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Georgia Teacher Colleges and Degrees Online Guide

The information on this page is meant to serve as a guide for those looking for teaching schools in Georgia. There are many colleges and universities in Georgia that offer degree programs to prepare aspiring teachers for a career in education. For more information, scroll down to find lists of top-rated teaching programs, a table of accredited, state-approved teacher preparation programs, and student reviews. For anyone looking for a teaching degree in Georgia, this guide should help you find an approved program that meets your future career goals.

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Table of Contents
Teacher Preparation Program Comparison
Top-Ranked Schools with Education Programs
Select Schools with Teacher Preparation Degrees
Schools with Associate Degrees in Education
Student Reviews


Comparison of Georgia Schools with Teacher Preparation Programs

We have designed the following table to help you compare teacher preparation programs in Georgia according to various factors. All of the schools included are not-for-profit institutions approved by the Georgia Professional Standards Commission (GaPSC) for the preparation of teachers. Completing a state-approved teacher preparation program is an important step towards earning licensure.

While accreditation from the Council for the Accreditation of Educator Preparation (CAEP) is not a requirement for licensure, it is included in the following table as CAEP provides a highly-regarded accreditation that is accepted in many states.

You will also find data on teacher preparation program enrollment, completion, and licensing exam pass rates by institution, for both traditional and alternative programs, for the 2018-2019 academic year in this table. These data points are collected from annual US Department of Education records under Title II (Teacher Quality) of the Elementary and Secondary Education Act (ESEA), which provides for reporting that holds institutions and state departments of education accountable for increasing academic achievement through improvements in teacher quality. Traditional teacher preparation programs are usually completed as part of a bachelor’s degree program. Alternative certification programs are typically designed for career changers looking to enter the field and lead to a postgraduate certificate or a master’s degree. Many schools in our table offer both traditional and alternative programs. Take a look at our Georgia traditional and alternative certification guides for more information.

Finally, we have provided the net price per year for undergraduate tuition, based on the cost of attendance (tuition, books, room and board, and related expenses) for students who qualify for in-state tuition and fees, less the average financial aid award (including grants and scholarships).

State-Approved SchoolCAEP Accred.?5Trad. Teacher Program Enrollment 6Trad. Teacher Prep Prog. Completers6Trad. Licensing Exams Pass Rate6Alt. Teacher Program Enrollment 6Alt. Teacher Prep Prog. Completers6Alt. Licensing Exams Pass Rate 6Net Price1
Abraham Baldwin Agricultural CollegeNo5521100%$8,106
Albany State UniversityNo2034998%$13,678
Andrew CollegeNo$19,946
Augusta UniversityNo33482100%$11,973
Berry CollegeNo1094598%$24,605
Brenau UniversityNo1564095%$21,715
Brewton-Parker CollegeNo266N.Av.$18,930
Clark Atlanta UniversityYes59495%$29,100
Clayton State UniversityNo701995%$11,620
College of Coastal GeorgiaNo971894%$12,085
Columbus State UniversityNo53211898%$11,855
Covenant CollegeNo6222100%$26,116
Dalton State CollegeNo318100100%$5,776
Emmanuel CollegeNo5918100%$17,148
Fort Valley State UniversityNo277N.Av.$12,916
Georgia College & State UniversityYes64316799%$20,958
Georgia Gwinnett CollegeYes395112100%$12,344
Georgia Southern UniversityYes1,32024899%$15,463
Georgia Southwestern State UniversityNo1935897%$12,053
Georgia State UniversityNo1,376300100%$17,750
Gordon State CollegeNo1182993%$9,272
Kennesaw State UniversityNo1,31435897%$18,586
LaGrange CollegeNo4521100%$23,185
Mercer UniversityNo70115697%$21,693
Middle Georgia State UniversityNo1754195%$10,571
Paine CollegeNo5$14,699
Piedmont UniversityNo3189390%$19,796
Point UniversityNo510100%$24,449
Reinhardt UniversityNo9936100%$22,645
Savannah State UniversityNo146N.Av.$9,611
Shorter UniversityNo6923100%$17,463
Spelman CollegeYes3014100%$43,920
Thomas UniversityNo3312100%$19,605
Toccoa Falls CollegeNo3511100%$22,359
Truett McConnell UniversityNo611580%$19,397
University of GeorgiaNo1,589407100%$16,580
University of North GeorgiaYes80823998%$11,322
University of West GeorgiaNo95320799%$15,749
Valdosta State UniversityYes62617194%$12,221
Wesleyan CollegeNo387N.Av.$12,117
Young Harris CollegeNo576N.Av.$20,704

  • — indicates none or not applicable.
  • N.Av. indicates data was not available or pass rates were omitted for confidentiality.

