Mercer University

School of Education

Ed.S. Early Childhood Education



Program Information

Degrees Offered:

Educational Specialist (sixth year graduate degree between the master's and doctorate) Ed.S. Early Childhood Education

Format: Hybrid

Program Description:

The Education Specialist in Early Childhood Education is a fully online program designed for those who are currently certified at the master’s level and who are seeking the opportunity to grow and develop professionally as transforming educators. Throughout the program students will gain a greater depth of knowledge relating to issues of diversity, curriculum assessment and development, theory and research, and pedagogy. Students will also develop expertise in written and oral communication skills which will prepare them to advocate more effectively for young children, their families, and the community. Successful completion of the program will lead to eligibility for an upgrade of the candidate’s teaching certification to a T-6 certificate by the Georgia Professional Standards Committee. As part of the program, students also have the option to earn a GAPSC approved endorsement in Reading, ECE Math, ECE Science, or ESOL. Accomplished faculty, individual attention, cohort program format and technological support are all hallmarks of this Ed.S. program and enhance the learning experience. The Tift College of Education collaborates with principals, teachers, human resource officials and other community members to ensure the relevancy of the Ed.S. program to classroom practice. Students are admitted to the program twice a year during the summer (May) and fall (August) semesters. PROGRAM GOALS ¦To develop greater depth, specialization, and sophistication in your practice and thus to become an accomplished teacher ¦To achieve a greater depth of knowledge relating to issues of diversity, assessment, curriculum development, theory and research, instructional technology, content, and pedagogy ¦To develop expertise in written and oral communication skills, enabling more effective advocacy for young children, their families, and the community ¦To use knowledge of professional resources, inquiry, and research methods to grow professionally and gain advanced knowledge to support the practice of teaching and life long learning CLASS DELIVERY MODEL Class instruction of the Ed.S. program is delivered fully online. Students have the opportunity to schedule in-person meetings that can be scheduled at one of Mercer’s various locations. These include Forsyth County, Douglas County, Henry County and Newnan. Meetings may also be scheduled via phone offering students greater flexibility. Online components are to be completed in Blackboard, Mercer’s course management system. PROGRAM OF STUDY Candidates must successfully complete 31 credit hours, with a GPA of at least 3.5 and with no grades below B. Summer One Socio-Political Influences in Education Research for the Accomplished Teacher Trends and Issues in ECE Fall Endorsement One Endorsement Two Spring Endorsement Three Connecting Curriculum, Instruction and Assessment in ECE Early Childhood Curriculum and Assessment for Students with Disabilities Summer Two Advanced Seminar in ECE Play-based Learning in Early Childhood Environments Advanced Professional and Ethical Practices in ECE



Facts & Figures

Financial Aid: Yes

International Financial Aid: Yes

# of Credits Required: 31

Average Cost per Credit (Graduate): 565 USD

In State Tuition (per year): 13137 USD

Classification: Master's College or University I

Locale: Small City

Size & Settings: 6,000-9,999

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