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The Georgia Residency for Educating Amazing Teachers Program

You get excited about things like robotics, rockets, hurricanes and sea turtles — and you love showing children how they can put geometry and algebra to work in cool STEM careers.

Why not share your skills with middle grades students?  If you enjoy working with children and have a strong background in STEM, you can get paid while you earn a teaching degree!

If you’ve been working in a science, technology, engineering or math field and are interested in teaching, the Georgia Residency for Educating Amazing Teachers (GREAT) program will help you make the transition if you have a bachelor’s degree in a STEM-related field.

About GREAT

A partnership between SREB and Georgia College & State University, GREAT is funded by the Teacher Quality Partnership program of the U.S. Department of Education.

In the GREAT program, you’ll gain classroom teaching experience under the guidance of a mentor teacher while completing an online 36-credit Master of Arts in Teaching at GCSU — all while earning a first-year teacher’s salary and full health care benefits.

GREAT resident teachers will be placed in middle grades classrooms in grades six through eight in central Georgia. Upon successfully completing the residency, you’ll be hired by the district where you served. Residents must pay GCSU tuition and fees and agree to teach for a minimum of three years.

How to Apply

Applicants must:

  • Hold a bachelor’s degree in math, science or a STEM field or expect to graduate with a bachelor’s degree in one of these fields in or by the spring of 2020 OR
  • Demonstrate professional experience in a STEM career field and hold a bachelor’s degree in any field with a minimum of nine undergraduate credit hours in math and nine in science AND
  • Have earned an undergraduate GPA of at least 2.75

To apply:

  1. Visit Georgia College & State University on the web.
  2. Apply online to the Summer 2020 Master of Arts in Teaching in Middle Grades program in the College of Education.
  3. Check the box for the GREAT program in the online application.
  4. Apply by the GREAT deadline of March 15, 2020.

Questions about applying? Contact Shanda Brand at shanda.brand@gcsu.edu or 478-445-1383.

Learn more about GREAT by contacting:

Download our informational flyer.

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Reconsidering the Mix of Teacher Licensure Measures

The SREB Teacher Preparation Commission called on state leaders to adopt practice-based assessments. These tests assess candidates’ readiness to lead a classroom and to apply lessons learned during coursework and clinical experiences.

Practice-based assessments have diagnostic value, meaning they provide performance data that educator preparation programs can use to identify strengths and opportunities for improvement. State agencies could use the assessment data to determine how they will provide technical assistance to preparation programs.

Blog post Matthew Smith | SREB Research Associate

Spotlight on Clinical Experiences
How State Leaders Could Support High-Quality Clinical Practice

The SREB Teacher Preparation Commission called on state leaders to consider ways to improve the quality of teacher candidates’ classroom experiences. After consulting the research, Commission members learned that the length of a clinical experience is less important than ensuring that candidates are supported by effective mentors and supervised by university faculty who have experience in the classroom.

Blog post Samantha Durrance, SREB Policy Analyst

Are teachers prepared to teach reading?
Research shows a gap between what we know about reading and how teachers are prepared to teach it

Reading is the foundation for learning.

The research is clear: Students who are not reading proficiently by the end of third grade are much more likely to face poor academic outcomes. For this reason alone, we know it is incredibly important that children learn to read well early in elementary school and continue to build on those reading skills throughout the rest of school.

Overview

Teacher Preparation

The teacher is the most important factor in a child’s education. SREB tracks legislation and summarizes policies for teacher prep programs, and an SREB commission will recommend ways to improve them.