Educator Certification Program Details

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This program is intended for people who have a bachelor's degree in some business fie.d, or a PSC approved related area or the required prerequisite courses, and who have decided they would like to teach business in grades 6-12. This program leads to a recommendation for Georgia certification.

Program Description


Initial certification programs target career changers and individuals who have undergraduate degrees
in content areas, but have decided to teach.  In this program a candidate takes the required education courses,
along with any additional content required by guidelines established by the requisite departments on campus.

Method of Delivery

Courses are online, hybrid, face-to-face, and in clinical practice.

Accreditation

NCATE

Credit & Transfer

Total semester hours required to earn a degree: Varies
Maximum Hours Transferable into program: Varies

Tuition & Fees

For the most up-to-date and accurate cost information, see the Bursar's Office website at http://www.westga.edu/bursar/.

Coursework

Candidates take six education courses in a variety of formats, e.g., online, hybrid, face-to-face, clinical practices.  They may have to take additional content depending on what courses they have already taken. 

Program sheets can be located on the Advisement Center's website

Additional information can be found on the Department of Leadership and Applied Instruction's website under Secondary Education.

General:

Methods in Teaching Business Subjects - ABED-6537

Description: A study of learning principles, methods, strategies and knowledge related to teaching business subjects. Students create and demonstrate well-planned content-based lessons and educational experiences demonstrating planned patterned behaviors as definite steps by which the teacher influences learning. A meta-analysis of research-based instruction is examined. As an integral part of the course, field experience, professional activities, and seminars are required.

Psychology of Classroom Learning - CEPD-6101

Description: This course provides an in-depth study of the major cognitive and behavioral theories of classroom learning. Emphasis will be placed on enabling teachers and counselors to better understand how students learn; on helping educators identify and remove barriers that impede student learning; and on helping educators develop, utilize and advocate teaching practices, programs, and curriculum that lead to academic success for all. Theories of motivation, classroom management practices, and belief systems that promote learning will also be addressed.

Instructional Technology - MEDT-6401

Description: An overview of communication and technology as it relates to teaching and learning. This course includes the design, production and utilization of materials and operation of audiovisual equipment and microcomputers. This course will meet the Georgia Technology certification requirement.

Instruction, Assessment, and Management in the Secondary Classroom - SEED-4271

Description: Pre-requisite: Admission to Teacher Education program. Teacher candidates will gain knowledge and skills needed for curricular decision-making to develop standards-based instruction and assessments with a student-centered approach. In addition to managing classroom instruction, candidates will learn strategies for managing student behavior and developing effective classroom procedures and routines that establish a positive learning environment. Must be taken concurrently with SEED 4271L.

Instruction, Assessment, and Management in the Secondary Classroom Lab - SEED-4271L

Description: This course consists of the field experience that accompanies SEED 4271. Must be taken concurrently with SEED 4271.

Teaching Internship I - SEED-4287

Description: Teaching one semester in the public schools at the secondary level under the supervision of an experienced, qualified classroom teacher. Seminars are scheduled as an integral part of the student teaching experience. Application for field experience required prior to enrollment. Provisionally certified students only.

Teaching Internship II - SEED-4288

Description: Teaching one semester in the public schools at the secondary level under the supervision of an experienced, qualified classroom teacher. Seminars are scheduled as an integral part of the student teaching experience. Provisionally certified students only; taken concurrently with SEED 4289.

Teaching Internship Seminar - SEED-4289

Description: Designed to engage interns in a critical reflection of issues, topics, materials, and skills appropriate to their professional development and teaching experience during their internship. Will also serve as a capstone experience for satisfying exit requirements of the program. Taken concurrently with SEED 4286 or SEED 4288.

Advanced Instructional Strategies for English Education - SEED-7261

Description: Application for field experience required prior to enrollment in MAT section. Designed for investigation and assessment of and research in the teaching of English with implications for strategies and curricular needs at the secondary level.

Advanced Instructional Strategies for Social Studies Education - SEED-7262

Description: Application for field experience required prior to enrollment in MAT section. Designed for investigation and assessment of and research in the teaching of social studies with implications for strategies and curriculum needs at the secondary level.

Advanced Instructional Strategies for Science Education - SEED-7263

Description: Application for field experience required prior to enrollment in MAT section. This course is designed for the in service teacher of science to extend their theoretical base and provide experience in the teaching of secondary science. Students investigate and assess current trends and research in the teaching of science with implications for strategies and curricular needs at the secondary/post secondary level.

Advanced Instructional Strategies for Mathematics Education - SEED-7264

Description: Application for field experience required prior to enrollment in MAT section. Designed for continued professional growth of mathematics teachers as they investigate and evaluate current issues, practices, and resources in mathematics education.

Special Education in the Regular Classroom - SPED-6706

Description: Study of characteristics, identification, and support needs of exceptional children and youth. Includes basic teaching strategies and supportive techniques/resources for meeting needs of pupils with special needs in the regular classroom. Designed for non-special education majors.

Faculty

This describes the general information about faculty for this program.

Guidelines for Admittance

  • All graduate applicants must complete the online Grad Application. A one-time application fee of $40 is required.
  • Applicants should also review the Graduate Studies Website for individual program specific requirements and tasks that must be completed prior to admission. See Graduate Studies Application Process.
  • International applicants are subject to additional requirements and application deadlines. See Procedures for International Students.
  • Official transcripts from a regionally or nationally accredited institution are required and should be sent directly to the UWG Admissions Office.

Program-specific Admittance Guidelines

  •   Bachelor's degree from a regionally- accredited college or university.
  •   2.5 cumulative GPA

Application Deadlines

Open Enrollment

Admission Process Checklist

Consult the Office of Graduate Studies.

Contact

Bethany Schmelzer,

678-839-5539,

bschmelz@westga.edu

Dates

Specific dates for Admissions (Undergraduate Only), Financial Aid, Fee Payment, Registration, Start/End of Term Dates, Final Exams, etc. are available in THE SCOOP at http://www.westga.edu/registrar/766.php.

Specific Graduate Admissions Deadlines: 

Learning Objectives

  • Knowledge: Candidates understand and apply the central concepts, tools of inquiry and structures of the discipline(s) he or she teaches.
  • Skills: Candidates create learning experiences for students that include appropriate adaptations for diverse learners, a variety of instructional strategies, appropriate assessment, and reflection to foster student learning.
  • Skills: Candidates plan and implement appropriate learning experiences, experiences aligned with local, state and national standards to affect student learning.
  • Dispositions: Candidates demonstrate dispositions essential to becoming effective professionals.