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Annual Program Data

The College of Education (COE) offers over 45 undergraduate and graduate programs across four departments.  The programs listed below are reviewed and accredited by the Council for the Accreditation of Educator Preparation (CAEP) and the Georgia Professional Standards Commission (GaPSC).  A full listing of all COE programs offered can be found here.

CAEP/GaPSC Programs

Initial Cert. Programs
  • Art Education BS **
  • Human Development and Family Science Concentration in Birth Through Kindergarten BS
  • Elementary Education BSED/MAT
  • Dual Certification, Elementary and Special Education BSED
  • Middle Grades BSED /MAT
  • Music Education BM/MM**
  • Secondary Education BSED/MAT
  • Spanish Education MAT
  • Special Education BSED/MAT
Advanced Programs
  • Communication Sciences and Disorders MED **
  • Counselor Education MED**
  • Curriculum and Instruction Accomplished Teaching MED
  • Educational Leadership MED
  • Instructional Technology MED
  • School Psychology EDS**
  • English for Speakers of Other Languages (ESOL)
  • Gifted In-Field
  • Online Teaching and Learning Endorsement
  • Positive Behavior Intervention and Supports Endorsement
  • Reading
  • Teaching Leadership
  • Teacher Support & Coaching
  • Urban Education Endorsement

**The programs listed above hold national specialized programmatic approval (SPA) recognition: Art Education, Communication Sciences and Disorders, Counselor Education, Music Education, and School Psychology.

*** Endorsement programs are only reviewed by the GaPSC and do not fall under the scope of CAEP

Measure 1: Completer Effectiveness (Initial)

In 2024, GaDOE will resume reporting progress for districts and schools using Student Growth Percentiles (SGPs). For educator-level evaluation purposes, our Technical Advisory Committee (TAC) recommended waiting to resume utilizing SGPs until another year of post-pandemic test scores are available. To maximize the validity and reliability of growth measures for evaluating educator performance, GaDOE is continuing TKES/LKES flexibility for school leaders and teachers in the 2023-2024 school year. All prepandemic requirements related to TKES and LKES will resume in the 2024-2025 school year.  The most recent available three cycles of data are provided below pending the 2024-2025 school year.

The following measures are provided to show the impact on P-12 learning and teaching effectiveness from Georgia Southern completers: Teacher Assessment on Performance Standards (TAPS) and Student Growth Percentiles (SGP’s). These are data points provided by the GaPSC and are used in evaluating teacher effectiveness and completers’ impact on P-12 learning. Detailed information about the measure can be found in the links below:

Measure 2: Satisfaction of Employers and Stakeholder Involvement (Initial and Advanced)


Each year, the GaPSC surveys employers and initial certification program completers on their satisfaction of Georgia Southern.  The most recent three years’ satisfaction results are listed below by employer and completer.


Measure 3: Candidate Competency at Completion (Initial and Advanced)


Below are the three most recent federal Title II reports available.  These reports present completer information, including their ability to meet licensing requirements.


Below are the most recent advanced programs’ GACE content area test exam scores. The Georgia Assessments for the Certification of Educators® (GACE®) is Georgia’s state-approved educator certification assessment program. The purpose of the GACE assessments is to help the GaPSC ensure that candidates have the knowledge and skills needed to perform the job of an educator in Georgia’s public schools.

Measure 4: Completer Hiring (Initial and Advanced)

First Destination Survey

The Office of Career and Professional Development surveys Georgia Southern University graduates regarding their initial career outcomes. This survey, called the First Destination Survey (FDS), captures information regarding how new Georgia Southern graduates fare in their careers within six months of graduation. The annual initiative provides clear, concise, and consistent data on the outcomes associated with a college education. Outcomes include 1) types of employment—full or part-time, contract, freelance, etc.; 2) additional education, e.g., accepted to graduate or professional school; 3) still seeking either employment or further education; 4) and starting salary for those employed full time.

An interactive data dashboard can be accessed at this website:

Georgia Teacher Retention

We also provide data from the GaPSC documenting 6-year retention rates for Georgia Southern completers in public school systems.

Graduation Rates

Last updated: 4/20/2022