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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 several colleges and universities in Georgia that offer degree programs that prepare aspiring teachers for a career in education. For more information, scroll down to find a table of top-rated teaching programs, student reviews, and a list of accredited teacher preparation programs. For anyone looking for a teaching degree in Georgia, this guide should help you find a qualified program that meets your future career goals.

Schools with Teaching Programs

  • There are 64 colleges and universities with teacher degree programs in Georgia.1
  • 25 colleges and universities offer an associate’s degree in education.1
  • 41 colleges and universities offer a bachelor’s degree in education.1
  • 25 colleges and universities offer a master’s or advanced degree in education.1

Institutional Facts for Schools with Teaching Programs

  • Highest graduation rate*: University of Georgia 85%.1
  • Highest transfer-out rate*: Emmanuel College 45%, LaGrange College 45%.1
  • Highest net price per year*: Spelman College $32,399.1
  • Lowest net price per year*: Dalton State College $6,187.1
  • Annual undergraduate tuition range for teaching degree programs in Georgia*: $6,256-$30,522.2
  • 2 schools were in Kiplinger’s Best Values in Public Colleges in 2017: University of North Georgia (#85 in-state, #87 out-of-state), University of Georgia (#10 in-state, #11 out-of-state).
  • 3 schools ranked in US News Best Graduate Education Programs in 2017: University of Georgia (#35), Georgia State University (#48), Georgia Southern University (#156).
  • 8 schools ranked in US News Best Online Graduate Education Programs in 2017: University of Georgia (#6), Georgia State University (#43), Brenau University (#72), Georgia Southern University (#77), University of West Georgia (#84), Valdosta State University (#123), Columbus State University (#136), Armstrong State University (#185).
  • 26 teacher programs are accredited by the NCATE, TEAC, or CAEP (see below).*

*For not-for-profit four-year colleges and universities with teacher degree programs.

Top-Rated 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 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. We have also included rankings from the National Council on Teacher Quality (NCTQ), a research and policy group that scores teacher preparation programs at the national level using key standards chosen to measure students’ preparation for success in teaching. For further information on the NCTQ’s program rankings, please see the notes below the table.

You will also find data on teacher preparation program enrollment, completion, and licensing exam pass rates by institution for the 2014-2015 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.

Programs that are not ranked, or for which data is not available, in a given category are denoted as “-“.

State-Approved SchoolCAEP Accred.?6NCTQ Undergrad Elementary Prog. % (2016)**7NCTQ Undergrad Secondary Prog. % (2017)**7Teacher Prep Prog. Enrollment8Teacher Prep Prog. Completers8Licensing Exams Pass Rate8Net Price***1
Albany State UniversityYes4%23185100%$12,183
Armstrong State UniversityYes66%30118996%$18,854
Augusta UniversityYes68%64%24714098%$13,180
Berry CollegeNo9552100%$24,811
Brenau UniversityYes34%11764100%$19,650
Brewton-Parker CollegeNo34%1114100%$17,511
Clark Atlanta UniversityYes8%2323100%$27,725
Clayton State UniversityYes20%9138100%$10,330
College of Coastal GeorgiaYes8837100%$10,354
Columbus State UniversityYes45%394134100%$11,596
Covenant CollegeNo79%5444100%$24,803
Dalton State CollegeYes7%1728396%$6,187
Emmanuel CollegeNo45%3817100%$16,185
Fort Valley State UniversityYes4934100%$12,484
Georgia College and State UniversityYes92%32417999%$19,717
Georgia Gwinnett CollegeYes20412698%$12,384
Georgia Southern UniversityYes60%36621299%$16,121
Georgia Southwestern State UniversityYes76%1289494%$12,453
Georgia State UniversityYes45%95637997%$14,573
Gordon State CollegeYes46%824996%$12,927
Kennesaw State UniversityYes918476100%$17,441
LaGrange CollegeNo9120100%$19,262
Mercer UniversityNo70%54419795%$20,692
Middle Georgia State UniversityYes23%28%8577100%$9,538
Paine CollegeYes33$16,530
Piedmont CollegeNo67%1478399%$17,312
Point UniversityYes144$16,174
Reinhardt UniversityNo38%784798%$20,742
Savannah State UniversityNo$10,298
Shorter UniversityNo15%4894100%$17,447
Spelman CollegeYes2512100%$32,399
Thomas UniversityNo8%311782%$20,295
Toccoa Falls CollegeNo402095%$19,026
Truett-McConnell UniversityNo229$17,791
University of GeorgiaYes89%81%89949199%$14,956
University of North GeorgiaYes4%528289100%$9,608
University of West GeorgiaYes76%98230498%$14,285
Valdosta State UniversityYes38%49723798%$14,573
Wesleyan CollegeNo29%69$16,301
Young Harris CollegeNo3617100%$18,977

