Early Childhood Education BSEd/Early Childhood Education MEd

Teachers can have great impact on the social, personal, and intellectual development of individuals. Their influence stems from a love of learning, a talent for awakening students to new modes of thinking, an understanding of the human development process, and professional skills. Teachers can be found in almost every sector of society, and they instruct a wide range of topics. While specific course requirements vary among disciplines, most teachers will fulfill the academic requirements of a major in a chosen field, will be literate in the history, philosophy, psychology, sociology and methodology of education, and have developed initial teaching skills through supervised clinical experiences. Graduates are in high demand in school systems across the state of Georgia and beyond. For the last several years, nearly 100% of recent graduates seeking teaching positions had job offers before the end of their final semester in the program. Graduates are recommended for a master's level teaching certificate (T-5), which earns a higher teaching salary in Georgia and in most states across the U.S.

Admission to Program

Students will be admitted into the pathway at the time that they apply for entrance into the professional preparation program in Early Childhood. The Early Childhood B.S.Ed. program is four semesters (blocks) of coursework and typically begins in semester five or six of the undergraduate program. Applicants submit a statement of purpose and a resume. Students must have a 3.2 or higher overall GPA and a minimum of 60+ hours of coursework completed. Students will complete a two-question entrance essay application. Students must pass or exempt the GACE Program Admission Assessment to enter the the undergraduate Early Childhood Education professional program. All applicants must have a 2.5 GPA or higher by state mandate for admission into a teacher preparation program.

Curriculum

Graduate-level courses that may be used to satisfy undergraduate and graduate program requirements.

EDEC 6015, 3 EDEC 6025, 3 EDEC 6030, 3 EDEC 7040, 3

Additional requirements that are unique to this Double Dawgs program:

N/A

Admission to Graduate Program

Students will apply to the graduate program in semester eight or nine to be ready for M.Ed. graduate coursework in summer of year four or fall of year five (spring undergraduate admits). Admission will include submission of the Graduate School application. All other materials would have been collected at the time of pathway admission. Student transcripts will be evaluated by the program faculty to determine progress in the four pathway courses prior to a formal entrance recommendation to the Graduate School.

Program Advisor

  • Name: Laura Kelley
  • Email: lmkelley@uga.edu
  • Phone: 706-542-4244
  • Address: 606B Aderhold Hall

Undergraduate Major Information

  • Major: Early Childhood Education B.S.Ed.
  • Department/College: Educational Theory and Practice

Advising Contact

  • Name: Laura Kelley
  • Email: lmkelley@uga.edu
  • Phone: 706-542-4244
  • Address: 606B Aderhold Hall

Graduate Major Information

  • Major: Early Childhood Education M.Ed.
  • Department/College: Educational Theory and Practice

Advising Contact

  • Name: Laura Kelley
  • Email: lmkelley@uga.edu
  • Phone: 706-542-4244
  • Address: 606B Aderhold Hall