KSU a part of Georgia Responds: Creating Teaching Opportunities

In a collaborative effort‚ the deans of education in the member institutions of the…

Georgia (Dec 11, 2001) — KSU a part of Georgia Responds: Creating Teaching Opportunities



In a collaborative effort‚ the deans of education in the member institutions of the University System of Georgia have developed a program to address two of Georgia's most pressing problems: The critical teacher shortage and the many thousands of professionals displaced by the downsized job market.

The program‚ Georgia Responds‚ is intended for individuals who hold a bachelor's or higher degree and are interested in pursuing a teaching career; are former teachers whose certifications have lapsed; or are certified teachers in a state other than Georgia.

In an unusual collaboration‚ the 15 education departments within the USG will offer certification in different areas‚ while working together to support all Georgia Responds students with such things as online coursework. Kennesaw State University will offer certification in foreign languages.

"This is an alternative path to teaching‚ not an alternative program‚" said KSU's Associate Dean of the Bagwell College of Education Ann Smith. The training will be classroom based‚ ensuring that people who know their subject matter gain the teaching skills they need. Full certification eligibility will be at the end of two years.

Interested professionals can begin the program as early as January 2002‚ thanks to a faster than usual admissions process and can be interning in classrooms by fall 2002.

"The teacher shortage is due to many things‚" Smith said. "Traditionally‚ women and minorities entered teaching. Now that they have greater opportunities‚ they often pursue other things. Also‚ the pay isn't comparable to other professions and the burnout rate is high. Georgia Responds is one way get highly qualified‚ well−prepared teachers into Georgia's classrooms where they are so desperately needed."


Kennesaw State University‚ a progressive‚ comprehensive institution with a growing student population of 14‚000‚ offers more than 50 degree programs. Out of 34 institutions‚ KSU is the sixth largest in the University System of Georgia.


A leader in innovative teaching and learning, Kennesaw State University offers undergraduate, graduate and doctoral degrees to its nearly 43,000 students. With 11 colleges on two metro Atlanta campuses, Kennesaw State is a member of the University System of Georgia. The university’s vibrant campus culture, diverse population, strong global ties and entrepreneurial spirit draw students from throughout the country and the world. Kennesaw State is a Carnegie-designated doctoral research institution (R2), placing it among an elite group of only 6 percent of U.S. colleges and universities with an R1 or R2 status. For more information, visit kennesaw.edu