School of Teacher Education

The School of Teacher Education (SOTE) is the organizational unit for the STEM focused teacher education programs, TRIO Programs, and the Gaining Early Awareness and Readiness for Undergraduate Program (GEAR UP). The Dean of the School of Teacher Education provides leadership for the unit and works collaboratively with deans of the other units to ensure continuity with university-wide initiatives and to develop community partners.

The School of Teacher Education, in collaboration with the College of Sciences and Technology, offers students an opportunity to become certified teachers. Students pursuing a four year degree in biology, civil engineering technology, electronic engineering technology or mathematics can choose a concentration or secondary education track leading to certification in grades 6-12.  Additionally, students interested in teaching in middle grades 4-8 (Language Arts, Mathematics, Reading, Science, or Social Science), can pursue the Bachelor of Science in Education with a Major in Middle School Teacher Education. This degree option is in cooperation with Armstrong State University.

Candidates in the School of Teacher Education must complete field experiences and clinical practices that integrate theory and practice in classroom settings. Candidates who complete degree programs will be teachers with the knowledge, skills, and dispositions to serve the diverse educational needs of students in grades 6-12 in the state of Georgia and globally.

TRIO Programs are Federal outreach and student services programs designed to identify and provide services for individuals from disadvantaged backgrounds. TRIO at Savannah State University includes three programs (Educational Talent Search, Student Support Services, and Upward Bound). These programs are designed to primarily serve and assist low-income individuals, first-generation college students, and individuals with disabilities to progress through the academic pipeline from middle school to post baccalaureate programs.

GEAR UP is a discretionary grant program designed to increase the number of low-income students who are prepared to enter and succeed in postsecondary education. GEAR UP provides six-year grants to states and partnerships to provide services at high-poverty middle and high schools. GEAR UP grantees serve an entire cohort of students beginning no later than the seventh grade and follow the cohort through high school.

The School of Teacher Education is an approved Education Preparation Program by the Georgia Professional Standards Commission