Apr 25, 2018  
2017-2018 Undergraduate Catalog 
2017-2018 Undergraduate Catalog

College of Education

Cynthia Bolton-Gary, Interim Dean


All teacher education programs at Armstrong State University are approved by the Georgia Professional Standards Commission (GaPSC) and accredited by the National Council for Accreditation of Teacher Education (NCATE) [Council for the Accreditation of Educator Preparation].

Acceptance into or completion of a teacher preparation program through the College of Education does not guarantee employment by a school district nor licensure by the Professional Standards Commission. Some course or internship fees and program revisions due to modifications in certification requirements are subject to change without notice.

Conceptual Framework

The College of Education and those partners who compose the Educator Preparation Program share the vision established by the conceptual framework. It guides their efforts as they work collaboratively to develop highly qualified teachers who are prepared to educate diverse learners. The conceptual framework is based upon seven tenets: respect for diversity, the essentials of professionalism, the importance of collaboration, the value of authentic assessment, the merit of reflection, the value of technology, and essential pedagogical and content knowledge. The shared vision and seven tenets provide direction for programs of study, instruction, scholarship, and service. They require adherence to high standards of academic, professional, and ethical performance. Armstrong-prepared educators exemplify the highest qualities of character and ethical behaviors while demonstrating the dispositions, knowledge, and skills required to succeed in the modern classroom.

Philosophy and Goals

The College of Education offers a variety of degree programs designed to produce prepared, reflective educators committed to excellence in the profession and the learning of all students. All degree programs in the College of Education are guided by specific objectives reflecting university goals. These objectives include providing prospective teachers with the following: proficiency in the content of their chosen teaching fields; learning theory and methodology necessary for successful implementation of classroom plans and procedures; abilities and skills to offer appropriate educational opportunities to students from diverse cultural and economic backgrounds; abilities and skills to enable them to meet the special needs of exceptional children; and a professional and educational atmosphere conducive to the development of the highest qualities of character, commitment, and professional competence. Prepared, reflective educators who exemplify the essentials of professionalism, demonstrate a respect for diversity, recognize the importance of collaboration, value the need for authentic assessment, realize the merit of reflection, and value technologies personify the ideals of the College of Education’s conceptual framework.

College of Education Policies and Procedures

Academic Advisement. Students assume primary responsibility for knowledge of and compliance with program requirements. A program of study does not become official until it is signed by both the student and academic advisor with the approval of the department head. Program of study forms will be filed in the appropriate departments, with copies provided to students.

Admission to Candidacy. Students wishing to pursue teacher education leading to certification must apply for Admission to Candidacy within the College of Education. Application forms are available in the Student Services office or online. The standards of the College of Education are aligned with the standards of the Georgia Professional Standards Commission for certification and include a criminal background check. College of Education standards also incorporate essential functions for teaching and a code of ethics and expected behavior for students in the Educator Preparation Program. Each degree program may have additional discipline-related items required for admission. If a student is denied Admission to Candidacy, his/her program completion will be delayed. In order to be Admitted to Candidacy, students must complete and submit the application and supplementary documentation required by the semester deadline as printed below:

Summer:  February 15

Fall:          May 15

Spring:     September 15

General Requirements for Admission to Candidacy:

  1. An overall GPA of 2.5 or higher unrounded.
  2. Successful completion of ENGL 1101 , ENGL 1102 , MATH Core Area A  (Early Childhood Majors must take MATH 2008 ), EDUC 2110 , EDUC 2120 , EDUC 2130 , with a grade of “C” or higher.
  3. Satisfaction and evidence of Georgia Assessment for the Certification of Educators (GACE) Program Admission Assessment or exemption from this requirement with qualifying scores on the SAT or ACT.
  4. Evidence of a Georgia Professional Standards Commission Pre-Service Certificate (includes criminal background check requirement).
  5. Completion of two (2) disposition assessments.
  6. Evidence of professional tort liability insurance valid for a period no less than three (3) years from the date of Admission to Candidacy.
  7. Satisfaction and evidence of the Georgia Professional Standards Commission Ethics Assessment.

In addition to the criteria above, the following is required for the indicated department or program of study:

Early Childhood Education

  1. Successful completion of MATH 2008 .
  2. Evidence of Cardiopulmonary resuscitation (CPR)/First Aid Certification.

Field Experiences. Many courses in the College of Education require students to participate in field experiences. These are conducted off-campus and students must arrange their own transportation to their assigned school site. The following requirements must be met before students may participate in a field experience:

  1. Evidence of professional tort liability insurance valid for a period no less than three (3) years from the date of Admission to Candidacy.
  2. Georgia Professional Standards Commission Pre-Service Certificate (includes criminal background check requirement).

