GGC takes next step in adding new degree in middle grades education
The University System of Georgia (USG) Board of Regents approved Georgia Gwinnett College’s (GGC) proposal for a new bachelor’s degree program in middle grades education during its meeting yesterday.
“This program will fill a critical need for middle grades teachers in Gwinnett County Public Schools (GCPS), as well as the Atlanta region and elsewhere in Georgia,” said Dr. Cathy Moore, dean of the School of Education. “We will be excited to begin accepting students into this program once it has been approved by the Georgia Professional Standards Commission.”
As with GGC’s existing programs in elementary education and special education, the middle grades program includes field experiences imbedded in many upper-level classes. Students in the program will complete a full year of student teaching. Georgia Gwinnett collaborates on student teacher field experiences and placements with GCPS, the largest employer of the college’s graduates in education.
Adding this program also supports USG efforts to provide qualified new teachers for the state's school systems. This need is pronounced in Gwinnett County. The US Census shows that since 2010, Gwinnett County’s population has grown 12.6 percent while the rest of the state’s population has grown 6.4 percent. In the age category of individuals under 18 years of age, Gwinnett outpaces the rest of the state at 27 percent, and its population is greater than that of Georgia’s 76 least populated counties.