Top-Ranked Schools with Education Programs in Georgia

US News & World Report’s Best Graduate Education Programs 2022

  • Georgia State University (#41 tie)
  • University of Georgia (#41 tie)
  • Georgia Southern University (#148 tie)
  • Columbus State University (#185 tie)
  • Clark Atlanta University (#190 tie)
  • University of West Georgia (#190 tie)

US News & World Report’s Best Online Graduate Education Programs 2022

  • University of Georgia (#3 tie)
  • Georgia State University (#69 tie)
  • Mercer University (#80 tie)
  • Georgia Southern University (#93 tie)
  • University of West Georgia (#102 tie)
  • Kennesaw State University (#130 tie)
  • Middle Georgia State University (#147 tie)
  • Valdosta State University (#147 tie)
  • Georgia College & State University (#171 tie)
  • University of North Georgia (#171 tie)
  • Brenau University (#231 tie)
  • Columbus State University (#242-321)

Select Georgia Schools with a Teacher Preparation Degrees

Dalton State College

Dalton State’s School of Education in Dalton, Georgia offers initial teacher certification programs at the undergraduate level. The Bachelor of Science (BS) degree is available with a specialization in Elementary Education or Secondary Education with endorsements in Biology, Chemistry, English, History, or Math. Students can also complete the coursework for an Autism or English for Speakers of Other Languages (ESOL) endorsement. Applicants who do not have a teaching degree can apply for the Post-Baccalaureate Initial Certification Teacher Education program in Elementary Education to meet the educational requirements for certification in Georgia. For students who are interested in learning more about the field of education, an Associate of Science (AS) in Elementary Education is available, which introduces the key concepts in the field of education and can be applied towards the requirements for the BS degree if the student continues.

Georgia Southern University

Georgia Southern University’s College of Education offers over 40 different undergraduate and graduate education degree options for aspiring teachers. Many degrees can be completed fully online and may also be available at the Statesboro, Armstrong, or Liberty campuses. At the undergraduate level, the Bachelor of Science in Education (BSEd) degree can be completed with concentrations in Elementary Education, Middle Grades Education, Secondary Education, or several others. Graduate offerings include Master of Arts in Teaching (MAT) and Master of Education (M.Ed.) degrees that meet the educational requirements for initial teacher certification in Georgia or enable certified teachers to earn additional endorsements. Certificate, Educational Specialist (EdS), and Doctor of Education (EdD) programs in various areas of teaching, educational leadership, and curriculum development provide additional opportunities for teachers to build their research and practice skills.

University of Georgia

The University of Georgia (UGA) is home to the Mary Frances Early College of Education, which grants degrees at the undergraduate and graduate levels. Bachelor of Science in Education (BSEd) degrees are offered in Elementary Education, English Education, Middle Grades Education, and Science Education, among others, and can meet the educational requirements to become a certified teacher in Georgia. Graduate-level applicants can apply for Master of Education (MEd), Master of Arts in Teaching (MAT), Master of Arts (MA), Educational Specialist (EdS), and Doctor of Philosophy (PhD) programs in Education. For applicants with non-teaching bachelor’s degrees, the MAT degrees offer an alternative pathway to licensure with several teaching areas of focus to choose from. Dual degrees and combined bachelor’s and master’s degree programs enable students to earn the requirements for multiple teaching areas in a shorter period of time or combine educational studies with a complementary area, such as child development.

Schools with Associate Degrees in Education

While a bachelor’s degree is the minimum educational level required to qualify for state certification, an associate’s degree can be the first step towards a career in education. It can qualify graduates for careers in non-licensed roles in early childhood education, after-school care, and related areas. The credits earned from an accredited associate degree program can also typically be transferred towards a bachelor’s degree. The following Alabama schools offer associate’s degrees in education.1 Schools with an asterisk (*) also offer four-year teaching programs and/or alternative route to certification programs.

