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Bachelor of Science in Elem. Education, Middle Grades Education, and Seconday Certification Programs

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BSED in Elementary Education/Special Education

The B.S. in Education program includes upper division level courses in education, mathematics, science, and humanities. Gordon State College students are required to complete 133 semester credit hours to earn a B.S. degree in education - 64 hours of freshman/sophomore-level core courses (Areas A - G) plus 69 hours of junior/senior-level courses. The upper division courses are completed with full-time enrollment in two years with one required summer session. Students are required to complete general education core courses in Areas A through E plus the appropriate education program in Area F prior to admission to the B.S. in Education program. Students may take upper division level courses only after being admitted to the baccalaureate program. Through field experiences and teaching internships, Gordon State teacher candidates in the Associate of Arts and Bachelor of Science programs develop confidence in their chosen career path.

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General Requirements and Procedures for Admission

Admission to the Bachelor of Science in Education Program is granted on a space available basis. Applicants who meet all admission requirements are ranked according to their qualifications and admitted in order of their rank until all available spaces are filled. As such, not all individuals who meet the admission requirements may be admitted. Since the program of study involves working in elementary schools, prospective candidates must also consent to a criminal background check. Once admitted to the program, fingerprinting is required prior to field placement. Disciplinary action at Gordon State College and any other institution that the student has attended, including the military, may prevent admission.

Applications to Gordon State College and to the B.S. in Education program are available online. Applications to the B.S. in Education program must be submitted to the School of Education. Prospective students may contact the School of Education for an application packet. Applications must be submitted with qualifying GPA and GACE Program Admissions Assessment (or SAT/ACT/GRE exemption documentation) to be considered. Application materials must be complete for full acceptance.

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Admission Requirements

Admission to the B.S. in Education program is competitive and granted on a space available basis. In order to be considered for admission:

  1. Applicants must be admitted to Gordon State College and in good standing with the College.
  1. Applicants are projected to complete all of the lower level courses in an Associate of Arts program for Elementary Education, by the end of the summer semester prior to beginning fall semester, to include an overall last attempt GPA of 2.75 or better.
  1. Applicants must have a grade of “C” or higher in all Area A and Area F courses.
  1. Applicants must provide proof of a “passing” score on GACE (Program Admissions Assessment) OR provide proof of exemption.
  1. Applicants must complete all portions of the “Application for Admission to the Bachelor of Science in Education Program.”
  1. Students must register with the PSC and create a MyPSC account.
  1. Students must complete the Lawful Verification of Presence Form.
  1. Students must take the GACE Ethics Assessment.
  1. Students must complete all paperwork for the Pre-Service Certification with the PSC.

Students transferring to Gordon State College must meet all criteria for admission to the BSED as outlined above.

Students accepted for admission will be part of a cohort of students enrolled in the program of study throughout the early childhood education courses, field experiences, and internship. Upon acceptance, students are required to submit proof of professional liability insurance coverage. Currently, candidates are admitted only for full-time study.

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Academic Progress and Policies

Teacher candidates must meet the following requirements to progress in the Education Program:

  • maintain an overall GPA at the level required for admission to the student’s specific program.
  • complete all upper division professional education courses with at least a grade of “C” in each course. Upper division professional education courses below the grade of “C” may be retaken only once, and no more than 2 upper division professional education courses in total may be retaken. Upper division professional education courses also include all fieldwork and student teaching courses.
  • complete one year of upper division coursework and student teaching internships in full-time residence at Gordon State College. 
  • have professional liability insurance throughout the duration of the program.
  • provide evidence of having taken the appropriate GACE Content Assessment for Elementary Education, Middle Grades Education, or Secondary Education prior to student teaching.  
  • adhere to the School of Education Honor Code and all other policies of Gordon State College, the School of Education and associated Local Boards of Education.
  • adhere to Georgia Professional Standards Commission Policies on Ethics for Educators as well as the School of Education Honor Code.

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Re-entry

A teacher candidate who voluntarily withdraws from the B.S. in Education program must submit a request in writing for readmission to the education program along with a completed education application form at least one semester prior to the semester in which the teacher candidate wishes to attend. A candidate must meet all of the admission/acceptance requirements, including an overall GPA of 2.75 or higher in order to be considered. Re-entry occurs on a space available basis.

