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School of Education

Preparing the next generation of teachers is the mission of the new School of Education. As the population in this region grows along with an increasing number of veteran teachers approaching retirement, there will be strong demand for qualified teacher candidates.

In 2006, Gordon State College was approved by the Board of Regents of the University System of Georgia to expand its undergraduate Associate of Arts education major and offer a new Bachelor of Science in Early Childhood/Special Education. This degree represents the first four-year degree offered under Gordon State College's new status as a four-year state college. The first teacher cohort graduated in May, 2009 with certification in early childhood and special education general curriculum (P-5). Subsequently, the Board of Regents approved bachelor degree programs in Biology and Mathematics with Secondary Teaching Certification. Students who plan to be high school biology or mathematics teachers can now finish their entire program at Gordon. In 2011, Gordon State College was approved for a Bachelor of Arts in English Teacher Education and a Bachelor of Arts in History Teacher Education. Both programs lead to a Secondary Teaching Certificate. In October of 2011, Gordon State College was informed that The School of Education at Gordon State College is accredited by the National Council for Accreditation of Teacher Education (NCATE), www.ncate.org.  This accreditation covers initial teacher preparation programs at Gordon State College.  However, the accreditation does not cover individual education courses that the institution offers to P-12 educators for professional development, relicensure, or other purposes.

Mentor teachers and administrators in neighboring school districts play important roles as partners in this preparation of the next generation of teachers. Through field experiences and teaching internships, Gordon teacher candidates in the Associate of Arts and Bachelor of Science programs develop confidence in their chosen career path. They also learn what it means to "touch the future" in the lives of these school children, and the satisfaction of making the kind of difference that could last a lifetime.

Teacher Education Program Facts

  • Since Gordon State College has chosen the cohort model for the Early Child/Special Education program, there is a greater than 95% persistence rate for candidates selected into the program. Over 95% of the candidates admitted into the cohort program remain in the program and graduate as licensed teachers in Georgia.
  • In addition to persistence, there is a better than 95% overall pass rate on the GACE exams required for certification. All of the candidates are required to take the specific GACE exams for their program.

You can find more information about our academic programs in the Gordon State College Academic Catalog.


Contact Information

School of Education
Smith 101
419 College Dr.
Barnesville, GA 30204
p 678. 359. 5468

Dr. Michael Mahan, Dean
mmahan@gordonstate.edu
678. 359. 5466

Ms. Karen Stigura, Academic Aide
karens@gordonstate.edu
678. 359. 5468

Mrs. Caralie Hart, Director of Field Placements
chart@gordonstate.edu
678. 359. 5206