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The mission of UTeach Columbus is to recruit and prepare highly qualified mathematics and science teachers who demonstrate excellence in teaching, scholarship, and professionalism. Ultimately, the result of efforts to achieve excellence will be improved student learning in P-12 math and science classrooms.


School partners play an important role in the preparation of teachers. P-12 classrooms provide real-world settings where teacher candidates can apply their knowledge and skills to help students learn math and science. Columbus State University partners with schools in Muscogee County, Harris County and Fort Benning. These school systems provide enriching and diverse settings for UTeach Columbus field experiences.

STEM Education Advisory Council

The STEM Education Advisory Council oversees program activities, establishes program policies, assesses progress in meeting goals, sets priorities and assigns tasks. Council members are:

  • Deborah Gober, Faculty, College of Education and Health Professions (COEHP)
  • Kimberly Shaw, Faculty, College of Letters and Sciences (COLS)
  • Tim Howard, Associate Dean, COLS
  • Deniz Peker, Faculty, COEHP
  • Jennifer Brown, Faculty, COEHP
  • Kenneth Jones, UTeach Master Teacher, COLS
  • Mike Edmondson, Woodrow Wilson Teaching Fellowship Master Teacher, COEHP
  • Carolyn Randolph, Woodrow Wilson Teaching Fellowship Master Teacher, COEHP
  • Victoria Andras, Clinical Faculty, COEHP
  • Denise Peppers, Director, Columbus Regional Mathematics Collaborative
  • Shawn Cruzen, Director, Coca Cola Space Science Center
  • Michael Dentzau, Director, Oxbow Meadows
  • Roger Hatcher, Director, Partner School Network
  • Jill Carroll, Development Coordinator, COLS
  • James Grant, Development Coordinator, COEHP
  • Michael Seckinger, Muscogee County School District
  • Keith Seifert, Director, Secondary Education, Muscogee County School District
  • Glenn Tidwell, Marion County Schools
  • Cassandra Tymes, Marion County Schools

About teaching

There is a critical shortage of STEM teachers — those qualified to teach science, technology, engineering and math-related courses — in Georgia and across the nation. Georgia colleges and universities aren't preparing enough STEM teachers to meet the needs of the state's middle and high schools.

Muscogee County School District: Salary Schedule for Teachers, 2015-2016

The starting salary for a teacher with a bachelor's degree and 0-2 years of experience is $33, 424 for 2015-16. Some school districts also offer a salary supplement. The supplement for Muscogee County School District is $2,887, bringing the total salary to $35, 311 for 2015-16. 

The starting salary for a teacher with a master's degree and 0-2 years of experience is $38,438 for 2015-16. With the salary supplement in Muscogee County, the total salary is $41,395.

For a complete teacher salary schedule, go to