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Dismissal

Failure to meet either academic or ethical progression requirement(s) may result in dismissal from Teacher Education. Unprofessional conduct, breaches in the Honor Code, unsafe educational practices, or unethical professional practices may result in the student being referred to the School of Education (SOE) Discipline Committee. This committee will hear the evidence against the student and may decide to retain the student with an Action Plan, suspend the student with an Action Plan, or dismiss the student from the program. The Gordon State College catalog and the School of Education Honor Code contain detailed descriptions of student actions liable to require intervention by the SOE Discipline Committee. Candidates who are dismissed from the program for any reason must wait at least one year before making re-application. Admissions requirements in place at the time of this re-application must be met. Additional disciplinary actions may also be taken at the College level by the College Judicial Committee. The Gordon State College Catalog contains a full description of these rights and responsibilities and the disciplinary procedures that will guide the action of faculty and administration should a candidate commit prohibited behaviors.

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Schedule of Coursework (Junior/Senior Level)

MATH 3001 Topics in Algebra for Elementary Education
LART 3005 Introduction to the Teaching of Reading
SPED 3100 Characteristics of Students with Mild Disabilities
EDUC 3003 Classroom Management
EDUC 3500 Professionalism: Field Experience I
MATH 3002 Geometry for Teacher
LART 3090 Literature for Children
SPED 4000 Educational Assessment of Exceptional Children
EDUC 3200 Instructional Technology and Media
EDUC 3501 Professionalism: Field Experience II
EDUC 3002 Assessment in Elementary Education
EDUC 3000 Integrated Applied Arts
EDUC 3300 Integrated Social Studies for Elementary Education
EDUC 4200 Science in Elementary Education
MATH 3003 Data Analysis, Probability, and Connections
SPED 4200 Ed. Interventions /Students with Mild Disabilities
EDUC 4001 Elementary Methods and Materials
LART 3007 Analysis & Correction of Reading Problems
LART 3006 Teaching Reading in the Content Areas
EDUC 3502 Professionalism: Field Experience III
EDUC 4204 Internship: Elementary Education
EDUC 4404 Internship: Special Education
EDUC 3090 Classroom Data Analysis
See the Course Descriptions section of this catalog for detailed information about these courses.

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EdTPA Portfolio

Each teacher candidate develops an electronic portfolio of documents, artifacts, resources, evaluations, and instructional plans that counts as evidence for successfully meeting the ten conceptual framework standards. Students will prepare the portfolio for submission to edTPA and the School of Education during student-teaching.

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Field Experience and Internship

School districts in this region serve as collaborative partners in providing access to programs, students, and mentor teachers. Gordon State College Teacher Candidates must comply with the same policies and procedures of local boards of education that apply to their own full-time teaching faculty. This will also include a current criminal background check and fingerprinting. Additionally, candidates shall comply with codes of dress, conduct, punctuality, and professionalism when they are present on school campuses. Field experiences are planned to enable candidates to participate in a wide variety of activities with all appropriate grade levels, educational settings, diversity of students and staff.

In the semester prior to graduation, candidates will complete full-time student teaching. Decisions regarding placement will be made so as to provide an opportunity for this internship with an age/grade level approximate to the candidate’s area of interest. However, no student teaching will be scheduled in a school that the candidates may have attended or where they have relatives.

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Middle Grades Education Program

Gordon State College's Middle Grades Education Program has been approved by the Georgia Professional Standards Commission (PSC). All candidates for the degree in Middle Grades Education must select one of the following areas of concentration in their program:

  • Literacy (Reading)
  • Mathematics
  • Science

In addition, all candidates for the degree in Middle Grades Education must select a second area of certification from the following:

  • English Language Arts
  • History, Social Studies
  • Literacy, (Reading)
  • Mathematics
  • Science

The approved program is as follows:

EDUC 2110, 2120, and 2130 are required for admission into Middle Grades Education. Once admitted into the program the courses are as follows:

EDUC 3005 Middle and Secondary Curriculum Instruction & Assessment
EDUC 3600 Intro to Middle Grades Education and Theory
EDUC 3610 Nature and Needs of the Adolescent Learner
EDUC 4600 Classroom Management Middle and Secondary
LART 3006 Literature in the Content Areas
LART 3030 Adolescent Literature
SPED 3105 Exceptional Learner in Middle Grades and Secondary
EDUC 3506 & 3507 Practicum and Seminar in Middle Grades
EDUC 4506 & 4507 Student Teaching & Seminar in Middle Grades

Two Content methodology courses are selected based on the content areas selected:

ENGL 4800, BIOL 4800, HIST 4800, MATH 4800, LART 4800, or EDUC 4800

The candidate must select one area of concentration from the following content areas:

Literacy (Reading), Mathematics and Science

The candidate must select a second area of concentration from the following content areas:

English Language Arts, History Social Science, Literacy (Reading), Mathematics, or Science

Courses in the concentration area are developed in conjunction with the content coordinator.

