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Bachelor of Science in Education in Early Childhood Education
The B.S.Ed. major in Early Childhood Education prepares teachers to work in classrooms with children in pre-kindergarten through fifth grade. The program reflects research and best practice in the field of early childhood education and teacher education. Candidates receive content and pedagogy in all academic disciplines taught in the early childhood classroom. The program further provides integration of the visual and musical arts within the context of specific content area methods courses. The broad and extensive field-based experiences effectively develop candidates' knowledge and ability to select and implement developmentally appropriate resources and activities for teaching and learning in diverse settings. Successful completion of this program leads to a recommendation for P-5 licensure and an endorsement to teach English to Speakers of Other Languages (ESOL) or dual certification in P-5 and Special Education.
Students are required to meet all University and College admission requirements. In addition, students must apply for teacher education prior to beginning coursework in Area G of the program.
To apply for the B.S.Ed. Early Childhood Program:
Program Financial Information
B.S.Ed. majors must pay all tuition and fees charged by the University and the College. A lab fee of $125 will be charged at the time students register for the student teaching experience. Educator preparation students must be aware that extra cost such as tort liability, criminal background check, and transportation will be incurred at various times during the completion of various teacher education field experiences, particularly during the students' senior year.
Program Academic Regulations
Program of Study: Students must complete 42 semester hours in Areas A-E of the undergraduate Core Curriculum. Courses in Area A must be completed with “C” or higher grades. All courses listed below in Areas F-G must be completed with a grade of “C” or higher unless otherwise noted. Semester hours are shown in parentheses following an entry.
Tort liability and criminal background check requirement: all students must show proof of tort liability insurance and consent to a criminal background investigation prior to any field experience.
Program Degree Requirements
B.S.Ed. students are required to meet the Georgia 2006 Technology Proficiency Requirement. Students enrolled in the Department of Early Childhood Education Teacher Education Programs at Georgia State University will complete this graduation and certification requirement by demonstrating competency on designated assignments embedded in the four semester course sequence.
Students seeking certification from the State of Georgia Professional Standards Commission are required to pass the GACE Basic Skills Assessment (or provide an exemption) and GACE Content Assessment in Early Childhood Education. The current options for satisfying the Basic Skills Assessment, including the exemptions, are outlined at www.gapsc.com/documentation/basicskillsinfo.asp. Under "Basic Skills Testing," go to "Options to Satisfy the Basic Skills Requirement." Students must pass the appropriate GACE Content Assessment prior to graduation (see www.gace.nesinc.com for more information).
Students must post passing scores on the appropriate GACE Content Assessment in order to be recommended by Georgia State University for clear, renewable certification.
There are two program options for completing the B.S.Ed. Degree in Early Childhood Education: the Initial Certification in PreK-5th grades with an endorsement to teach English to Speakers of Other Languages (ESOL) and the Dual Certification in Early Childhood and Special Education.
Concentration in Early Childhood Education (P-5) Certification with an ESOL Endorsement
Areas A-E: Core Curriculum Recommendations
Students must complete 42 semester hours in Areas A-E of the Undergraduate Core Curriculum. Courses in Area A must be completed with “C” or higher grades.
Semester hours are shown in parentheses following an entry.
Area F. Courses Appropriate for a Major (18)
Students must complete coursework with a grade of “C” or higher in Area F prior to admission to teacher education.
EDUC 2110 Investigating Critical & Contemporary Issues in Education (3)
EDUC 2120 Exploring Socio Cultural Perspectives on Diversity (3)
EDUC 2130 Exploring Teaching & Learning (3)
ISCI 2001 Life/Earth Science (3)
ISCI 2002 Physical Science (3)
MATH 2008 Foundations of Numbers and Operations (3)
Area G. Major Courses (57)
Students must complete all courses listed below in Areas G with a grade of “C” or higher unless otherwise noted. Students begin Area G of their programs as a cohort and must take courses in the sequence specified. The Department of Early Childhood Education provides a program manual describing course requirements and expectations.
Required concurrently (15):
ECE 3021 Child Development (3)
ECE 3255 ESOL: Cultural Foundations (3)
ECE 3600 Intro to Literacy Learning in Early Childhood and Elementary Education (3)
ECE 3661 Classroom Management in Early Childhood Education Field Experience I (3)
EXC 4020 Characteristics and Instructional Strategies for Students with Disabilities (3)
Required concurrently (15):
ECE 3601 Understanding Literacy Learning in Early Childhood and Elementary
ECE 3606 Science and Inquiry in Early Childhood Education (3)
ECE 3607 Mathematics Methods in Early Childhood Education (3)
ECE 3662 Classroom Management in Early Childhood Education Field Experience II (3)
Required concurrently (15):
ECE 3360 Assessment of Classroom Learning in Early Childhood Education (3)
ECE 3440 ESOL: Curriculum and Instruction (3)
ECE 3602 Digital Composing as Literacy Learning (3)
ECE 3605 Social Studies Methods in Early Childhood Education (3)
ECE 3663 Classroom Management in Early Childhood Education Field Experience III (3)
(Students must earn a grade of “B” or higher in ECE 3663)
Required prior to Area H (9 hours of Mathematics Courses)
Students may taken any 3000-level MATH-prefix courses but the department recommends:
MATH 3050 Geometry and Spatial Sense (3) (MATH 2008 is a prerequisite for this course)
MATH 3070 Introduction to Probability and Statistics I (3)
(MATH 2008 is a prerequisite for this course)
MATH 3090 Algebraic Concepts (3) (MATH 2008 is a prerequisite for this course)
Select one course (3):
AE 2300 Art and Music for Early Childhood (3)
MUS 2300 Art and Music for Early Childhood (3)
Area H. Student Teaching (12)
All program requirements must be satisfactorily completed before students are authorized to enroll in student teaching. Students must complete student teaching coursework in Area H with a grade of “C” or higher.
ECE 4650 Opening School Experience (0) (Required to successfully complete during the first fall semester preceding student teaching.)
ECE 4662 Student Teaching (12)
Students must post passing scores on the appropriate GACE Content Assessment in order to be recommended by Georgia State University for clear, renewable certification (see http://www.gace.nesinc.com/ for more information).
Total Program: minimum of 129 semester hours