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Welcome to Mercer University’s College of Education

At Mercer, we are committed to the pursuit of excellence in every aspect of educator preparation. With a variety of degree and certification programs for aspiring teachers and those with experience in the field, the Tift College of Education prepares our students to make a difference in the classroom, in the community, and around the world.


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What's your goal?

I want to become a certified teacher.

If you do not currently hold a bachelor’s degree or if you hold a degree that did not lead to teaching certification, explore your options to gain initial teacher certification.

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I want to upgrade my Georgia educator certificate.

For teachers who currently hold standard renewable teacher certification, prepare to further hone your skills and expertise to take on a new role at your school.

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I want to advance my career in P–12 educational leadership.

For educators seeking to enter or advance within educational leadership, prepare to lead the way in P-12 public or independent schools and systems.

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I want to advance my career in higher education.

If you would like to establish or continue growing your career in higher education, take a look at our higher education leadership programs.

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After graduating from Mercer, my Mercer mentor worked with me to ensure I was successful in my own classroom by coming to observe me in action and provide me with feedback, by providing me with resources to meet the needs of all my students, and by supporting me through my teaching journey.

Shakevia Robinson
M.A.T. in Secondary Education, ’18 | Ed.S. in Teacher Leadership, ‘21
Eighth Grade Math Teacher, Stockbridge Middle School

Alumna Shakevia Robinson

Tift College helped develop and prepare me for a classroom of my own through its exceptional hands-on curriculum and field experiences. I am forever thankful for professors who guided me and taught me so much in my time at Mercer.

Kasey Thom
B.S.Ed. Elementary/Special Education – The Holistic Child '20
First Grade Teacher, Springdale Elementary School