About Bagwell College of Education

About BCOEKennesaw State University (KSU) is the school of choice for those who aspire to become P-12 professional educators.  As one of the top preparers of teachers in Georgia, our excellent faculty, staff, students, and alumni continue to contribute to the strong reputation of KSU’s Bagwell College of Education (BCOE).

At a Glance

  • Leading preparer of teachers in the state of Georgia
  • KSU’s first doctoral program was offered by the BCOE (Ed.D. in Leadership for Learning)
  • KSU’s first MOOC (Massive Open Online Course) was offered by the BCOE
  • New $20.3 million building addition opened to students in the spring of 2015
  • Recipient of the Exemplary Professional Development School Achievement Award from the National Association of Professional Development Schools
  • Recipient of the largest grant ever awarded to KSU, an $8.9 million Teacher Quality Partnership Grant that prepared pre-service teachers to work in multicultural urban K-12 school settings.
  • First college in the state to offer a M.Ed. in TESOL (Teaching English to Speakers of Other Languages)
  • Member of the Carnegie Project on the Education Doctorate (CPED)

Our History 

When benefactors Leland and Clarice Bagwell, longtime educators and active Kennesaw State University friends, made a generous gift to the university, their respect for the field of teacher education was recognized and the college of education was named for them.  Leland Bagwell - chemist, teacher, and entrepreneur - is remembered for his integrity as a teacher and as a respected business leader.  Clarice Bagwell was a teacher and esteemed community leader who served as a trustee of the KSU Foundation.  

Our college is relatively young, having been established initially as a division in 1978.  Today, the BCOE offers 69 degrees at all levels, from Bachelor to the Education Doctorate.  Our Ed.D. in Leadership for Learning was the first doctoral program offered at KSU.  And in keeping with our affinity for firsts, during the spring 2014 semester, we offered KSU’s first MOOC (Massive Open Online Course) in partnership with the KSU Distance Learning Center.  

Our Organization

Teacher education at KSU is a campus-wide effort as reflected through the Educator Preparation Provider (EPP) community that is led by the Dean of Bagwell College. Since its inception in 1994, our programs have been developed and delivered in a collaborative manner.  Faculty in the BCOE and teacher educators located in four other KSU colleges representing 14 departments collaborate to offer an extensive array of distinctive programs to prepare individuals to work effectively in 21st century P-12 environments.  The EPP also organizes and sponsors collaborative faculty development programs related to teacher education and current issues surrounding K-16 teaching and learning.  Preparing effective professional educators is a primary mission on the Kennesaw State University campus.   

Our Future

To accommodate our rapid growth, a 78,756 square-foot addition to our facility opened in the spring of 2015, bringing our total footprint to more than 140,000 square feet.  The Chantal and Tommy Bagwell Education Building addition houses 12 general classrooms, three computer labs, eight model classrooms, three student study areas, four student study rooms, the Academy for Language and Literacy, conference rooms, the dean's office, two departments and a research suite.  

Act Now!

Please join us as we prepare new teachers, experienced professionals, and educational leaders to use the latest technologies, strategies and methods to inspire all P-12 students to achieve at their maximum potential.  A wide array of online, hybrid, and face-to-face classes are offered to meet your scheduling needs.  As you navigate our website, remember that we are just a click or a phone call away, and we are eager to assist you