Albany Technical College
1704 South Slappey Blvd
Albany, GA 31701
(229) 430-3500
www.albanytech.edu

Andrew College*
501 College St
Cuthbert, GA 39840-5550
(229) 732-2171
www.andrewcollege.edu

Athens Technical College
800 US-29
Athens, GA 30601
(706) 355-5000
www.athenstech.edu

Atlanta Technical College
1560 Metropolitan Pkwy SW
Atlanta, GA 30310-4446
(404) 225-4400
www.atlantatech.edu

Augusta Technical College
3200 Augusta Tech Dr
Augusta, GA 30906
(706) 771-4000
www.augustatech.edu

Brenau University*
500 Washington St SE
Gainesville, GA 30501-3668
(770) 534-6299
www.brenau.edu

Brewton-Parker College*
201 David-Eliza Fountain Cir
Mount Vernon, GA 30445
(912) 583-2241
www.bpc.edu

Central Georgia Technical College
80 Cohen Walker Dr
Warner Robins, GA 31088
(478) 757-3400
www.centralgatech.edu

Chattahoochee Technical College
980 S Cobb Dr SE
Marietta, GA 30060
(770) 528-4545
www.chattahoocheetech.edu

Coastal Pines Technical College
1701 Carswell Ave
Waycross, GA 31503
(912) 287-5818
www.coastalpines.edu

Columbus Technical College
928 Manchester Expy
Columbus, GA 31904-6572
(706) 649-1800
www.columbustech.edu

East Georgia State College
131 College Cir
Swainsboro, GA 30401
(478) 289-2000
www.ega.edu

Georgia Military College
201 E Greene St
Milledgeville, GA 31061
(478) 387-4900
www.gmc.edu

Georgia Northwestern Technical College
1 Maurice Culberson Dr
Rome, GA 30161
(706) 295-6963
www.gntc.edu

Georgia Piedmont Technical College
495 N Indian Creek Dr
Clarkston, GA 30021-2397
(404) 297-9522
www.gptc.edu

Gwinnett Technical College
5150 Sugarloaf Pkwy
Lawrenceville, GA 30043-5702
(770) 962-7580
www.gwinnetttech.edu

Lanier Technical College
2535 Lanier Tech Dr
Gainesville, GA 30507
(770) 533-7000
laniertech.edu

North Georgia Technical College
1500 Georgia Hwy 197 N
Clarkesville, GA 30523
(706) 754-7700
www.northgatech.edu

Oconee Fall Line Technical College
1189 Deepstep Rd
Sandersville, GA 31082
(478) 553-2050
www.oftc.edu

Ogeechee Technical College
1 Joseph E Kennedy Blvd
Statesboro, GA 30458
(912) 681-5500
www.ogeecheetech.edu

Savannah Technical College
5717 White Bluff Rd
Savannah, GA 31405-5594
(912) 443-5700
www.savannahtech.edu

South Georgia Technical College
900 S Ga Tech Pkwy
Americus, GA 31709
(229) 931-2394
www.southgatech.edu

Southeastern Technical College
3001 E First St
Vidalia, GA 30474
(912) 538-3100
www.southeasterntech.edu

Southern Crescent Technical College
501 Varsity Rd
Griffin, GA 30223-2042
(770) 229-3327
www.sctech.edu

Southern Regional Technical College
15689 US-19 N
Thomasville, GA 31792
(229) 225-4096
www.southernregional.edu

West Georgia Technical College
176 Murphy Campus Blvd
Waco, GA 30182
(678) 821-3800
www.westgatech.edu

Wiregrass Georgia Technical College
4089 Val Tech Rd
Valdosta, GA 31602-0929
(229) 333-2100
www.wiregrass.edu

Student Reviews

Note: Student Reviews are based on the experiences of a few individuals and it is unlikely that you will have similar results. Please review the “Data, Student Reviews and Other Information” section in our Terms of Use and Disclaimers.

