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Secondary Teacher Certification Program of Study

Certification programs for those students who wish to be high school teachers are currently offered in Biology, Mathematics, English or History. Students who wish to seek state teacher certification in any of these four 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.

Read specific information about the baccalaureate degrees offered

Presently the state of Georgia is experiencing a shortage of highly qualified teachers to teach mathematics or biology in high school classrooms. Track Two in both the mathematics and biology majors is designed to address this crisis. The teacher certification track of both majors has been carefully crafted to ensure that Gordon State College graduates in mathematics or biology will be the highly qualified teachers in Georgia’s future.

Additional Course Requirements for Teacher Certification

BIOL 4800, ENGL 4800, HIST 4800, or MATH 4800: Content-Specific Pedagogy
EDUC 3005:  Secondary Curriculum, Instruction and Assessment
SPED 3105:  Exceptional Learner in the Secondary Classroom
LART 3006:  Reading in Content Areas
EDUC 3505: Secondary Practicum (fieldwork)
EDUC 4505: Secondary Internship (student teaching)

In addition, if EDUC 2110 (Educational Issues), EDUC 2120 (Diversity), and EDUC 2130 (Teaching and Learning) were not completed as part of the student’s Associate of Arts Degree, these courses must also be completed before acceptance into the secondary education program will be granted.

Teaching Certification Program:  Students who desire to complete Track Two and earn teaching credentials in Georgia must apply for admission to the Teacher Education Program as soon as possible.  Please see the “Admission Procedure” section of this website for details.  In addition to reading carefully these materials, prospective teacher education candidate should contact the Division of Education at the earliest possible moment.  Biology, English, History, or Mathematics majors seeking teacher certification should take EDUC 2110, 2120, 2130 as early in their studies as possible.

 

Advisement for Biology and Biology with Teacher Certification

Sample Schedule

Model schedule for student completing degree in four years
  Fall Spring
First year CHEM 1211K
BIOL 1107
MATH 1113
ENGL 1101
CHEM 1212K
BIOL 1108K
ENGL 1102
Area E elective
EDUC 2110 (Ed track)
Second year CHEM 2401K
MATH 2101K or MATH 1501
Area C elective
PHYS  1111K
PE activity
EDUC 2120 (Ed track)
CHEM 2402K
BIOL elective
Area E elective
PE elective
EDUC 2130 (Ed track)
 
Third year BIOL 3200K - Genetics
BIOL 3300K -  Molecular and Cellular Biology
BIOL elective or LART 3006 (Ed track)
EDUC 3005
Area C elective
BIOL 3500K – Ecology
BIOL 4200 – Evolution
BIOL elective or SPED 3105 (Ed track)*
BIOL elective
Area E elective
Fourth year BIOL 4000 – Senior Seminar
BIOL elective or BIOL 4800 (Ed track)*
BIOL elective or EDUC 3505 (Ed track)**
BIOL elective
Area E elective
BIOL / Other electives to satisfy graduation requirements or EDUC 4505 (Ed track)

Area B elective (if necessary)

Electives should be carefully chosen to ensure the student has completed Areas A-G of the Core, has completed at least 39 semester hours of upper level courses, and has taken the additional courses necessary to fulfill the student’s professional aspirations.

*There is a 50 hour practicum associated with each of these courses.

**There is a 120 hour practicum associated with this course.

 

Course Rotation Schedule

This two year schedule shows a list of planned courses and as such is subject to change. At its sole discretion, the college may revise this schedule and any information contained herein, without advance notice. No contract, either expressly or implied, is created by this schedule.

Course Fall Spring Summer
EDUC 2110 X X X
EDUC 2120 X X X
EDUC 2130 X X X
EDUC 2401 X X X
EDUC 3005 X    
EDUC 3505 X X  
EDUC 4505 X X  
LART 3006 X    
SPED 3105   X  

 

Advisement for Mathematics and Mathematics with Teacher Certification

Sample Schedule

Model schedule for student completing degree in four years
  Fall   Spring  
  Math Math with Certification Math Math with Certification
2009-2010 MATH 1113 ENGL 1101
Course(s) from Core Curriculum
MATH 1113 ENGL 1101
Course(s) from Core Curriculum
MATH 1501
ENGL 1102
Course(s) from Core Curriculum
MATH 1501
ENGL 1102
Course(s) from Core Curriculum EDUC 2110
2010-2011 MATH 1502
MATH 2201
CSCI 1301
Course(s) from Core Curriculum
MATH 1502
CSCI 1301
Course(s) from Core Curriculum EDUC 2120
MATH 3200
MATH 2501
Electives2
MATH 3200
MATH 2501
Electives2
EDUC 2130
2011-2012 MATH 4001
MATH 3301
Electives2
MATH 4001
MATH 3301
MATH 48003*
EDUC 30053
LART 3006
Electives2
MATH 3502
MATH 4201
MATH UL1
BIOL UL1
Electives2
MATH 3502
MATH 4201
MATH 41011
SPED 31053
Electives2
2012-2013 MATH 4900
MATH 4101
Electives2
MATH 4900
MATH 4101
EDUC 35054
Electives2
Electives2 EDUC 4505
  1. These courses are upper level electives in mathematics.  These are courses in addition to the required courses of MATH 3200, 3502, 4001, 4900 and one of (3201, 3401, and 4101).  Note that MATH  3301, 4101 and 4800 are also required in the certification track. 
  2. These electives should be carefully chosen to ensure the student has completed Areas A-G of the Core, has completed at least 39 semester hours of upper level courses, and has taken the additional courses necessary to fulfill the student’s professional aspirations.
  3. There is a 50 hour practicum associated with each of these courses.
  4. There is a 120 hour practicum associated with this course.

 

Course Rotation Schedule

This two year schedule shows a list of planned courses and as such is subject to change. At its sole discretion, the college may revise this schedule and any information contained herein, without advance notice. No contract, either expressly or implied, is created by this schedule.

Course Fall Spring Summer
EDUC 2110 X X X
EDUC 2120 X X X
EDUC 2130 X X X
EDUC 2401 X X X
EDUC 3005 X    
EDUC 3505 X X  
EDUC 4505 X X  
LART 3006 X    
SPED 3105   X  

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