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Point University – Attn: Enrollment
507 West 10th Street
West Point, GA 31833

FACULTY

James Donovan [bio]
Professor of Education, Department Chair
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Lacey A. Southerland, Ph.D. [bio]
Traditional Program Early Childhood Coordinator, Graduate & Professional Studies Chair of Education
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Susan Ryan, Ed.D. [bio]
Associate Professor of Education and English
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Tia Herrington, Ed.D. [bio]
Associate Professor of Education and Science, Middle Grades Coordinator
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Lynn Wiseley
Instructor of Education, Director of Data Management
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Kim Macenczak, Ph.D.
Professor of History, Secondary Education Coordinator
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Josh Noland
Adjunct Professor of Education
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Melissa Stinson
Adjunct Professor of Education
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The Department of Education offers the bachelor’s degrees in early childhood, middle grades and secondary education, each with a minor in biblical studies.

  • Child and Youth Development with specializations in Children’s Ministry, Early Childhood (Non-Licensure), and Youth Program Administration (B.S.)
  • Early Childhood Education (B.S. and B.A.)
  • Middle Grades Education (B.S.)
  • Secondary Education with specializations in Biology, English or History (B.S.)

 

OUR PURPOSE

Working with children and youth is one of the highest and noblest professions. Good Christian teachers, children’s ministers and youth workers help raise the quality of life for the children they serve!

The early childhood education program at Point endeavors to equip each student to be an effective practitioner and mentor teacher. A caring, effective mentor teacher is one who nurtures each child and fulfills the responsibilities of providing developmentally appropriate learning experiences to meet the needs, capabilities and interests of individual children in pre-kindergarten through grade five. A caring, effective mentor teacher also recognizes and respects individual differences and emphasizes the acquisition of essential skills, concepts and knowledge, along with the development of critical thinking, ethical and lawful social behavior and responsible citizenship.

The child and youth development program at Point is ideal for the person interested in working with children outside the school classroom setting. The program emphasizes the integration of knowledge of human development with the skills and expertise essential for developing, implementing and evaluating effective programs for children, youth and families.

OUR PROGRAMS

Early Childhood Education
The Early Childhood Education (ECE) program develops and trains early childhood educators equipped to teach Pre-K through 5th Grade who demonstrate the knowledge, skills, professional dispositions, and Christian attitudes associated with being an effective teacher. Each student will progress through three semesters of teacher education courses with field experiences and one semester of student-teaching experience in a local public elementary school. The degree programs in Early Childhood Education include the courses and field experiences necessary for the successful student to teach children in preschool through grade five.

Middle Grades Education
Middle Grades Education (MGE) program develops and trains middle grades educators equipped to teach 4th through 8th Grade who demonstrate the knowledge, skills, professional dispositions, and Christian attitudes associated with being an effective teacher. Students select two areas of concentration/specialization from the following: Language Arts, Social Studies, Math, and Science. The program includes three semesters of teacher education courses with field experiences and one semester of student teaching experience in a local public middle school. The degree in Middle Grades Education includes the courses and field experiences necessary for the successful student to teach children in grades four through eight.

Secondary Education

The Secondary Education (SED) develops and trains secondary grades educators equipped to teach 6th through 12th Grade who demonstrate the knowledge, skills, professional dispositions, and Christian attitudes associated with being an effective teacher. The Secondary Education major requires Education coursework and the equivalent coursework of a major in either Biology, English or History. The program includes three semesters of teacher education courses with field experiences and one semester of student teaching experience in a local public middle or high school. The degree in Secondary Education includes the courses and field experiences necessary for the successful student to teach children in grades six through twelve.

Child and Youth Development
Child and Youth Development program prepares servant leaders of children and youth who demonstrate the knowledge and skills necessary to effectively lead a variety of young learners in a diversity of settings. It is designed to prepare students to enter child and youth care settings, including day care centers, community-based programs such as the YMCA and Boys & Girls Club, youth corrections programs, children’s ministry, and nonprofit early childhood programs such as church preschools. Students take foundational course work in human development, education, and sociocultural contexts. The student selects an area of specialization – Children’s Ministry, Early Childhood (non-licensure), or Youth Programs Administration – and completes a 12-semester-hour internship in the area of specialization.

YOUR CAREER AND MINISTRY

In the last few years, graduates of the early childhood, middle grades and secondary education program have often been offered positions before completing their last year of classes. Point-educated teachers also receive high marks from their supervisors, colleagues and students, and are employed by educational institutions across the nation, both public and private. Many of our graduates also serve as effective teachers in the church setting.

The child and youth development major prepares students to enter a variety of child and youth care employment settings, ranging from day care centers to youth corrections programs; from community-based programs such as the YMCA and Boys & Girls Club to nonprofit early childhood programs such as church preschools. Students may also prepare for a career in children’s ministry, a perfect complement to the biblical studies minor earned by all Point graduates.

ACCREDITATION

The Department of Education, the University’s professional education unit, is accredited by the National Council for Accreditation of Teacher Education (NCATE) at the initial teacher preparation level, which was continued by the Continuous Improvement Commission of the Council for the Accreditation of Educator Preparation (CAEP) in 2014. The Georgia Professional Standards Commission  (PSC) has granted accreditation to the Early Childhood Education preparation program (preschool through fifth grade), the Middle Grades Education preparation program (fourth through eighth grade), the Secondary Education program in the areas of Biology, English, and History (sixth through twelfth grade), and the English to Speakers of Other Languages (ESOL) endorsement program.

When all criteria are met by the teaching candidate, graduates will be recommended by the Department of Education to the Georgia PSC for certification. The education degree program also includes the courses which lead to the endorsement in English to Speakers of Other Languages (ESOL).