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Bachelor of Science in Kinesiology Teacher Education

To be eligible for admission to the physical education teacher certification program, a student must meet the admission criteria of the University of North Georgia Teacher Education program.  The criteria includes attaining a 2.75 grade point average, successful completion of prerequisite courses, successful completion of GACE requirements, and submission of a formal application.

Campus Availability

Dahlonega Campus

Important

The BS in Kinesiology with Teacher Certification program is moving to the Gainesville Campus.  Program to start in Spring 2019. Admission applications are due in August 2018.

Admissions Information

To be eligible for admission to the kinesiology teacher certification program, a student must meet the admission criteria of the University of North Georgia Teacher Education program.  The criteria includes attaining a 2.75 grade point average, successful completion of prerequisite courses, successful completion of GACE requirements, and submission of a formal application.

Internships

The internship is that part of the pre-service education program in which the prospective teacher works full time in a cooperating school with an assigned cooperating teacher. Depending on the program, the internship will take place during the last full year or the last entire semester of the program. During internship students are expected to assume all of the responsibilities of a classroom teacher, therefore permission for outside employment or enrollment in courses not associated with internship must be obtained from the Field Experience Coordinator.

A student must complete an Internship application, which is found on the Teacher Education website. Application deadlines are September 2 for spring Internships.

The following are prerequisites for the Internship:

  1. admission to the Teacher Education Program;
  2. completion of all professional education courses and courses appropriate to the teaching field (exceptions must be approved by the academic advisor) with a grade of C or higher;
  3. maintenance of a minimum grade point average of 2.75;
  4. senior classification as determined by the Registrar’s Office;
  5. satisfactory completion of all previous field-based assignments;
  6. completion of the appropriate GACE Content Assessments examination.

What can you do with a career in Kinesiology with a Teacher Certification?

Job Outlook

  • Employment of special education teachers is projected to grow 6 percent from 2014 to 2024, slower than the average for all occupations. Employment growth will be driven by continued demand for special education services. Many job opportunities will stem from the need to replace teachers who leave the occupation.
  • Employment of kindergarten and elementary school teachers is projected to grow 6 percent from 2014 to 2024, about as fast as the average for all occupations. Growth is expected due to projected increases in enrollment as well as declines in student–teacher ratios. However, employment growth will vary by region.
  • Employment of middle school teachers is projected to grow 6 percent from 2014 to 2024, about as fast as the average for all occupations. Growth is projected due to expected increases in enrollment combined with declines in student–teacher ratios. However, employment growth will vary by region.
  • Employment of high school teachers is projected to grow 6 percent from 2014 to 2024, about the average for all occupations. Overall growth is expected due to declines in student-to-teacher ratios and increases in enrollment. However, employment growth will vary by region.
Bureau of Labor Statistics, U.S. Department of Labor, Occupational Outlook Handbooknew window, 2016-2017 Edition

Careers & Salaries

Classroom setting with both long periods of standing and sitting. Traditional office setting can also be expected.

Special Education Teachers: median annual wage per year $58,980 (2017)

Kindergarten & Elementary Teachers: median annual wage per year $56,900 (2017)

Middle School Teachers: median annual wage per year $57,720 (2017)

High School Teachers: median annual wage per year $59,170 (2017)

Field Experience

For all courses with a field component, a teacher education student must complete all requirements and earn a grade of C or higher in the field component in order to pass the course. Students must complete all courses with a field component with a grade of C or higher before enrolling in any teacher education courses in a subsequent semester.

Only under extreme circumstances will a student be allowed to extend or repeat field-based coursework at the 4000 level. A student who must extend or repeat the pre-internship block will have only one opportunity to complete internship. However, a student who successfully completes block in one semester without extension will have one opportunity to extend or repeat internship.

The College of Education has contractual agreements with designated systems and schools for placement of teacher education students for field experiences and internships. Field placements are limited to those school sites. All public school field placements will be arranged through the College of Education Field Placement Coordinator.

Teacher education students will not be placed for field experiences in a school which they attended within the last seven years or in which they have immediate family employed or enrolled.

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