry

The Re-entry Application is available online at admissions.gsu.edu/re-entry/. Students will need to submit a $25.00 application fee with their applications. Re-entry 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 re-entry, they may not re-enter 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 enrollment.gsu.edu/assistance/ 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.

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

Petition for Waiver or Variance

Any student in the College of Education and Human Development 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/student-services/forms-policies-regulations/.

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/student-services/forms-policies-regulations/.

College Degree Requirements

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

4040 Program Degree Requirements

Undergraduate degrees offered by the College of Education and Human Development are listed in this section alphabetically by major and then by degree designation followed by minors and non-degree, 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 and Human Development 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 and Elementary Education
550 College of Education and Human Development Building
404-413-8020
Lynn Hart, Chair
ece.education.gsu.edu/

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 Kindergarten 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 Program Admission Assessment or demonstrate an exemption upon application to an initial educator preparation program.
  • Students must complete the Georgia Educators Ethics – Program Entry (350) Assessment.
  • 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 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 and Elementary Education website.

Program Financial Information

Birth Through Five (B-5) majors must pay all tuition and fees charged by the University and the College. A $125.00 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. The cost of the edTPA portfolio submission is $300.00, which will also be associated with student teaching.

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.

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 (LT 2210 recommended) and by demonstrating competency on designated assignments embedded in the program of study.

Pre-Service Certificate: Upon admission to a teacher education program, students will be contacted by the College’s Office of Academic Assistance office with instructions to claim enrollment in their program and submit a GaPSC Pre-Service Certificate Application. The pre-service certificate is required for placement in required field experiences or clinical practice.

Certification: Students must post passing scores on the GACE Content Assessment, Georgia Educator Ethics – Program Exit (360) Assessment, and edTPA  in order to be recommended by Georgia State University for clear, renewable certification.

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 and Elementary Education web site.

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 Reading/Literacy, Social Studies and the Arts: Methods for Young Children(4)
  • BRFV 4400 Family and Community Relationships (3)
  • BRFV 4490 Mathematics, Science and Technology: Methods for Young Children(3)
  • EXC 3560 Observation and Assessment for Infants, Toddlers and Preschoolers (3)
  • EXC 4020 Characteristics and Instructional Strategies for Students with Disabilities (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):

  • LT 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 GACE Content Assessment, Georgia Educator Ethics – Program Exit (360) Assessment, and edTPA  in order to be recommended by Georgia State University for clear, renewable certification.

Total Program: minimum of 120-126 semester hours

4110 Elementary Education

Program Offered:

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

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

Department of Early Childhood and Elementary Education
550 College of Education and Human Development Building
404-413-8020
Lynn Hart, Chair
ece.education.gsu.edu/

Elementary Education B.S.E. program Faculty prepare undergraduates to teach diverse learners in 1) pre-kindergarten through fifth grade, 2) English to Speakers of Other Languages (ESOL), and 3) special education. There are two program options for completing the B.S.E. degree in Elementary 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. 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, theatrical and musical arts within the context of digital technology. The broad and extensive field-based experiences intentionally scaffold candidates’ knowledge and ability to select and implement developmentally appropriate technology, resources and activities for teaching and learning in diverse settings across grade levels. 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 Early Childhood Education (P-5) and Early Childhood Special Education (P-5).

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. Elementary 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 Program Admission Assessment or demonstrate an exemption upon application to an initial educator preparation program;
  • students must complete the Georgia Educator Ethics  – Program Entry (350) Assessment;
  • students must have successfully completed all courses in Area A-F;
  • students must submit proof of tort liability; and
  • students must complete a writing sample and participate in an informational session hosted by faculty. Please note that the completion of the writing sample and participation in the informational session 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 and transportation will be incurred at various times during the completion of various teacher education field experiences, particularly during the students’ senior year. The cost of the edTPA portfolio submission is $300.00, which will also be associated with student teaching.

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.

B.S.E. students are required to meet the Georgia 2006 Technology Proficiency Requirement. Students enrolled in the Department of Early Childhood and Elementary 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.

Pre-Service Certificate: Upon admission to a teacher education program, students will be contacted by the College’s Office of Academic Assistance office with instructions to claim enrollment in their program and submit a GaPSC Pre-Service Certificate Application. The pre-service certificate is required for placement in required field experiences or clinical practice.

Certification: Students must post passing scores on the GACE Content Assessment, Georgia Educator Ethics – Program Exit (360) Assessment, and edTPA in order to be recommended by Georgia State University for clear, renewable certification.

Program Degree Requirements

There are two program options for completing the B.S.E. Degree in Elementary 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.

MATH 1070 Elementary Statistics (3) is recommended in Area D for Elementary Education majors.

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 Integrated Science I: Life/Earth Sciences (3)
  • ISCI 2002 Integrated Science II: Physical Sciences (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 and Elementary Education provides a program manual describing course requirements and expectations.

  • ECE 3021 Child Development (3)
  • ECE 3255 ESOL: Cultural Foundations-CTW (3)
  • ECE 3360 Assessment of Classroom Learning in Early Childhood Education (3)
  • ECE 3390 Teacher as Responsible Practitioner in the 21st Century-CTW (3)
  • ECE 3400 Reading Methods in Elementary Education (3)
  • ECE 3440 ESOL: Curriculum and Instruction (3)
  • ECE 3600 Language and Literacy Inquiry (3)
  • ECE 3602 Writing and Composing in the Digital Age (3)
  • ECE 3603 Mathematics Methods in Elementary Education: Primary Grades (3)
  • ECE 3604 Mathematics Methods in Elementary Education: Upper Grades (3)
  • ECE 3605 Social Studies Methods in Early Childhood Education (3)
  • ECE 3606 Science and Inquiry in Early Childhood Education (3)
  • ECE 3661 Classroom Management & Practicum I: Fostering Dispositions of Responsive Educators (3)
  • ECE 3662 Classroom Management & Practicum II: Transforming Observations of Children into Practice (3)
  • ECE 3663 Classroom Management & Practicum III: Contextualizing Teaching and Learning (3)*
  • EXC 4020 Characteristics and Instructional Strategies for Students with Disabilities (3)
  • MATH 3050 Geometry and Spatial Sense (3) (MATH 2008 is a prerequisite for this course.)
  • MATH 3090 Algebraic Concepts (3) (MATH 2008 is a prerequisite for this course.)
  • AE 2300 or MUS 2300 Art and Music for Early Childhood (3)

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

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, Georgia Educator Ethics – Program Exit (360) Assessment, and edTPA 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 Early Childhood Special Education (P-5) 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.

MATH 1070 Elementary Statistics (3) is recommended in Area D for Elementary Education majors.

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 Integrated Science I: Life/Earth Sciences (3)
  • ISCI 2002 Integrated Science II: Physical Sciences (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 and Elementary Education provides a program manual describing course requirements and expectations.

  • ECE 3021 Child Development (3)
  • ECE 3255 ESOL: Cultural Foundations-CTW (3)
  • ECE 3390 Teacher as Responsible Practitioner in the 21st Century-CTW (3)
  • ECE 3400 Reading Methods in Elementary Education (3)
  • ECE 3600 Language and Literacy Inquiry (3)
  • ECE 3602 Writing and Composing in the Digital Age (3)
  • ECE 3603 Mathematics Methods in Elementary Education: Primary Grades (3)
  • ECE 3604 Mathematics Methods in Elementary Education: Upper Grades (3)
  • ECE 3605 Social Studies Methods in Early Childhood Education (3)
  • ECE 3606 Science and Inquiry in Early Childhood Education (3)
  • ECE 3661 Classroom Management & Practicum I: Fostering Dispositions of Responsive Educators (3)
  • ECE 3662 Classroom Management & Practicum II: Transforming Observations of Children into Practice (3)
  • EXC 4020 Characteristics and Instructional Strategies for 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)
  • MATH 3050 Geometry and Spatial Sense (3) (MATH 2008 is a prerequisite for this course.)
  • MATH 3090 Algebraic Concepts (3) (MATH 2008 is a prerequisite for this course.)
  • AE 2300 or MUS 2300 Art and Music for Early Childhood (3)

*Students must earn a grade of “B” or higher in EXC 4570.

