History of the Field-Based Cohort Programs

The Early Childhood Education undergraduate program and the Special Education undergraduate program have both been recognized by the Teacher.org “Best College” Rankings.  The Early Childhood program was recognized as 4th out of more than 425 programs and the Special Education program was recognized as 19th out of 400 programs.  

The Field-Based Cohort Programs at Georgia College have been earning state and national recognitions.  In 2008 the programs earned the National Wisniewski Award for making "singularly significant contributions to the theory and practice of teacher education."  In 2009 and 2010 the programs were finalists for the Christa McAuliffe Excellence in Teaching Award. Also, the Early Childhood and Middle Grades (ECMG) Department was selected as the recipient of the 2011 Regents' Teaching Excellence Award for Departments and Programs for the State of Georgia regents' institutions.

Dr. Ed Wolpert was the second Dean of the John H. Lounsbury School of Education.  He served in that position from 1983-1996.  After a reception honoring the ECMG department in 2010, he wrote Field Based Cohorts: The Teacher Education Programs at Georgia College: The Beginning. (pdf) He also wrote a letter to the Academic Committee on Teacher Education in 1996 titled Teacher Education in Georgia. He relayed that it was a time of great creativity, change, and intrigue. We hope you enjoy reading about the beginnings of the cohort organization at Georgia College.

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Dr. Ed Wolpert