Staff Resources

Educational Opportunities

Valdosta State University Para to Teacher Program

Looking to go from a paraprofessional to certified teacher?  We wanted you to be aware that at Valdosta State University they have a program for elementary teachers that was specifically designed for paraprofessionals to become certified teachers. The program is fully online, the classes are 8 weeks in duration, and it has a unique all-inclusive pricing structure. You can learn more about the program here: https://www.valdosta.edu/programs/bs-elementary-education-online/  They have worked hard to ensure that people completing this program are as well qualified and ready to be in a classroom as people completing our traditional face-to-face program.

University of North Georgia Leadership Program

Information regarding UNG Ed Leadership programs again this year. They will have a virtual information session on November 9th and then again on December 13th. There will be more information sessions in the spring. Their Ed Leadership programs are completely online allowing them to meet the needs of our very busy educators from across Georgia. 

Here are links to the registration for the information sessions and click here for the program flyer.   

Tier 1 Info Sessions 

https://enroll.ung.edu/portal/tier1info  

Tier 2 Info Sessions 
https://enroll.ung.edu/portal/tier2info  

Gordon State College Para to Teacher Program

Gordon State College’s very affordable online parapro-to-teacher program. Since we are a state college within the University System of Georgia, our tuition is just $106.80 per credit hour. Qualifying parapros can earn a BSED in Elementary/Special Education or a BSED in Secondary Education in English for a very low total cost, often within just a few years.

We have outstanding faculty who are experts in their field, and currently, Gordon State College has 130 juniors and seniors in practicums and internships. We also offer online foundational courses all year long to help candidates prepare for one of our fall cohorts, and there are any parapros who would make outstanding teachers, we would be happy to speak with them.

Information about the parapro-to-teacher program is on our website here

Scholarship and Student Loan Information 

Georgia Retired Educators Foundation Annual Scholarship

The GRE Foundation, an affiliate of the Georgia Retired Educators Association, will be awarding ten $1,000.00 grants/scholarships to educators or paraprofessionals to use in a manner most suited to their individual need while pursuing a degree or an advanced degree in education. Any certified or classified employee who is employed in a Georgia, Pre-K through 12 school, is eligible to apply for the scholarship.

Please follow this link for more information about the GRE Annual Scholarship.

Click the link below for loan forgiveness information.

Loan Forgiveness Information Resource

ACE (American College of Education) February Information Webinar

Please click here for more information on this webinar, scheduled for February 20th.  Webinar to include topics of tuition reduction grant opportunities, program information and Q&A time.