Augusta University (f.k.a. Georgia Regents University)
1120 15th St
Augusta, GA 30912
(706) 721-0211
https://www.augusta.edu/

Student Review: “The Georgia Regents University Masters of Art in Teaching Program has provided me with both a challenging and rewarding program of study.The professors provide real-life scenarios in the classroom and access to the latest technology in student instruction. The program provides real classroom experience, through teacher collaborations and in-class training through partner schools in the area. Unlike other masters programs, GRU’s teacher education program prepares students for the classrooms of tomorrow through real classroom training and interaction. Overall, the teacher preparation program provides you with all the tools to become the best educator you can be. Georgia Regent University’s focus on the student is second to none.” -Student at Georgia Regents University
stars-5

Columbus State University
4225 University Ave
Columbus, GA 31907-5645
(706) 507-8800
https://www.columbusstate.edu/

Student Review: “The Columbus State University teacher preparation program provided a lot in classroom time to observe teaching strategies and classroom management strategies in real time. We were also provided a lot of opportunities to practice teaching within these settings. The program, when taken in the intended sequence, really helps to prepare you for the classroom. The professors really care about the success of the students and are normally available to answer your questions or help you however they can. The professors take a vested interest in your success. There is an online component to the program, which can be very helpful for those who are working while attending school.” -Student at Columbus State University
stars-5

Georgia Southern University
1332 Southern Dr
Statesboro, GA 30460-8126
(912) 478-5391
https://www.georgiasouthern.edu/

Student Review: “Georgia Southern has an amazing childhood program. They allow you to start interning within your first major class. The courses are not very difficult. They teach you what you need to know then allow you to apply it. It is not very challenging. Most students make it through the program because of this. Before you graduate you have to intern in a classroom. There are many elementary schools in the area so you do not have to worry about traveling far for these internships. Overall, I am very satisfied with my education at Georgia Southern and believe they produce wonderful and efficient teachers.” -Jennifer W., student at Georgia Southern University
stars-5
Student Review: “My college experience was mediocre at best. I loved the school I attended and the friends I met along the way but the curriculum was a bit flawed in my opinion. Even though there were many out of school opportunities, the classes were challenging and the professors would really help to push you which I thought was a good thing, but I wish more classes were geared towards how to interact with children at all different age groups. All of that experience came as a student teacher for only a semester which I didn’t believe was enough. But my degree got me an awesome job so it is hard for me to complain.” -Patrick B., student at Georgia Southern University
Student Review: “I am currently enrolled at Georgia Southern University as a sophomore. My first year at school was one of the best experiences of my life to date. The school has a lot of options to get involved; I chose to go through greek rush and joined the Alpha Tau Omega fraternity. The teachers were above par as far as I’m concerned. Never did I have a teacher not show up for a class and the lectures were almost always entertaining. The campus is beautiful and the meal plans have plenty of options to stay healthy. One of my favorite things about Georgia Southern is the RAC or recreation center. I am looking forward to the next couple years at GSU.” -Robert C., student at Georgia Southern University
stars-5

Georgia State University
33 Gilmer St
Atlanta, GA 30303-3083
(404) 413-2000
https://www.gsu.edu/

Student Review: “Campus life is a lot of fun! Everyone is really nice and will stop what they’re doing to answer your questions. The faculty is also very helpful, contrary to what many high school teachers say, many of the Georgia State professors will make time for any hard-working student to assist them in any area they are struggling in. The environment is also amazing. You’re surrounded by the city of Atlanta and have the opportunity to experience city life while still being in a safe campus environment.” -Dylan S., student at Georgia State University
stars-4
Student Review: “I studied at Georgia State University College of Education in the Middle and Secondary Education department. I think that the strengths of this program include its focus on urban education and the fact that teacher candidates get a lot of support from the university during their teaching practicum. I didn’t find the work in this program particularly challenging, but it definitely required determination and a strong work ethic. It is difficult to prepare a teacher – there are some things which must be learned through experience rather than through classroom studies. This program provides plenty of opportunities to work in the classroom with students. I think that this is one of the better teacher preparation programs around the Atlanta area, and schools in the area are definitely looking to hire graduates of Georgia State University’s College of Education.” -Student at Georgia State University
stars-4

Kennesaw State University
1000 Chastain Rd
Kennesaw, GA 30144
(470) 578-6000
https://www.kennesaw.edu/

