B.S.Ed. in Elementary/Special Education – The Holistic Child

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Advocate for each young child through holistic education

Mercer’s Bachelor of Science in Education (B.S.Ed.) with a major in Elementary/Special Education prepares residential undergraduate students on the Macon campus for certification to teach children in grades P through 5. With a focus on holistic childhood development in all areas of learning, the Elementary/Special Education major equips students to dive beneath the surface and gain an understanding of the cognitive, emotional, social, and physical needs and growth of each child.

In addition to learning how to assess and advocate for the needs of each individual child, Elementary/Special Education majors study best practices for curriculum and instruction, including how to integrate technological tools to help children learn in new and exciting ways.

Individuals who successfully complete the program of study and obtain passing scores on the appropriate GaPSC-approved Content Pedagogy Assessment and GACE Content Assessments lead to eligibility for Level 4 induction certification.

Gain valuable field experience

Elementary/Special Education majors fulfill a set of field placements within diverse school and community populations. Through field experiences, students will:

  • Be equipped to advocate for the needs and rights of each young child they serve in their future classrooms
  • Understand the importance of collaboration and establishing partnerships with parents, schools, and communities

Learn more about field experience.

Expand your knowledge

Upon completion of the program, graduates are 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 as a routine part of the curriculum

Earn an embedded endorsement

Students in the B.S.Ed. in Elementary/Special Education – The Holistic Child program can also earn the following embedded endorsements to further prepare them in student support and learning:

  • Autism
  • Computer Science
  • Dyslexia
  • ESOL
  • Gifted
  • Online Teaching
  • Special Education Preschool (Ages 3–5)
  • STEM

Learn more about our Elementary/Special Education major:

The Holistic Child program in the College of Education prepared me to teach, support, and love my students by focusing on the whole child.

Emma Applegate
B.S.Ed. Elementary/Special Education – The Holistic Child '20
Special Education, Springdale Elementary School

Emma Applegate

The College of Education prepared me for the teaching profession by giving me the opportunity to learn from amazing professors and through various field placement experiences. I would recommend the College of Education to anyone that has a passion for teaching because you will be given learning opportunities that will allow you to thrive in the field.

Emily Lynch
B.S.Ed. in Elementary/Special Education - The Holistic Child '20
Kindergarten Teacher, Alexander II Magnet School

Teacher Emily Lynch

Mercer’s College of Education has allowed me the opportunity to grow both academically and professionally. I have been surrounded by peers and professors who have challenged me in my thinking and pushed me to become a better advocate and educator for my future students.

Mellie Trager
B.S.Ed. in Elementary/Special Education - The Holistic Child '22

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