Graduate Catalog 2015-2016

John H. Lounsbury College of Education

Dr. Joseph M. Peters, Dean

The John H. Lounsbury College of Education was named and dedicated to honor Dr. John H. Lounsbury, founding dean of the College of Education. Dr. Lounsbury is nationally recognized as one of a group of educators responsible for the middle grades movement worldwide.

Accreditation and Recognitions

The John H. Lounsbury College of Education at Georgia College & State University is accredited by the National Council for Accreditation of Teacher Education (NCATE), www.ncate.org.  This accreditation covers initial teacher preparation programs and advanced educator preparation programs at Milledgeville and Macon, Georgia. However, the accreditation does not include individual education courses that the institution offers to P-12 educators for professional development, relicensure, or other purposes.

 

The John H. Lounsbury College of Education is the unit of the institution responsible for preparing educators for the State of Georgia. The educator preparation programs at Georgia College are fully accredited by the Georgia Professional Standards Commission (PSC) and the National Council for the Accreditation of Teacher Education (NCATE).  Some programs are noted by their respective Specialized Professional Associations (SPAs). The Georgia College Early Childhood Education program is recognized by the National Association for the Education of Young Children (NAEYC) at the advanced level; it is the only program in the state with this distinction.  The Middle Level Education program is recognized by the Association for Middle Level Education (AMLE) at the advanced level.  It is one of two programs in the state with this distinction.  The M.Ed. in Library Media is recognized by the American Associations of School Librarians (AASL) at the initial certification level; it is one of three programs in the state with this distinction.

Mission

Graduates of the John H. Lounsbury College of Education, both graduate and undergraduate, take their places as Architects of Change in the public school systems of Georgia, working in the interest of all young people. While preserving the best of our liberal arts heritage, our graduates are equipped with the intellectual and social skills they need in order to serve as advocates for all PK-12 students.

The Educators as Architects of Change Model

In 1996, the faculty adopted the conceptual framework, "Educators as Architects of Change" to guide our curricular and instructional decisions. Educators as Architects of Change exemplifies our dedication to careful, reflective and purposeful improvement of schools through the preparation of professional educators. The Architects of Change metaphor demonstrates our belief that effective educators require a discrete set of skills, including the ability to advocate for students, to become mentors and leaders within schools, and to reflect on the meaning of the social practices they find in schools. With this document, our faculty reaffirms its utility, distilling our commitment to the principles of reasoned, artful and purposeful improvement of schooling.

Conceptual Framework

The faculty of the John H. Lounsbury College of Education believes that our schools must fulfill the educational needs of our populace while emphasizing fairness, democracy, and intellectual curiosity. Amid a climate of change and uncertainty, we inspire educators to create student-centered learning environments as the primary expression of strong pedagogy. We use the Educators as Architects of Change paradigm to guide the development of an inclusive and diverse community of stakeholders, consisting of students, educators, educator candidates, and the public.

Since the inception of Educators as Architects of Change as our guiding principle, the faculty has continually reassessed our programs. Informed by research and reflective analysis, we have continued our intensive cohort model for our undergraduate programs as well as some of our graduate programs. We seek to motivate professional educators to reach out to stakeholders to develop citizens who value formal education, literacy in its many forms, and individual differences.

This framework is designed to produce change agents, based on the following core principles:

  • the Liberal Arts and integrated learning
  • professional preparation
  • human relationships and diversity
  • leadership for learning and teaching communities.

In its programs of study, the Georgia College (GC) faculty affirms the importance of programs that situate educators as researchers, leaders, and Architects of Change in the schools and the larger community.

Liberal Arts and Integrated Learning

The Architects of Change model demands that our graduates understand themselves as both "doing" and "thinking" about their professional practice (Hutton, 2006). We seek to preserve the intellectual commitments of the liberal arts college: "to pose questions to the world, and to reflect on what is presented in experience" (Greene, 1998, p. 21). We see development as encompassing the cognitive, emotional, moral and civic dimensions found in the liberal arts.