Student Review: “The mathematics education program at Kennesaw State has been a pivotal driver of community engagement and national stewardship in the training of its students for the role of educating the nation’s youth. The program is centered, not upon grading and state testing, but creating knowledgeable, well-rounded students that can integrate the principle taught in class to real-world scenarios. Through this, the program has taught me, as well as the other students, the skill necessary to drive critical thinking in the classrooms and bring global perspectives of the world to America’s youth. Through this education, I believe the school has taught the responsibilities are not bound to the textbook but to the principles of engagement in national and global affairs. The program has been a great driver in this community in particular through its dedication to quality and neighborhood engagement of its future educators. On the downside, I think the program fails to address the issues that are bound to be found in modern classrooms, such as discipline and student laziness that will no doubt interrupt the operations of any classroom. Overall the program has all the principals to ensure a quality environment for learning and that has most definitely been accomplished.” -Mason B., student at Kennesaw State University
stars-5
Student Review: “Kennesaw State University Educational Specialist degree concentration of middle grades social studies education has a great hybrid dual enrolled program for those who wish to combine their specialist and educational doctorate degree. As someone, who has spent a lot of time in the educational setting, one of the most important sources to enlist support when completing coursework are the professors/ instructors, Kennesaw has a many, who are willing to guides to you in your educational journey. The faculty have been a valuable resource in helping students understanding the expectations of a course and also empathetic to a student’s situation when life becomes complicated and can interrupt your educational progress. During my time as a student at Kennesaw. Email was always an application that I have used as a point of contact with my instructors in the past and usually, they have responded in a timely manner. Also, let it be noted that my instructors made themselves available to speak in person and have given up their valuable time.” -Student at Kennesaw State University
stars-3

Mercer University
1501 Mercer University Dr
Macon, GA 31207
(478) 301-2700
https://www.mercer.edu/

Student Review: “Overall, my experience at Mercer University was decent. The campus was intimate, beautiful, and historical. Many of the people on campus are friendly, and generally, they meet you with a smile and a subtle willingness to help. There are many school-sponsored activities that encourage students to get involved and network with each other, which is very important considering that we are in an evolving job market. I met a lot of colleagues with whom I continue to interact. The professors there were personable, well-organized, and willing to assist students both in the classroom and outside of the classroom. One of the main improvements that the school could make would be to streamline a lot of the administrative processes like financial aid and registration. Also, I think that Mercer University should do more to ensure continued success in its alumnae.” -Ta’Wanda T., student at Mercer University
stars-5
Student Review: “Mercer University is a small private college in Macon, GA. The campus is very old and beautiful. About 9,000 students attend Mercer. I find that the professors are very helpful due to the small class sizes. It’s much more of a personal learning experience. The dorms are somewhat small and old but there are also dorms that are brand new and nice. The food on campus is run by a company of which all the workers are friendly and cook pretty well. There’s also a Chickfila and Subway on campus in the university center which also includes a cafe, gym, basketball arena, and study areas. Overall Mercer is a very nice, prestigious private school that is well worth the expensive cost.” -Kevin B., student at Mercer University
stars-4
Student Review: “Mercer University teacher preparation master of arts in teaching program was a great educational experience for anyone who is considering switching from the private sector to the public sector. Each of the professors was knowledgeable in their field and provide support to all student. Mercer teacher preparation program provided multiple opportunities for novice to experienced teachers to better equip themselves to the new educational environment that is more student-centered and tech-oriented. I truly appreciated my experience at Mercer, without attending the university, I would not have learned about educational employment opportunities and met people that have changed my life for the better.” -Student at Mercer University
stars-5

Reinhardt College
7300 Reinhardt Cir
Waleska, GA 30183-2981
(770) 720-5600
https://www.reinhardt.edu/

Student Review: “My experience could have been better. I went to a small private school, so my class options were limited. Most of my classes were shared with either early childhood or music majors. While I did learn a lot, I feel it would have been much more beneficial to have been in classes with peers who would also be going into secondary education. Many of my classes taught methods that could not realistically be used in a high school math setting, and I feel that many of my professors did not have a lot of background in this area. The most beneficial things that I did learn were developing my personal teaching philosophy and the importance of differentiation. Some of my professors did play an integral role in shaping my philosophy and gave me a good foundation to keep improving on it. While I feel I could have had more help with specifics, I did learn the importance of differentiation, which in turn has made me a better teacher and also helped tremendously as I worked on my TKES assignment. While I think I was failed by not seeing secondary education examples, I do think I still came out with a good foundation.” -Student at Reinhardt College
stars-3

