This pedagogy-only secondary education (grades 6-12) Georgia Educator License program is for students who have already completed a graduate degree in a certification field OR are currently enrolled in a UWG graduate degree program in a certification field. Certification concentration fields in Secondary Education include: Biology, Broad Field Science, Business Education, Chemistry, Economics, English, History, Mathematics, Physics, and Political Science.

This program is an alternative to earning a graduate degree with embedded certification through the secondary education Master of Arts in Teaching program. This certification-only program has been approved by the Georgia Professional Standards Commission.

  • Overview

    Program Location

    Carrollton Campus

    Method of Delivery

    Partially Online

    Accreditation

    The University of West Georgia is accredited by The Southern Association of Colleges and Schools Commission on Colleges (SACSCOC).

    Credit and transfer

    Total semester hours required: 24

  • Cost

    This program may be earned more than 50% online but not entirely online - multiple campus visits are required (varying by course).

    Save money

    UWG is often ranked as one of the most affordable accredited university of its kind, regardless of the method of delivery chosen. In addition, online courses and programs can mean a cost-savings in many non-evident ways: No more high gas charges. No childcare needed. The flexibility can allow one to maintain a job while attending school. Regardless of state residency, out-of-state non-resident students are not charged non-resident tuition for online course credit hours.

    Details

    • Total tuition costs and fees may vary, depending on the instructional method of the courses in which the student chooses to enroll.
    • The more courses a student takes in a single term, the more they will typically save in fees and total cost.
    • Face-to-Face or partially online courses are charged at the general tuition rate and all mandatory campus fees, based on the student's residency (non-residents are charged at a higher rate).
    • Fully or entirely online course tuition rates and fees my vary depending on the program. Students enrolled in exclusively online courses do not pay non-Resident rates.
    • Together this means that GA residents pay about the same if they take all face-to-face or partially online courses as they do if they take only fully online courses exclusively; while non-residents save money by taking fully online courses.
    • One word of caution: If a student takes a combination of face-to-face and online courses in a single term, they will pay both all mandatory campus fees and the higher eTuition rate.
    • For the cost information, as well as payment deadlines, see the Student Accounts and Billing Services website

    There are a variety of financial assistance options for students, including scholarships and work study programs. Visit the Office of Financial Aid's website for more information.

  • Courses

    Coursework

    Hybrid- some coursework is on-campus and some is online.

    General

    Program Sheet

    • CEPD-6101 - Psychology of Classroom Learning

      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.

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    • EDRS-6342 - School and Classroom Assessment

      This course is designed to increase the school leader's knowledge and understanding of assessment and its role in improving student achievement. Students will examine the knowledge and skill base that supports the effective use of assessment within classrooms and schools. The nature and purpose of assessment, its use for improving instruction and the design of high-quality teacher-developed classroom assessments will be emphasized.

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    • MEDT-6401 - Instructional Technology

      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.

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    • SEED-6111 - Introduction to the Secondary School Field Experience

      This course is a review of general field experience expectations and requirements. Documents and deadlines will be introduced. Upon completion of this course, students will have met the requirements necessary to be placed in a public school setting. This course is designed to serve as a prerequisite for any MAT course in the SEED program that includes a field experience.

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    • SEED-6200 - Comprehensive Exam for the Master of Education

      A comprehensive final examination is administered during the fall or spring semester immediately preceding graduation to all candidates seeking a Master of Arts in Teaching degree. The written exam is administered on the UWG campus in a computer lab.

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    • SEED-7288 - Teaching Internship

      Students will be teaching full-time for one semester in a public school secondary level (6-12) classroom, under the supervision and mentorship of an experienced, qualified classroom teacher.

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    • SEED-7289 - Teaching Internship Seminar

      This course is 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. The course will also serve as a capstone experience for satisfying exit requirements of the program.

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    • SEED-7291 - Classroom Instruction and Management

      This course is an introduction to the basics of teaching and learning with an emphasis on establishing decorum and structure in the classroom.

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    • SEED-7291L - Classroom Instruction and Management Laboratory

      This course consists of the field experience that accompanies SEED 7291. Students are expected to spend two full days in a public school placement for twelve weeks: six weeks in a middle school placement and six weeks in a high school placement.

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    • SPED-6706 - Special Education in the Regular Classroom

      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. Students must earn a grade of "B" or better in SPED 6706 or department approved alternative to meet the special education requirement of Georgia House Bill No. 671 and be recommended for educator certification in Georgia. The grade requirement of "B" or better is effective 07/01/2019 for courses completed on or after that date.

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  • Faculty
  • Admissions

    Guidelines for Admittance

    • All graduate applicants must complete the online Graduate 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 Graduate Admissions Office.

    Program Specific Admittance Guidelines

    Applicants must:

    • Submit official transcripts from all schools attended.
    • Hold an earned graduate degree, or be enrolled in a UWG graduate degree program, in one of the areas of secondary certification.
    • Have a 2.7 overall GPA from last conferred degree.
    • Pass the GACE Content Assessments in the appropriate field
    • Pass the GACE Educator Ethics Assessment (Test # 360)              

    Application Deadlines

    Specific Graduate Admissions Deadlines are available via the Graduate School                    

    Contact

    Graduate Admissions
    graduate@westga.edu
    678-839-1394

    Early Childhood through Secondary Education Department
    Dr. Robyn Huss
    rhuss@westga.edu 
    678-839-6187

  • Dates

    Specific Graduate Admissions Deadlines are available via the Graduate School                  

  • Objectives
    1. The teacher understands the central concepts, tools of inquiry, and structures of the discipline(s) he or she teaches and creates learning experiences that make these aspects of subject matter meaningful for students.
    2. The teacher understands how children learn and develop and can provide learning opportunities that support their intellectual, social, and personal development.
    3. The teacher understands how students differ in their approaches to learning and creates instructional opportunities that are adapted to diverse learners.
    4. The teacher understands and uses a variety of instructional strategies to encourage students.
    5. The teacher uses an understanding individual and group motivation and behavior to create a learning environment that encourages positive social interaction, active engagements in learning, and self-motivation.
    6. The teacher uses knowledge of effective verbal, nonverbal, and media communication techniques to foster active inquiry, collaboration, and supportive interaction in the classroom.
    7. The teacher plans instruction based upon knowledge of subject matter, students, the community, and curriculum goals.
    8. The teacher understands and uses formal assessment strategies to evaluate and ensure the continuous intellectual, social, and physical development of the learner. 
    9. The teacher is a reflective practitioner who continually evaluates the effects of his or her choices and actions on others (students, parents, and other professionals in the learning community) and who actively seeks out opportunities to grow professionally.
    10. The teacher fosters relationships with school colleagues, parents, and agencies in the larger community to support students.