Professional Preparation

Educator candidates in most of GC's professional educator programs join cohorts of peers, allowing them to learn from and interact with each other in intensive field-based courses. Integral to the cohort is a mentor leader who acts as a role model, advisor, and facilitator of learning for each student. Consequently, faculty and students both live education grounded in action, community, and collaboration. Through participation in our programs, educator candidates not only acquire a strong foundation in major content and pedagogical areas, but also learn to connect theory to practice by applying and conducting classroom research.

We recognize that "skilled teachers are the most crucial of all schooling inputs" (Ferguson, 1991, p. 490). Our field-based cohort model serves as a powerful vehicle to integrate theory and practice by fostering close collaboration among faculty, educator candidates and professionals in the field. We understand teaching to be complex, requiring systematic reflection on practice. In order to become true Architects of Change, educators must go beyond simple bureaucratic solutions, learning to make instructional and curricular decisions based on exigencies of real life in schools (Darling-Hammond, 1997).

Human Relationships and Diversity

Building upon strong liberal arts, professional and pedagogical bases, educator candidates in the GC professional education programs are encouraged to construct a well-grounded framework for appropriately addressing human relations and diversity issues in schools. As democratic educators, we understand schooling to be part of the real world and part of children's lives. "We share the knowledge gained in classrooms beyond those settings, thereby working to challenge the construction of knowledge as always and only available to the elite" (Hooks, 2003, p. 41) Our educator candidates are exposed to theory and practice that foster the belief that all students can learn and should be treated as individuals with unique and various needs, skills, talents, interests, histories, and beliefs. As Architects of Change, educator candidates learn to design inclusive, culturally sensitive and relevant learning experiences in order to create learning communities in which all people are respected and appreciated, and in which academic achievement, positive intergroup relations, and critical consciousness are expected.

Leadership for Learning and Teaching Communities

By modeling successful teaching, questioning assumptions, and posing challenging problems, instructors in the GC professional education programs encourage educator candidates to construct their own understanding of education. In this way, candidates may feel empowered to continue learning throughout their lives, to be flexible in adapting to difficulties, to imagine creative solutions, to communicate effectively, and to take necessary risks in meeting future needs. "This is the road I have tried to follow as a teacher: living my convictions; being open to the process of knowing;…being pushed forward by the challenges that prevent me from bureaucratizing my practice…" (Freire, 2001, p. 69). The professional preparation programs seek to create empowered educational leaders who have the ability to cultivate partnerships within the schools and community, act as advocates for the students under their care, and collaborate with others to creatively solve problems and make decisions. Our programs foster commitment to equity and social justice, and provide students the opportunity to develop as leaders and Architects of Change.

Admission Policy

The College of Education does not offer a conditional or provisional registration option.

Advanced degree programs are offered at the master and specialist levels. At the master’s level, we offer two types of degrees. The Master of Art in Teaching (M.A.T.) is offered to people who are not already certified. The Master of Education (M.Ed.) is generally for people who already hold or are eligible to hold Georgia certification. Persons who apply for the M.Ed. in Library Media and the M.Ed. in Educational Technology do not need to possess a Georgia certificate.

Summer Hours

Students requesting to take 9-11 hours in the summer must have the permission of their advisors. Taking over eleven hours requires a university petition that originates with the faculty advisor and requires the approval of the chairperson and the dean. Failure to complete and file appropriate forms can result in being dropped from course(s).

Citations

Darling-Hammond, L. (1997). The right to learn. San Francisco: Jossey-Bass Publishers.

Ferguson, R. (1991). Paying for public education: New evidence on how and why money matters. Harvard Journal on Legislation, 28(2), 465-498.

Freire, P. & Clarke, P. (2001). Pedagogy of freedom: Ethics, democracy, and civic courage. Lanham, MD: Rowman & Littlefield.

Greene, M. (1988). The dialectic of freedom. New York, NY: Teachers College Press.

Hooks, b. (2003) Teaching community: A pedagogy of hope. Philadelphia, PA: Taylor and Francis, Inc.

Hutton, T. (2006). The conflation of liberal & professional education: Pipedream, aspiration, or nascent reality? Liberal Education, 92(4), 54-59.