Clinical Internship. Internship II, the culminating activity of the professional sequence, is performed in selected off-campus school centers. Completed applications must be submitted to the department head of the respective program one semester prior to the internship semester. School placement is arranged jointly by the university and the participating school system; students receive letters of assignment. Students are required to adhere to The Georgia Code of Ethics for Educators, established policies and procedures of the cooperating school system in addition to those policies and procedures established by the university. Orientation will be held at the beginning of the semester in which internship is scheduled. The following requirements must be met before students may enroll in clinical internship:

  1. Admission to Candidacy.
  2. Successful completion of all coursework in the degree program with a cumulative 2.5 unrounded grade point average on all courses attempted, and a grade of “C” or better in all courses in the teaching field, professional sequence, concentration, and related electives.
  3. Recommendation by the College of Education department faculty. Students in a secondary field or a P-12 field housed in the College of Liberal Arts or the College of Science and Technology must also secure a recommendation from the department that houses the major. Positive assessment of dispositions must be completed through the LiveText system.
  4. Passing scores on all GACE content area examinations.
  5. Georgia Professional Standards Commission Pre-Service Certificate.
  6. Payment of $625.00 clinical internship fee (assessed with tuition and fees).
  7. Evidence of professional tort liability Insurance valid for a period of three (3) years from the date of Admission to Candidacy.
  8. Official program of study signed by the student’s advisor indicating completion of all courses.

Students who are unsuccessful (receiving a “U” or “W”) may apply to intern one additional semester only, after completing the prescribed Plan of Improvement, as outlined by the Director of Field Experiences, Clinical Placements and Partnerships.

College of Education candidates for Internship II who complete their program of study in initial certification programs but do not complete Internship II, will be allowed no more than five additional academic semesters (including summers) following the completion of their coursework to complete their internship. If a candidate is unable to complete the internship by the fifth semester following completion of coursework, the candidate will need to reapply to the university, present passing scores on appropriate GACE content exams, and be subject to any changes to the program of study and/or admission requirements.

Transfer of Credit. Accreditation rules and regulations for Educator Preparation Programs may limit the potential of transferring credits into specific certification fields. A transcript analysis by an Educator Preparation Program academic advisor would be required.

Academic and Admissions Appeals. The Educator Preparation Program (EPP) has an Academic and Admission Appeals committee that reviews appeals. To view the appeal procedure visit the college’s “Forms” website.

Academic Probation and Dismissal. In addition to the University’s academic probation and dismissal regulations, the College of Education Educator Preparation Program maintains separate standards for academic probation and dismissal for compliance with the accreditation guidelines.

Eligibility to candidacy in the Armstrong College of Education Educator Preparation Program (EPP) requires a minimum Grade Point Average (GPA) for undergraduates is 2.5. Candidates accepted into an educator preparation program (EPP) must maintain a minimum GPA of 2.5 throughout the program of study. For graduate students seeking an MAT or MEd, the minimum GPA is 3.0. If a candidate’s grades fall below the minimum, candidates will be notified by that they are on Probation and have one (1) semester in which to bring their grades up to the minimum GPA. In addition, a Candidate Improvement Plan will be developed. If a candidate is able to bring up their grades, they will be restored to full candidacy. If they are unable to bring up their GPA, they will be Suspended from the College of Education.* If a candidate who has been suspended later attains the minimum GPA, they can reapply to the College of Education in order to proceed with their candidacy. GPAs will be checked at the end of each semester to chart the progression and qualifications of candidates throughout the EPP.

*As of Fall 2015, the Pre-Service Certificate will be revoked if candidates are suspended from the EPP. Students reapplying to the College of Education will also have to reapply for the Pre- Service Certificate and meet all eligibility requirements.

Program Completion. In order to continue in a program of study a student must maintain continuous enrollment. Failure to enroll for three (3) consecutive semesters will result in the need to reapply to the University. Failure to complete a program of study within five (5) consecutive semesters will result in development of a new program of study.

Graduation. Students are required to submit to their academic advisor two semesters prior to graduating the following items: a completed application for graduation, an updated copy of their transcripts, and a current official program of study form. Applications will be checked and approved by the appropriate department head(s).

Certification. To be recommended for a certificate of eligibility, candidates must complete the requirements for an approved Educator Preparation Program with an approved program of study. These requirements include, but are not limited to: at least 30 credit hours of education courses taken in the Educator Preparation Program, the passing of the ethics assessment, content pedagogy assessment, GACE content area examination(s) in the certificate field, and any additional program specific items.

Undergraduate Degree Programs

The College of Education includes the department of Childhood and Exceptional Student Education and the department of Secondary, Adult, and Physical Education.

In addition to the degrees listed below, the College of Education in conjunction with the College of Liberal Arts and the College of Science and Technology offers the following: