CSU Offers Online Program for Future Math, Science Teachers

COLUMBUS, Ga.- Effective January 2009, Columbus State University will provide prospective math and science teachers with an alternative online track to certification in Georgia.

Recently approved by the Board of Regents of the University System of Georgia, CSU will offer the online master of arts in teaching degree in mathematics, biology, chemistry, physics or earth-space science.

“If you ever thought about becoming a math or science teacher, here is your chance,” said CSU College of Education Dean David Rock. “CSU is excited and committed to helping the state and region with the critical shortage of quality math and science teachers.”

CSU will offer the 39-semester hour program along with Kennesaw State, the University of West Georgia, Georgia Southern and Valdosta State. Professors from these institutions will teach the courses while each school reconfigures existing courses and uses other existing resources so no new funds are required. Meanwhile, Georgians can save gas and time that would have been spent commuting to a campus.

“This is groundbreaking education,' said Rock. “There are no turf wars here ... The shortage of teachers is a statewide issue. Therefore, five institutions have come together to make a difference by providing a quality program that is flexible for today’s career-changer.”

The Georgia Professional Standards Commission estimates the state will need 4,500 new science and math teachers, including more than 1,700 equipped to teach at the high school level by 2010 due to increased student enrollment combined with teacher attrition.

“This program will increase the number of teachers who have full certification in the subject areas they are teaching, and it will also increase the number of science and math teachers in Georgia overall,” said Jan Kettlewell, the USG’s vice chancellor for P-16 initiatives.

Rock said the new program represents “a true collaborative project based on CSU’s recent successful online Master of Education in Accomplished Teaching program.”

A common application for the new degree program soon will be accessible at the Georgia ONmyLINE Website (http://www.georgiaonmyline.org), which offers access to online and distance education offerings systemwide.

For more information, call 706-568-2212.