Early Childhood Education

M.Ed. Elementary Education

The 30-semester hour M.Ed. in Elementary Education 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 Elementary Education will be eligible to upgrade their teaching certificate to a master's level (Level 5) by the Georgia Professional Standards Committee. Students also have the option to pursue up to two endorsements in one of the following areas: Autism, English to Speakers of Other Languages (ESOL), Mathematics (K-5), Reading, Science (K-5), or STEM. (Endorsements vary by location.) Diverse field-based experiences also enhance classroom instruction.

 

LEARNING OUTCOMES

Upon completion of the program, students will be prepared to: 
  • 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
  • Understand the major concepts, principles, theories, and research related to young adolescent development
  • 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

PROGRAM DELIVERY MODEL

Class instruction is delivered fully online. Students have the same access to faculty and campus resources as those taking courses on-campus, and may schedule optional face-to-face meetings with faculty. Each class is delivered in 8-week sessions, and students may complete the program in 12-16 months. The program enrolls students two times per year in May and August.