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Teacher Education

What is it?

The mission of the Teacher Education program at Darton State College is to give the next generation of teachers the knowledge and skills that are essential for today’s learners.

Darton State College offers the two-year Associate of Science degree in Education, preparing prospective teachers to transfer to four-year institutions to obtain a Bachelor of Science degree in education. A Bachelor of Science (four-year) degree is required before an individual is granted certification by the Georgia Professional Standards Commission.

Two-Year Transfer Degree Options:

  • Early Childhood (P-4)
  • Middle Grades (5-8)
  • Secondary Education (9-12)
    • Art
    • Mathematics
    • English
    • Music
    • Foreign Language
    • Science
    • Speech
    • Theatre
    • History
  • Special Education
  • Trade & Industrial Education

Teacher Education Programs

  • Early Childhood (0088)
  • Middle Grade (0089)
  • Special Education (0090)
  • Secondary Education

What’s the outlook for teachers?

There will always be a need for K-12 teachers. Currently, some of the greater needs and more lucrative job opportunities for K-12 teachers are in math, science, and bilingual education. However, opportunities for teachers of all subjects are regularly available and usually dependent upon geography. For instance, there is a significant need for teachers in what the bureau of labor statistics refers to as “less desirable” urban and rural districts (Lorenzo, 2011).

Lorenzo, G. (2011). Job Outlook for Teachers. Retrieved November 14, 2011, from Lorenzo Associates, Inc.: http://edpath.com/GuidetoOL/job%20outlook%20teachers.html

The current starting base salary for Georgia’s teachers is $33,424 for ten months (190 days) employment. However, many teachers receive annual supplements from the school districts that employ them.

Teachers, many at the high school and middle school levels, earn additional money through activities such as coaching and sponsoring clubs. Teachers who earn degrees beyond the Bachelor’s (four-year) degree earn automatic pay raises from the state. For example, a teacher that completes a Master’s degree receives an additional $5,014 annually.

What courses do I take?

Student Organization:

Image: Student Professional Association of Georgia Educators Logo

Darton State College teacher education majors are encouraged to join the Darton State College chapter of SPAGE (Student Professional Association of Georgia Educators). SPAGE provides opportunities for education majors to experience workshops, activities, and association with leaders in Georgia education. For more information about SPAGE see the following website:
http://www.pagefoundation.org/spage/index.html

For more information:

Contact Dr. Sheila Thomas at 229-317-6932 or email at sheila.thomas.1@darton.edu.

Responsible Department: Social Science - Teacher Education
Program Contact: Dr. Sheila Thomas
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