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 Student Teaching in Special Education (3)

Students must post passing scores on the appropriate GACE Content Assessments, Georgia Educator Ethics – Program Exit (360) Assessment, and edTPA  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
Mark Geil, Chair
kh.education.gsu.edu/

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. The degree program also provides an excellent academic background for graduate study or for application to physical therapy, occupational therapy, physician’s assistant, medical school, sports medicine, public health, and other health science professional programs.

The B.S. Exercise Science program is accredited by the Commission of Accreditation of Allied Health Education Programs (CAAHEP).

Program Admission

Students must apply to the B.S. Exercise Science program after completion of areas A-E and the following Area F courses: KH 2220, KH 2221, KH 2230, and KH 2231. A minimum of “C” on the first attempt (WF counts as an attempt) is required in each of the following classes: KH 2220, KH 2221, KH 2230, and KH 2231. Competitive applicants will have a “B-” or better in each of these courses.

To apply for the B.S. in Exercise Science, students must submit the application available on the CEHD website at education.gsu.edu/admissions/undergraduate-admissions/. As part of the application, students will be required to upload a statement of purpose (must be no more than 1000 words in length) and include the following information: 1) educational and career objectives and how a degree in Exercise Science will aid you in achieving those goals, and 2) list of extracurricular activities, including jobs, volunteer work, student clubs/organizations, etc.

Program Financial Information

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

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 A2. If a student chooses MATH 1101 or lower in Area A2,they must still complete MATH 1111 prior to taking KH 3600 in Area G. The department recommends taking CHEM 1151K/1152K or PHYS 1111K/1112K as the 2 course sequence in Area D (the 1 extra credit hour will count in Area G). MATH 1112 or MATH 1113 are prerequisites for PHYS1111K/1112K. The department recommends taking PSYC 1101 for Area E.

Semester hours are shown in parentheses after an entry.

Area F. Courses Appropriate for a Major (18)

Required (18):

  • KH 2130 Introduction to Kinesiology and Health (3)
  • KH 2220 Anatomy in Kinesiology and Health (3)
  • KH 2221 Anatomy in Kinesiology and Health Laboratory (1)
  • KH 2230 Physiology in Kinesiology and Health (3)
  • KH 2231 Physiology in Kinesiology and Health Laboratory (1)
  • KH 2520 Principles of Physical Activity and Fitness (3)

Choose One Course (4):
The course cannot be used in Area D.

KH 2220, KH 2221, KH 2230, and KH 2231 may be attempted only once. A WF counts as an attempt. Transfer students who transfer these course(s) into Georgia State University, may use the grades in the last attempted transferred course or they may attempt them (once) at Georgia State University.

Students can petition to use BIOL 2110K and BIOL 2120K in place of KH 2220, KH 2221, KH 2230, and KH 2231; however, a student must still receive a “C+” or higher in each course.

Area G. Major Courses (54)

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

Pre-Exercise Science students can register for the following courses as long as prerequisites are met.

  • KH 3500 Athletic Training  (3)
  • KH 3550 Statistics and Evaluation in Exercise Science (3)
  • Electives for which appropriate prerequisites have been completed

To enroll in the upper-level courses listed below, students must be declared B.S. Exercise Science students and complete with a grade of “C” or better appropriate prerequisites for the following classes:

  • 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)

Electives (18):
Select six or more:

  • BIOL 2240 Introduction to Human Physiology (3) and BIOL 2250 Human Physiology Laboratory (1)
  • GERO 4200 Health and the Older Adult (3) (same as SNHP 4200)
  • GERO 4610 Psychology of Aging (3) (same as PSYC 4610)
  • KH 3020 Fitness and Physical Activity (3)
  • KH 3060 Performance and Analysis in Disability Sport (3)
  • KH 3360 Disability, Sport, and Physical Activity (3)
  • KH 3520 Strength Training and Conditioning (4)
  • KH 3610 Motor Learning and Development (3)
  • KH 3630 American Sport Education Program (ASEP) Coaching Principles (3)
  • KH 3635 Special Considerations for Coaching Athletes with Disabilities (3)
  • KH 3680 International Experience in Sport and Exercise Science (3)
  • KH 3760 Special Topics in Kinesiology and Health (3)
  • KH 3820 Research Methods in Kinesiology (3)
  • KH 4200 Analysis of Sport Coaching (3)
  • KH 4210 Long Term Athlete Development (3)
  • KH 4380 Obesity and Related Complications (3)
  • KH 4390 ECG and Exercise Stress Training (3)
  • KH 4400 Environmental Exercise Physiology (3)
  • MATH 1111 College Algebra (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)
  • NUTR 4960 Nutrition and Physical Fitness (3)
  • RT 3005 Clinical Cardiopulmonary Physiology (3)
  • SOCI 4230 Sociology of Health and Illness (3)
  • Other courses may be selected with consent of adviser.

Area H. Practicum (6 semester hours)

Students must successfully complete all courses in Area G to be authorized to enroll in Area H courses. Students should not enroll in other courses while completing Area H requirements. 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 complete an Exit Exam. This exam is given in KH 4750 Practicum in Exercise Science and must be passed with a score/percentage of 75% in order to successfully complete KH 4750 and graduate. Students are also required to take a national certification exam from a list of department-approved certification exams and report their results in order to successfully complete KH 4750 Practicum in Exercise Science.

**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
Mark Geil, Chair
kh.education.gsu.edu/

The B.S.E. major in Health and Physical Education has two concentrations. The first prepares graduates to teach integrated programs of health and physical education teacher certification (TC) for pre-kindergarten through twelfth grade. The second prepares sport coaching, physical activity, health and wellness professionals (CPAHW) to work in community sport and movement settings from early childhood through later adulthood. Areas of emphasis across the two concentrations include movement skill development and analysis, personal health and wellness, pedagogical-disciplinary study, contemporary curriculum, instructional skills and models, sport coaching and development of athletes, and direct field experiences. Both concentrations feature a field-based approach.

Program Admission

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

To be accepted into the B.S.E. Health and Physical Education program:

  • 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 participate in an interview (including a writing exercise) with program faculty.

Students in the teacher certification concentration:

  • must present passing scores on the GACE Program Admission Assessment or demonstrate an exemption upon application to an initial educator preparation program;
  • must complete the Georgia Educator Ethics – Program Entry (350) Assessment;
  • must apply for a Pre-Service Certificate which includes a background check and show proof of tort liability insurance.

Students in the sport coaching, physical activity, health and wellness professionals (SCPAHW) concentration:

  • must pass a criminal background check and show proof of tort liability

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/internship experience. Students must be aware that extra cost such as fees for LiveText, tort liability, criminal background check, edTPA,  and transportation will be incurred at various times during the completion of various field experiences, particularly during the students’ senior year. The cost of the edTPA portfolio submission is $300.00, which will be associated with student teaching.

Program Academic Regulations

Program of Study for teacher certification concentration: 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 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 teacher certification concentration.  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.

Pre-Service Certificate (for teacher certification concentration only): Upon admission to a teacher education program, students will be contacted by the College’s Office of Academic Assistance office with instructions to claim enrollment in their program and submit a GaPSC Pre-Service Certificate Application. The pre-service certificate is required for placement in required field experiences or clinical practice.

Certification (for teacher certification concentration only): Students must post passing scores on the GACE Content Assessment, Georgia Educator Ethics – Program Exit (360) Assessment, and edTPA in order to be recommended by Georgia State University for clear, renewable certification.

Program of Study for SCPAHW concentration: students must complete 42 semester hours in Areas A-E of the Undergraduate Core curriculum. Courses in Area A must be completed with a C grade or higher.  A grade of B is required in KH 4730 and KH 4740. Students who do not receive a grade of B or better may repeat the courses once. If a student fails to earn a B or better the second time, he or she will not be permitted to enroll in the course again and will be removed from the program.

Tort Liability: All students must show proof of tort liability insurance prior to admission to taking courses in the methods and curriculum section of Area G and then again prior to enrollment in student teaching/internship. Students may obtain the appropriate forms through http://education.gsu.edu/student-services/office-of-field-placements/.

Professional Development Plan: 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/agency 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 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.

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 for Teacher Certification and Sport Coaching, Physical Activity, Health and Wellness concentrations (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 2122 Applied Health and Wellness (3)
  • KH 2130 Introduction to Kinesiology and Health (3)
  • KH 2211 Movement Sciences for Practitioners (3)

Area G. Major Courses (53-56)

Content:
Required Courses for Teacher Certification and Sport Coaching, Physical Activity, Health and Wellness concentrations (32):

  • KH 3010 Skill Themes and Movement Concepts (3)
  • KH 3020 Fitness and Physical Activity (3)
  • KH 3030 Invasion Games (3)
  • KH 3040 Net/Wall Games (3)
  • KH 3070 Target and Field Games(3)
  • KH 3080 Dance and Gymnastics (3)
  • KH 3200 Instructional Skills for Physical Education and Physical Activity Professionals (3)*
  • KH 3375 Injury Prevention and First Aid (2)
  • KH 3610 Motor Learning and Development (3)
  • KH 3710 Health Risk Behaviors- CTW  (3)
  • KH 4280 Psychology of Physical Activity (3)

Completion of KH 3010 is required before taking KH 3200 , KH 3410 and KH 3420.

KH 3710 will fulfill the Critical Thinking Through Writing (CTW) requirement.

*For Teacher Certification, completion of KH 3200 with a “C+” or higher.

Methods and Curriculum for Teacher Certification concentration:
Required (24):

  • EXC 4020 Characteristics and Instructional Strategies for Students with Disabilities (3) (or equivalent)
  • KH 3410 Assessment in Health and Physical Education (3)
  • KH 3420 Curriculum in Health and Physical Education (3)
  • KH 3700 Sexuality Education for P-12 (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 3410, KH 3420, KH 3700, 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.

Methods and Curriculum for Sport Coaching, Physical Activity, Health and Wellness concentration:
Required (21):

  • KH 4350 Fitness Program Management (3)

Students must select courses from two disciplines and complete a minimum of six (6) hours of coursework in each of the two (2) disciplines for a total of 18 credit hours. Students must complete coursework with a grade of “C” or higher in each discipline class. Students can select courses with prefix ranges between 1000-4999.

  • Business Administration (BUSA)
  • Counseling and Psychological Services (CPS)
  • Education (EDUC)
  • Educational Psychology (EPY)
  • Gerontology (GERO)
  • Learning Technologies (LT)
  • Nutrition (NUTR)
  • Public Health (PH)
  • Public Management and Policy (PMAP)
  • Psychology (PSYC)
  • Sociology (SOCI)
  • Sport Coaching and Human Performance (KH)

Area H. Internship and Student Teaching (8)

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 or internships. Those certifications must remain current through the end of the student teaching/internship 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. Please note:  The skills test for first aid and CPR cannot be taken online.

Students must complete internship or student teaching coursework in Area H with a grade of “B” or higher for program completion. A grade of B or higher is required for students in the teacher certification concentration for recommendation for certification.

Required for Teacher Certification concentration (8):

  • KH 4650 Opening School Experience (0)
  • KH 4710 Student Teaching in Health and Physical Education, P-5 (4)
  • KH 4720 Student Teaching in Health and Physical Education, 6-12 (4)

Students must post passing scores on the GACE Content Assessment, Georgia Educator Ethics – Program Exit (360) Assessment, and edTPA in order to be recommended by Georgia State University for clear, renewable certification.

Required for Sport Coaching, Physical Activity, Health and Wellness Concentration (8):

  • KH 4730 Physical Activity Internship I (4)
  • KH 4740 Physical Activity Internship (4)

Total Program Teacher Certification concentration: minimum of 124 semester hours

Total Program SCPAHW concentration: minimum of 121 semester hours

4140 Human Learning and Development

Program Offered:

  • Bachelor of Interdisciplinary Studies in Human Learning and Development

The Human Learning and Development concentration is an interdisciplinary program in the College of Education and Human Development. Courses are taught by faculty from the Departments of Counseling and Psychological Services; Early Childhood and Elementary Education; Educational Policy Studies; Educational Psychology, Special Education, and Communication Disorders; Learning Technologies; and Middle and Secondary Education.

This concentration provides students an opportunity to acquire a career-oriented range of skills and knowledge of this important field by choosing from the coursework in behavior and learning disabilities; child growth and development; counseling; deaf studies; educational psychology; family and community literacy;  learning technologies; and research methods and problem solving.

Students should contact an advisor in the University Advisement Center or the College of Education and Human Development Office of Academic Assistance to declare the major. Students should declare their major by the time they have earned 42 credit hours to avoid a delay in graduation. A 2.0 Georgia State University GPA is required in order to pursue the program.

Program Degree Requirements

Areas A-E: Core Curriculum (42-43 hours)
(see section 1410 University Core Curriculum Requirements in the undergraduate catalog)

Area F. Preparation for the Major (18 hours)

Required (9 hours):

  • EPY 2040 The Science of Learning (3)
  • EPY 2050 Human Growth and Development (3)
  • LT 2010 Computer Skills for the Information Age (3)

Choose Three Courses (9 hours):

  • ASL 2001 Elementary Sign Language III (3)
  • ASL 2002 Elementary Sign Language IV (3)
  • EDRD 2200 Reading for Undergraduate Success (3)
  • EDUC 2110 Investigating Critical and Contemporary Issues in Education (3)
  • EDUC 2120 Exploring Socio-Cultural Perspectives on Diversity in Educational Contexts (3)
  • EDUC 2130 Exploring Learning and Teaching (3)
  • EDUC 2152 Birth and Parenthood (3)
  • EDUC 2300 Introduction to Child Development (3)
  • LT 2012 Design and Development of Digital Multimedia (3)
  • LT 2100 Information Technology Research and Application (3)
  • KH 2360 Childhood Health and Wellness (3)
  • PSYC 1101 Introduction to General Psychology (3)
  • SOCI 1101 Introduction to Sociology (3)
  • Foreign Language Course at 1002, 2001, or 2002 levels (3)

Area G. Area of Concentration: Human Learning and Development (36-42 hours)

Students must complete all courses in Area G with a grade of “C-” or higher unless otherwise noted for specific courses.

Required (9 hours):

  • CPS 3400 Career and Lifespan Development (3)
  • EDUC 3100 Introduction to Careers in Human Learning and Development-CTW (3)
  • EPRS 4900 Methods of Research in Human Learning and Development-CTW (3)

Choose two of the disciplines below (30 hours)

Behavioral and Learning Disabilities (15 hours)
Required (9 hours):

  • EXC 4020 Characteristics and Instructional Strategies for Students with Disabilities (3)
  • EXC 4140 Issues of Diversity in Special Education in Urban Environments (3)
  • EXC 4760 Special Topics in Special Education (3)

Choose Two Courses (6 hours):

  • CSD 4320 Introduction to Language Disorders (3)
  • EPY 3010 Learning, Memory, and Cognition in the Real World (3)
  • EXC 4030 Introduction to Applied Behavior Analysis (3)
  • EXC 4350 Orientation to Deafness (3)
  • PSYC 4040 Developmental Psychology (3)

Child Growth and Development (15 hours)
Required (3 hours):

  • ECE 3010 Introduction to Early Childhood Education (3)

Choose Four Courses (12 hours):

  • BRFV 4370 Language, Literacy, Cognition-CTW (3)*
  • BRFV 4400 Family and Community Relationships (3)*
  • ECE 3021 Child Development (3)**
  • ECE 3500 Social-Emotional Development from Infancy to Middle Childhood (3)
  • ECE 3550 Children’s Literature in the 21st Century (3)
  • ECE 3560 Media and Children’s Learning (3)

*Students should complete EDUC 2300 or ECE 3021 before registering for BRFV 4370 and BRFV 4400.