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General Requirements and Procedures for Admission to a Middle Grades Education Program

  1. Admission to a Middle Grades Program is only open to students who are actively pursuing a baccalaureate degree with a major in Language Arts, Math, Reading, Social Studies or Science at Gordon State College.
  2. Applicants are projected to complete all of the lower level courses required as preparation for the Bachelor of Science in Education by the end of the summer semester prior to beginning upper level courses in the fall semester. The overall institutional GPA for the lower level courses completed must be 2.5 or better.
  3. Applicants must have a grade of “C” or higher in all Area A and Area F courses. Applicants from non-USG institutions must have a grade of “C” or better in courses comparable to courses found in USG Areas A and F. Non-Gordon students must provide an official transcript.
  4. Applicants must provide proof of a passing score on GACE Program Admission Assessment or provide proof of exemption.
  5. Applicants must fully complete the “Application for Admission to Teacher Education.”
  6. Applicants must attach a signed and notarized consent form authorizing a criminal background check and once admitted to the program, agree to fingerprinting.
  7. Students must register with the PSC and create a MyPSC account.
  8. Students must complete the Lawful Verification of Presence Form.
  9. Students must take the GACE Ethics Assessment.
  10. Students must complete all paperwork for the Pre-Service Certification with the PSC.

Students transferring to Gordon State College from other schools must meet all criteria for admission to the Secondary Certification Program as outlined. Transfer students not meeting the criteria for admission may be advised to take additional courses to complete the core curriculum in education in order to qualify for admission. Since the curriculum in education is linked to state and national accreditation requirements and mandates, the curriculum is subject to change.

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Acceptance

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Applicants selected for the Secondary Certification Program will be notified in writing by the School of Education and will be required to submit proof of professional liability insurance coverage before they are assigned a fieldwork placement.

Admitted Candidates

Teacher candidates are required to complete a minimum of 900 hours of field experience in a variety of school settings/placements in order to meet program requirements for graduation set forth by the USG Board of Regents’ Teacher Preparation Principles. All candidates must participate in clinical experiences to meet specific course requirements, and all candidates must complete the internship of student teaching, which is available only on a full-time basis. Therefore, candidates must be available for clinical experiences during the regular public school day.

Teacher candidates must maintain an overall G.P.A. of 2.5 or better, must attain at least a C in all professional education courses, and must attain an average rating of “proficient” on all fieldwork assessments.

Teacher candidates must adhere to Georgia Professional Standards Commission Policies on Ethics for Educators.

Teacher candidates must successfully complete all requirements for the appropriate Bachelor’s degree in addition to successfully completing the requirements for certification in order to be recommended for a secondary teaching credential.

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Field Experience and Internship

School districts in this region serve as collaborative partners in providing access to programs, students, and mentor teachers. Gordon State College Teacher Candidates must comply with the same policies and procedures of local boards of education that apply to their own full-time teaching faculty. This includes a current criminal background check and fingerprinting. Additionally, candidates shall comply with codes of dress, conduct, punctuality, and professionalism when they are present on school campuses. Field experiences are planned to enable candidates to participate in a wide variety of activities in different educational settings with diverse students and staff. Field placements in EDUC 3505 are made at either the middle school or high school level with EDUC 4505 placements being made in the opposite. Candidates are thus assured of field experience at all of the levels for which they will seek certification. Specific information regarding fieldwork requirements is in the Field Experience Handbook.          

In the semester prior to graduation, candidates complete full-time student teaching in their area of expertise by registering for the appropriate course at Gordon State College. No student teaching will be scheduled in a school district that the candidates may have attended or where they have relatives.

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Teacher Certification

Gordon State College will recommend candidates for certification and final candidates must complete all application requirements for initial certification through the Georgia Professional Standards Commission. This includes passing scores on appropriate GACE content assessments.

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Secondary Certification Programs

Gordon State College began offering a Bachelor of Science with a major in biology and a major in mathematics in Fall 2010. One track of each of these majors leads to a certificate for teaching in Georgia secondary schools. Gordon State College began offering a Bachelor of Arts degree with a major in English and a major in history in Fall 2011. One track of each of these majors leads to a certificate for teaching in Georgia secondary schools.

All Secondary Education programs at Gordon State are fully accredited by the Professional Standards Commission of Georgia and the National Council on Accreditation of Teacher Education (NCATE).  Below you will find the policies that are currently in place for the programs in biology, mathematics, history and English.

Certification programs for those students who wish to be high school teachers are currently offered in Biology, Mathematics, English, and History. Students who wish to seek state teacher certification in any of these content areas should major in the appropriate area in order to attain a baccalaureate degree. Additional classes leading to teacher certification are listed below and may be begun as early as the student’s junior year of study.

Additional Course Requirements for Teacher Certification

BIOL 4800, MATH 4800, ENGL 4800, EDUC 4800, or HIST 4800 Content-Specific Pedagogy
EDUC 3005 Middle & Secondary Curriculum, Instruction, and Assessment
SPED 3105 Exceptional Learner in the Middle & Secondary Classroom
LART 3006 Reading in Content Areas
EDUC 3505 & 3504 Secondary Practicum (fieldwork)
EDUC 4505 & 4504 Secondary Internship (student teaching)
In addition, if EDUC 2110 (Educational Issues), EDUC 2120 (Diversity), and EDUC 2130 (Teaching and Learning) were not completed prior to their junior year, these courses must also be completed before higher-level coursework can be begun.

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General Requirements and Procedures for Admission to a Secondary Certification Program

  1. Admission to a Secondary Certification Program is only open to students who are actively pursuing a baccalaureate degree with a major in biology, mathematics, English or history at Gordon State College.
  2. Applicants are projected to complete all of the lower level courses required as preparation for the Bachelor of Science or Bachelor of Arts by the end of the summer semester prior to beginning upper level courses in the fall semester. The overall institutional GPA for the lower level courses completed must be 2.5 or better.
  3. Applicants must have a grade of “C” or higher in all Area A and Area F courses. Applicants from non-USG institutions must have a grade of “C” or better in courses comparable to courses found in USG Areas A and F. Non-Gordon students must provide an official transcript.
  4. Applicants must provide proof of a passing score on GACE Program Admission Assessment or provide proof of exemption.
  5. Applicants must fully complete the “Application for Admission to Teacher Education.”
  6. Applicants must attach a signed and notarized consent form authorizing a criminal background check, and once admitted to the program, agree to fingerprinting.
  7. Students must register with the PSC and create a MyPSC account.
  8. Students must complete the Lawful Verification of Presence Form.
  9. Students must take the GACE Ethics Assessment.
  10. Students must complete all paperwork for the Pre-Service Certification with the PSC.

Students transferring to Gordon State College from other schools must meet all criteria for admission to the Secondary Certification Program as outlined. Transfer students not meeting the criteria for admission may be advised to take additional courses to complete the core curriculum in education in order to qualify for admission. Since the curriculum in education is linked to state and national accreditation requirements and mandates, the curriculum is subject to change.

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Acceptance

Applicants selected for the Secondary Certification Program will be notified in writing by the School of Education and will be required to submit proof of professional liability insurance coverage before they are assigned a fieldwork placement.

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Admitted Candidates

Teacher candidates are required to complete a minimum of 900 hours of field experience in a variety of school settings/placements in order to meet program requirements for graduation set forth by the USG Board of Regents’ Teacher Preparation Principles. All candidates must participate in clinical experiences to meet specific course requirements, and all candidates must complete the internship of student teaching, which is available only on a full-time basis. Therefore, candidates must be available for clinical experiences during the regular public school day.

Teacher candidates must maintain an overall G.P.A. of 2.5 or better, must attain at least a C in all professional education courses, and must attain an average rating of “proficient” on all fieldwork assessments.

Teacher candidates must adhere to Georgia Professional Standards Commission Policies on Ethics for Educators.

Teacher candidates must successfully complete all requirements for the appropriate Bachelor’s degree in addition to successfully completing the requirements for certification in order to be recommended for a secondary teaching credential.

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Field Experience and Internship

School districts in this region serve as collaborative partners in providing access to programs, students, and mentor teachers. Gordon State College Teacher Candidates must comply with the same policies and procedures of local boards of education that apply to their own full-time teaching faculty. This includes a current criminal background check and fingerprinting. Additionally, candidates shall comply with codes of dress, conduct, punctuality, and professionalism when they are present on school campuses. Field experiences are planned to enable candidates to participate in a wide variety of activities in different educational settings with diverse students and staff. Field placements in EDUC 3505 are made at either the middle school or high school level with EDUC 4505 placements being made in the opposite. Candidates are thus assured of field experience at all of the levels for which they will seek certification. Specific information regarding fieldwork requirements is in the Field Experience Handbook.           

In the semester prior to graduation, candidates complete full-time student teaching in their area of expertise by registering for the appropriate course at Gordon State College. No student teaching will be scheduled in a school district that the candidates may have attended or where they have relatives.

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Teacher Certification

Gordon State College will recommend candidates for certification and final candidates must complete all application requirements for initial certification through the Georgia Professional Standards Commission. This includes passing scores on appropriate GACE content assessments.

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