Mission Statement

We are committed to preparing adaptive professionals who are competent, accountable, reflective, and engaged with a focus on inclusion and social justice. We are didicated to the development of each student through a vibrant experience-based curriculum.

Completion of the program ensures that candidates emerge as well-rounded professionals who understand the complexities of educating all students in Central Georgia as part of a rapidly changing global environment.

Conceptual Framework

The Department of Teacher Education and Social Work's philosophy consists of four essential elements that constitute a highly qualified, adaptive professional who will contribute to the field of education and affect the lives of children and communities in positive and meaningful ways. Pre-service teachers will exemplify the following four essential elements: ( C)ompetent, ( A)ccountable, ( R)eflective, and ( E)ngaged adaptive professionals in the field, otherwise known as CARE.


Providers accredited under NCATE standards, as well as those accredited under the Teacher Education Accreditation Council (TEAC) standards, are now served by the single specialized accreditation system for educator preparation in the United States, the Council for the Accreditation of Educator Preparation (CAEP). More than 900 educator preparation providers participate in the CAEP accreditation system.

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