M.Ed. Early Childhood Education
The 30-semester hour M.Ed. in Early Childhood program is designed to enhance the knowledge and skills of currently certified educators in grades preK-5, and focuses on leadership development, advocacy for all learners, best practices in pedagogy, and applied research skills. Upon completion of the program, educators with a Level 4 certification in Early Childhood will be eligible to upgrade their teaching certificate to a master's level (Level 5) by the Georgia Professional Standards Committee upon successful completion of the program. Students also have the option to earn an endorsement in one of the following areas:
Autism, ESOL, Mathematics ECE (K-5), Reading, or Science ECE (K-5) (Endorsements vary by location). Diverse field-based experiences also enhance classroom instruction.
- Understand the social, behavioral, emotional, cognitive and physical characteristics and needs of young children and how these factors apply to the creation of supportive and engaging learning environments for early childhood students
- Understand how young children differ in their capabilities and approaches to learning and how teaching strategies and the learning environment can be adapted to meet the diverse needs of students
- Design, implement and evaluate an integrated, developmentally appropriate curriculum to meet the social, behavioral, emotional, cognitive, and physical needs of the young child
- Demonstrate competency in developing, implementing and evaluating a broad spectrum of formative and summative assessment strategies