GA STEM Teacher Preparation


STEM Teacher Preparation

Middle Georgia needs talented middle grades math and science teachers. The Georgia Residency for Educating Amazing Teachers (GREAT) program is a great way to become a teacher.

With a U.S. Department of Education Teacher Quality Partnership grant, SREB is partnering with Georgia College & State University to prepare individuals with STEM-related degrees or careers to become middle grades STEM teachers in rural Georgia.


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.

“Grading assignments for the EDEX 6111 class, I was struck by what a great group the GREAT program students are… the quality of work they are turning in is top notch! If their teaching ability matches their academic performance, then their future students will be in good hands.” — GCSU Instructor


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 rural 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 2022 OR
  • Demonstrate professional experience in a STEM career field and hold a bachelor’s degree in any field with a preferred minimum of nine undergraduate credit hours in math and nine in science AND
  • Have earned an undergraduate GPA of at least 2.75
  • Apply by the GREAT program deadline of March 15, 2022.

Ready to Apply?

Contact Jon Schmidt-Davis using the form below.