Educator Certification Program Details

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This program is intended for people who have a bachelor's degree in biology, or a PSC approved related area or the required prerequisite courses, and who have decided they would like to teach biology 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.

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
  • For general advisement on COE graduate admissions, contact the COE Graduate Studies Office at 678-839-5430.

Application Deadlines

Open Enrollment

Admission Process Checklist

The Graduate Studies Application Process checklist is available here: http://www.westga.edu/gradstudies/apply-now.php

One exception: If you will not ever be traveling to a UWG campus or site, you may apply for an Immunization Exemption. Contact the Immunization Clerk with your request.

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.