Education Specialist in Early Childhood Education
A fully online program, the Education Specialist in Early Childhood Education (ECED) is designed to meet the current demands of teachers in grades P-5 as they pursue graduate preparation beyond the master's degree. In the program, you will complete content specific requirements in early childhood education. The program requires 33 semester hours and provides opportunities for you to:
Collaborate with others across disciplines
Explore teacher leadership opportunities and develop leadership skills
Apply and extend content knowledge and pedagogical skills through the examination of curriculum and instruction issues and research
Continue development of technology skills and develop skills in using technology to impact and assess student learning
*Conduct action research related to early childhood education
This program is an approved program by the Georgia Professional Standards Commission (PSC) and meets the PSC's certificate upgrade requirements with corresponding pay increase by Georgia public school systems.
Complete requirements for a Master’s degree from a regionally accredited institution.
Possess or be eligible for a Georgia level five certificate in Elementary Education, or possess or be eligible for a Georgia Certificate of Eligibility for level five Induction Certificate in Elementary Education. Candidates who have completed all requirements for the Georgia Certificate of Eligibility for a level five Induction Certificate have until the end of the first semester to obtain the certificate.
Present a 3.25 or higher GPA on all graduate work attempted.
Submit a personal statement of purpose, not to exceed 200 words, that identifies the applicant’s reasons for pursuing graduate study and how admission into the program relates to the applicant’s professional aspirations.
Complete ‘Disclosure and Affirmation questions’ that address misconduct disclosure, criminal background check, the Code of Ethics for Educators, and tort liability insurance.
Prerequisite Coursework: EDUF 7130 – Learning Theories and Applications and EDUR 7130 – Educational Research
Applicants may be approved for provisional admission based on the quality of the admission material presented. Provisional students must earn grades of ‘B’ or higher in their first nine (9) hours of course work after admission and meet any other stipulations outlined by the department to be converted to regular status.
*International transcripts must be evaluated by a NACES accredited evaluation service and must be a course by course evaluation and include a GPA. (www.naces.org)