Secondary Education

Admission Requirements for Secondary Education Certification - Biology, Chemistry, English, History, Mathematics:

Acceptance to the Secondary Professional Teacher Education program is a prerequisite to enrollment in the Secondary Professional Education courses. Eligibility requirements for teacher candidates seeking certification in Secondary Biology, Chemistry, English, History, or Mathematics include the following:

  • Completed application for admission to the Teacher Education program by the posted date.
  • Completion of Area A courses with grades of "C" or above.
  • Completion of a minimum of thirty (30) academic credit hours.
  • Grade point average of 2.7 cumulative in academic work.
  • Completion of COMM 1110 with a grade of "C" or above.
  • Completion of PSYC 1101 with a grade of "C" or above.
  • Grade of "C" or above in EDUC 2110, EDUC 2120, and EDUC 2130.
  • English/History:  Completion of (6) content curriculum courses with a grade of C or above OR
  • Biology/Chemistry/Math:  Completion of (8) content curriculum courses with a grade of C or above
  • Achieving a minimum passing score of the GACE (Georgia Assessments for the Certification of Educators®) Program Admissions Tests (www.gace.ets.org) or provide evidence of exemption. 
        Exemption from GACE may be granted with the following scores:  SAT = 1000; or    ACT = 43 -  scores must be complete and reported no later than 5 years before the teacher education application deadline.
  • Signed schedule of courses form.
  • Proof of professional liability insurance.
  • Proof of completion of the mandated reporter training course.
  • Complete an Ethics assessment found at ETS.com. The student does not need to have a passing score on this Ethics assessment; he/she simply completes the assessment.
  • Completion of two recommendation letters (Recommendation form provided by the School of Education.  One recommendation MUST be from the EDUC 2110 instructor.)
  • After acceptance into the Professional Teacher Education Program, the student must apply for a pre-service certification. This requires a background check completed by the GaPSC.

B.A. in English (Secondary Certification Option)

The Bachelor of Arts degree with a major in English (Secondary Certification Option) includes a focus on multiculturalism and diversity and prepares students to complete the requirements for teaching English at the secondary education level.

B.A. in History (Secondary Certification Option)

The Bachelor of Arts degree with a major in History (Secondary Certification Option) is designed to prepare graduates for careers teaching history at the secondary education level. This degree is designed to produce academically capable graduates who possess critical thinking skills and knowledge outlined in the General Education Outcomes of Dalton State College.

B.S. in Biology (Secondary Certification Option)

The Bachelor of Science degree with a major in Biology (Secondary Certification Option) is designed to prepare graduates for teaching careers at the secondary education level.

B.S. in Chemistry (Secondary Certification Option)

The Bachelor of Science degree with a major in Chemistry (Secondary Certification Option) is designed to prepare graduates for teaching careers at the secondary education level.

B.S. in Mathematics (Secondary Certification Option)

The Bachelor of Science degree with a major in Mathematics (Secondary Certification Option) is designed to prepare graduates for teaching careers at the secondary education level.