B.S.Ed. Early Childhood/Special Education
The Bachelor of Science in Education degree, with a major in Early Childhood/Special Education, is designed for individuals who would like to be certified to teach children from K to 5th grade. Successful completion of the program of study and passing scores on the appropriate GaPSC-approved Content Pedagogy Assessment and GACE Content Assessments lead to eligibility for Level 4 induction certification.
The Early Childhood/Special Education General Program at Mercer University offers an academic perspective to the candidate who values the individual and authentic worth of the young child through the inclusive lens of the general education classroom. Having completed this program of study, the candidate will become a transforming educator and a reflective professional who advocates for the needs and rights of the young child, while collaborating and establishing partnerships with parents, schools and communities.
Upon completion of the program, students will be prepared to:
- Understand the young child from a holistic perspective with an emphasis upon the cognitive, affective, and psychomotor domains – as well as the child's environment
- Understand various curriculum models and best practices
- Construct and implement an integrated, developmentally appropriate curriculum for all areas of a child's development, including cognitive, emotional, social, and physical
- Demonstrate competency in developing and implementing a wide variety of diagnostic and assessment techniques and strategies
- Integrate technological advances into the curriculum
DAY FIELD EXPERIENCE REQUIREMENT
Field experience is an integral part of the Teacher Preparation Program. Each candidate is expected to complete a sequentially planned series of field experiences in diverse settings, and meet cluster requirements of their individual program plan. (See program plans for specific number of field experiences and cluster requirement information.) Field experiences are coordinated through the Office of Field Placement.
PROGRAM DELIVERY MODEL
The B.S.Ed. program is offered at Mercer’s Atlanta, Douglas County, Henry County and Macon locations, and students are admitted five times per year in August, October, January, March and May. The program is offered in a flexible format, which includes evening face-face classes that meet one evening a week; some course-work may be offered in a hybrid classroom or online format. Online coursework will be in Canvas, Mercer’s course management system. Students typically register for two courses per eight-week session. Students are also required to participate in field experiences, which are during the day.