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