Dr. Barta

Message from the Dean

Welcome and thank you for visiting our website!

Welcome and thank you for your interest in Mercer University's Tift College of Education. We are the largest private preparer of educators in Georgia offering a variety of coursework, fieldwork placements, and instructional options to meet the multiple needs of our increasingly diverse student populations. Our mission is to prepare candidates to "blend theory with practice, to think critically, and to interact effectively in a technologically complex, global society." 

The educational profession today is one of the most challenging and necessary components of our ever-changing society. When done well, education is a transformative process, and that process is a central theme in Tift. We embrace a conceptual framework of the Transformational Educator guided by the principles - to know, to do and to be. Firmly grounded in research based and experience rich instruction, we offer a broad venue of career paths whether you are a novice teacher, are looking to add an endorsement or certification, or wish to earn an advanced degree.

We do this by:
  • Preparing our students to be reflective, collaborative, responsive decision makers, facilitators, and role models in the classroom, the school, the community, and the global environment
  • Designing innovative and relevant, career-focused programs with both the traditional and non-traditional student in mind. These include Bachelors, Masters, Specialist, and Ph.D. degree programs, and Initial and Advance Certificates
  • Offering diverse field experiences and internships that complement and enhance what students learn in the classroom so that they benefit from hands-on learning experiences
  • Delivering programs at campuses and regional academic centers throughout Georgia, and online, so that our programs are accessible to all who chose education as their profession

We strive to be increasingly collaborative partners with the school districts throughout the state with whom we work. We offer innovative programming to provide teachers the cutting edge knowledge and skills they need to be successful educators wherever they may serve. We are enhancing our emphasis to offer broader international opportunities and experiences for our students because we know even if you never leave Georgia, the world is coming here.

Allow us to partner with you to help you meet your educational and career goals. Please explore our Website to learn of all we offer. Call us or better yet, come visit us at any of our locations. Together we can be the difference and transform the world through education at Mercer!


Jim Barta, Ph.D.
Tift College of Education