South Georgia State College to offer a Bachelor of Science in Education degree in collaboration with the University of North Georgia

South Georgia State College (SGSC) and the University of North Georgia (UNG) have signed a Memorandum of Understanding (MOU) which will provide the students at SGSC the opportunity to obtain a dual certification degree in elementary education and special education.

Students attending SGSC will be able to complete the four-year UNG Special Education General Curriculum Elementary Education program (P-5) and qualify for teacher certification through the Georgia Professional Standards Commission (GaPSC). Students graduating from this program will receive a Bachelor of Science in Education degree from SGSC. The program is set to begin at SGSC in the fall of 2019.

“This new education degree will create opportunities for our students and education partners,” says Dr. Ingrid Thompson-Sellers, SGSC President. “Our rural communities will benefit from having more qualified teachers in elementary and special education leading to greater economic impact because of a first class teacher preparation program in our region.”

The MOU is supported by the University System of Georgia Board of Regents, of which both SGSC and UNG are members. GaPSC will work collaboratively with participating institutions to assure the certification of SGSC teacher candidates.

For more information on the program, contact Dr. Robert Page, Vice President for Academic and Student Affairs, at (912) 260-4203 or email robert.page@sgsc.edu.

SGSC is a multi-site, fully accredited college and member of the University System of Georgia, with a main campus in Douglas, an additional campus in Waycross, and two entry programs in Valdosta and Americus. With a strong academic program, a rich heritage of athletics and engaging student activities, SGSC provides a complete college experience that is affordable, accessible, welcoming, and safe. (www.sgsc.edu)

South Georgia State College is accredited by the Southern Association of Colleges and Schools Commission on Colleges to award associate and baccalaureate degrees. Contact the Commission on Colleges at 1866 Southern Lane, Decatur, Georgia 30033-4097 or call 404.679.4500 for questions about the accreditation of South Georgia State College.

The University of North Georgia, a regional multi-campus institution and premier senior military college, provides a culture of academic excellence in a student-focused environment that includes quality education, service, inquiry and creativity. This is accomplished through broad access to comprehensive academic and co-curricular programs that develop students into leaders for a diverse and global society. The University of North Georgia is a University System of Georgia leadership institution and is The Military College of Georgia. (www.ung.edu)

University of North Georgia is accredited by the Southern Association of Colleges and Schools Commission on Colleges to award associate, baccalaureate, master, education specialist, and doctoral degrees - including the Doctor of Physical Therapy and Doctor of Education - as well as pre-baccalaureate, post-baccalaureate, and post-master certificates. Contact the Commission on Colleges at 1866 Southern Lane, Decatur, Georgia 30033-4097 or call 404-679-4500 for questions about the accreditation of University of North Georgia.