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Brenau changes education paradigm for teachers

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The government agency charged with overseeing teacher education has approved Brenau University”s undergraduate degree program in early childhood education – the first totally online program in that discipline in Georgia.

“It is quite an honor for Brenau to host the first totally online bachelor”s degree program with early childhood education curriculum,” says Education Dean Sandy Leslie. “While other institutions have the ability to offer parts of this training online, Brenau was chosen to offer the entire program in this manner.”

Locally, the university will celebrate the Georgia Professional Standards Commission”s action with open house programs from 4:30 to 5:30 p.m. at two north metro Brenau campuses: in Gainesville on Tuesday, March 25, and in Norcross, Wednesday, March 26. Similar events will be held at the university”s campuses in Augusta and Fairburn the same week.

Leslie confirms the university also will continue to offer the degree track “on ground” at various campuses around the state. However, she acknowledges the unprecedented turnkey program option “will enable potential teachers who are in more distant counties in our state (or just can”t make it to class) to receive excellent teacher educational training fully online, preparing them for potential licensure as teachers for our state school systems.”

The open houses have two purposes: to inform potential undergraduates interested in the online early childhood program and allow prospective or current teachers and administrators to explore options for improving their education credentials. For the latter group, as an example, Brenau offers online master”s and education specialist degree programs. These recently ranked in the Top 10 online education graduate programs in the nation by U.S. News and World Report.

In addition to the Bachelor of Science in early childhood education, the other online education degrees Brenau offers include an Education Specialist graduate degree in early childhood, as well as Master of Education degrees with specialties in early childhood, middle grades and special education.

The degree programs on campus include Bachelor of Science degrees in special education, middle grades and early childhood; and Master of Arts in Teaching degrees in secondary education, middle grades, special education and early childhood.

For more information about Brenau and all its programs go to www.brenau.edu. To start the enrollment process in Brenau education degree programs contact admissions@ags.brenau.edu or call 770-718-5337.