Birth Through Five (B-5) Scholarship
Georgia State University has partnered with Atlanta Technical College, Georgia Piedmont Technical College and Gwinnett Technical College to select up to 15 technical college early childhood education graduates for “B-5 STAR” scholarships.These scholarships will provide funds to complete a bachelor’s degree in Birth Through Five at GSU. Candidates will be selected to begin the program in the fall semester, 2013. The deadline to apply for GSU/B-5 program admission and the scholarship is May 1, 2013.
- Student must be a graduate of the Early Childhood Care and Education (ECCE) degree program from an accredited technical college in the Technical College System of Georgia. Preference will be given to ECCE graduates from Atlanta Technical College, Georgia Piedmont Technical College (formerly DeKalb Technical College) and Gwinnett Technical College, as partners in the grant that makes these scholarships possible.
- Student must have a minimum 3.2 GPA (in ECCE major) and a 2.75 GPA overall
- Student must have completed Areas A-E in the university core curriculum by the end of summer term 2013 (Graduates from ECCE degree programs will have satisfied the requirements for all six courses in Area F for the B-5 program); see Transfer Guide for technical college students
- Student has applied and been accepted for admission to GSU
- Student has completed the Birth Through Five (B-5) teacher education program application. A departmental interview and writing sample will be scheduled for all applicants who submit a completed packet by the deadline.
- Student must submit a copy of GACE Basic Skills score report or copy of SAT or ACT scores
- Student must complete a criminal background check at StudentCheck
- Student must show a pattern of service, community involvement or professional leadership (for example, in volunteerism, student organizations)
- Student must have a letter of recommendation from the Technical College supervisor of her/his early childhood internship
- Student must have a letter of recommendation from the Head/Director of a community agency/ organization that has knowledge of her/his volunteer service
- Student must be available for placement in a metro-Atlanta early care center up to 20 hours per week throughout the program
The Birth Through Five Program at Georgia State University
Graduates of this innovative program are prepared for a variety of roles to work with young children and families, including children with special education needs. Graduates earn:
- A Bachelor of Science in Education (B.S.E.) : Birth Through Five
- Georgia Teacher Certification (birth through Kindergarten)
- The Preschool Special Education Endorsement (Age 3-5)
Job opportunities in the B-5 field include:
- Certified Kindergarten and Pre-K Teacher
- Head Start Program Professional
- Early Childhood Program Director
- Child Care Center Teacher
- Preschool Special Education Teacher
- Home Visitor Program Specialist
- Family Agency Professional
- Child Care Center Owner-Operator
- Early Intervention Specialist
Click here for more information on the B-5 Program.