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Department of Teacher Education, Leadership, and Counseling

About the Department

Skilled teachers, educational leaders, and counselors have the power to transform communities. At Columbus State University, we're educating the innovators of tomorrow ― visionaries who are creating more inclusive, effective, and sustainable organizations around the world.

The department is committed to immersive educational opportunities. As a student, you'll learn through traditional coursework, lab and field experiences, computer simulations, and video. If you're new to the field, courses in the foundational areas of educational research and psychology will prepare you take the next step in your education.

Join a community of engaged, empathetic learners ― future school and clinical counselors, education policy makers, and university faculty members. Our instructors will help you every step of the way through one-on-one learning and professional mentorships.

 

Create Your Future

The Department of Teacher Education, Leadership, and Counseling offers a number of degrees and minors. Explore your options here.

Department Degree Programs
Program Type Programs Available
Bachelor's Elementary Education (B.S.Ed.), Middle Grades Education (B.S.Ed.), Special Education – Reading (B.S.Ed.)
Master's Clinical Mental Health Counseling (M.S.), Curriculum and Instruction in Accomplished Teaching (M.Ed.)1, Education (M.A.T.)1, Educational Leadership (M.Ed.)1, Educational Leadership - Higher Education (M.Ed.)1, Elementary Education (M.A.T.), Elementary Education (M.Ed.)1, Middle Grades Education (M.A.T.), Middle Grades Education (M.Ed.), School Counseling (M.Ed.), Secondary Education (M.A.T.), Secondary Education (M.Ed.), Special Education (M.A.T.), Special Education (M.Ed.)1, Teacher Leadership (M.Ed.)1
Doctoral Curriculum and Leadership - Curriculum (Ed.D.), Curriculum and Leadership - Educational Leadership (Ed.D.), Curriculum and Leadership - Higher Education Administration (Ed.D.)2
Specialist Educational Leadership (Ed.S.)1, Elementary Education (Ed.S.)1, Middle Grades Education (Ed.S.), Secondary Education (Ed.S.), Special Education (Ed.S.)
Minors Elementary Education, UTeach
Graduate Certificates Online Teaching Graduate Certificate1
Graduate Endorsements K–5 Mathematics Graduate Endorsement1, Online Teaching Graduate Endorsement1, Reading Graduate Endorsement1, STEM Teaching (P–12) Graduate Endorsement, Teacher Leadership Graduate Endorsement1

Notes:

  1. Online option is available.
  2. Online option is available for Higher Education Administration track.

Note for Out-of-State Students

If you will be living outside of Georgia while enrolled in courses, please visit our Program State Authorizations and Approvals page before applying to find out if Columbus State University is able to offer your program of interest where you will be living.

If you will be living internationally, or have any questions about state authorization or professional licensure authorization, please contact the State Authorization office at state_authorization@columbusstate.edu. Please include in your email:

  • Your name
  • Where you will be physically present while taking classes
  • Program of interest

The State Authorization office can only address questions related to state or licensing board approvals, for all other questions please contact the appropriate department:

Visit our Out-of-State Student page for more information for students living out of state.

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Learn From the Best

The Department of Teacher Education, Leadership, and Counseling is home to many accomplished faculty members. Several are highly regarded as experts and have been recognized with notable honors and awards. Thanks to a low student-to-faculty ratio, you'll be sure to receive an excellent education in our degree programs.

 

Dr. Deniz Peker
Professor / Department Chair

 

Dr. Parul Acharya
Associate Professor - Foundation Program

 

Dr. Erinn Bentley
Professor / Assistant Director, CGE

 

Dr. Gregory Blalock
Associate Professor

 

Dr. Basil Conway
Associate Professor

 

Dr. Michael Dentzau
Associate Professor / Director, Oxbow Meadows Environmental Learning Center

 

Hillary Ellerman
Assistant Professor of Counseling Education

 

Dr. Toni Franklin
Associate Professor

 

Dr. Aaron R. Gierhart
Assistant Professor

 

Dana Griggs
Assistant Professor of Educational Leadership

 

Dr. Tugce Gul
Assistant Professor of Science Education

 

Katherine Hammonds
UTeach Co-director / Assistant Professor of Secondary Ed: Mathematics

 

Dr. Anna Hart
Assistant Professor of Teacher Leadership / Assessment Director

 

Dr. Charlotte Henderson
Assistant Professor of Elementary Education

 

Dr. Hanna Lainas
Assistant Professor of Counselor Education

 

Christopher LeMieux
Assistant Professor of Educational Leadership

 

Dr. Jennifer Lovelace
Assistant Professor of Higher Education / Director, Doctoral Programs

 

Dr. Saoussan Maarouf
Associate Professor

 

Lauren Neal
Associate Professor of Educational Research

 

Dr. Patricia Patrick
Associate Professor

 

Dr. Kalynn Pistorio
Assistant Professor of Special Education

 

Lauren Santarelli
Assistant Professor

 

Sarah Sharpe
Assistant Professor of Elementary Education

 

Dr. Kimberly Stokes
Part Time Limited Term Faculty

 

Dr. Jessica VanValkenburgh
Assistant Professor of Middle Grades and Curriculum and Instruction

 

Dr. Jennifer Vanslander
Assistant Professor of Literacy Education

 

Dr. Robert Waller
Assistant Professor

 

Dr. Steven Wright
Assistant Professor of Counseling Education

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We Can Help

Columbus State University offers students a number of scholarships each year. Learn more about available scholarships.

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Who We Are

The Department of Teaching, Leadership, and Counseling offers undergraduate, graduate, and doctoral degrees in the fields of Teacher Education, Teacher Leadership, Educational Leadership, School Counseling, and Clinical Mental Health Counseling. The department emphasizes instruction and rigorous application of theory through performance-based instruction that culminates in real-world experience.

Courses are delivered using traditional methods and modern technologies, including online, distance learning, and web-enhanced instruction. Campus courses are taught in technology-equipped classrooms. Instruction is augmented through technology to include computer simulations, video, and laboratory experiences on campus and in the field.

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