School of Education Named ‘Distinguished Teacher Education Program’
October 29, 2012
The School of Education at Dalton State College has been named the Distinguished Program in Teacher Education for 2012-2013 by the Georgia Association of Teacher Educators. The award was presented earlier this month at the GATE annual conference in Atlanta.
GATE makes the annual award “to recognize and honor outstanding teacher education programs which exemplify excellence in program development and administration,” said Dr. Julie Dangel, Awards Chairman for GATE. Of the Dalton State program she said, “Your program adds quality to teacher education in our state and reflects the quality of programs that GATE wishes to highlight.”
“We are ecstatic about this prestigious award,” said Dalton State President Dr. John O. Schwenn. “It is testimony to our outstanding faculty and to our students who become teachers. They truly change lives.”
Dr. Cal Meyer, Dean of Dalton State’s School of Education explained that programs are judged on the basis of their mission and philosophy, a structure that equips education students in areas of both content and pedagogy, a sound assessment system to ensure quality, and field experiences with local school systems that are mutually beneficial.
“This award speaks clearly to the fact teachers graduating from Dalton State are master teachers and will positively impact the lives of children and students wherever they teach,” said Dr. Meyer.
“This award is additional acclaim to the many other elements supporting the School of Education as a school of excellence,” he continued. “This acclaim is supported by the many positive comments made by hiring school districts in choosing to hire our teacher candidates … and the fact that Dalton State’s School of Education has been identified as one of the four teacher education programs in the state with the highest pass rates on the Georgia Assessments for the Certification of Educators exam for entering teachers.
“This acclaim truly goes to the faculty of this excellent school and the commitment to the development of this program over the last four years,” he said. “Lest anyone doubt it, the North Georgia community should be proud of the fact that they have a college of excellence in Dalton State.”
Dalton State’s School of Education began offering Associate Degrees in early and middle grades/secondary education in 1999; the bachelor’s degree in early childhood education was added in 2005.
This year, 325 students are enrolled in the School of Education. There are 109 different education courses taught during the year and the average class size is 17 students.