Tiff College of Education

Ed.S. Early Childhood Education

Fully-Online Ed.S. Program 

The Education Specialist in Early Childhood Education is a fully online program designed for those who are currently certified at the master’s level and who are seeking the opportunity to grow and develop professionally as transforming educators. Throughout the program students will gain a greater depth of knowledge relating to issues of diversity, curriculum assessment and development, theory and research, and pedagogy. Students will also develop expertise in written and oral communication skills which will prepare them to advocate more effectively for young children, their families, and the community.

Successful completion of the program will lead to eligibility for an upgrade of the candidate’s teaching certification to a T-6 certificate by the Georgia Professional Standards Committee.  As part of the program, students also have the option to earn a GAPSC approved endorsement in Reading, ECE Math, ECE Science, or ESOL.

Accomplished faculty, individual attention, cohort program format and technological support are all hallmarks of this Ed.S. program and enhance the learning experience.  The Tift College of Education collaborates with principals, teachers, human resource officials and other community members to ensure the relevancy of the Ed.S. program to classroom practice.

Students are admitted to the program twice a year during the summer (May) and fall (August) semesters.


  • To develop greater depth, specialization, and sophistication in your practice and thus to become an accomplished teacher
  • To achieve a greater depth of knowledge relating to issues of diversity, assessment, curriculum development, theory and research, instructional technology, content, and pedagogy
  • To develop expertise in written and oral communication skills, enabling more effective advocacy for young children, their families, and the community
  • To use knowledge of professional resources, inquiry, and research methods to grow professionally and gain advanced knowledge to support the practice of teaching and life long learning


Class instruction of the Ed.S. program is delivered fully online. Students have the opportunity to schedule in-person meetings that can be scheduled at one of Mercer’s various locations. These include Forsyth County, Douglas County, Henry County and Newnan. Meetings may also be scheduled via phone offering students greater flexibility. Online components are to be completed in Blackboard, Mercer’s course management system.


Candidates must successfully complete 31 credit hours, with a GPA of at least 3.5 and with no grades below B.

Summer One

Socio-Political Influences in Education

Research for the Accomplished Teacher
Trends and Issues in ECE


Endorsement One
Endorsement Two


Endorsement Three
Connecting Curriculum, Instruction
and Assessment in ECE
Early Childhood Curriculum and Assessment for Students with Disabilities

Summer Two

Advanced Seminar in ECE
Play-based Learning in
Early Childhood Environments
Advanced Professional and
Ethical Practices in ECE


To be eligible for the Ed.S. in Early Childhood Education program, applicants must hold a master’s degree from an accredited institution with a minimum cumulative GPA of 3.5 on all graduate work attempted. Also, they must possess or be eligible for a master’s level certificate in Early Childhood Education. The application deadline is April 15. To apply, submit the following:

  • $25 non-refundable application
  • A copy of master’s level certificate in Early Childhood Education
  • Official transcripts of all college work attempted
  • Submit recent official test scores (within the last five years) on either the Graduate Records Examination (GRE) or Miller Analogies Test (MAT). The following are the target scores: GRE taken after August 1, 2011: 147 Verbal, 143 Quantitative, and 4.0 for Writing. GRE taken prior to August 2011: 900 for Verbal and Quantitative sections and 4.0 Writing. Miller Analogies Test: 406
Test scores are not the sole criteria; applicants with scores lower than the target may apply but will need to provide compelling evidence of potential to complete graduate level coursework. International applicants should consult the university catalog for additional requirements.

Application materials may be mailed to:
Tift College of Education Graduate Admissions

P.O. Box 2140
McDonough, GA 30253

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