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Georgian Court Graduate Education a Top Value for Teacher Prep

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Teacher prep programs offered through graduate education at Georgian Court University deliver some of the best value in the nation, according to recent rankings by Teacher.org. Important factors such as accreditation and challenging exam requirements helped land Georgian Court on the organization’s 2019-2020 list of Best Value Teacher Prep Master’s Programs. Affordability was important too, and Teacher.org found that per credit, Georgian Court graduate teacher prep programs cost $296 less than the state average for similar master’s programs at other private institutions.

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GCU School of Education Dean Christopher J. Campisano, Ed.D., said the overall strength of GCU’s Master of Arts in Teaching (M.A.T.) reflects the dedication of students and faculty.

“This well-deserved honor belongs to the faculty and staff who are deeply dedicated to providing our teacher candidates with an exceptional, educator-preparation experience, and our hard-working, immensely committed students who have chosen to enter this noble profession,” he said.

The GCU School of Education attracts undergraduates who want to teach, career-changers who want to put their expertise to use in the classroom, and veteran educators interested in administration and leadership. The School of Education, which already offers nearly 20 graduate programs and post-graduate certificates, recently added a new M.S. in Higher Education and Student Affairs Administration.

Teacher Prep Programs Offer Variety, Value

For decades, teacher prep offerings through Georgian Court’s graduate education programs have given students the knowledge, exposure, and insight needed to excel as classroom teachers. Graduate education programs are offered online, at GCU’s historic Lakewood campus, and at other locations across New Jersey. The university’s graduate-level initial teacher prep programs include:

  • M.A.T. in Early Childhood (P–3) Education & Teacher of Students with Disabilities Endorsement
  • M.A.T. in Elementary Education (K–6) & Teacher of Students with Disabilities Endorsement
  • M.A.T. in Subject-Specific Education (K–12) & Teacher of Students with Disabilities Endorsement
  • M.A.T. in English as a Second Language & Teacher of Students with Disabilities Endorsement

“We combed through hundreds of schools around the nation and thoughtfully handpicked master’s programs that we are confident to list as the best of the best,” said Kelly Simpson, an editor at Teacher.org. “Our hope is that this list will attract a bit of well-deserved attention…while giving students the opportunity to learn more about what your program has to offer.”

“This well-deserved honor belongs to the faculty and staff who are deeply dedicated to providing our teacher candidates with an exceptional, educator-preparation experience.”

Dr. Christopher Campisano, Dean of the Georgian Court University School of Education

The Georgian Court University Teacher Education program and the Administration and Leadership program are nationally accredited by the Council for the Accreditation of Educator Preparation (CAEP) under the Inquiry Brief pathway for a period of seven years, from October 1, 2014, to October 31, 2021. Teacher, administrator, and education services personnel certificaton programs are approved and registered by the New Jersey Department of Education.

About Georgian Court University

Founded in 1908 and sponsored by the Sisters of Mercy, Georgian Court University is Central and South Jersey’s only Catholic university. GCU is a comprehensive, coeducational university with a strong liberal arts core and a historic special concern for women. As a forward-thinking university that supports diversity and academic excellence, GCU is known for expanding possibility for more than 2,400 students of all faiths and backgrounds in 35+ undergraduate majors and 10+ graduate programs. The GCU Lions compete in 14 NCAA Division II sports in the Central Atlantic Collegiate Conference (CACC). In 2019, GCU was named a Best College for Your Money by Money Magazine and a Best Bang for the Buck (Northeast) by Washington Monthly. GCU rose more than 30 points in the 2019 U.S. News & World Report rankings due, in part, to high student retention and graduation rates, which also made GCU a Top Performer on Social Mobility. The main campus is located in Lakewood, New Jersey, on the picturesque former George Jay Gould estate, a National Historic Landmark. Georgian Court, which is accredited by the Middle States Commission on Higher Education, also serves students at other locations, such as GCU at Hazlet, GCU at Rowan College of South Jersey–Cumberland Campus, and through multiple online certificate and degree programs.

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