What does it cost?
Check out our cost calculator or visit student financial services for information on estimated costs.

How long will it take?

Minimum of 129 semester hours

Where can I take classes?
Atlanta Campus

Am I required to take classes at a specific location?
Atlanta Campus

Application Deadlines View Admissions Requirements

  • Fall: June 1

Elementary Education, B.S.Ed.

The elementary education bachelor’s degree program prepares teachers to work with children in pre-kindergarten through fifth grade. The program reflects research and evidence-based practice in the field of early childhood education, elementary education and teacher education.

We offer two concentrations:

  • Early childhood education (pre-kindergarten through 5th grade) certification with an English to Speakers of Other Languages (ESOL) endorsement
  • Early childhood education (pre-kindergarten through 5th grade) and early childhood special education (pre-kindergarten through 5th grade) dual certification

Our students receive content and pedagogy in all academic disciplines taught in elementary classrooms. There are also opportunities for teacher preparation in dual immersion settings.

The program provides integration of the visual, theatrical and musical arts in the context of digital technology. The broad and extensive field-based experiences effectively develop your knowledge and ability to select and implement developmentally appropriate technology, resources and activities for teaching and learning in diverse settings across grade levels.

Elementary Education, B.S.Ed.

The elementary education bachelor’s degree program prepares teachers to work with children in pre-kindergarten through fifth grade. The program reflects research and evidence-based practice in the field of early childhood education, elementary education and teacher education.

We offer two concentrations:

  • Early childhood education (pre-kindergarten through 5th grade) certification with an English to Speakers of Other Languages (ESOL) endorsement
  • Early childhood education (pre-kindergarten through 5th grade) and early childhood special education (pre-kindergarten through 5th grade) dual certification

Our students receive content and pedagogy in all academic disciplines taught in elementary classrooms. There are also opportunities for teacher preparation in dual immersion settings.

The program provides integration of the visual, theatrical and musical arts in the context of digital technology. The broad and extensive field-based experiences effectively develop your knowledge and ability to select and implement developmentally appropriate technology, resources and activities for teaching and learning in diverse settings across grade levels.

What does it cost?

Check out our cost calculator or visit student financial services for information on estimated costs.

How long will it take?

Minimum of 129 semester hours

Where can I take classes?
Atlanta Campus

Am I required to take classes at a specific location?
Atlanta Campus

Application Deadlines
View Admissions Requirements

  • Fall: June 1

Careers

Our graduates have taken jobs as:

  • Early childhood and elementary education teachers (pre-kindergarten through 5th grades)
  • English to Speakers of Other Languages (ESOL) teachers
  • Special education teachers (general curriculum, pre-kindergarten through 5th grades)
  • Dual immersion teachers

Program Details

Program Requirements (view the catalog listing to see the areas)

  • Minimum 2.75 overall grade point average on all undergraduate coursework previously completed
  • Successfully completed all courses in Area A-F
  • Participate in an informational session

As part of the application process, you must also:

Once you have all the above at hand you can apply here.

Program of Study

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.

MATH 1070 Elementary Statistics (3) is recommended in Area D for elementary education majors.

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.

Required (18):

  • EDUC 2110 Investigating Critical and Contemporary Issues in Education (3)
  • EDUC 2120 Exploring Socio Cultural Perspectives on Diversity (3)
  • EDUC 2130 Exploring Teaching and Learning (3)
  • ISCI 2001 Integrated Science I: Life/Earth Sciences (3)
  • ISCI 2002 Integrated Science II: Physical Sciences (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 and Elementary Education provides a program manual describing course requirements and expectations.

  • ECE 3021 Child Development (3)
  • ECE 3255 ESOL: Cultural Foundations-CTW (3)
  • ECE 3360 Assessment of Classroom Learning in Early Childhood Education (3)
  • ECE 3390 Teacher as Responsible Practitioner in the 21st Century-CTW (3)
  • ECE 3400 Reading Methods in Elementary Education (3)
  • ECE 3440 ESOL: Curriculum and Instruction (3)
  • ECE 3600 Language and Literacy Inquiry (3)
  • ECE 3602 Writing and Composing in the Digital Age (3)
  • ECE 3603 Mathematics Methods in Elementary Education: Primary Grades (3)
  • ECE 3604 Mathematics Methods in Elementary Education: Upper Grades (3)
  • ECE 3605 Social Studies Methods in Early Childhood Education (3)
  • ECE 3606 Science and Inquiry in Early Childhood Education (3)
  • ECE 3661 Classroom Management and Practicum I: Fostering Dispositions of Responsive Educators (3)
  • ECE 3662 Classroom Management and Practicum II: Transforming Observations of Children into Practice (3)
  • ECE 3663 Classroom Management and Practicum III: Contextualizing Teaching and Learning (3)*
  • EXC 4020 Characteristics and Instructional Strategies for Students with Disabilities (3)
  • MATH 3050 Geometry and Spatial Sense (3) (MATH 2008 is a prerequisite for this course)
  • MATH 3090 Algebraic Concepts (3) (MATH 2008 is a prerequisite for this course)
  • AE 2300 or MUS 2300 Art and Music for Early Childhood (3)

*Students must earn a grade of “B” or higher in ECE 3663.

