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Bachelor's in education now available from ABAC
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TIFTON  - Georgia Southwestern State University and Abraham Baldwin Agricultural College are doing their part to combat the teacher shortage in Georgia.
Beginning with the 2008 fall semester, GSW will offer a bachelor's degree in early childhood education on the ABAC campus in Tifton.
"We are excited that the Board of Regents has approved our proposal to offer an education degree on the ABAC campus," said GSW President Kendall Blanchard. "With the shortage of teachers across the state, particularly in Southwest Georgia, this program will not only serve ABAC students who want to enter the teaching field but also the larger community served by the college. It also strengthens the important partnership between Georgia Southwestern and ABAC."
 "All our surveys indicated that a four-year education degree in Tifton would attract a large number of students," ABAC President David Bridges said. "Georgia Southwestern really stepped up to the plate to make this happen. I think it's going to be a win-win situation for everyone."
This program will allow ABAC students to earn junior and senior level credits toward a Bachelor of Science degree in early childhood education without having to leave Tifton. Approximately 30 students already have signed up for courses.
The addition of the early childhood degree at ABAC is the second new GSW degree offered for the 2008 fall term on the Tifton campus.
A Bachelor of Business Administration degree in resource management with concentrations in agribusiness, forestry and wildlife business, bioenergy and renewable resource business and turfgrass business will begin in fall 2008 as well. GSW also will continue to offer junior and senior level night classes on the ABAC campus for four-year business degrees in management and accounting.
The financial aid deadline for the ABAC fall term is July 15. The admissions application deadline is Aug. 5. Fall semester classes begin Aug. 18.
For more information about the GSW bachelor's degree in early childhood education at ABAC, contact the Georgia Southwestern School of Education at 229-931-2145 or ABAC at 229-391-4830.

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