College of Education
Dianne L. Hoff, Interim 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 Program
All graduate teacher certification programs are accredited by the National Council for Accreditation of Teacher Education and the Georgia Professional Standards Commission. The College of Education at the University of West Georgia has one of the largest graduate teacher education programs in Georgia.
Educational professionals attend the University of West Georgia to enhance their content and pedagogical knowledge. These experienced teachers seek professional growth and development and advanced certifications to broaden their knowledge and to expand their instructional capabilities.
The College of Education requires the use of APA (American Psychological Association) style in all of its graduate courses.
State authorization to provide a program related to the preparation of teachers or other P-12 school / system personnel does not indicate eligibility for an Alabama certificate. Applicants for an Alabama certificate based on reciprocity must meet Alabama's test requirements and submit a valid, renewable professional educator certificate / license issued by another state at the degree level, grade level, and in the teaching field or area of instructional support for which an Alabama certificate is sought and for which Alabama issues a certificate. Applicants for Alabama certification in an area of administration must also document at least three years of full-time employment as an administrator in a P-12 school system(s). www.alsde.edu
Master of Arts in Teaching Degree
The Master of Arts in Teaching, a 33 hour degree, is available for career changers wanting to add a Georgia teaching certificate to an existing degree in an undergraduate content field. This program will be delivered in a hybrid model. A wide variety of undergraduate degrees are acceptable. See LAI website for PSC approved undergraduate degrees and their associated content fields.