Area H. Student Teaching (12)

All program requirements must be satisfactorily completed before students are authorized to enroll in student teaching. Students should not enroll in other courses while completing Area H requirements. Students must complete student teaching coursework in Area H with a grade of “C” or higher.

Required (12):

  • 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, Georgia Educator Ethics – Program Exit (360) Assessment and edTPA in order to be recommended by Georgia State University for clear, renewable certification.

Total Program: Minimum of 129 semester hours

Concentration in early childhood education (P-5) and early childhood special education (P-5) dual certification

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.

MATH 1070 Elementary Statistics (3) is recommended in Area D for elementary education majors.

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.

Required (18):

  • EDUC 2110 Investigating Critical and Contemporary Issues in Education (3)
  • EDUC 2120 Exploring Socio Cultural Perspectives on Diversity (3)
  • EDUC 2130 Exploring Teaching and Learning (3)
  • ISCI 2001 Integrated Science I: Life/Earth Sciences (3)
  • ISCI 2002 Integrated Science II: Physical Sciences (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 and Elementary Education provides a program manual describing course requirements and expectations.

  • ECE 3021 Child Development (3)
  • ECE 3255 ESOL: Cultural Foundations-CTW (3)
  • ECE 3390 Teacher as Responsible Practitioner in the 21st Century-CTW (3)
  • ECE 3400 Reading Methods in Elementary Education (3)
  • ECE 3600 Language and Literacy Inquiry (3)
  • ECE 3602 Writing and Composing in the Digital Age (3)
  • ECE 3603 Mathematics Methods in Elementary Education: Primary Grades (3)
  • ECE 3604 Mathematics Methods in Elementary Education: Upper Grades (3)
  • ECE 3605 Social Studies Methods in Early Childhood Education (3)
  • ECE 3606 Science and Inquiry in Early Childhood Education (3)
  • ECE 3661 Classroom Management and Practicum I: Fostering Dispositions of Responsive Educators (3)
  • ECE 3662 Classroom Management and Practicum II: Transforming Observations of Children into Practice (3)
  • EXC 4020 Characteristics and Instructional Strategies for Students with Disabilities (3)
  • EXC 4560 Educational Evaluation of Students with Disabilities (3)
  • EXC 4570 Individual and Classroom Management (3)*
  • EXC 4580 Instructional Methods for Students with Behavior Learning Disabilities (3)
  • MATH 3050 Geometry and Spatial Sense (3) (MATH 2008 is a prerequisite for this course)
  • MATH 3090 Algebraic Concepts (3) (MATH 2008 is a prerequisite for this course)
  • AE 2300 or MUS 2300 Art and Music for Early Childhood (3)

*Students must earn a grade of “B” or higher in EXC 4570.

Area H. Student Teaching (12)

All program requirements must be satisfactorily completed before students are authorized to enroll in student teaching. Students should not enroll in other courses while completing Area H requirements. Students must complete student teaching coursework in Area H with a grade of “C” or higher.

Required (12):

  • ECE 4650 Opening School Experience (0) (required to successfully complete during the first fall semester preceding student teaching)
  • ECE 4661 Student Teaching (9)
  • EXC 4671 Student Teaching in Special Education (3)

Students must post passing scores on the appropriate GACE Content Assessments, Georgia Educator Ethics – Program Exit (360) Assessment and edTPA  in order to be recommended by Georgia State University for clear, renewable certification.

Total Program: Minimum of 129 semester hours

Program Financial Information

B.S.E 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 and transportation will be incurred at various times during the completion of various teacher education field experiences, particularly during the students’ senior year. The cost of the edTPA portfolio submission is $300.00, which will also be associated with student teaching.

Description

Student Resources

BSED in Elementary Education with P-5 Certification in Early Childhood Education AND the ESOL Endorsement Program of Study
Checklist – Junior and Senior Years

BSED in Elementary Education with P-5 Certification in Early Childhood and Special Education, General Curriculum DUAL CERTIFICATION Program of Study
Checklist – Junior & Senior Years

Program of study includes:

  • Four semesters of coursework highly integrated with field experiences in Pre-K-5th grades, ESOL and special education inclusive settings
  • Three concurrent field experiences organized developmentally across grade levels, opening school experience and opportunities for semi-year-long student teaching
  • Variety of field placements in the metro area, typically in professional development and partnership schools
  • Study-abroad opportunities: China, Sweden, Norway, The Netherlands, Spain and Switzerland to name a few
  • Opportunities for student involvement in collaborative research: (e.g., early childhood education, autism)

Additional information

campus

Atlanta Campus

Contacts

Program Coordinator
Carla Tanguay, Ph.D.
ctanguay@gsu.edu
404-413-8229

Early Childhood and Elementary Education
ecemail@gsu.edu
404-413-8020

Mailing Address & Office Location
College of Education & Human Development, Suite 550
30 Pryor St. SW
Atlanta, GA 30303

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