Adam Kho teaching in front of a dry erase board

What Our Graduates Say

“I’m establishing some great relationships and, hopefully, setting a good example as a positive male role model in their lives. All students can learn and want to succeed; you just have to find a way to reach them.”

Adam Kho
2010 Graduate, Master of Arts in Teaching, Mathematics Education
Instructional Coach, Alonzo A. Crim Open Campus High School, Atlanta

The College of Education & Human Development has maintained and enhanced our longstanding commitment to welcoming career changers. In 2010, for example, we produced 555 teachers, of which 356 (64%) were part of non-traditional route programs such as our graduate level Master of Arts in Teaching programs or other post-baccalaureate programs.


“If I had to use one word to sum it all up, I would say community. This program built a community of teachers who can rely on each other. And what’s nice about the Urban Mathematics Educator Program (UMEP) is that even after we graduated, we still get together with our professors and classmates.”

Andrew Zier
UMEP Scholar
7th and 8th Grade Math Teacher
Brown Middle School, Atlanta

The Urban Mathematics Educator Program (UMEP) at Georgia State University, funded by the National Science Foundation’s Robert Noyce Teacher Scholarship Program, is helping to fill the critical need for high quality secondary mathematics teachers in urban schools. Thirty-seven scholars have completed the program since it began in 2005, and 33 of these scholars are currently teaching in high-need schools.

To date, 90% of UMEP graduates who began teaching in 2006-2008 have remained in teaching beyond three years.


NIa Bernard teaching in front of a class of students“The benefit is that the teacher residents will be in a classroom and they will become part of the school’s culture. They will know more about the student population they are working with, and they will be more confident in the first two years of teaching, when we typically lose teachers in the field.”

Gwen Benson, Ph.D.
CEHD Associate Dean of School, Community and International Partnerships

Pictured:  Nia Bernard
Former Teacher Resident and 2011 Graduate, Master of Arts in Teaching, Middle Level Education
Teacher, Ronald E. McNair Middle School, College Park, Ga.

Similar to medical residency programs, Georgia State master’s students are working full-time under the supervision of an experienced teacher mentor for an entire academic year, as part of the Network for Enhancing Teacher Quality (NET-Q) Teacher Residency Program. Residents are placed in high-need schools, typically those where 45 percent or more of the school’s population receives free or reduced lunch.

Georgia State’s teacher residents are paid a stipend of $25,000 to teach “in-demand” content areas such as math or science. Residents also gain instructional experience with students with special needs or students who are learning English along with the subject matter.