We are a community of Early Childhood educators committed to equity, collaboration and excellence in field-based teacher education, research and service.
As a community of Early Childhood educators we are striving to be: diverse, research oriented, innovative, collaborative, recognized leaders in the field while maintaining our field based focus.
We value competence, diversity, well being of child, collaboration, reflection, trailblazing innovation, commitment, inquiry, caring trust, humor and initiative.
The Department of Early Childhood Education at Georgia State University prepares educators in the life-long continuum as leaders, thinkers, and facilitators of change. The preparation of these educators requires rigorous programs of study which recognize that knowledgeable teaching is a complex act based on deep understandings about pedagogy, learning, learners, subject matter content, and how these areas of understanding interact in the teaching-learning process. Our department faculty recognizes the need for a strong field-based component in all of its programs to develop insightful, facilitative, and effective teaching. Teaching is viewed as a facilitative process which requires the continual application of knowledge and skills in the classroom.
The Department of Early Childhood Education is comprised of a diverse group of full-time clinical and tenure-track faculty. These faculty coordinate and teach both undergraduate and graduate students enrolled in the initial certification programs and the advanced-degree programs. There are faculty affiliated with the Reading Recovery and Literacy Collaborative programs, and the Department administers the Lanette L. Suttles and Capitol Hill Child Development Centers, Best Practices training for Georgia's Pre-K program and the Saturday School for Scholars and Leaders.