B.S.Ed. in Elementary/Special Education

  • College

    College of Education

  • Degree


  • Location

    Atlanta, Douglas County, Henry County, Macon

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Begin your journey to the classroom

Mercer’s Bachelor of Science in Education (B.S.Ed.) in Elementary/Special Education prepares students for initial teacher certification to teach children in grades P through 5. The program is designed for future elementary school teachers who do not hold a bachelor’s degree. Aspiring teachers who currently hold a bachelor’s degree in a field other than education can explore Mercer’s Master of Arts in Teaching in Elementary Education.

With a major in Elementary/Special Education, students learn how to understand young children from a holistic perspective and create classroom curriculum to support children’s cognitive, emotional, social, and physical development. Through field experiences, students are immersed in diverse classroom settings to observe current teachers, participate in classroom activities, and gain experience in teaching elementary-aged children.

Successful completion of the program and passing scores on the appropriate GACE Content assessments lead to eligibility for Level 4 induction certification.

Designed for busy and working adults

Earning a bachelor’s degree at Mercer University while managing other priorities is possible. With the program’s flexibility, many of our students are able to continue working while earning their degree.

Students pursue the B.S.Ed. in Elementary/Special Education through a blended combination of online and in-person meetings at Mercer’s Atlanta, Douglas County, Henry County, or Macon location.

  • The majority of each course is completed through both synchronous and asynchronous online instruction, and students only attend class in person twice per course.
  • Most students register for two courses per eight-week session.
  • Sessions begin five times a year in January, March, May, August, and October.
  • Students are also required to participate in field experiences during the day.

Transfer your credits

We want you to get the credit you deserve toward completion of your B.S.Ed. at Mercer. That’s why we’ve made the process of transferring credits as seamless as possible.

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
  • Demonstrate competency in developing and implementing a wide variety of diagnostic and assessment techniques and strategies
  • Integrate technology into the curriculum

Learn more about our Elementary/Special Education major

Ready to take the next step?

Schedule your personalized admissions counseling appointment, or contact Renee Slaton at 678.547.6500 or enroll@mercer.edu for more information.

Additional Steps

Keep planning ahead

Prepare for the GACE

The Georgia Assessments for the Certification of Educators (GACE) website provides materials to help students prepare for the GACE assessments. Mercer also offers workshops, preparatory courses, and more to help students prepare for the GACE Program Admission assessment. Students may access the preparatory course prior to enrolling at Mercer.

Explore teacher candidacy

During sophomore year, students apply for full admission to teacher candidacy to gain eligibility to enroll in junior year courses. Admission criteria include submitting the online application for teacher candidacy, passing the GACE Program Admission assessment and the Georgia Educator Ethics assessment, maintaining a 2.5 GPA, and more.

Gain valuable field experience

To expand on the academic perspective covered in their courses, students spend time in public school classrooms in the local community. Throughout the program, students complete a variety of field experiences, including pre-practicum, professional practicum, and student teaching. Field experiences are coordinated through our Office of Field Placement.

Meet the Faculty

Mercer’s Tift College of Education is supported by faculty and staff who devote themselves to preparing students to become transforming educators within their communities and throughout the world.