Mentored, Field Based Cohort Model (Education)
"It's unique to Georgia College," says Dr. Nancy Mizelle, chair and professor of early childhood and middle grades education. "Our students take courses together for two years, participate in field experiences together, and each cohort is assigned a professor who serves as a Mentor Leader from start to finish. This provides our candidates an experience that is distinctive – one that does not happen in many, maybe any, other institutions."
Georgia College adopted the cohort model about a decade ago and the record of success is clear. Almost 100 percent of new graduate are hired in teaching positions, and after five years, almost 95 percent are still in the classroom – far more than the national average!
The Master of Arts in Teaching is consistent with the undergraduate experience. "It's about building confidence and knowledge so that the challenges of today's classroom can be met," says Dr. Brian Mumma, associate professor and coordinator of the MAT program. MAT students work in cohorts splitting their days between field experience and the college class. "It's about gaining more experience and having an immediate way to talk through what it means - to reflect and process - so that you'll be that much more prepared next time," says Mumma.
Georgia College prepares teachers through the innovative cohort model so that they'll be ready to make a difference in the lives of young people in Georgia and around the nation.