University of Georgia
Athens, GA 30602
(706) 542-3000
https://www.uga.edu/

Student Review: “The College of Education at the University of Georgia has been an excellent experience. The university has excellent facilities such as computer labs, large classrooms, and an entire building devoted to education. You can tell that the faculty are truly passionate about education and strive to instill that passion into their students. They offer a variety of classes that emphasize different aspects of teaching so that you are able to get as specific as you like. The school offered many internships and job opportunities to get you going right after college. The one aspect that I think could be changed is that the building and the technology in it is somewhat older and definitely could use a facelift.” -Marissa M., student at University of Georgia
stars-5
Student Review: “While the University of Georgia does not have the best reputation (being one of the top ten party schools in America), that reputation actually has a positive side. The school’s promotion of social activities can be utilized as great opportunities to make friends and establish connections. While the quality of education is considered from the outside to not be outstanding, I would classify the content to simply be on par with the average four-year university – it isn’t Harvard or Georgia Tech. Even though the University of Georgia isn’t outstanding in its education overall, certain schools do stand out.” -Christian P., student at University of Georgia
Student Review: “The University of Georgia and its 35,000 students is everything I could have hoped for to truly enjoy my college experience. I’ve completed two years now and have loved every minute. There is nothing better than a Saturday Between the Hedges and the adrenaline rush that you feel at Sanford Stadium. However, being there for an upset at a basketball game in Stegeman is a close second. The food is to die for but could definitely be less expensive. The campus is beautiful at any time of the year, and even living off campus in my apartment complex has been a wonderful and unique experience.” -Tiffany B., student at University of Georgia
stars-5

University of West Georgia
1601 Maple St
Carrollton, GA 30118-0001
(678) 839-5000
https://www.westga.edu/

Student Review: “My time at the University of West Georgia has been an invaluable learning experience. I am currently a junior and majoring in Early Childhood Education. Since I was a freshman, West Georgia’s education department has gone above and beyond to help me excel in this field. The teachers have been invaluable to me. One teacher stayed past her office hours on numerous occasions to go over classwork with me. For example, I had a major fear of public speaking which is important to any teacher. We stayed until nine o’clock at night going over note cards and techniques to keep me from being anxious. Even though she was not obligated to do this, she made sure I had the confidence to present my project. Faculty and students here do their best to welcome future teachers and connect on a personal level.” -Cory B., student at University of West Georgiastars-4

Wesleyan College
4760 Forsyth Rd
Macon, GA 31210-4462
(478) 477-1110
https://www.wesleyancollege.edu/

Student Review: “The teaching preparation program I completed at Wesleyan College was the best thing I did for my teaching career. In this program, we had small classes. I liked the small classes because it allowed me the opportunity to get help during class time on things I didn’t understand. We didn’t focus on tests; we mostly had class discussions allowing us to go more in-depth than the textbooks. Not only did we study the basic subjects, we also took classes on using art, music and physical education in elementary classrooms. This made the program more enjoyable because it gave me a plethora of ideas to use in my future classroom. The best thing about the whole program was the trip to the Ron Clark Academy. It opened my eyes to amazing ideas to use in the classroom. I wouldn’t change much in the program, except the way we submitted our portfolios. This created headaches due to the multiple hours of scanning, and the technological issues with the site used to upload the material.” -Student at Wesleyan College
stars-5

References:
1. National Center for Education Statistics College Navigator: https://nces.ed.gov/collegenavigator/
2. The Princeton Review. The Best 385 Colleges, 2022 Edition. The Princeton Review, 2022.
3. US News & World Report Best Graduate Education Schools 2022: https://www.usnews.com/best-graduate-schools/top-education-schools/edu-rankings
4. US News & World Report Best Online Graduate Education Schools 2022: https://www.usnews.com/education/online-education/education/rankings
5. Council for the Accreditation of Educator Preparation (CAEP): http://caepnet.org/provider-search
6. US Department of Education 2020 Title II Report: https://title2.ed.gov/Public/Home.aspx