Counseling and Clinical Programs
The College of Education consists of the departments of Counseling and Clinical Programs; Curriculum and Instruction; Educational Technology, Administration, and Foundations; and Physical Education and Leisure Management. The dean’s office is located in 131 Jordan Hall.
The mission of the College of Education is congruent with and complements that of Columbus State University. The College of Education has adopted the guiding principle, "Creating Opportunities for Excellence," to support its mission ...to guide individuals in the process of becoming skillful, competent, knowledgeable, and reflective professionals.
The opportunities envisioned are:
For professional education — To achieve excellence by guiding educators as they develop the proficiency, expertise, and leadership consistent with their professional responsibilities and duties.
For counseling — To achieve excellence by guiding professionals as they develop expertise and leadership to strengthen individuals, families, education programs, communities, and community agencies.
For health, fitness and leisure management — To achieve excellence through guiding leisure management professionals as they develop the knowledge, competencies, and attitudes they will need in administration, management, and other community education roles.
Teacher Education Programs
The preparation of elementary and secondary school teachers is accomplished through the joint efforts of the College of Education and other academic units of the university. Teacher education programs, typically, are closely structured; therefore, students should select a teaching field during the sophomore year and follow the appropriate curriculum after declaring a major.
Columbus State University’s teacher education programs are approved by the Georgia Professional Standards Commission and accredited by the National Council for Accreditation of Teacher Education (NCATE). Successful completion of an approved program earns the university’s recommendation for a professional teaching certificate. To receive the certificate, an individual must also perform satisfactorily on the Praxis II test.
Students desiring a bachelor of arts, bachelor of science, or bachelor of music degree may also take the professional education course sequence for certification. Students should consult the College of Education for advice concerning appropriate courses for certification.
Teacher education programs leading to the Bachelor of Science in Education degree are offered in the following fields:
Early Childhood Education (Grades P-5)
Middle Grades Education (Grades 4-8)
Secondary Education (Grades 7-12)
All level fields (Grades P-12)
Admission to the Teacher Education Program
Upon enrollment, a student is assigned an advisor from the College of Education. During the sophomore year, students intending to complete a teacher education program declare a major and make formal application to the program. Normally, this occurs after the student has completed three semesters of college work. Application is made to the chair of the department offering the student’s intended major. Admission to the program is based on the following:
Additional admissions criteria may be applied at the departmental level.
Admission requirements are appealable to the College of Education undergraduate appeals committee. Upon acceptance, a student is admitted to the program. Subsequent advisement is based on the declared major.
Retention in the Teacher Education Program
A review each semester by the associate dean to determine retention in the teacher education program is based on the following:
Admission to Student Teaching
Students will spend one semester in full-time teaching activities under the supervision of a classroom teacher in elementary and/or secondary schools. Guidelines for admission to student teaching are as follows:
Recommendation for Certification
To be eligible for recommendation by Columbus State University for a Georgia professional teaching certificate, students must complete an approved program and meet the following criteria:
Post-Baccalaureate Teacher Certification
Columbus State University offers initial teacher preparation programs to qualified men and women holding baccalaureate degrees but not previously certified to teach in Georgia. Each post-baccalaureate program is equivalent to the institution’s program approved by the Georgia Professional Standards Commission (PSC). Upon completion of a post-baccalaureate program, the graduate student earns an institutional recommendation for a teaching certificate subsequently issued by the PSC, which is identical to the certificate earned by graduates of a Columbus State University baccalaureate teacher education program. Columbus State University is accredited by the National Council for the Accreditation of Teacher Education (NCATE). This feature, because of various reciprocity agreements among many states, facilitates the process of seeking a license to teach outside Georgia.
Admission to Post-Baccalaureate Teacher Education
Persons intending to complete a post-baccalaureate teacher preparation program must first be admitted to Columbus State University (typically as non-degree graduate students) and subsequently must apply for and be admitted to teacher education.
Please note that admission to Columbus State University is not equivalent to admission to teacher education. Enrollment in many major courses requires admission to teacher education. Applications for post-baccalaureate admission to teacher education are available from the office of the dean, College of Education, or the appropriate academic department.
Minimum criteria for post-baccalaureate admission to teacher education are:
Candidates who do not meet these criteria may seek further guidance, including consideration of extenuating circumstances, from the appropriate department chair, who, in consultation with the faculty, makes all post-baccalaureate teacher education admission decisions.
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