**Because EDUC 2300 and ECE 3021 are similar in content, students cannot complete both courses. If students complete EDUC 2300 for Area F requirements, they should not register for ECE 3021 for the Child Growth and Development discipline.

Counseling (15 hours)
Required (9 hours)

  • CPS 3200 Diversity and Human Relations (3)
  • CPS 3300 Interpersonal Communication Skills (3)
  • PSYC 3140 Psychopathology and Abnormal Psychology (3)

Select Two Courses (6 hours)

Deaf Studies (15 hours)
Required (12):

  • EXC 4350 Orientation to Deafness (3)
  • EXC 4365 Audiological Considerations (3)
  • EXC 4370 American Sign Language and Deaf Culture I (3)
  • EXC 4380 American Sign Language and Deaf Culture II (3)

Choose One Course (3)

  • AL 4151 Communication across Cultures-CTW (3)
  • CSD 4480 Introduction to Hearing and Science Disorders (3)
  • SW 3700 Communication Skills for Social Workers (3)

Educational Psychology (15 hours)
Required (15 hours);

  • EPY 3010 Learning, Memory, and Cognition in the Real World (3)
  • EPY 4190 Introduction to Behavior Analysis (3)
  • EPY 4360 Developing and Learning During Adolescence (3)
  • EPY 4450 Culture and Cognition (3)
  • EPY 4960 Seminar in Educational Psychology (3)

Family and Community Literacy (15 hours)
Choose Five Courses (15):

  • EDCI 4400 Poverty and Education (3)
  • EDRD 3490 Topics in Middle Childhood Reading (3)
  • EDRD 3500 Assessment and Instruction of Middle Childhood Students with Reading Difficulty (3)
  • EDRD 3600 Family Literacy and Community Learning (3)
  • EPY 4970 Seminar in Adult Literacy (3)
  • TSLE 4250 Language and Discourse in Global and Professional Contexts (3)
  • TSLE 4260 Global and Local Intercultural Relations and Development (3)
  • TSLE 4440 Working with Multilingual Populations (3)

Learning Technology (15 hours)
Choose Five Courses (15):

  • LT 3000 Technology, Society, and Education (3)
  • LT 3100 Educational Technology in Africa and the Diaspora (3)
  • LT 3210 Teaching, Learning, and Technology Integration (3)
  • LT 3500 Training and Performance Technology (3)
  • LT 3737 Inventing to Learn: Teaching and Learning with Maker Technologies (3)
  • LT 4500 Gaming and Simulation for Exploratory Learning (3)

Research Methods and Problem Solving (15 hours)
Required (3 hours):

  • EPRS 4905 Methods of Research in Education (3)

Choose Four Courses (12 hours):

  • EDUC 4660 Field Based Research in Urban Education (3)
  • EPRS 4500 Qualitative Research I (3)
  • EPRS 4530 Quantitative Methods and Analysis in Education (3)
  • EPRS 4910 Action Research (3)
  • EPRS 4920 Educational Measurement (3)
  • EPSF 4100 Critical Pedagogy (3)
  • Other courses may be substituted with approval of the HLD program Coordinator and a faculty member in the Department of Educational Policy Studies.

Internship (3-9 hours)
Students should complete 3-9 hours of internship related to one or more of the disciplines chosen above.

Choose from the following repeatable courses.

  • EDUC 4670 Internship in Human Learning and Development (3)
  • EDUC 4982 Undergraduate Research in Urban Education (1-3)

Area H. Electives (11-18 hours)
Students may choose two courses from one of the disciplines listed above which were not previously selected or take courses numbered 1000 level or above to fulfill the elective requirement.

Reminder: Students must earn 39 semester hours at Georgia State University in courses numbered 3000 or above with an average grade of at least a C (2.00 GPA).

4150 Middle Level Education

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 and Human Development Building
404-413-8060
Gertrude Tinker Sachs, Chair
mse.education.gsu.edu/

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, and/or social studies) and have the option to pick up a third general curriculum concentration in Special Education. Successful completion of this program, the appropriate GACE Content Assessment tests, Georgia Educator Ethics – Program Exit (360) Assessment, and edtPA leads to a recommendation for licensure for grades four through eight in the areas of concentration. Students may also choose to add a concentration in Special Education which leads to certification in P-12 Special Education General Curriculum or a concentration in ESOL which leads to an ESOL Endorsement for teaching English Language learners in grades 4-8.

Program Admission

Students are required to apply for teacher education after completing Areas A-F. 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 Program Admission Assessment or demonstrate an exemption upon application to an initial educator preparation program;
  • students must complete the Georgia Educator Ethics – Program Entry (350) Assessment;
  • students must have successfully completed Areas A through F of the program of study; and
  • students may be asked to participate in an interview and/or writing sample as a part of the application process.

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 and transportation will be incurred at various times during the completion of various teacher education field experiences, particularly during the students’ senior year. The cost of the edTPA portfolio submission is $300.00, which will also be associated with student teaching.

Program Academic Regulations

Pre-Service Certificate: Upon admission to a teacher education program, students will be contacted by the College’s Office of Academic Assistance office with instructions to claim enrollment in their program and submit a GaPSC Pre-Service Certificate Application. The pre-service certificate is required for placement in required field experiences or clinical practice.

Certification: Students must post passing scores on the GACE Content Assessments, Georgia Educator Ethics – Program Exit (360) Assessment, and edTPA in order to be recommended by Georgia State University for clear, renewable certification.

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.

  • Language Arts: ENGL 2110 World Literature, ENGL 2120 British Literature, or ENGL 2130 American Literature
  • Reading: AL 2101 Introduction to Language (highly recommended prerequisite for Area G.1. AL course), ENGL 2110 World Literature, ENGL 2120 British Literature, or ENGL 2130 American Literature
  • Mathematics: MATH 2008 Foundations of Numbers and Operations (prerequisite for 3 required Area G.1 math courses) (3), MATH 2211 Calculus of One Variable I (prerequisite for 1 Area G.1 math course) (4), MATH 2212 Calculus of One Variable II  (4) or MATH 2420 Discrete Mathematics (3)
  • Sciences: CHEM 1101K and/or CHEM 1102, or BIOL 1103K and/or BIOL 1104K are recommended if not taken in Area D.
  • Social Studies: GEOG 1101 Introduction to Human Geography, GEOG 1112 Introduction to Weather and Climate or GEOG 1113 Introduction to Landforms recommended if not taken in Area D

Area G. Major/Teaching Field (48-57 semester hours)

Students who have completed the above criteria and are ready to apply for the program must choose two content concentrations within Area G.1 from the following list: Language Arts, Mathematics, Reading, Science, and Social Studies. In addition to fulfilling requirements for content concentrations, students may also choose to add a concentration in Special Education which leads to certification in P-12 Special Education General Curriculum or in ESOL which leads to an ESOL Endorsement for teaching English Language learners in grades 4-8.

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 content 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 course (3):

  • ENGL 3040 Introduction to Literary Studies (3)
  • ENGL 3290 English Fiction (3)
  • ENGL 3850 American Poetry (3)
  • ENGL 3860 American Drama (3)
  • ENGL 3870 American Fiction (3)
  • ENGL 3890 Contemporary Ethnic American Literature (3)
  • ENGL 3910 The Tradition of Children’s and Young Adults’ Literature (3)
  • ENGL 3920 Southern Literature (3)
  • ENGL 3950 African-American Literature (3)
  • ENGL 3960 African-American Literature by Women (3)
  • ENGL 3970 Caribbean Literature (3)
  • ENGL 4130 Shakespeare, Earlier Works (3)
  • ENGL 4140 Shakespeare, Later Works (3)
  • FOLK 3000 American Folklore (3)
  • FOLK 4000 Georgia Folklore (3)
  • EDLA 3230 Special Topics in the Middle Level Literature Curriculum (3)
  • Another course may be selected with consent of advisor.

