The programs in the department are designed to prepare professional educators who manifest the knowledge, dispositions, and competencies deemed necessary to enhance young children's overall intellectual, social, emotional, and personal growth and development. The design of the professional program includes a variety of methods and content courses. These courses are supported by structured field experiences designed to provide opportunities to meld theory with practice in field-based interactions with young children.
The structure of the Bachelor of Science in Education (B.S.Ed.) degree with a major in early childhood education is to prepare teacher candidates to teach children in Pre-kindergarten through 5th grade in general education classrooms. The major in early childhood education results in Georgia Professional Standards Commission certification in Early Childhood (P-5).
The structure of the Bachelor of Science in Education (B.S.Ed.) degree with a major in early childhood special education is to prepare teacher candidates to teach children in Pre-kindergarten through 5th grade in both fields of early childhood and special education general curriculum. The major in early childhood special education results in Georgia Professional Standards Commission certification in both Early Childhood and Special Education-General Curriculum (P-5).
The Certification-Only Program in Early Childhood Education is designed for the candidate who already possesses a bachelor’s degree in another field to provide the requirements necessary to obtain a teaching certificate (T-4) in Early Childhood Education from the Georgia Professional Standards Commission. Candidates receive a personalized program of study based on their coursework and professional experiences. Courses that will be taken to meet requirements for the Certification-Only program are offered as a part of the undergraduate BSEd program in Early Childhood Education, a face-to-face, day program. The certification-only program in ECE does not result in a second degree.
The Master of Education Degree (MEd) Program in Early Childhood Education is designed to build on the Bachelor of Science degree in Early Childhood Education and meets the requirements to earn an upgraded teaching certificate (T5) from the Georgia Professional Standards Commission. Candidates are expected to refine this base, developing abilities to deal with more of the intricate aspects of the teaching experience. In the Master of Education program in Early Childhood Education, the candidate will gain a comprehensive understanding of the knowledge, research, and dominant theories of early childhood education to support effective teaching of young children. The program also builds a strong link to classroom instruction and implementation of knowledge and skills in elementary school settings.
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The Education Specialist (Ed.S.) degree in Special Education is designed for practicing special educators (including speech language pathologists) who wish to advance their professional skills in special education. Information and skills acquired and developed at the undergraduate and master’s level are specifically designed for and focused on the provision of services. The Ed.S, however, focuses on knowledge and skills necessary for leadership roles and positions in special education. The 27-semester hour program is delivered completely on line through VSU’s BlazeView platform. BlazeView is supported by Desire2Learn (D2L). Coursework can be completed in four or five semesters.
Graduate Fellowship Opportunity - USDE/OSEP Funded. Personnel Preparation Project for Preparation of Master of Arts in Teaching in Low Incidence Disabilities