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Engaging a Great University with Great Partners

A student teacher leads a class at one of our collaborative school partnersEngagement between a great research University and strong local, state, national, and international partners will be the lens through which programs will be viewed to determine distinctiveness. Professional Distinction is achieved when outstanding learning and leadership are seen in these three area: Programs, Students, and Faculty. The outcomes of this work will be: prepared, able and responsive professionals; interdependent professional communities of learners focused on transformation and reform; and sustainable partnerships that cross over perceived boundaries to address educational and community challenges.

Program Highlights

  • The College of Education is planning for its first doctoral program offered to education majors. The proposed PhD. program will be in Transformative Education.
  • The College of Education collaborates with a Partner School Network (PSN) for field experiences and clinical practices. The PSN is comprised of 52 schools in 6 counties and is a collaborative entity that maximizes the learning experiences for candidates and P-12 students.
  • The College of Education offers the Program for Recruiting and Educating STEM Teachers with Integrated Graduate Enrollment (PRESTIGE). Students enrolled in this program earn both a Bachelors of Science degree in their major field and a Masters of Arts in Teaching in five years. STEM majors include biology, chemistry, mathematics, and physics.
  • The Augusta University Literacy Center delivers literacy-related community services to the Augusta area.
  • The College of Education offers the program High School U in which university faculty teach 30-minute enrichment courses and share their academic specialties with area high school students.
  • Numerous Teacher of the Year awards for alumni, many of whom teach in area counties such as Richmond, Columbia, Burke, or McDuffie.
  • The College of Education offers a fully online M.Ed. Educational Leadership Program.
  • The Student Chapter of the Council for Exceptional Children (CEC) supports future educators and other Augusta University students who are interested in working with individuals with disabilities. The CEC is the largest international professional organization dedicated to improving the educational success of individuals with disabilities and/or gifts and talents.

Distinction Areas

  1. Programs of Distinction
    • Ensure both quality and quantity of their students
    • Meet clearly identified needs of the CSRA
    • Have excellent retention and completion rates
    • Document excellent employment and retention rates
    • Prepare students to be agents for transformation and reform
    • Receive state, national, international recognitions
    • Maintain accreditation and specialized program approvals
    • Collaborate across disciplines and colleges

  2. Students and Graduates of Distinction
    • Demonstrate the ability to respond to needs present in the changing demographics of the CSRACentral Savannah River Area and beyond
    • Demonstrate the ability to work effectively in high need areas
    • Receive honors and recognitions in the public and private sectors
    • Assume roles of leadership in their respective disciplines at the local, state, national, and international levels

  3. Faculty of Distinction
    • Are engaged in collaborative relationships with local, state, national, and international partners
    • Exhibit leadership that has a positive impact at local, state, national, and international levels
    • Provide leadership in state, national, international professional organizations
    • Demonstrate excellent teaching based upon best practice and research
    • Are active in discipline specific scholarship and research

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Notable Alumni

  • Dr. Sandra CarrawaySuperintendent of Columbia County Schools beginning summer 2013.
  • Linda FountainTeacher at Roy E. Rollins, and winner of National Science Teacher of the Year.
  • Dr. Steven PageChair of the Department of Kinesiology at Augusta University and recipient of PRESTIGE Grant.
  • Michael ParnellAuthored SUGA, Published by Deeds Publishing out of Atlanta Nominated for the Georgia Author of the Year Award GAYA which is currently being sold at various bookstores in the Augusta, Athens, and Atlanta areas.
  • Allison HillmanRecipient of the New Teacher Assistance Grant from Georgia Power.
  • Melinda CobbFirst female principal of Richmond Academy since 1783.
  • April SikesEarned PhD in Counselor Education from Old Dominion University; serves as a Georgia School Counselor
  • Cynthia WalleyEarned PhD in Counselor Education; is a Counselor Educator at Hunter College, NY
  • Andrew HromyakRegion 8 Chair GA School Counselor Association; published “GA411” in The Beacon (GASC journal)


College History

2012 - The College of Education is reaccredited by NCATE and the GaPSC.

2006 – 2007 - Counselor Education program earns the CACREP accreditation. A new Master of Arts in Teaching (MAT) degree is also offered.  In 2007, the Bachelor of Science in Kinesiology is approved.

2004 - The College of Education is reaccredited by the NCATE and the GaPSC.

1996 – 1998 - The School of Education reorganizes into three departments: Teacher Education; Educational Leadership, Counseling, and Special Education; and Kinesiology and Health Science.

1990 - The Physical Education/Athletic Complex opens. A Master’s degree with a major in health and physical education is approved.

1981 – 1982 - The Board of Regents approves the Education Specialist (Ed.S.) degree 1981; the college awards its first Ed.S. in 1982.

1971 – 1973 - The Board of Regents authorizes the college to grant Master of Education (M.Ed.) degrees in 1971; the college awards its first M.Ed. in 1973.

1968 - The Board of Regents authorizes programs leading to the Bachelor of Science in Education degree.