When does the program start?

Students are admitted three times a year for the Fall (August), Spring (January) and Summer (May) terms. 

When is the application deadline?

The application deadline is May 1 for Summer Semester, August 1 for Fall Semester, and December 1 for Spring Semester.

Where will the program be offered?

The Ed.S. in Early Childhood program will offer online courses on a year-round calendar.  While there are no required meetings, students may call or meet face-to-face with professors if desired.

What are the requirements?

1.     Candidates must hold a valid Level 5 certificate from the Professional Standards Commission of Georgia in Early Childhood.

2.     Candidates must have at least 3 years of teaching experience.

3.     Candidates must submit official transcripts of all past college experiences.

4.     Candidates must submit GRE or MAT test scores.

The target scores for GRE tests taken after August 1, 2011 are 147 Verbal, 143 Quantitative, and 4.0 for the Analytical Writing sections.  (Target scores for GRE tests taken prior to August 2011 are 900 for Verbal and Quantitative sections and 4.0 for Analytical Writing).  Miller Analogies Test target score is 406.  The target GPA is 3.5 in master’s level courses. GRE or MAT scores are not the sole criteria; applicants who are high achievers with scores lower than the target are encouraged to apply.

How long will it take?

The program will take a minimum of 16 months to complete, including summers.

How much does it cost?

Educational Specialist students’ current tuition is $575 per credit hour.  Students will take 31 credits in the program.

Can I keep my job and do this program?

Yes, the coursework can be done at your convenience.  You do not have to be online at a specific time.  You will take 2 to 3 classes each semester in 8-week sessions.

Is there financial aid available for this program?

Generally, loans are available for graduate programs.  To receive financial aid, students must be fully admittedto the program.  Students who are provisionally admitted will not be elgiible for aid.  Questions regarding specific financial aid questions should be directed to financial aid counselors at the following locations”

Macon RAC: (478) 301-2670

How do I get an application packet on the program?

To obtain an application PDF, email mercereduation@mercer.edu.  Or you can call the Graduate Admissions Office at (678) 547-6084.

Where can I find additional information?

For additional information, we highly recommend attendance at an information session (see website for upcoming dates).  Or more information may be found on the website:  http://education.mercer.edu.