College of Education

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Welcome to the College of Education at Brenau University.
Thank you for visiting us as you consider education program options.

The College of Education prepares students for positions in the teaching field through its undergraduate and graduate teacher certification programs and advancement opportunities in the field for certified teachers completing graduate degrees. Brenau has an unparalleled record in that arena. Brenau credentials historically have placed applicants for positions in public or private schools in good standing with prospective employers. More than 600 Brenau graduates work in teaching jobs in and around the north Georgia community alone.

Brenau University College of Education’s superb, highly qualified and academically productive faculty members collectively possess extensive years of classroom and administrative experience. The college has a long history, having prepared teachers since the founding of the institution in 1878.

Dr. Sandra Leslie - A Message from the Dean

“A teacher affects eternity;  he can never tell where his influence stops.”
Henry B. Adams

We appreciate the interest you are showing in the Brenau University College of Education and its programs by visiting our web page.  The college has a long and rich tradition of preparing candidates to enter the public schools and other agencies of Georgia as well as the region.

The mission of the College of Education is the preparation of teachers.  Central to all of our programs is our conceptual framework.  This framework is knowledge-based, reflects current research, and its overall philosophy and purpose provide a rationale for our coursework, field and clinical experiences.

Our framework is based on the vision that “education professionals from Brenau University will take active roles in planning, implementing and evaluating effective teaching practices through reflective decisions relating to content, pedagogy, and the learner”.  It is the belief of faculty that candidates must have a strong grounding in the content knowledge necessary to guide learners and must also possess the skills needed to respond to the needs of the learners; this grounding is supported by the liberal arts mission of the institution.

Please spend some time looking at our programs.  The dean, faculty and staff are available to answer any questions you might have as you begin studying to become a teacher.  If you are already teaching, consider a master’s or education specialist degree to enhance your skill as a professional.

“The mind is not a vessel to be filled, but a fire to be kindled.” – Plutarch


Dr. Sandra L. Leslie
Dean, College of Education
Brenau University


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The College of Education at Brenau University is accredited by the National Council for Accreditation of Teacher Education (NCATE), This accreditation covers initial teacher preparation programs and advanced educator preparation programs at Augusta, Fairburn, Norcross, Gainesville and online. However, the accreditation does not include individual education courses that the institution offers to P-12 educators for professional development, relicensure, or other purposes.

Originally impacting education in northeast Georgia, the College of Education now extends its reach far beyond through undergraduate and graduate programs, including a education specialist advanced degree track, operating throughout the state in Gainesville, North Atlanta – Norcross, South Atlanta – Fairburn and Augusta and around the globe through fully accredited online programs.

Please click here to see our Brenau College of Education Data Factsheet

General inquiries:, (770) 534-6299 or (800) 252-5119 | Admissions:, (770) 534-6100 or (800) 252-5119 ext. 6100