*The NCTQ rated undergraduate elementary teaching programs in 2016 and undergraduate secondary teaching programs in 2017 by national percentile based on their overall scores on the NCTQ’s standards for teacher education. Schools that do not provide data on all key standards or that fall below the top 50% of schools nationally are not included by the NCTQ in their ratings. Visit the NCTQ website for more information on its standards and methodologies.
**Net price is per year for undergraduate tuition as calculated by the National Center for Education Statistics 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).

Profiles of Schools with an Education Degree Program

University of Georgia: University of Georgia is home to the College of Education – also known as the COE. The University of Georgia has the distinction of being the first chartered state university in the country and has continued that ongoing excellence through the founding of the College of Education in 1908. The COE is perennially ranked among the nation’s top education colleges due to its commitment to intensive research and faculty instruction. The College of Education serves as a major component of the overall institution by offering 16 undergraduate majors and nearly 40 graduate majors. Graduates often choose rewarding careers as educators, administrators, counselors, psychologists and more. The College provides students at all levels with opportunities to engage in scholarly research in fields they are interested in. The college consists of over 200 faculty members and over 5,000 students.

Dalton State College: Dalton State’s School of Education in Dalton, Georgia has the mission to prepare teachers that help students reach their full potential, acquire a love for learning, and become productive citizens. It offers programs for attaining initial certification in early childhood education and secondary education. The Post-Baccalaureate Initial Certification Teacher Education program in Early Childhood Education is designed to help individuals with a bachelor’s in another field to transition to a teaching career. Students in the early childhood education program have the option to take ESOL coursework if they would like to add the ESOL endorsement. The Secondary Professional Teacher Education program prepares students to teach in the areas of biology, chemistry, english, history, or mathematics. The programs culminate with a teacher internship that involves 15 weeks in a supervised classroom environment.

Emory University: Emory University in Atlanta is home to the Division of Educational Studies, which is housed in the College of Arts and Sciences. The Division of Educational Studies confers several degrees at the undergraduate and graduate levels. The most popular degree is the Master of Arts in Teaching (MAT), which is designed to give students a graduate degree along with their initial teaching credentials. The division is comprised of world class faculty members that engage in scholarly research as well as engaging instruction to education students. The Division of Educational Studies offers students an interdisciplinary mixture of coursework from a variety of academic disciplines in order to provide students with a well-rounded educational experience. The Department’s main mission is to continue to reform and improve education with a special emphasis on urban and comparative education issues.

Teacher Preparation Programs Accredited by the NCATE, TEAC, or CAEP

  • Albany State University
  • Armstrong State University
  • Augusta University
  • Brenau University
  • Clark Atlanta University
  • Clayton State University
  • College of Coastal Georgia
  • Columbus State University
  • Dalton State College
  • Fort Valley State University
  • Georgia College and State University
  • Georgia Gwinnett College
  • Georgia Southern University
  • Georgia Southwestern University
  • Georgia State University
  • Gordon State College
  • Kennesaw State University
  • Middle Georgia State University
  • North Georgia College and State University
  • Paine College
  • Point University
  • Spelman College
  • University of Georgia
  • University of North Georgia
  • University of West Georgia
  • Valdosta State University

Read more about the CAEP, NCATE, and TEAC accrediting bodies.

School Programs for Becoming a Teacher in Georgia

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Schools with Teaching Degree Programs in Georgia

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.

