May 2011

                 NEW DEGREE OFFERED    

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Georgia College has received Board of Regents approval for a new Masters Degree of Education in Reading, Literacy & Language. This program represents extensive professional development in the field of literacy, involving reading, writing, language development, instruction, assessment, and professional leadership.

The foundation of this new Master's is based on three primary areas:

1) Professional knowledge and practices in literacy development and instruction;
2) Specialized training in assessment, interpretation of test scores, and formulation of data-driven instructional programs; and
3) Leadership and mentoring development.

The degree will result in eligibility for certification at the T5 Level. The new program is aligned with the Georgia Professional Standards for Reading Specialists and the 2010 International Reading Association Standards for Reading Specialists.

The need for reading specialists in Central Georgia is well documented by Adequate Yearly Progress (AYP) scores and graduation rates. Graduates of the program will benefit through developing the knowledge and skills to provide leadership in the field of literacy within public schools  to improve student achievement and academic performance. In addition, graduates of this program will add specialized support to local public schools in their efforts to educate students who will have successful transition to higher education and who also will have requisite communication and literacy skills for joining regional workforce ready programs.

Persons interested in this degree may begin taking classes as early as the summer of 2011 when EDRD 6000, EDRD 6050 and EDRD 6151 will be offered. In the fall GC will offer EDRD 6000, EDRD 6001, and EDRD 6251. EDFS 6224 and 6225 will be offered both in the summer and the fall 2011.

For more information, contact Dr. Sandra Webb (478) 445-6171

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