The Department of African-American Studies offers a pre-education track with a concentration in history for students who wish to become public school teachers and to be certified to teach by completing the initial teacher preparation alternative M.Ed. program in Social Studies Education in the College of Education (or a similar master’s level initial preparation program at another university). The pre-education track in African-American studies develops teachers to work effectively in multi-cultural classrooms. The pre-education track in African-American Studies prepares teachers to teach students from diverse ethnic, gender, cultural, and social class groups by offering curricula that examine the histories and experiences of people of African descent and aspects of cultural identity formation in the U.S., Africa, and the Caribbean. This track also prepares educators to develop their students to be citizens of a global community.
Students who wish to pursue the preeducation track in African-American studies must take ten designated upper-division major courses (33 credit hours) and complete the course work in three of the following allied fields: political science (9), geography (9), and economics (9), but only one of these behavioral sciences: anthropology, sociology, and psychology. After completion of the above requirements, the student will be awarded a Broad Field Social Science Pre-Education Certificate.
For the official university guidelines, please see the Georgia State University undergraduate catalog.