Albany State University
504 College Dr
Albany, GA 31705
(229) 430-4600
www.asurams.edu

Armstrong Atlantic State University
11935 Abercorn St
Savannah, GA 31419-1997
(912) 344-2806
www.armstrong.edu

Augusta State University
2500 Walton Way
Augusta, GA 30904-2200
(706) 737-1400
www.aug.edu

Berry College
2277 Martha Berry Hwy NW
Mount Berry, GA 30149
(706) 232-5374
www.berry.edu

Brenau University
500 Washington St SE
Gainesville, GA 30501-3668
(770) 534-6299

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

Clayton State University
2000 Clayton State Blvd
Morrow, GA 30260
(678) 466-4000
www.clayton.edu

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

Covenant College
14049 Scenic Hwy
Lookout Mountain, GA 30750-4164
(706) 820-1560
www.covenant.edu

Dalton State College
650 College Dr
Dalton, GA 30720
(706) 272-4436
www.daltonstate.edu

Emmanuel College
181 Springs St
Franklin Springs, GA 30639
(706) 245-7226

Fort Valley State University
1005 State University Dr
Fort Valley, GA 31030-4313
(478) 825-6211

Georgia College & State University
231 W Hancock St
Milledgeville, GA 31061
(478) 445-2770
www.gcsu.edu

Georgia Regents University
1120 15th St
Augusta, GA 30912
(706) 721-0211
www.gru.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

Georgia Southern University
Hwy 301 S
Statesboro, GA 30460
(912) 478-5391
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 Southwestern State University
800 Georgia Southwestern State University Dr
Americus, GA 31709-4693
(229) 928-1279

Georgia State University
33 Gilmer St
Atlanta, GA 30303-3083
(404) 413-2000
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 opportunity 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 30144-5591
(770) 423-6000
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

LaGrange College
601 Broad St
Lagrange, GA 30240-2999
(706) 880-8000
www.lagrange.edu

Mercer University
1400 Coleman Avenue
Macon, GA 31207
(478) 301-2700
www.gomercer.com

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
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

Middle Georgia State University
100 University Pkwy
Macon, GA 31206
(478) 471-2700
www.mga.edu

North Georgia College & State University
82 College Circle
Dahlonega, GA 30597-1001
(706) 864-1400
www.ngcsu.edu

Oconee Fall Like Technical College*
560 Pinehill Rd
Dublin, GA 31021
(478) 275-6589
www.oftc.edu

Paine College
1235 15th St
Augusta, GA 30901-3182
(706) 821-8200
www.paine.edu

Piedmont College
165 Central Ave
Demorest, GA 30535-0010
(706) 778-3000
www.piedmont.edu

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

Shorter College
315 Shorter Ave
Rome, GA 30165
(706) 291-2121
www.shorter.edu

South Georgia College
100 W College Pk Dr
Douglas, GA 31533-5098
(912) 260-4200
www.sgc.edu

Toccoa Falls College
325 Chapel Dr
Toccoa Falls, GA 30598
(706) 886-6831
www.tfc.edu

University of Georgia
Athens, GA 30602
(706) 542-3000
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 face lift.” -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

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

Valdosta State University
1500 N Patterson
Valdosta, GA 31698
(229) 333-5800
www.valdosta.edu

Wesleyan College
4760 Forsyth Rd
Macon, GA 31210-4462
(478) 477-1110
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

An asterisk (*) denotes a two-year or certificate program in education. While a two-year degree will not qualify graduates for teacher certification, it can be a good starting point for a teaching career. To learn more about what you can do with this degree, see our guide to associate’s degrees in education.

References:
1. National Center for Education Statistics College Navigator: https://nces.ed.gov/collegenavigator/
2. Niche College Search: https://www.niche.com/colleges/search/best-colleges-for-education/s/georgia/?type=private&type=public
3. Kiplinger’s Best College Values: http://www.kiplinger.com/tool/college/T014-S001-kiplinger-s-best-values-in-public-colleges/
4. 2017 US News Best Graduate Education Schools: https://www.usnews.com/best-graduate-schools/top-education-schools/edu-rankings
5. 2017 US News Best Online Graduate Education Schools: https://www.usnews.com/education/online-education/education/rankings
6. Council for the Accreditation of Educator Preparation (CAEP): http://caepnet.org/provider-search
7. National Council on Teacher Quality 2014-2016 Teacher Preparation Program Review: http://www.nctq.org/teacherPrep/2016/findings/home.do
8. US Department of Education 2016 Title II Reports: https://title2.ed.gov/Public/Home.aspx