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Educator preparation programs


Agriculture Education

  • Bachelor of Science
  • post-Baccalaureate

Early Childhood/Special Education

  • Bachelor of Science
  • Master of Science

Middle Grades Education

  • Bachelor of Science
  • post-Baccalaureate
  • *Master of Science (MSEd) offered at Warner Robins Campus

School Counselor Education

  • Master of Science (MSEd)offered at Warner Robins Campus
  • Education Specialist (EdS)offered at Warner Robins Campus

Family and Consumer Sciences Education

  • Bachelor of Science

Health and Physical Education

  • Bachelor of Science

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  • Graduates from the School Counselor Education (MSEd) program will demonstrate knowledge, skills, technical competencies, and dispositions to function proficiently as school counselors in the 21st century. The School Counselor Education program emphasizes experiences in educational settings where our graduates will be sensitive to the context of all students. Proficient school counselors work in primary, elementary, middle, and high school settings and create an atmosphere where all students can learn. The program meets all the educational requirements for the Professional School Counselor Certificate, Level 5. By taking three courses per semester, the program can be completed in almost two years, but most students will take fewer courses and extend their programs to almost three years. The program considers students’ backgrounds and adds knowledge, skills, values, and professional practices, which will allow them to be employed in Georgia schools, to build upon their interests and experiences.

    The graduation requirement is a cumulative grade point average of not less than 3.0 on a 4.0 scale, the successful completion of the Final Written Comprehensive Examination and a passing score on the GACE examination for School Counselors.

    Applications for Internship should be made one semester prior to the semester in which the student anticipates participating in the internship. Late applications may be considered for the next cohort.


    Program Requirements

    The School Counselor Education Program requires a minimum of 48 semester hours. The content courses are:

    Pre-Cohort Requirements (6 hours)

    • EDUC 5503 Fundamentals of Research Design
    • EDSC 5033 Career Counseling

    Cohort Requirements (18 hours)

    • EDSC 5123 Intro to School Counseling
    • EDSC 5143 Counseling Theories
    • EDSC 5223 Comprehensive School Counseling
    • EDSC 5373 Group Counseling
    • EDSC 5233 Counseling Interventions & Prevention
    • EDLD 5203 Foundations of Professional Ethics and School Law

    Non-cohort Requirements (12 hours)

    • EDSC 5013 Evaluation & Testing in Education*
    • EDSC 5103 Human Growth & Development*
    • EDSC 5303 School & Family Consultation*
    • EDSC 5203 Counseling Diverse Populations*

    Field Experience (12 hours)

    • EDSC 5793 School Counseling Practicum
    • EDUC 5793 Applied Research Practicum
    • EDSC 5893 School Counseling Internship I
    • EDSC 5993 School Counseling Internship II

    *Can be taken at any time in the program and are
    preferred but not required for placement in the Field
    Experience.

    Important Note: If students wish to receive a clear renewable certificate for school counselors, they must complete and pass GACE, state technology competency certification, and the Introduction to Exceptional Child course (EDUC 5253). The Exceptional Child is required in addition to the course work specified on this balance sheet if the student has not previously taken a course in the identification and education of children with special needs, as required by “House Bill 671.”


    Internships

    Three semesters of clinical field experience totaling 700 hours are required. During practicum students observe, shadow, and perform minimum tasks (100 hours) to create a service learning project. During internship students perform the actual duties of a school counselor (600 hours) under the supervision of a practicing school counselor. Students should discuss placement with their advisor. Applications for the practicum and internship should be made the semester before practicum/internship field experience begins. Students should pick up a practicum internship handbook and become familiar with its content before application is made. The practicum/internship must be performed in a school setting under the supervision of a certified school counselor.

    To be eligible to enroll in practicum and internship, students must possess a cumulative GPA of 3.0 (B Average), and they must successfully complete the Pre-Cohort and Cohort courses. EDSC 5793 (Practicum) the semester before their placement and must have faculty approval. Students must successfully complete EDSC 5893 before they are eligible to enroll in EDSC 5993. Field experiences also are tied to other courses.

    Program Chairperson

    Jerry Mobley, Ph.D. Phone: (478) 953-7754
    FAX: (478) 971-4452
    Email: mobleyj1@fvsu.edu

    Thomas Jarvis, Ed.D., LPC
    Email: jarvist@fvsu.edu

    Teah Moore, PhD
    Email: mooret1@fvsu.edu<?a>

  • Candidates in the School Counselor Education Education Specialist (EdS) program will have the opportunity to enhance and refine the knowledge and skills they already possess as practicing school counselors. The EdS program meets all of the educational requirements for the Professional School Counselor Certificate, Level 6. The EdS program emphasizes the development of clinical skills that may be used in the school setting or applied in other various community settings, such as mental health agencies or marriage and family therapy clinics. While working on clinical skills, candidates will be encouraged to pursue the associate professional counselor license. Coursework in the EdS program focuses on the application of knowledge in the candidates’ professional settings; candidates will target areas for improvement and/or research in their current work settings, institute projects and plans, and summarize findings. For candidates who have not already completed an action research project for a previous graduate degree, an action research project is required. This includes a PowerPoint presentation, identifying research questions and conducting research, and publishing findings in a synthesized paper. Candidates will be encouraged to submit their written projects for publication in peer-reviewed journals and to present their findings at professional conferences.

    The EdS program is 27 semester hours, with 5 required courses and 4 elective courses. Candidates will take 2 courses per semester, both on Thursday nights. Classes will alternate so that each class will meet every other week. During the week a class does not meet, the emphasis will be on practical application of knowledge in the work setting.

    Candidates will participate in a clinical practicum at their work sites. EDSC 6143 Clinical Supervision is a prerequisite for the practicum.

    Candidates must maintain a cumulative average of 3.0 on a 4.0 scale, complete all coursework, pass a Departmental Comprehensive Examination, earn satisfactory ratings on all key program assessments. Program assessments are aligned with the CoE performance objectives, the Board of Regents’ Principles, the Georgia 2000 standards, the NBTPS Propositions, and NCATE/GA PSC standards.


    EdS Program Requirements

    The School Counselor Education EdS Program requires a minimum of 27 semester hours.

    The required courses are:

    • EDUC 6423 Seminar in Social Issues and Comparative Education
    • EDUC 6133 Using the SPSS Statistical Package
    • EDSC 6123 Diagnosis and Treatment
    • EDSC 6143 Clinical Supervision
    • EDSC 6853 Practicum in Supervision

    Elective courses:

    • EDSC 6263 Advanced Seminar in Students Issues
    • EDSC 6363 Advanced Seminar in Counseling Theories
    • EDSC 6423 Counseling Children (Target- Elem., Middle)
    • EDSC 6563 Advanced Career Counseling
    • EDUC 6663 Advanced Multicultural Studies
    • EDSC 6763 Leading Groups in Schools
    • EDUC 6893 Research Project
    • EDUC 6993 Thesis

    Program Chairperson

    Jerry Mobley, Ph.D. Phone: (478) 953-7754
    FAX: (478) 971-4452
    Email: mobleyj1@fvsu.edu

    Thomas Jarvis, Ed.D., LPC
    Email: jarvist@fvsu.edu

    Teah Moore, Ph.D.
    Email: mooret1@fvsu.edu

  • The Master of Science degree in Middle Grades Education Program is designed to assist in-service teachers who already have a T-4 certificate to acquire a broad range of knowledge and skills and a repertoire of specialized teaching skills for students in grades 4 through 8. The specialized content courses provide advanced level instruction in communicative arts, mathematics, science, social sciences, and reading. Field-based instruction within the teacher’s own classroom and other settings is incorporated in over 40 percent of the coursework leading to the degree. A specialized content practicum allows the candidates to continue to apply content knowledge in a suitable setting. The Master of Science in Middle Grades Education is a thirty-six (36) Credit Hour program that leads to a T-5 for the in-service educator.

    Graduates of the MSED in Middle Grades Education program are eligible for certification at the T-5 level and for positions in teaching upper elementary and middle school students.

    NOTE: Certification requirements in addition to the curriculum listed in this page include a couorse in the teaching of reading a course in teaching students with disabilities, and demonstration of computer literacy (embedded in course work). If these were not satisfied at the undegraduate program backing to the T-4, they must be satisfied in this program as advised by the MSED coordinator.

    Admissions Requirements

    1. Candidates must complete a Graduate Application and $20 processing fee
    2. GPA of 2.70 or higher
    3. Official transcript from a regionally accredited college or university with an undergraduate degree in a related field (e.g. Middle Grades Education, Math Ed. etc;)
    4. GRE score of 800 and/or MAT score of 44 or higher
    5. Must hold or be eligible for a Georgia Level Four Teachers Professional Certificate (T-4)
    6. Passing scores on the GACE Basic Skills assessment and the GACE Subject Assessment in candidate's teaching fields
    7. Completed application to the Middle Grades program
    8. Completed acceptable writing sample
    9. Three letters of recommendation
    10. Clear background check
    11. Proof of liability insurance
    12. Membership in a professional education organization
    13. Completed personal interview
    14. Passing scores on the Regents Test/ENGL 0054 or English Fundamentals Exam/Reading Examination

    Core Courses

    Professional core (6 Hours Required)
    Social, Cultural, Historical Foundation

    • EDUC 5503 Fundamentals of Research Design 3hrs
    • EDUC 5783 Applied Inferential Statistics and Research Design 3hrs

    Specific Requirements (16Hours Required)

    • FVSU 0500 Orientation to Graduate Studies
    • EDUC 5503 Fundamentals to Research Design
    • EDUC 5432 Seminar in Social Issues and Comparative Education
    • EPSY 5513 Pre-Adolescent Psychology
    • EDMG 5613 Curriculum Needs of the Transescent Learner
    • SCED 5232 Methods of Teching at the Secondary Level

    Elective in Graduate Studies

    • *EDUC 5793 Applied Research Practicum

    Major Requirements Content (15 Hours Required)

    Nine (9) Semester hours in primary concentration
    Six (6) Semester hours in secondary concentration

    LANGAUGE ARTS

    • ENGL 5003 Communicative Arts
    • ENGL 5023 Teaching Literature in the Middle Grades (Pre-adolescent Literature)

    Graduate Elective in English

    MATH

    • MAED 5301 Numbers & Operations
    • MAED 5020 Algebra Connections
    • MAED 5030 Geometry & Measurements
    • MAED 6010 Advanced Studies of the Calculus
    • MATH 6020 Probability and Statistics

    SCIENCE

    • BIOL 5103 Environmental Health
    • BIOL 5334 Environmental Microbiology
    • BIOL 5354 Physiological Toxicology
    • CHEM 5304 Environmental Analyses
    • ENVH 5113 Environmental Pollution

    SOCIAL SCIENCE

    • HIST 5500 Topics in World History
    • HIST 530 Jacksonian America
    • HIST 5311 Georgia in American History
    • HIST 5312 Women in America
    • HIST 5415 Civil Right Movement

    Applied Research Project/Thesis

    • EDUC 5793 Applied Research Practicum 3hrs

    Some substitutions allowed with approval from Content Area Chairperson and Middle Grades Coordinator.

    Graduation Requirements

    Each Graduate must have an academic grade point average (GPA) of at least 3.00(B Avg) throughout the program.

    In addition, all candidates for graduation must take and pass the Final Written Comprehensive Examination. A capstone course of Applied Action Research, requiring the completion of an action research project, with a publishable paper is also required.

    Career Opportunities

    Graduates of the MSED in Middle Grades Education program are eligible for certification at the T-5 level and for positions in teaching grades 4 - 8.

    Scholarships

    A limited number of graduate assistantships is offered to qualifying students by the College of Graduate Studies & Extended Education. There is other University level financial assistance available to qualifying students

    Location

    A majority of the courses in the master’s program are taught at the Warner Robins Campus, just 5 minutes from I-75 on Osigian Boulveard.

    Our Faculty

    We attract and maintain a diverse faculty whose excellence in teaching, research and scholarly experiences prepare our students with knowledge and skills, as well as for responsiveness to the changing external environment. Our faculty takes advantage of the latest technology through the ready availability of computer hardware and software through easy access to a range of workshops, institutes and seminars.

