Specific Requirements for Bachelor of Science in Education Degree
A student may receive a Bachelor of Science in Education degree which, with the recommendation of the College of Education, qualifies the graduate for an early childhood (grades P-5), a special education (grades P-12), or a physical education (grades P-12) teaching certificate by meeting the following requirements:
- A minimum of 120-129 semester hours (dependent upon program) of academic college work in an approved program and three (3) semester hours of physical education are required, including PWLA 1600. The approved program must include 60 semester hours in the Core Curriculum.
- A minimum of 39 semester hours of work in courses numbered 3000 or above. Twenty-one to 33 of these hours must be in the major field and 18 of these hours in the major must be taken at West Georgia.
- Complete Political Science 1101 and History 2111 or 2112. Exemption from these courses may be earned by passing appropriate tests.
- Thirty semester hours must be completed in residence.
- Attain the admission requirements for the major (see Admission to Teacher Education Requirements).
- Complete other requirements for the major as listed by individual departments.
- Make application for admission to the teacher education program.
- Make application for all practicum, internship, and block courses with the Office of Field Based Preparation prior to enrollment in the courses. Applications are available through Tk20. Deadlines for both Fall and Spring Semesters are available on-line at http://www.westga.edu/ofe/.
- Satisfactorily complete a course of 3 or more semester hours in the identification and education of children who have special needs as required by Georgia House Bill 671 for teachers, principals, and counselors.
- Not more than 30 hours of the entire program and none of the professional education sequence may be done by extension or correspondence, nor may more than 30 hours be completed at an off-campus site with the exception of external degree programs.
- The appropriate content assessments(s) required by the Georgia Professional Standards Commission must be completed and passed before a candidate can be recommended for certification.