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James L. and Dorothy H. Dewar College of Education and Human Services

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James L. and Dorothy H. Dewar College of Education and Human Services

MASTER, DOCTORAL, MINORS, CERTIFICATIONS, TRADITIONAL

  • Addiction Studies

    Minor
  • Communication Disorders

    M.Ed.

    Communication disorders can affect people of all backgrounds and involve problems with speech, language and auditory processing. People with communication disorders may have difficulty getting their message across or receiving communication from other sources. Students in the communication disorders program at Valdosta State University are introduced to the field of speech-language pathology and develop the intervention skills necessary to help individuals with communication disorders.

    Careers

    • Audiologist
    • Audiology Technician
    • Auditory-Verbal Therapist
    • Communications Specialist
    • Hearing Therapist
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  • Communication Sciences and Disorders

    S.L.P.D.

    The objective of the program is to prepare advanced practitioners and future university clinical faculty in Communication Sciences and Disorders through provision of an affordable, rigorous, high quality clinical doctorate. The clinical doctorate would have emphasis on the social and cultural aspects of communication sciences and disorders (speech and language pathology) as it applies to both allied health care and educational services to under-served populations.

    This clinical doctorate is designed to deepen the knowledge, leadership, and problem-solving skills of current practitioners with a focus on coursework and applications that incorporate current research, ethical decision-making, and models of best practice. The curriculum will prepare doctoral students to analyze, synthesize, and apply research-based theory to their current work environment and through the development of the applied dissertation.

  • Deaf Studies

    Minor

    A minor in Deaf Studies was established by Valdosta State University to provide students with knowledge and skills in American Sign Language (ASL) as well as Deaf Culture, linguistics. Students pursing a minor in Deaf Studies are exposed to the uniqueness of ASL as a world language while acquiring cultural knowledge that will enable them to successfully interact with the American Deaf community. The curriculum is designed to promote a cultural and linguistic understanding of Deaf individuals while encouraging students to analyze existing stereotypes pertaining to this population, so they in turn, can effectively educate hearing members of society.

    The Deaf Studies Minor is housed in the Department of Middle, Secondary, Reading & Deaf Education within the James L. and Dorothy H. Dewar College of Education at Valdosta State University. Students can enroll in the program as traditional/on campus residents, or complete coursework through distance learning/video conferencing technology. The Department offers undergraduate programs in ASL/Interpreting, Deaf Education, Middles Grades Education, Reading and master's degree preparation in Special Education: Deaf and Hard of Hearing.

  • Elementary Education

    Certification Only

    The Certification Only Program in Elementary Education is designed for the candidate who already possesses a bachelor’s degree in another field to provide the requirements necessary to obtain a teaching certificate in Elementary Education (P-5) from the Georgia Professional Standards Commission.

    Careers

    • General Education Teacher P-5
  • Health and Physical Education

    Certification Only

    If you wish to become a health and physical education teacher and have a positive impact on our youth’s health and fitness, you have found the right major. Here, we understand the importance of fitness participation at a young age, and we want to prepare you to not only teach, but encourage young students to stay active. Our Health and Physical Education Certificate program incorporates hands-on learning and diverse field experiences in elementary, middle, and secondary school settings to develop your skills and build a strong pedagogical foundation. In addition to gaining hands-on experience, you’ll also gain knowledge of technologies such as heart rate monitors, pedometers, fitness trackers, and various forms of software applicable to public school health and physical education instruction. Upon graduation, you will have a sound basis of theory, field experience, and be prepared to guide students toward a life full of health and well-being.

    The certification only option in health and physical education is designed for those individuals who currently hold an undergraduate degree from an accredited four-year institution and are seeking to become certified to teach health and physical education in the state of Georgia. Individuals considering this option must meet all the requirements for admission to the Teacher Education program in the College of Education and Human Services at Valdosta State University. If the student qualifies for admission Valdosta State University, he/she should complete a "Certification Evaluation" request, which may be accessed by the link located in the Program Resources section of this page. The completed form and student transcripts will be evaluated by the certification specialist in the Department of Kinesiology & Physical Education. A fee of $35 (payable in the Field Placement Office) is charged for the evaluation and development of individualized plan.

    Careers

    • Athletic Director
    • Certified Health Educator
    • Certified Physical Education Teacher
    • Coach
    • Community Center Athletic Director
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  • Marriage and Family Therapy

    M.S.

    The MFT program addresses the interpersonal and social context of mental health and emotional problems. The curriculum focuses on the knowledge and skills necessary to access and intervene in the interactions among people. It prepares students to use an active, positive approach to therapy that will help individuals and their families build upon their strengths, improve communication, and develop solutions to their problems.

    Careers

    • Caseworker
    • Child/family Psychologist
    • Clinical Therapist
    • Clinician
    • Marriage and Family Therapist
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  • Middle Grades or Secondary Education

    M.A.T.

    Middle grades teachers educate children in the 4th through 8th grade, giving them a solid foundation to continue their studies in high school, instilling them with a love of learning, and helping them gain confidence as they grow into teenagers and young adults. Middle grades education majors pursuing a bachelor’s degree choose two concentrations from the areas of language arts, mathematics, science, reading or social studies and engage in an extensive amount of hands-on teaching. Upon graduation, students are prepared to teach in a number of age-appropriate disciplines within the secondary school system. Several options are available for students pursuing advanced degrees in the discipline.

    Careers

    • Certified Physical Education Teacher
    • Children’s Minister
    • Curriculum Development Specialist
    • Education Management Specialist
    • Family Services Worker
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  • Recreation and Leisure Minor

    Minor

    Recreation and leisure is a thriving industry with phenomenal growth, tremendous potential, and diverse career paths. Nearly 300 million Americans work, go to school, complete tasks to maintain their family and still work to find time to participate in some form of recreation. When Americans stop for recreational activities, they typically spend about 4.5 to 5 hours each day engaging in those activities. In the future, Americans are likely to demand more from their free time and more from government offices, businesses, and agencies to provide opportunities for recreation and leisure. A variety of organizations and individuals are needed to engage in recreational programming and provide leisure activities, which is why earning a minor in Recreation and Leisure will lead you down an exciting career path.

    Careers

    • Intramurals Director
    • Outdoor Program Coordinator
    • Recreation Facility Manager
    • Recreation Leaders/Specialist
    • Resource Managers
  • Special Education: Deaf and Hard of Hearing (5th Year Program)

    M.Ed.

    The Department of Middle, Secondary, Reading & Deaf Education offers a 5th year Master of Education (M.Ed.) program for students graduating from the VSU Undergraduate Program of the same name. Valdosta State University students with B.S.Ed. pre-professional degree in deaf and hard-of-hearing have the option to do a fifth year master’s program to earn initial certification. Majors in special education/deaf education demonstrate content knowledge through passing the state required content assessment in deaf education. Students in this graduate program will demonstrate skills in assessment, instructional strategies, use of technology and monitoring/ modifying instruction during observed teaching episodes evaluated by a university supervisor and P-12 mentor teacher