    Program Coordinator

    Dr. Alfrieda Manson
    Phone: (478) 825-6192, 825-6365
    FAX: (478) 825-6162
    Email: masona@fvsu.edu

  • The Bachelor of Science in Early Childhood/Special Education prepares teachers to provide quality educational services throughout the nation. The standards-based curriculum provides content knowledge and develops pedagogical skills that will ensure candidates meet the demands of teaching and learning in diverse settings. Candidates earn dual certification in both early childhood and special education.

    Teachers with certification in both early childhood and special education meet a critical need in the education field. Skills for differentiation, response to intervention and research-based practices ensure effective planning and implementation of curriculum and programs for students in grades p-5.

    Candidates have opportunities to participate in a field-based program that allows them to observe and work with professionals in real situations. Individuals can gain other professional experience by participating in a professional organization such as the Georgia Association of Educators Student Program. This organization provides workshops to help candidates prepare for the GACE Assessments. Membership included access to workshops on professionalism, classroom management, teaching strategies and time management. Candidates also have the opportunity to become members of a professional honorary education organization: Kappa Delta Epsilon. This fraternity emphasizes professional growth along with service activities.

    Courses

    • EDUC 2110 Investigating Critical and Contemporary Issues in Education
    • EDUC 2120 Exploring Socio-Cultural Perspectives on Diversity
    • EDUC 2130 Exploring Teaching and Learning
    • EDUC 2110P Pre-Professional Block Practicum
    • EDUC 2503 Exceptionalities and Instruction
    • READ 3820 Expanding Literacy Across the Content Areas
    • SPAN 1002 Elementary Spanish II
    • EDUC 2000 GACE Preparation
    • ECSP 3000 Exploration of Learning through the Creative Arts
    • ECSP 4020 Diagnosis and Remediation of Reading and Writing
    • ECSP 3020 Effective Reading and Writing Methods and Materials
    • ECSP 4010 Program Planning and Assessment
    • MATH 3100 Discrete Math and Statistics
    • MATH 3400 Geometry for Teachers
    • MATH 3510 Algebraic Concepts
    • ECSP 3131 Nature & Curriculum Needs of the Early Childhood/Special Education Learner
    • ECSP 3132 Classroom Management Strategies
    • ECSP 3332 Methods of Teaching Language Arts/ Reading
    • ECSP 3432 Methods of Teaching Social Studies
    • ECSP 3731 Early Childhood/Special Education Practicum
    • ECSP 3232 Methods of Teaching Science
    • ECSP 3532 Methods of Teaching Math
    • ECSP 3732 Early Childhood/Special Education Practicum II
    • ECSP 4895 Directed Teaching/Seminar

    Program Coordinator

    Mrs. Davine Watson
    Phone: (478) 825-6859, 825-6365
    FAX: (478) 825-6162
    Email: watsond@fvsu.edu

  • Fort Valley State University has the only applied agriculture education program in the state that offers undergraduate students an opportunity to complete part of their degree requirements via Vista online courses and video conferencing distance learning.

    Fort Valley State University’s Agricultural Education Program prepares graduates for careers such as teachers, extension agents, farm managers, processing plant managers, agricultural chemical salespersons, farmers, ranchers and government agency positions.

    Our state-of-the-art facility includes an agriscience and technology teaching lab that has helped 100 percent of its users to pass Teacher Certification Exams. Transfer students from nine colleges and universities in Georgia have completed agriculture degrees and obtained their teacher certification by taking online courses at Fort Valley State University. Some transfer students take lectures online and come to campus to complete lab assignments.

    Agriculture education majors earn a Bachelor of Science Degree with Teacher Certification. Students must complete all course work (125 credit hours) and have a GPA of 2.50 and a passing score on the PRAXIS II or GACE Teacher Certification Exam in order to graduate.

    Graduates of the Agricultural Education Program at Fort Valley State University will find ample opportunities for employment. There are always more jobs available than graduates.

    Our job is to help our students to be the most qualified for these positions.