Composition
Select one course (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 Composition Curriculum (3)
  • Another course may be selected with consent of advisor.

Language
Select one course (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)
  • SCOM 2900 Intercultural Communication (3)
  • SCOM 4500 Visual Communication (3)
  • Another course may be selected with consent of advisor.

Mathematics Concentration (12)
Required (12):

  • EDMT 3350 Topics in Middle Childhood Mathematics (3)
  • MATH 3050 Geometry and Spatial Sense (3)
  • MATH 3070 Introduction to Probability and Statistics (3)
  • MATH 3090 Algebraic Concepts

Reading Concentration (12)
Select four courses (12):

  • 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.)
  • EDRD 2200 Reading for Undergraduate Success (3)
  • EDRD 3400 Reading the World of 21st Century Texts (3)
  • EDRD 3490 Topics in Middle Childhood Reading (3)
  • EDRD 3500 Assessment and Instruction of Middle Childhood Students with Reading Difficulty (3)
  • AL 3021 Introduction to Linguistics (3)

Science Concentration (12-15)
Students are required to take a minimum of 12 credits hours with at least 6 hours of upper-level (3000-level or above) science courses. Students must take one course in each section listed below.

Required (3):

  • EDSC 3250 Topics in Middle Grades Science (3)

Select one course (3-4):

Select one course (3-4):

  • CHEM 1211K Principles of Chemistry I (4)
  • CHEM 4590 Special Topics in Physical Chemistry (4)
  • GEOL 1121K Introductory Geosciences I (4)
  • GEOL 1122K Introductory Geosciences II (4)
  • NSCI 3002 Integrated Science II: Chemistry and Geology (3)

Select one course (2-3)

  • BIOL 2240 Introduction to Human Physiology (3)
  • BIOL 2300 Microbiology and Public Health (3)
  • BIOL 2800 Introduction to Molecular Biology (2)
  • NSCI 3003 Integrated Science III: Geology and Biology (3)

Social Studies Concentration (13-15)
Required (7):

  • EDSS 3400 Topics in Middle Grades Social Science/History (3)
  • HIST 4310 Georgia History (4)

Select two courses (6-8):
North American or World Studies

Political Science

  • HIST 4470 US Legal and Constitutional History (4)
  • 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 (12-15)

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)
  • LT 3210 Teaching, Learning, and Technology Integration (3)

Students adding the Special Education Concentration are also required to complete (3):

  • EXC 4570 Individual and Classroom Management (3)

Students adding the ESOL Concentration are also required to complete (3):

  • TSLE 4250 Language and Discourse in Global and Professional Contexts (3)

G.3 Pedagogical Knowledge (12-18)

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

Students must complete all Area G.1 and Area G.2  courses prior to enrolling in Area G.3. Area G.3 courses must be taken concurrently.

Required (6):

Select two courses to correspond to your areas of content concentrations (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)

Students adding the Special Education Concentration are also required to complete (6):

  • EXC 4560 Educational Evaluation of Students with Disabilities (3)
  • EXC 4580 Instructional Methods for Students with Behavior Learning Disabilities (3)

Students adding the ESOL Concentration are also required to complete (6):

  • TSLE 4260 Global and Local Intercultural Relations and Development (3)
  • TSLE 4440 Working with Multilingual Populations (3)

Area H: Student Teaching (12 semester hours)

Students must successfully complete all courses in Area G.3 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 for students NOT adding the Special Education or ESOL Concentrations (12):

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

Required for students adding the Special Education Concentration (12):

  • EDCI 4640 Critical Issues in Middle Grades Education-CTW (3)
  • EDCI 4700 Student Teaching in Middle Grades (6)
  • EXC 4671 Student Teaching in Special Education (3)

Required for students adding the ESOL Concentration (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.

Students must post passing scores on the GACE Content Assessments, Georgia Educator Ethics – Program Exit (360) Assessment, and edTPA in order to be recommended by Georgia State University for clear, renewable certification.

Total Program: minimum of 120 semester hours

Total Program for the ESOL Concentration: minimum of 129 hours

Total Program for the Special Education Concentration: minimum of 129 hours

4160 Sign Language Interpreting

Program Offered:

  • Bachelor of Arts in Sign Language Interpreting

Department of Educational Psychology, Special Education and Communication Disorders
850 College of Education Building and Human Development, 404-413-8040
http://esc.education.gsu.edu/
Laura Fredrick, Chair

Sign Language Interpreting is an interdisciplinary field that combines highly developed competency in both American Sign Language and English, with knowledge of linguistics, interpretation, translation, and principles of professional practice.

The Sign Language Interpreting major prepares students with the theoretical and practical knowledge needed to enter field of American Sign Language/English interpretation. Students develop confidence in their working languages, proficiency in linguistic and cultural analysis, and the interpersonal skills needed to develop a relevant and sound professional practice.

Program Admission

Admission to the major in sign language interpreting will be based on the following:

  • Completion of Areas A-E;
  • Completion of American Sign Language Interpreting Baccalaureate Degree Program application;
  • Completion of a program orientation;
  • Completion of ENGL 1101 or ENGL 1101H and ENGL 1102 or ENGL 1102H, each with a grade of “C” or better;
  • Completion of ASL 1001, ASL 1002, ASL 2001, and ASL 2002 each with a grade of “C” or better;
  • Demonstrated proficiency in sign recall and visual-motor integration;
  • Successful completion of an entrance interview demonstrating at least intermediate conversational proficiency in American Sign Language.

Program Degree Requirements

B.A. in Sign Language Interpreting

Areas A-E: Core Curriculum (42-43)
(see section 1410 Core Curriculum Requirements in the undergraduate catalog )

Area F. Preparation for the Major (18)

Required (12):

  • ASL 1001 Elementary American Sign Language I (3)
  • ASL 1002 Elementary American Sign Language II (3)
  • ASL 2001 Intermediate American Sign Language I (3)
  • ASL 2002 Intermediate American Sign Language II (3)

Note: Students who have applied ASL 1002 to Area C in the core, may choose an 3 additional hours from the list below to count toward Area F.

Choose two courses (6):

Area G. Major Area (48)

Students must complete all courses in Areas G with a grade of “C” or higher unless otherwise noted.

Required (48):

Area H: Electives (12)

Students must complete all courses in Areas H with a grade of “C-” or higher unless otherwise noted.

Choose four  courses (12):

  • AL 3021  Introduction to Linguistics (3)
  • AL 4111  Semantics and Pragmatics in Linguistic Theory (3)
  • AL 4151 Communication across Cultures-CTW (3)
  • ANTH 4114 Language and Social Justice (3)
  • ENI 3101 Entrepreneurial Thinking (3)
  • EXC 4350 Orientation to Deafness (3)

Total Program: minimum of 120 semester hours

4170 Special Education

Program Offered:
Bachelor of Science in Education in Special Education

  • Concentration in Adapted Curriculum
  • Concentration in Deaf Education
  • Concentration in General Curriculum

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

Department of Educational Psychology, Special Education, and Communication Disorders
850 College of Education Building and Human Development, 404-413-8040
http://esc.education.gsu.edu/
Laura Fredrick, Chair

The B.S.E. in Special Education prepares students to teach children and youth with mild to moderate behavior and learning disabilities (e.g., dyslexia and other specific learning disabilities, attention disorders, emotional behavior disorders); mild, moderate, severe, and profound intellectual disabilities; and autism spectrum disorders; and hearing impairments (e.g., deaf or hard of hearing). Students entering the B.S.E. will choose a concentration in adapted curriculum, general curriculum, or deaf education and learn to work with children and youth across the lifespan (e.g., children in preschool through 12th grade; adolescents; and adults) in a variety of settings (e.g., separate specialized schools, typical school settings, restrictive school settings such as alternative, residential, and juvenile justices, cognitive and behavioral specialty agencies, and resource and inclusion settings), and across languages (i.e., American Sign Language and English) and modes (i.e., spoken or signed) as well as in collaborative/co-teaching models. Graduates across concentrations will be prepared to work with children and youth with special needs successfully via a curriculum that focuses on evidence-based practices that prepares them to differentiate instruction for this unique population in a variety of education and therapeutic settings. Graduates are provided coursework and practicum experiences resulting in knowledge of characteristics, curriculum, instructional strategies, and classroom management procedures.

