Valdosta State University (VSU) is committed to transparency in educator preparation performance data. All educator preparation programs at VSU are approved by the Georgia Professional Standards Commission (GaPSC). Initial teacher preparation programs are accredited by the Council for the Accreditation of Educator Preparation (CAEP). For a list of all VSU's nationally recognized and accredited programs, click here.

List of Fields within the Initial Teacher Preparation Program Type Offered by VSU:

  • Agricultural Education
  • Art Education
  • Business Education
  • Career and Technical Specializations
  • Computer Science
  • Elementary Education
  • Engineering and Technology
  • English to Speakers of Other Languages
  • Family and Consumer Sciences
  • Foreign Language Education (French and Spanish)
  • Health and Physical Education
  • Healthcare Science Technology Education
  • Marketing Education
  • Middle Grades Education
  • Music Education
  • Secondary Education (Biology, Chemistry, Earth/Space Science, Economics, English, Geography, History, Mathematics, Physics, Political Science, Science)
  • Special Education Adapted Curriculum
  • Special Education Deaf Education
  • Special Education General Curriculum
  • Speech

List of Fields within the Initial Service or Leadership Preparation Program Type Offered by VSU:

  • Communication Disorders/Speech-Language Pathology
  • Curriculum and Instruction
  • Educational Leadership (Tier I and II)
  • Instructional Technology
  • School Counseling
  • School Library Media Specialist
  • Teacher Leadership

Note: Initial preparation programs are programs that lead to a new, renewable field on the educator's certificate upon program completion. VSU also offers preparation programs for educators who seek to upgrade their certificate to a higher level for an existing field. For a listing of all COEHS programs, click here

CAEP accountability measures are indicated in parentheses at the end of each applicable heading.

Page Contents:

Impact on P-12 Student Learning and Teaching Effectiveness After Program Completion (Measure 1)

Satisfaction of Completers and Employers (Measure 2)

Ability of Completers to Meet Licensing Requirements (Measure 3)

The Georgia Professional Standards Commission (GaPSC) requires that all initial preparation program candidates attempt the aligned content knowledge assessment in order to be identified as a program completer. Initial teacher preparation program candidates must also attempt the aligned content pedagogy assessment. These completers must pass the assessment(s) in order to obtain professional educator certification in Georgia. Additional information about passing score thresholds can be found in the GaPSC rule or GaPSC assessment home page.

Annual Reporting to State and Federal Agencies (Measure 3)

Institution and Program Report Card (IPRC) for Title II Reporting

Ability of Completers to be Hired in Education Positions for Which They Have Prepared (Measure 4)

Preparation Program Type Completion Year (Sep.-Aug.) # of Completers % Employed in a Georgia Public School
Initial Teacher Preparation Programs 2020-21 203 86.2
2019-20 176 86.9
2018-19 176 86.4
Initial Service and Leadership Preparation Programs 2020-21 394 82.7
2019-20 365 81.9
2018-19 351 86.9
Initial Preparation Total 2020-21 597 83.9
2019-20 541 83.5
2018-19 527 86.7

Note: Out of state and private school employment data are not available. 

Candidate Mean Cumulative GPA at Program Entry and Completion

Mean Cumulative GPA at Program Entry

Preparation Program Type Academic Year # of New Program Enrollees Mean Program Entry GPA

Initial Teacher Preparation Programs

2020 - 2021 164 3.35
2019 - 2020 195 3.28
2018 - 2019 230 3.30

Initial Service and Leadership Preparation Programs

2020 - 2021 451 3.63
2019 - 2020 397 3.61
2018 - 2019 450 3.62

Mean Cumulative GPA at Program Completion

Preparation Program Type Reporting Year (Sep. - Aug.) # of Program Completers Mean Program Exit GPA

Initial Teacher Preparation Programs

2020 - 2021 203 3.52
2019 - 2020 176 3.56
2018 - 2019 176 3.53

Initial Service and Leadership Preparation Programs

2020 - 2021 394 3.84
2019 - 2020 365 3.83
2018 - 2019 351 3.82


Student Federal Loan Default Rates for Valdosta State University

Other Consumer Information

Back to top

This information is compiled and maintained annually by the Office of Professional Education Services. For questions, contact Don't see the information you need? Access the Data Request Form to complete a data request.