    For more information on the Agricultural Education Program at Fort Valley State University, contact:

    Dr. Curtis Borne
    104 Alva Tabor Agriculture Education Building
    P.O. Box 4450
    Fort Valley State University
    Fort Valley, GA 31030
    (478) 825-6262
    bornec@fvsu.edu

    Youth Leadership Development

    The AGED 2821 "Youth Leadership Development " course was created as a result of semester conversion. The course counts for area B of the core curriculum and may be taken twice for credit. The course is open to all FVSU students. Thus approximately 80 students take the course each year. All of the students enrolled in the course must complete 20 hours of community service, demonstrate parliamentary procedure and present a power point presentation on a leadership topic or youth organization of their choice. Members and officers from eight student organizations from the College of Agriculture Home Economics and Allied Programs as well as members of fraternities and sororities take the course. Thirty students per year from the course help to conduct approximately 20 leadership and career development events attended by some 500 high school and middle school students from Area III of the Central Agriculture Education Region of the state. Students enrolled in the course have created a scrapbook that has won state wide awards each year and national awards twice in the last five years. The students have served as technology mentors for other students and faculty. The students have also helped to recruit students each year at the Georgia National Fair, Sunbelt Ag.Expo, Activity Day at Camp John Hope, State FFA Career Fair and State FFA Convention.

    All Agriculture Education candidates enrolled in the course have attended the State FFA and FFA Alumni Conventions each year. They have also attended the National FFA Convention twice during the past five years and will attend again from October 29 to November 1, 2003.FFA. They have also attended the Southern Region Ag. Ed. Leadership Conference twice in the pass five year.

    Documentation is provided in the form of the Official Scrapbook on display in document room.

  • The Bachelor of Science in Middle Grades Education(BSED) prepares teacher candidates for certification by the Georgia Professional Standards Commission.

    Unique to this program is the candidates' participation in a May Experience at the close of the school year (during their junior year), and an August Experience at the beginning of the school year (senior year)

    The BSED in MGE is a field-based program, and candidates complete a practicum experience in each pedagogical block of courses prior to Directed Teaching, the capstone clinical practice experience of 600 clock hours. Before entering Directed Teaching, candidates complete 425 hours in field experience for a total of more than 1025 hours in classrooms before completing the program. We also have a post-baccalaureate certification program in Middle Grades Education. All interested parties should call the College of Education for more information. Entry into the program is dependent on:

    Admission to Fort Valley State University

    • A cumulative GPA of 2.50 or better, with no grade below a "C" on any attempted core hours (in the program)
    • 50 completed semester hours of core courses
    • Passing grades on both sections of the Regents Exams
    • Passing scores on the GACE basic skills exam
    • (1,000 on SAT verbal and math; 43 on ACT English and math)
    • Completion of pre-professional block courses, and the practicum EDU 2110P (50 hours)
    • Acceptable background check
    • Acceptable rating on three dispositions instruments
    • Acceptable interview (including the presentation of the pre-professional block portfolio)
    • Three letters of recommendation
    • Proof of membership in a professional organization that provides liability insurance

    Courses

    Language Arts Concentration: (9 hours)

    • ENGL 3343 Contemporary American Literature OR
    • ENGL 2153 The Grammar of Literary Criticism;
    • ENGL 3500 Grammar for Teachers and Writers; and
    • ENGL 4520 Literature for Middle Grades

    Mathematics Concentration:

    • MATH 3400 Geometry for K-8 Teachers;
    • MATH 3510 Algebraic Concepts; and
    • MATH 4000 Calculus Concepts OR
    • MATH 3100 Discrete Math and Statistics

    Reading Concentration:

    • READ 3623 Differentiated Instruction for Reading and Writing in the Middle Grades;
    • READ 3723 Classroom Literacy Assessment and Instruction; and
    • READ 3924 Teaching Reading to Culturally Diverse and Special Needs Students

    Science Concentration:

    • SCIE 3103 Principles of Environmental Science
    • SCIE 3102 Principles of Physical Science; and
    • SCIE 3121 Principles of Geology

    Social Sciences Concentration:

    • HIST 3309 Survey of West Africa OR
    • GEOG 4405 Geography of Africa
    • HIST 3311 Georgia in American History
    • GEOG 4407 Geography of Asiav

    Pedagogy for Professional Educators:

    • EDMG 3131 Nature and Curriculum Needs of the Middle Grades Learner (60 clock hours)
    • EDMG 3132 Classroom Management Strategies
    • EDMG 3332 Methods of Teaching Language Arts/Reading in the Middle Grades
    • EDMG 3432 Methods of Teaching Social Studies in the Middle Grades
    • EDMG 3731 Middle School Practicum I (160 clock hours)
    • EDMG 3232 Methods of Teaching Science
    • EDMG 3532 Methods of Teaching Math
    • EDMG 3732 Middle School Practicum II (160 clock hours)
    • EDMG 4895 Teaching/Seminar (Capstone clinical experience of 600 clock hours).
  • The Bachelor of Science in Health and Physical Education prepares teacher candidates to obtain preschool through high school certification by the Georgia Professional Standards Commission. The program of study provides a strong base in the sciences, study of various content fields that comprise Health and Physical Education , and numerous field experiences in which various teaching strategies and teaching styles can be practiced in a real class setting.

    Entry into the HPE program is based on the following:

    • A cumulative GPA of 2.50 or higher, with no grade below a “C” on any attempted core hours
    • 50 completed semester hours of core courses
    • Passing score on both section of Regents’ Exams
    • Passing scores on the Praxis I or GACE basic skills exams
    • (1,000 on SAT verbal and math; 43 on ACT English and math)
    • Completion of pre-professional block courses, EDUC 2110P and pre-professional block portfolio
    • Acceptable background check
    • Acceptable rating on three dispositions instruments
    • Acceptable interview
    • Acceptable writing sample
    • Three letters of recommendation
    • Proof of membership in GAESP or SPAGE student organizations

    Major Courses

    Movement Content and Performance

    • HPER 3421 Educational Games and Dance
    • HPER 3423 Performance Techniques in Physical Activity I
    • HPER 3424 Performance Techniques in Physical Activity II

    Required Content Courses

    • HLTH 2121 Healthful Living
    • HLTH 3130 Substance Use and Abuse
    • HPER 3131 Measurement and Evaluation in Physical Education
    • HPER 3230 Biomechanical Analysis of Movement
    • HLTH 3430 Human Sexuality
    • ZOOL 2202 Human Anatomy and Physiology II
    • HPER 3435 Developmental/Adapted Physical Education
    • HPER 4422 Organization , Supervision, and Administration
    • HPER 4500 Physiology of Exercise

    Instructional Design and Development

    • HPER 3901 Teaching Practicum in Health and Physical Education I
    • HPER 3902 Teaching Practicum in Health and Physical Education II
    • HPER 4430 Instructional Design in Health and Physical Education I
    • HPER 4431 Instructional Design in Health and Physical Education II

    Professional Preparation

    • HPER 4617 Senior Seminar in Health and Physical Education

    Clinical Experience

    • HPER 4895 Directed Teaching-dependent on completion of major requirements.

    For additional information , contact Dr. Gregory Green, Chair of Health and Physical Education

  • Students who seek a minor in education are encouraged to speak with the dean of the College of Education or with the chair of the program in which the minor is sought. A minor in education will not yield enough content or pedagogy for certification. A minor might indicate to a prospective employer an applicant's seriousness about teaching.

    Because a minor does not lead to certification by itself, the courses included are generic. The courses included in FVSU's education minor are required by the State of Georgia for all educators.

    Courses

    • EDUC 2110: Investigating Critical and Contemporary Issues in Education
    • EDUC 2120: Exploring Socio-Cultural Perspectives on Diversity in Education
    • EDUC 2130: Exploring teaching and learning
    • EDUC 2110P: Pre-professional Block Practicum - 50 hours of supervised field experience coordinated with the prevoius three courses
    • EDUC 2530: Exceptionalities and Instruction
    • READ 3823: Expanding Literacy Across Content Areas in Middle Grades OR
    • READ 3820: Expanding Literacy Across Content Areas in Early Childhood/Special Education
    • EDMG 3132: Classroom Management Strategies in Middle Grades OR
    • ECSP 3132: Classroom Management Strategies in Early Childhood/Special Education

    In addition to the courses above, the College of Education recommends that the student seeking a minor in education take other courses if possible: at least one classroom management course, one methods course and a course in instructional technology. These courses will increase marketability and progress toward certification and advanced degrees.

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