This program has been discontinued effective October 1, 2016.

Dear ECSE Major:

This map is a term-by-term sample course schedule. The milestones listed below each term are designed to keep you on course to graduate in four years. Two sample schedules are provided as a general guideline to help you build a full schedule each term.  The elective courses must be selected with your advisor to satisfy all Georgia requirements, the core curriculum, required lab sciences, and any multicultural requirements.

The teaching profession is one of the greatest callings a student can have and the ECSE faculty at VSU is committed to preparing professional teachers who can effectively demonstrate the knowledge, competencies, and skills necessary to teach children in ways that enhance their overall growth.  Early Childhood/Special Education majors will also be able to make reflective, ethical, theoretical, and pedagogical sound decisions when planning and implementing curricula and programs.  In collaboration with public schools, other child-care professionals, and community agencies, the diverse ECSE faculty strives to provide information and experiences that will broaden students' perspectives to encompass a global view of the teaching/learning process, while maintaining a clear vision of the needs of children and families in VSU’s service area. 

Students who complete the major in Early Childhood-Special Education will graduate with a Bachelor of Science degree. VSU’s Early Childhood-Special Education program is approved by Georgia’s Professional Standards Commission, Georgia’s teacher certifying agency. All Early Childhood-Special Education majors complete the core curriculum, Areas A-F, with area F being specific to Early Childhood-Special Education. Upon acceptance into teacher education, students then follow a block schedule of their major classes during their junior and senior years. Upon graduation, they are Early Childhood and Special Education-General Curriculum certification eligible.

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Office Location: Dewar College of Education & Human Services, Room 1160

Year 1

Fall Hrs.
ENGL 1101 3
HIST 2111 or 2112 3
Math or science from Area D 3
EDUC 2110 3
KSPE 2000 2
Total hours 15
Spring Hrs.
ENGL 1102 3
POLS 1101 3
Science (w/lab from Area D) 4
EDUC 2130 3
Total hours 16

Milestones: Complete Georgia Government & history requirement. Complete regent’s requirement. Overall 2.75 GPA or higher. Accumulate 30 or more collegiate credits, attaining sophomore status.

Year 2

Fall Hrs.
ENGL 2111, 2112, OR 2113 3
PSYC 1101 3
MATH 1111 or 1101 3
ISCI 2001 3
EDUC 2120 3
Total hours 17
Spring Hrs.
ECSE 2999 0
MATH 2008 3
Science w/lab from Area D 4
Area E elective 3
KSPE 2150 2
Area C elective 3
Total hours 15
Summer Hrs.
ISCI 2002 3
Total hours 3

Milestones: Overall 2.75 GPA or higher. Accumulate 60 or more collegiate credits, attaining junior status. Get admitted to Teacher Education.

Year 3

Fall Hrs.
ECSE 3010 2
ECSE 3210 3
ECSE 3390 3
LITR 3110 3
MATH 3161 3
SPEC 3000 3
Total hours 17
Spring Hrs.
ECSE 3020 3
ECSE 3220 2
ECSE 3490 3
LITR 3120 3
LITR 3130 3
MATH 3162 3
Total hours 17

Milestones: Overall 2.75 GPA or higher. Accumulate 90 or more collegiate credits, attaining senior status. Apply for graduation.

Year 4

Fall Hrs.
ECSE 4010 3
ECSE 4210 3
ECSE 4310 2
ECSE 4390 3
LITR 4120 3
MATH 4161 3
Total hours 17
Spring Hrs.
ECSE 4420 3
ECSE 4490 9
Total hours 12

Milestones: Overall 2.75 GPA or higher. Apply for student teaching during Term 7. Accumulate 129 collegiate credits. Made eligible for teacher certification.