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Teacher Education Program: Undergraduate Program
The College of Education offers programs leading to Georgia teacher certification at the elementary, middle grades, or secondary school levels, as well as in the P-12 area of music and foreign language. Mercer’s teacher education programs are approved by the Georgia Professional Standards Commission. The completion of a teacher education program does not guarantee certification by the state of Georgia. Students must successfully complete the appropriate certification tests and meet other criteria for certification, as set by the Georgia Professional Standards Commission. Satisfactory levels of performance on all certification tests are established by the Professional Standards Commission.
The two approved BSED teacher education programs are the Elementary/Special Education Program (Holistic Child—P-5 grade) and the Secondary Education Program (6-12th grade). Both programs lead to certification through the Georgia Professional Standards Commission. Students work closely with an advisor from the College of Education to plan their programs of study. In the P-12 certification fields of music and foreign language, students work closely both with an advisor from the College of Education and with a College of Liberal Arts and Sciences or School of Music advisor from the academic major in which the student is seeking certification. To remain in a teacher education program, students must maintain a 2.5 cumulative GPA and a 2.75 GPA in all courses required for certification, including the major. A student must earn at least a C grade in all academic courses presented for certification to the Professional Standards Commission. See the “Tift College of Education” section of this catalog for a more detailed description of the various teacher education programs.
Admission to baccalaureate study at Mercer does not include admission to an undergraduate teacher education program. All information and forms concerning teacher education admission criteria are available at http://mercer.edu and from the College of Education.