College of Education
PREPARING EXEMPLARY PRACTITIONERS
Kim K. Metcalf, Dean
The mission of the College of Education is to provide excellence in the initial and advanced preparation of professionals for a variety of learning settings; to foster an innovative, student-focused learning community; and to empower a faculty committed to teaching, applied research, and the dissemination of knowledge.
The College of Education at the University of West Georgia will lead the professional preparation of exemplary practitioners who individually and collectively influence the betterment of society within diverse, changing environments. As part of a doctoral comprehensive university, we are committed to teaching excellence, evidence-based practice, exploration and communication of new knowledge through applied research, and multifaceted collaboration.
Description of Programs
There are four departments in the College: Department of Collaborative Support and Intervention, Department of Early Learning and Childhood Education, Department of Educational Innovation, and Department of Leadership and Applied Instruction. The College offers the Bachelor of Science in Education degree to students in early childhood, physical education, middle grades, special education, and speech-language pathology. In collaboration with the College of Arts and Humanities, the College of Sciences and Mathematics, and the College of Social Sciences, the Bachelor of Fine Arts, Bachelor of Music, and Bachelor of Arts degrees are offered in art, music, French, and Spanish, as well as Bachelor's degrees with an education option in Biology, Chemistry, Earth/Space Science, Economics, English, History, Mathematics, and Physics. Additionally, the College offers Master of Education and Specialist Education degrees, as well as a Doctor of Education in School Improvement degree and a Doctor of Education in Professional Counseling and Supervision degree.
All teacher and other certification programs are accredited by the National Council for Accreditation of Teacher Education and the Georgia Professional Standards Commission. All degree programs include a strong liberal arts core, professional education course work with appropriate specializations, and practical field experiences. Students are provided strategies and multiple opportunities to observe, practice, and evaluate instructional theories, including various instructional technologies, in the schools.
Students take most of their classes in the Education Center and in the Coliseum, both of which feature state-of-the-art instructional technology. The Advising Center is located in the Education Center. Faculty offices, where critical educational and career advising occurs, are located in the Education Annex and in the Coliseum. Also located in the Education Annex is the Georgia Pre-Kindergarten, which serves as a laboratory for Early Childhood education students.
The College of Education is proud of its rich heritage of exemplary teaching, scholarship, and service. A commitment to "Developing Educators for School Improvement" reaffirms the value the faculty places on enhancing what students learn and what in turn its graduates help their students learn.