School of Education - Shorter University

School of Education

Become a Teaching Hawk.

Get hands-on experience on your path to becoming a successful educator.

Bachelor’s Degrees

Post-Baccalaureate Programs

The Post-Baccalaureate (certification only) programs provide individuals who hold an earned  bachelor’s or higher degree, the skills, knowledge, and experience needed to begin a successful career as a teacher in one of the following fields:

  • Elementary Education (Pre-K-5th Grade)
  • Special Education General Curriculum/Elementary Education (Pre-K-5th)
  • History (6-12)
  • Mathematics (6-12)
  • Middle Grades Education (4-8)
  • Music Education (P-12)

Post Bac Interest Sheet


2021-2022 State of Georgia Average Annual Salary for Beginning Teachers with a Bachelor's Degree


2021-2022 State of Georgia Average Annual Salary for Beginning Teachers with a Master's Degree


GACE Pass Rate of Candidates
Percentage of Increase in Enrollment over previous year
Licensure Rate of Education Graduates
Retention of Education majors once Admitted to the Teacher Preparation Program
GACE pass rate at the professional level
1st Year Teachers at a Level III on Teacher Assessment on Student Growth Percentile Rating
1st Year Teachers at a Level III on Teacher Assessment on Performance Standards(At Level IV: 5%)
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1st Year Teacher Satisfaction Rate with Preparation at Shorter
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Employer Satisfaction Rate of Shorter 1st Year Teachers’ Preparation

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More Information

It is my pleasure to welcome you to Shorter University’s School of Education. We are a dedicated team of professionals with a passion for teaching and learning. With diverse backgrounds in teaching and administration in both public and private school settings, we strive to equip teacher candidates to meet the needs of all learners in today’s challenging classrooms.

Our candidates, or Teaching Hawks, have earned numerous accolades over the past several years. Teaching Hawks are sought after by local school systems and frequently land their first teaching jobs during student teaching. Many Teaching Hawks are collegiate athletes working hard to perform well on the field and in the classroom. Last, Teaching Hawks are also frequent flyers on the scholarship roster- Zell Miller Scholarship, Georgia Baptist Student Achievement Award, PAGE S. Marvin Griffin Scholarship, Sue Barrett Scholarship, Floyd County Retired Educators Scholarship, Delta Kappa Gamma Local Teacher’s Scholarship, and many more.

Thank you for taking the time to learn more about our majors and read the latest School of Education news on our website. If you have additional questions, please feel free to contact us. We would love to have you drop by to meet the members of our team. It’s a great day to be a Shorter Teaching Hawk!

Dr. Dana Cantrell King, Dean
Shorter University School of Education
Shorter College Middle Grades Education, Class of 1993

Our Mission

Reflecting the mission of Shorter, the Conceptual Framework of the School of Education establishes the foundation upon which Shorter prepares teachers to think Learners FirstOur mission is to provide exemplary classroom and field experiences for its teacher candidates so that they may become successful teachers dedicated to life-long learning, personal growth, collaborative effort, responsible citizenship, and community leadership in a global context. Upon successful completion of the program, Shorter graduates are expected to possess content, pedagogical, and curricular knowledge, but more importantly, it is expected Shorter graduates will demonstrate the professional dispositions to be caring professionals who are concerned for the needs of others, and able to assist others effectively in the learning process.

Our Vision

As our mission is accomplished, our vision is met. Our vision is to continue what the program has done so successfully over the years which is:

  1. to keep the needs of others uppermost,
  2. to adapt to change and help others make the desirable transitions,
  3. to uphold high standards of scholarship and professionalism,
  4. to model cultural diversity and global awareness, and
  5. to foster cooperation and collaboration in order to accomplish shared goals.

Read Our Conceptual Framework and Goals

Student Organizations

Collegiate Music Educators’ National Conference (CMENC )/ American Choral Directors’ Association (ACDA) – The purpose of this ACDA student chapter is to foster and promote the activity of choral singing which includes the organization, development, and understanding of choral activities. Specifically, the Shorter University ACDA chapter searches to serve the surrounding community through choral-related activities.

NAFME – NAFME is an organization of American music educators dedicated to advancing and preserving music education and as part of the core curriculum of schools in the United States. Advisor – Dr. Dustin Burgess

Kappa Delta Pi (KDP) – International Honor Society in Education, was founded in 1911 to foster excellence in education and promote fellowship among those dedicated to teaching. For over a century, the Society has consistently grown, starting with a local chapter to become the international organization it is today, with an initiated membership that exceeds 1.2 million! Shorter’s chapter of Kappa Delta Pi, the Alpha Zeta Theta chapter, was founded in 2011. Advisor- Mrs. Dena Tracy

Meet Our Faculty

Dr. Dana King
Dean of the School of Education and Professor of Education
Dr. Christy James
Associate Professor of Education
Dr. Tasha Perkins
Professor of Education and Director of Assessment and Accreditation
Dr. Marcus Washington
Associate Professor of Education
Mrs. Sheri A. Hudgins
Assistant Professor of Education
Dr. Vondell M. Ringer
Assistant Professor of Education
Mrs. Dena Tracy
Assistant Professor of Education
Mrs. Josie West
Assistant Professor of Education
Ms. Allison Schultz
School of Education Data Manager