Kennesaw State’s Bagwell College of Education partners with Marietta Center for Advanced Academics to train future STEM teachers

KSU partners with MCAA

KENNESAW, Ga.  (Jan. 24, 2013) — In front of the entire student body at Marietta Center…

Georgia (Jan 25, 2013)KENNESAW, Ga.  (Jan. 24, 2013) — In front of the entire student body at Marietta Center for Advanced Academics, Bagwell College of Education Dean Arlinda Eaton recently signed an agreement to establish a collaboration to prepare more science, technology, engineering and mathematics (STEM)-focused teachers.

 “Our partnership with MCAA exemplifies Bagwell’s goal to remain responsive to the needs of P-12 schools,” Eaton said. “Together, KSU and MCAA, will work to advance the achievement of elementary students in the high-need fields of science and mathematics.”

The partnership with MCAA will allow Department of Elementary and Early Childhood Education undergraduate students to complete their senior year field and clinical experiences in a model STEM school. The collaboration also will allow these graduate students to observe and conduct research in a model STEM school.

 “We are elated to join forces with a university in our community that is committed to academic excellence and advancing Cobb County and its citizenry forward,” MCAA Principal Jennifer Hernandez said. “The MCAA administration and staff have already had the opportunity to begin our collaboration with KSU, and we know that the work we will do together will have an impact on advancing a quality STEM education to teaching professionals and K-12 students across our great state.”

 A key component of the partnership will include joint development of a STEM concentration in the master’s degree program.

 “This collaboration has the power to affect positive change for educators and students,” Hernandez said. “We are very excited to share our knowledge and experience in STEM education to support the efforts of Kennesaw State to prepare teachers to meet the needs of 21st century students.”

 Kennesaw State has adopted a lab at MCAA and is in the process of updating it.

 “KSU students will work directly with elementary students in the KSU science lab at MCAA,” Eaton said. “They will have many opportunities to apply their theoretical understanding about teaching science and math through meaningful learning activities that include complex problems related to real-world scenarios. They will make use of technology to facilitate their inquiry-based lessons developed under the guidance of both experienced classroom teachers and university faculty.”

Collaborations like the one with MCAA are an important part of the Bagwell College of Education’s strategic plan, which calls for the expansion and deepening of partnerships in the community, Eaton said.

“School-university partnerships that focus on the achievement of P-12 students keep Kennesaw State University at the forefront of teacher education,” Eaton said. “Credibility and trust are established through collaborations where classroom teachers and university faculty share the responsibility of preparing aspiring teachers.”


Kennesaw State University is the third-largest university in Georgia, offering 80 graduate and undergraduate degrees, including doctorates in education, business and nursing, and a new Ph.D. in international conflict management. A member of the University System of Georgia, Kennesaw State is a comprehensive, residential institution with a growing population of 24,600 students from more than 130 countries.

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