What is it?
The mission of the Teacher Education program at Darton College is to give the next generation of teachers the knowledge and skills that are essential for today’s learners.
Darton 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.
Darton College offers these specific two-year transfer degrees:
- Early Childhood (P-4)
- Middle Grades (5-8)
- Secondary Education (9-12)
- Foreign Language
- 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?
- Early Childhood classes to take
- Middle Grade classes to take
- Special Education classes to take
- Secondary Education classes to take
- Trade & Industrial Education classes to take
- Please refer to the Darton College Catalog for descriptions of individual courses.
Darton College teacher education majors are encouraged to join the Darton 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:
For more information contact Dr. Sheila Thomas at 229-317-6932 or email at firstname.lastname@example.org.