Program Admission

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 all courses in areas A-F;
  • students must have completed at least six (6) hours in their chosen area of content concentration;
  • students must present passing scores on the GACE Program Admission Assessment or demonstrate an exemption upon application to an initial
    educator preparation program;
  • students must complete the Georgia Educator Ethics – Program Entry (350) Assessment;
  • students must show proof of tort liability insurance.

Program Academic Regulations

Program of Study: Students must complete 42 semester hours in Areas A-E of the Undergraduate Core Curriculum

Pre-Service Certificate: Upon admission to a teacher education program, students will be contacted by the College’s Office of Academic Assistance office with instructions to claim enrollment in their program and submit a GaPSC Pre-Service Certificate Application. The pre-service certificate is required for placement in required field experiences or clinical practice.

Certification: Students must post passing scores on the GACE Content Assessment, Georgia Educator Ethics – Program Exit (360) Assessment, and edTPA in order to be recommended by Georgia State University for clear, renewable certification.

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 and transportation will be incurred at various times during the completion of various teacher education field experiences, particularly during the students’ senior year. The cost of the edTPA portfolio submission is $300.00, which will be associated with student teaching.

Program Degree Requirements

B.S.E. Special Education

Areas A-E. Core Curriculum Recommendations

Students must complete 42 semester hours in Area A-E of the Undergraduate Core Curriculum

MATH 1101 or MATH 1111 is recommended in Area A2.

ASL 1002 is recommended in Area C for Deaf Education concentration students.

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.

  • EDUC 2110 Investigating Critical and Contemporary Issues in Education (3)
  • EDUC 2120 Exploring Socio-Cultural Perspectives on Diversity in Educational Contexts (3)
  • EDUC 2130 Exploring Teaching and Learning (3)
  • EPY 2050 Human Learning and Development (3)
  • AL 2101 Introduction to Language (3)

Choose One Course (3):

  • AL 2231 Understanding Miscommunication (3)
  • ASL 2001 Intermediate American Sign Language I (3)
  • PSYC 2050 Introduction to Drugs and Behavior (3)

The faculty strongly encourage students in the Deaf Education concentration to take ASL 2001 and students in the Adapted Curriculum and General Curriculum concentrations to take AL 2231 or PSYC 2050.

Area G. Major Courses (51)

Students must complete all courses in Areas G with a grade of “C” or higher unless otherwise noted.

Content Concentration (12)

Students are required to complete 12 hours in a content concentration: language arts, mathematics, reading, science, or social studies.

Students must complete six (6) hours in their chosen content concentration prior to admission into teacher education.

Listed below are course suggestions for each content area.

Language Arts Content Concentration (12)

  • AL 3021 Introduction to Linguistics (3)
  • AL 3101 English Grammar in Use (3)
  • AL 4011 Phonetics and Phonology (3)
  • AL 4012 Morphology and Syntax (3)
  • AL 4111 Semantics and Pragmatics in Linguistic Theory (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)
  • SCOM 2900 Intercultural Communication (3)
  • SCOM 4500 Visual Communication (3)
  • Another course may be selected with consent of program coordinator.

Mathematics Content Concentration (12)

  • MATH 3000 Bridge to Higher Mathematics-CTW (3)
  • MATH 3050 Geometry and Spatial Sense (3)
  • MATH 3070 Introduction to Probability and Statistics (3)
  • MATH 3090 Algebraic Concepts (3)
  • MATH 3420 Applied Combinatorics (3)
  • MATH 3820 Historical and Cultural Development of Mathematics I (3)
  • Another course may be selected with consent of program coordinator.

Reading Content Concentration (12)

  • AL 3021 Introduction to Linguistics (3)
  • EDLA 3200 Topics in Middle Grades Language Arts (3)
  • EDRD 3500 Assessment and Instruction of Middle Childhood Students with Reading Difficulty (3)
  • Consult program coordinator for 3 hours in courses with AL, EDRD, ENGL, and FOLK prefixes (6)

Science Content Concentration (12)

  • BIOL 2240 Introduction 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 (3)
  • NSCI 3001 Integrated Science I: Physics and Astronomy (3)
  • NSCI 3002 Integrated Science II: Chemistry and Geology (3)
  • NSCI 3003 Integrated Science III: Geology and Biology (3)
  • Another course may be selected with consent of program coordinator.

Social Studies Content Concentration (12)

Special Education Concentrations – Select one of the following concentration areas:

Adapted Curriculum Concentration (39)

  • CSD 4320 Introduction to Language Disorders (3)
  • EDRD 4600 Reading and Writing in the Content Areas (3)
  • EXC 4020 Characteristics and Instructional Strategies for Students with Disabilities (3)
  • EXC 4030 Introduction to Applied Behavior Analysis (3)
  • EXC 4140 Issues of Diversity in Special Education in Urban Environments (3)
  • EXC 4190 Alternative Approaches to Literacy Instruction for Students with Disabilities (3)
  • EXC 4280 Methods for Teaching Students with Intellectual Disability and Students with Autism Spectrum Disorders (3)
  • EXC 4281 Assessment and Curriculum Planning: Adapted Curriculum (3)
  • EXC 4325 Methods for Teaching High Functioning Students with Autism Spectrum Disorders
  • EXC 4560 Educational Evaluation of Students with Disabilities (3)
  • EXC 4570 Individual and Classroom Management (3)
  • EXC 4600 Infusing Co-Teaching Strategies across the Content areas (3)
  • EXC 4760 Special Topics in Special Education (3)

Deaf Education Concentration (39)

  • ASL 2002 Intermediate American Sign Language II (3)
  • CSD 4320 Introduction to Language Disorders (3)
  • EDRD 4600 Reading and Writing in the Content Areas (3)
  • EXC 4020 Characteristics and Instructional Strategies for Students with Disabilities (3)
  • EXC 4350 Orientation to Deafness (3)
  • EXC 4365 Audiological Considerations (3)
  • EXC 4390 Reading and Writing Instruction for Deaf/Hard of Hearing (3)
  • EXC 4400 Methods of Teaching Students Who are Deaf/Hard of Hearing (3)
  • EXC 4430 Auditory and Speech Development in Students Who are Deaf/Hard of Hearing (3)
  • EXC 4460 Language Development in Students Who are Deaf/Hard of Hearing (3)
  • EXC 4560 Educational Evaluation of Students with Disabilities (3)
  • EXC 4600 Infusing Co-Teaching Strategies across the Content Areas (3)
  • EXC 4820 American Sign Language Visual Resources Lab A (1)
  • EXC 4830 American Sign Language Visual Resources Lab B (1)
  • EXC 4840 American Sign Language Visual Resources Lab C (1)

General Curriculum Concentration (40)

  • CSD 4320 Introduction to Language Disorders (3)
  • EDRD 4600 Reading and Writing in the Content Areas (3)
  • EXC 4020 Characteristics and Instructional Strategies for Students with Disabilities (3)
  • EXC 4030 Introduction to Applied Behavior Analysis (3)
  • EXC 4140 Issues of Diversity in Special Education in Urban Environments (3)
  • EXC 4190 Alternative Approaches to Literacy Instruction for Students with Disabilities (3)
  • EXC 4530 Methods for Teaching Prekindergarten and Kindergarten Children with Disabilities (4)
  • EXC 4560 Educational Evaluation of Students with Disabilities (3)
  • EXC 4570 Individual and Classroom Management (3)
  • EXC 4580 Instructional Methods for Students with Behavior and Learning Disabilities (3)
  • EXC 4590 Functional and Social Methods for Students with Behavior and Learning Disabilities (3)
  • EXC 4600 Infusing Co-Teaching Strategies across the Content areas (3)
  • EXC 4760 Special Topics in Special Education (3)

Area H. Student Teaching (11-12)

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.

Adapted Curriculum Concentration (12)

  • EXC 4650 Opening School Experience (0)
  • EXC 4925 Practicum I: Adapted Curriculum (3)
  • EXC 4935 Student Teaching: Adapted Curriculum (9)

Deaf Education Concentration (12)

  • EXC 4650 Opening School Experience (0)
  • EXC 4920 Practicum I: Deaf/Hard of Hearing (3)
  • EXC 4940 Student Teaching: Deaf/Hard of Hearing (9)

General Curriculum Concentration (11)

  • EXC 4650 Opening School Experience (0)
  • EXC 4661 Practicum I: Special Education (2)
  • EXC 4671 Student Teaching in Special Education (9)

Total Program: minimum of 123 semester hours

4180 Sport Administration

Program Offered:

  • Bachelor of Interdisciplinary Studies in Sport Administration 

Department of Kinesiology and Health
Sports Arena
404-413-8050
Mark Geil, Chair
kh.education.gsu.edu/

The Bachelor of Interdisciplinary Studies concentration in Sport Administration provides students with a broad-based knowledge of the business of sport in order to prepare them for managerial positions in the sport industry. Students have an opportunity to acquire knowledge and skills to apply to careers in the sport industry through selection of coursework in: sport administration, hospitality administration, journalism and public relations, and sport coaching, offered at Georgia State University through different departments and academic disciplines.

Program Admission

Students may apply to the BIS concentration after completion of areas A-E and Area F courses: KH 2400, ECON 2106, and ACCT 2101. Application materials include a resume, an essay, and an academic evaluation. Students will be required to have a “C” or better in one attempt (WF counts as an attempt) in KH 2400 and ECON 2106. Students will be required to have a “C” or better in two attempts (WF counts as an attempt) in ACCT 2101.

To apply for the BIS Sport Administration  program, students must submit an application available at http://education.gsu.edu/admissions/undergraduate-admissions/.

Program Degree Requirements

Areas A-E: Core Curriculum (42 hours)
(see section 1410 University Core Curriculum Requirements in the undergraduate catalog)

Area F. Preparation for the Major (18 hours)

Required (18 hours):

  • ACCT 2101 Principles of Accounting I (3)
  • ECON 2106 Principles of Microeconomics (3)
  • JOUR 1010 Basic News Writing (3)
  • KH 2400 Introduction to Sport Management (3)
  • LT 2010  Computer Skills for the Information Age (3) or CIS 2010 Introduction to Information Systems (3)
  • SCOM 1500 Public Speaking (3)

Area G. Area of Concentration: Sport Administration (42 hours)

Students must complete all courses in Area G with a grade of “C” or higher unless otherwise noted.

Required (18):

Choose two of the disciplines below (24)

Hospitality Administration (12)

Required (6):

Choose Two Courses (6):

  • HADM 3750 Hospitality Human Resources Management (3)
  • HADM 3760 Hospitality Service Marketing (3)
  • HADM 4200 Venue and Facility Management (3)
  • HADM 4800 Hospitality Strategic Leadership-CTW (3)

Journalism and Public Relations (12)
JOUR 1010 is a prerequisite for this discipline.

Required (6):

Choose Two Courses (6):

Sport Coaching (12)

Required (6):

  • KH 3630 American Sport Education Program (ASEP) Coaching Principles (3)
  • KH 3635 Special Considerations for Coaching Athletes with Disabilities (3)

Choose Two Courses (6):

  • KH 3060 Performance and Analysis in Disability Sport (3)
  • KH 3360 Disability, Sport, and Physical Activity (3)
  • KH 4200 Analysis of Sport Coaching (3)
  • KH 4210 Long Term Athlete Development (3)

CPR/First Aid/AED for child and adult and the USOC Safe Sport Certificate are required for discipline completion.

Area H: Allied Electives (12)

Students must complete all courses in Area H with a grade of “C” or higher unless otherwise noted.

Students can take courses numbered 1000 or above in Kinesiology and Health (KH), Hospitality Administration (HADM), Journalism and Public Relations (JOUR), Communication (SCOM), Managerial Sciences (MGS), Marketing (MK), International Business (IB), Policy Studies (PMAP), to fulfill allied elective requirement.

Area J: Electives (6)
Students can take courses numbered 1000 or above to fulfill elective requirement.

Reminder: Students must earn 39 semester hours at Georgia State University in courses numbered 3000 or above with an average grade of at least a C (2.00 GPA).

Total Program: minimum of 120 semester hours

4200 Minor in Educational Psychology

Department of Educational Psychology, Special Education and Communication Disorders
850 College of Education Building and Human Development, 404-413-8040
esc.education.gsu.edu/
Laura Fredrick, Chair

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 and Human Development Office of Academic Assistance at 404-413-8000 or the Department of Educational Psychology, Special Education, and Communication Disorders at 404-413-8040.

4210 Minor in Special Education – High Incidence Disabilities

Department of Educational Psychology, Special Education and Communication Disorders
850 College of Education Building
404-413-8040
Laura Fredrick, Chair
esc.education.gsu.edu/

The minor in Special Education – High Incidence Disabilities provides undergraduate students with knowledge and experiences in special education focused on students with behavior and learning disabilities (e.g., learning disabilities, emotional disturbance, ADHD, speech and language disorders, mild intellectual disabilities). These disabilities are the most frequently represented areas of disabilities in schools today with students being served across a continuum of placements. Students will take courses from within the Department of Educational Psychology, Special Education, and Communication Disorders.

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

Students interested in teacher certification in special education should review the certification requirements page and contact the College of Education and Human Development Office of Academic Assistance and Graduate Admissions, 404-413-8000, College of Education and Human Development building, 3rd floor, Suite 300.

Program of Study

Students will be required to take the following 3 courses:

  • EXC 4020 Characteristics and Instructional Strategies for Students with Disabilities (3)
  • EXC 4570 Individual and Classroom Management (3)
  • EXC 4580 Instructional Methods for Students with Behavior and Learning Disabilities (3)

Students will be required to choose 3 of the following courses:

  • CSD 4320 Introduction to Language Disorders (3)
  • EDUC 3010 Introduction to Urban Education (3)
  • EPY 2050 Human Growth and Development (3)
  • EXC 4560 Educational Evaluation of Students with Disabilities (3)
  • EXC 4590 Functional and Social Methods for Students with Behavior Learning Disabilities (3)
  • EXC 4600 Infusing Co-Teaching Strategies across the Content Areas (3 hours)

Total Program Hours: 18 hours

4220 Minor in Urban Education

The minor in urban education is an interdisciplinary program in the College of Education and Human Development. Courses are taught by faculty from the Departments of Early Childhood and Elementary Education; Educational Policy Studies; Educational Psychology, Special Education, and Communication Disorders; Learning Technologies; and Middle and Secondary Education. The minor in urban education provides undergraduate students with knowledge and experiences in urban 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)

  • AAS 4200 Critical Pedagogy and African American Education (3)
  • AAS 4670 Education of Blacks in the South (3)
  • ECE 3010 Introduction to Early Childhood Education (3)
  • ECE 3550 Children’s Literature in the 21st Century (3)
  • ECE 3560 Media and Children’s Learning (3)
  • ECE 4700 Issues in International 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 4100 Service Learning in Action (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)
  • EDRD 3600 Family Literacy and Community Learning (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 3333 Field Experiences in International Education (3)
  • EDUC 4982 Undergraduate Research in Urban Education (3)
  • EPY 3010 Learning, Memory, and Cognition in the Real World (3)
  • EXC 4020 Characteristics and Instructional Strategies for Students with Disabilities (3)
  • LT 2210 Integrating Technology into the Elementary Classroom (3)
  • LT 3210 Teaching, Learning, and Technology Integration (3)
  • SOCI 4380 Educational Sociology (3)

Students who have questions regarding the Minor in Urban Education may contact the College of Education and Human Development Office of Academic Assistance at 404-413-8000.

4250 Dual Immersion Early Childhood Education Endorsement

Department of Early Childhood and Elementary Education
550 College of Education Building
404-413-8020
Lynn Hart, Chair
ece.education.gsu.edu/

This endorsement is intended for candidates who are enrolled in a foreign language certification program or who have an active teaching certificate or license in foreign language education. This endorsement will prepare candidates for P-5 Dual Immersion classrooms. Candidates will learn about current research, curricula, and content-area teaching methods applicable to Dual Language settings. They will acquire knowledge of child development and elementary content standards and learn how to apply this knowledge in Dual Immersion classrooms.

Required (15):

  • ECE 4397 Elementary Mathematics in Dual Immersion Settings (3)
  • ECE 4430 Perspectives on Child Development for Culturally and Linguistically Diverse Students (3)
  • ECE 4440 Biliteracy: Literacy Development in Multilingual Settings (3)
  • ECE 4450 Content-Based Curricula, Instruction and Assessment for Dual Immersion Classrooms (3)
  • FORL 4030 Teaching Diverse World Language Learners – Field Experience (3)

Total hours for endorsement: minimum of 15 semester hours

4300 Initial Certification in Special Education General Curriculum P-12

Department of Educational Psychology, Special Education and Communication Disorders
850 College of Education Building and Human Development
404-413-8040
Laura Fredrick, Chair
esc.education.gsu.edu/

This is an initial certification program for undergraduate students or post-baccalaureate at Georgia State University Students seeking admission to this initial certification program, must have a minimum cumulative GPA of 2.5; have passing scores on the GACE Program Admission Assessment or demonstrate an exemption; and complete the Georgia Educator Ethics – Program Entry (350) Assessment, and tort liability insurance.

Undergraduate students at Georgia State University must meet the requirements jointly set by their major department and the Department of Educational Psychology, Special Education and Communication Disorders.

Pre-Service Certificate: Upon admission to a teacher education program, students will be contacted by the College’s Office of Academic Assistance office with instructions to claim enrollment in their program and submit a GaPSC Pre-Service Certificate Application. The pre-service certificate is required for placement in required field experiences or clinical practice.

Certification: Students must post passing scores on the GACE Content Assessment, Georgia Educator Ethics – Program Exit (360) Assessment, and edTPA in order to be recommended by Georgia State University for clear, renewable certification.

Program Requirements

Students who do not satisfactorily pass a course (grade of ‘B’ or higher) 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 4020 Characteristics and Instructional Strategies for 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 4650 Opening School Experience (0)
  • EXC 4661 Practicum I: Special Education (3)
  • EXC 4671 Student Teaching in Special Education (3)

Total hours for certification: 24 semester hours

Undergraduate students also are required to complete EDUC 2110 Investigating Critical and Contemporary Issues in Education, EDUC 2120 Exploring Socio-Cultural Perspectives on Diversity in Educational Contexts, and EDUC 2130 Exploring Learning and Teaching.

Post-Baccalaureate students are required to complete 15 hours in a content concentration in social science, science, math, language arts, or reading if not already completed in an undergraduate program. This will be determined through a transcript review. Students can also take the 3 reading endorsement courses to satisfy requirements for “Highly Qualified.”

4310 Initial Certification in Healthcare Science Technology Education

Department of Middle and Secondary Education
600 College of Education Building
404-413-8060
Gertrude Tinker Sachs, Chair
mse.education.gsu.edu/

The department offers undergraduate courses to allow individuals from specific areas of healthcare to become teachers at middle and secondary schools based on occupational work experience, industry licensing and assessments, and an Associate’s Degree in a Georgia Professional Standards Commission (GaPSC) eligible healthcare field. Applicants to this program have qualified for the Healthcare Science Induction certificate in Georgia and are required to complete an approved program to convert to the Professional certificate. This GaPSC Approved program leads to initial certification only.

Students seeking Career and Technical Specializations certification who do not hold an associate’s degree must pass the GACE Program Admission Assessment within three (3) years of program admission or prior to program completion, whichever occurs first. All students must take Georgia Educator Ethics – Program Entry (350) Assessment for program admission and pass the Georgia Educator Ethics – Program Exit (360) Assessment for program completion. Successful completion of the following courses qualifies a person for either a second Induction or Professional certificate, depending upon the current level of certification. 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. Classes offered in fall and spring may be available in a synchronous online format.

Contact the Department of Middle and Secondary Education at 404-413-8060 for additional information.

Required (24):

  • 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 (3)
  • 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

4320 Initial Certification in Career and Technical Specializations

Department of Middle and Secondary Education
600 College of Education Building, 404-413-8060
Gertrude Tinker Sachs, Chair
mse.education.gsu.edu/

The department offers undergraduate courses to allow individuals from specific areas of industry, information technology and other occupational fields to become teachers at middle and secondary schools based on occupational experience, industry licensing and assessments, and the minimum educational level required for the field. Applicants to this program have qualified for the Induction certificate in Georgia and are required to complete an approved program to convert to the Professional certificate.  This Georgia Professional Standards Commission (GaPSC) Approved program leads to initial certification only.

Students seeking Career and Technical Specializations certification who do not hold an associate’s degree must pass the GACE Program Admission Assessment within three (3) years of program admission or prior to program completion, whichever occurs first. All students must take Georgia Educator Ethics – Program Entry (350) Assessment for program admission and pass the Georgia Educator Ethics – Program Exit (360) Assessment for program completion. Successful completion of the following courses qualifies a person for either a second Induction or Professional certificate, depending upon the current level of certification.  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. Classes offered in fall and spring may be available in a synchronous online format.

Contact the Department of Middle and Secondary Education at 404-413-8060 for additional information.

Required (24):

  • 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 (3)
  • 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 and Human Development offers the following graduate degree programs:

Master of Arts:

  • Creative and Innovative Education

Master of Arts in Teaching:

  • Elementary Education
  • English Education
  • English to Speakers of Other Languages (ESOL) Education
  • Health and Physical Education
  • Mathematics Education
  • Middle Level Education
  • Science Education
  • Social Studies Education
  • Special Education

Master of Education:

  • Educational Leadership
  • Elementary Education
  • Health and Physical Education
  • Literacy Education
  • Mathematics Education
  • Reading, Language, and Literacy Education
  • School Counseling
  • School Psychology
  • Science Education
  • Social Studies Education
  • Special Education

Master of Science:

  • Applied Behavior Analysis
  • Clinical Rehabilitation Counseling
  • Communication Sciences and Disorders
  • Educational Psychology
  • Educational Research
  • Exercise Science
  • Instructional Design and Technology
  • Mental Health Counseling
  • Social Foundations of Education
  • Sports Administration
  • Sports Medicine

Specialist in Education:

  • Educational Leadership
  • School Counseling
  • School Psychology

Doctor of Education:

  • Curriculum and Instruction
  • Educational Leadership

Doctor of Philosophy:

  • Counseling Psychology
  • Counselor Education and Practice
  • Early Childhood and Elementary Education
  • Education of Students with Exceptionalities
  • Educational Policy Studies
  • Educational Psychology
  • Instructional Technology
  • Kinesiology
  • School Psychology
  • Teaching and Learning

Information concerning admissions to the College of Education and Human Development graduate programs is also available online at education.gsu.edu/admissions/graduate-admissions/ 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.