If you are interested in working with students in grades P-5 or already hold teacher certification in early childhood education, the Department of Elementary and Special Education provides degree programs designed for you.
*The name of the programs listed below will change to Elementary Education effective August 2018*
The B.S.Ed. in Early Childhood Education program is for undergraduate students and leads to initial teacher certification in early childhood education. It includes an optional dual-certification track that adds initial certification in P-5 special education.
The M.A.T. in Early Childhood Education program is for candidates who already hold a bachelor’s degree and who are interested in a career as a teacher of young children. ***Since our new MAT program in Early Childhood Education will not begin until Summer 2017, applications for that program will not be due until 2017.***
Please use this link above to learn more about the M.A.T. in Early Childhood Education program.
The M.Ed. in Early Childhood Education program and the Ed.S. in Early Childhood Education program provide advanced teacher preparation and will qualify you for teacher certification upgrades.
Each of the programs is based upon the concept of developmentally appropriate practices and the value of diverse, intensive field experiences working with diverse student populations. The programs are approved by the Georgia Professional Standards Commission (PSC).
Upon successful completion of the B.S.Ed. program and passing the Georgia Assessments for the Certification of Educators (GACE) content exam in early childhood education (or dual-certification), you will qualify for Georgia’s P-5 teacher induction certification. The program is an NCATE accredited, Georgia Professional Standard’s Commission approved program that is recognized through reciprocity in many other states in the U.S. Graduates of this program is prepared to teach in public or private school systems.
M.Ed. and Ed.S. graduates serve as master teachers in their schools, clinical supervisors for student teachers, and staff professionals in school systems.