School of Education and Behavioral Sciences

Welcome to the School of Education and Behavioral Sciences, a dynamic academic hub where faculty, students and our community stakeholders come together to prepare the next generation of scholars, practitioners and professionals. Our vision is to be the regional leader in preparing informed, caring, and professional graduates who will transform our social world. Every day, we work toward our goals of engaging students in the lifelong processes of learning, discovery and application of knowledge.

Our School’s talented faculty offer a diverse set of experiences for our students - our School houses the Master of Arts degree in Teaching, five baccalaureate degree programs, a collection of certificate programs and minors, and two research and extension-outreach centers – the Center for Applied Research and Education (CARE), and the Middle Georgia Regional Aging Center of Excellence (MGRACE).

Strong schools are the foundation of any community and economy and the School’s Department of Teacher Education and Social Work is playing a key role in educational innovations and improvements in our area. Through the outstanding work of our faculty, staff, and students, we are helping to improve the lives of people in Middle Georgia, the nation, and the world. We invite you to explore our well-regarded programs in Early Childhood Special Education (dual-certification) and Secondary Education, as well as our Master of Arts in Teaching, leading to initial teacher certification while you earn your Master’s.

Our Department of Psychology and Criminal Justice offers popular degree programs in Psychology and Criminal Justice as well as a minor in Sociology and a new Certificate in Gerontology – these programs aim to produce graduates who know how to enact social change by making meaningful connections between textbook theory and practice.

My hope is to connect you with one of our programs and with our faculty teacher-scholar-practitioners. Whether your passion is to design a better school lunch program, counsel and assist families in crisis, become a victim’s advocate in the district attorney’s office, teach your own second  grade classroom, gain admittance to a doctoral program in forensic psychology, or a near-limitless realm of other possibilities, we look forward to being your academic home at MGA.

Welcome again!


Very Truly Yours,
Dr. David Biek
Interim Dean, School of Education and Behavioral Sciences