Producing Educators for Georgia Schools


Principals rate our graduates as strong.

We consistently receive high marks from the administrators who employ our graduates.

Our candidates and graduates are well prepared.

Our candidates have deep knowledge of their content and how to teach teach it, they understand the needs of students and are able to plan and differentiate instruction to meet students needs.  99% of our 2015-2016 initial teacher preparation candidates passed the edTPA performance assessment required for certification in Georgia. Our graduates are learner-ready on their first day in the classroom.

Our candidates take jobs in Georgia’s public schools and stay.

Workforce data indicate 94.5% of 2015 Georgia State completers who took jobs in Georgia public schools remained in the classroom the subsequent year. Of the 2014 completers, 90.3% were still in the classroom two years after graduation.

The map below shows the patterns of employment for our graduates across the years 2010-2014 in different school counties across the state of Georgia. A total of 1,492 graduates in these five years took employment in Georgia public school systems.


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Our candidates take jobs in high-needs urban schools.

For the years 2010-2014, of the GSU graduates who started teaching in Georgia Public schools, 80% or more took their first jobs in high-needs public schools (with 2011 being an exception year when 67% of our graduates who started teaching, worked in high-needs public schools). The two-years-out retention rate for graduates who started teaching in high-needs public schools in 2012 was 78%.

GSU Cohort % of Completers Taking Jobs in Georgia Public Schools Retention Rates
One year Two years
2012 51.9% 89.8% 84%
2013 57.1% 88.1% 83%
2014 69.4% 94.5% 90.3%
2015 73.9% 94.7% NA
2016 70% NA NA

Note: The numbers in this table represent unduplicated counts of graduates who may have completed multiple programs/endorsements.

Total GSU Yield Yield and Retention in High-Needs Schools
GSU Yield in High Needs Schools one year two years
2010 290 247 (85%) 221 (76%) 202 (70%)
2011 345 216 (67%) 192(72%) 182(68%)
2012 294 237 (80%) 253 (86%) 229 (78%)
2013 269 216 (80%) 187 (73%)
2014 288 236(82%)

*Note: High-needs schools have more than 50% children on free/reduced lunch rate or have more than 60% minority enrollment.

Georgia County Distribution of Georgia State New Teachers

Year of Completion Number of Counties Hiring GSU New Teachers Top 5 Counties Employing GSU New Teachers
2016 25 Dekalb, Fulton, Gwinnett, APS, Clayton
2015 24  DeKalb, Fulton, APS, Gwinnett, Clayton
2014 25 DeKalb, Gwinnett, Fulton, APS, Cobb/Clayton
2013 24 DeKalb, Fulton, Gwinnett, APS, Cobb
2012 34 Fulton, Gwinnett, Atlanta, DeKalb, Cobb
2011 33 Fulton, DeKalb, APS, Gwinnett, Cobb/Clayton
2010 30 DeKalb, Fulton, Gwinnett, Cobb, APS


The following tables shows the number of GSU graduates who got jobs in Georgia public schools and were teaching in a field that GSU prepared them in.

GSU Graduates teaching in-field
Year GSU Yield Teaching in field
2011 291 271 (93%)
2012 346 312 (90%)
2013 270 254 (94%)
2014 280 256 (91%)

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