Welcome to the College of Education!!! As Dean of the College of Education, my motto is: Educators Matter . . . and a Golden Ram educator stands head and shoulders above all others. Each year, the Annie B. Casey Foundation publishes a document entitled Kids Count, which contains data about the status of educational quality in the United States. While some states do better than others, the picture for the southern region consistently has been that far too many of our children begin their educational experience unprepared for success because they did not attend preschool; do not graduate from high school on time; and may not ever learn to read at a proficient level. Great teachers/educators can change this paradigm . . . which is our goal here at ASU. In this way, the ASU motto: Potential . . . Realized is carried forward.
At ASU, our Educator Preparation Program (EPP) grooms not only classroom teachers but also school counselors and educational leaders to work within the P-12 community to tackle tough educational challenges so that all students are provided a high quality education through access to relevant and engaging learning opportunities. Undergraduate majors in the College of Education include: Early Childhood Education, Health and Physical Education, Middles Grades Education (with specializations in mathematics, science, language arts and social studies), Special Education, Science Education, and English Education. We also offer graduate degrees in Early Childhood Education, Middle Grades Education, Mathematics Education, English Education, Science Education, Special Education, Counselor Education, and Educational Leadership. All of these programs are nationally accredited. At the graduate level, we offer certificate endorsements in Reading, Gifted Education, K-5 Mathematics, and K-5 Science.
The faculty, staff, and administration in the College of Education appreciate the trust and confidence placed in us by our students, their parents, and other stakeholders in the southwest Georgia region and pledge to continue to strive to prepare practitioners who possess the knowledge, skills, dispositions, and technological competence to improve education opportunities for students from diverse backgrounds in the schools and communities served by ASU.
Rhonda C. Porter, Ph.D.
Interim Dean College of Education