Clayton State University and Georgia Perimeter College (GPC) are going “2+2” in teacher education.
The two University System of Georgia institutions have signed an articulation agreement for secondary teacher education students. Known as a “2+2” agreement because it facilitates students taking their first two years at GPC and their second two years at Clayton State, the new agreement allows Georgia Perimeter students who earn their Associate of Science in Teacher Education to transfer seamlessly to Clayton State to finish their bachelor’s degrees in teaching.
Rob Watts, GPC interim president, and Dr. Thomas Hynes, president of Clayton State, signed the official documents at GPC’s Decatur Campus.
This is an exciting opportunity for Clayton State University and Georgia Perimeter College to further develop our partnership in producing quality high school teachers in math, biology, English, and history,” says Dr. Ruth Caillouet, chair of Clayton State’s Department of Teacher Education in the College of Arts and Sciences. “This agreement will give future teachers a clear path toward becoming successful educators. Together Georgia Perimeter College and Clayton State University can share in the dreams of these future teachers, providing Georgia high schools students with competent, caring, collaborative and culturally-responsive reflective practitioners who are committed to becoming the best educators they can be.”
Students will be certified secondary education (high school) teachers after graduating from Clayton State’s program, says Dr. Ursula Thomas, GPC’s director of field experience and assessment for teacher education.
“This semester alone, we have more than 200 students in teacher education — and 40 percent of these students have stated their interest in middle grades and secondary education,” says Thomas.
The two schools plan to launch a similar program for their middle school teacher education students in fall 2015.