Educator Certification Program Details
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.
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.
Credit & Transfer
Total semester hours required to earn a degree: Varies
Maximum Hours Transferable into program: Varies
Tuition & Fees
Online courses and low tuition can mean a savings. Flexibility can allow one to maintain a job while attending school.
For the most up-to-date and accurate cost information, see the Bursar's Office website at http://www.westga.edu/bursar/. (Fully online courses appear as NET charges on the bottom of the Bursar's spreadsheets.)
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.
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.
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 travelling to a UWG campus or site, you may apply for an Immunization Exemption. Contact the Immunization Clerk with your request.
Dates for Admissions (Undergraduate Only), Financial Aid, Fee Payment, Registration, Start/End of Term Dates, Final Exams, etc:
- Fall semesters http://www.westga.edu/registrar/index_15929.php
- Spring semesters http://www.westga.edu/registrar/index_18490.php
- Summer semesters http://www.westga.edu/registrar/index_15835.php
Specific Graduate Admissions Deadlines:
- Knowledge: Candidates understand and apply the central concepts, tools of inquiry and structures of the disciples(s) he or she teaches.
- Skills: Candidates create 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.