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Additional Teacher Education information is found in section 1600 Educator Preparation .
The B.S.E. major in Middle Level Education prepares outstanding middle level educators who can meet the needs of young adolescents in today’s diverse, highly technological, and changing society. Graduates have a well-developed content knowledge in two fields (language arts, mathematics, science, and/or social studies) and have the option to pick up a third general curriculum concentration in Special Education. Successful completion of this program, the appropriate GACE Content Assessment tests and Georgia Educator Ethics Assessment (360) leads to a recommendation for licensure for grades four through eight in the areas of concentration. Students may also choose to add a concentration in Special Education which leads to certification in P-12 Special Education General Curriculum or a concentration in ESOL which leads to an ESOL Endorsement for teaching English Language learners in grades 4-8.
- Students are required to apply for teacher education after completing Areas A-F. To be accepted into teacher education:
- students must have a 2.50 composite grade point average on all undergraduate coursework previously completed;
- students must present passing scores on the GACE Program Admission Assessment or demonstrate an exemption upon application to an initial educator preparation program;
- students must complete the Georgia Educator Ethics Assessment (360);
- students must have successfully completed Areas A through F of the program of study; and
- students may be asked to participate in an interview and/or writing sample as a part of the application process.
Program Financial Information
B.S.E majors must pay all tuition and fees charged by the University and the College. A lab fee of $125 will be charged at the time students register for the student teaching experience. Educator preparation students must be aware that extra costs such as tort liability and transportation will be incurred at various times during the completion of various teacher education field experiences, particularly during the students’ senior year.
Program Academic Regulations
Pre-Service Certificate: Upon admission to a teacher education program, students will be contacted by the Office of Field Placements and Certification with instructions to claim enrollment in their program and submit a GaPSC Pre-Service Certificate Application. The pre-service certificate is required for placement in required field experiences or clinical practice.
Certification: Students must post passing scores on the GACE Content Assessments and Georgia Educator Ethics Assessment (360) in order to be recommended by Georgia State University for clear, renewable certification.
For Georgia Professional Standards Commission (GaPSC) certification requirements, students must earn a grade of “B” or higher in EXC 4020 Characteristics and Instructional Strategies for Students with Disabilities.
- Successful completion of all program coursework.
- Successful completion of professional portfolio.