Educational Specialist (sixth year graduate degree between the master's and doctorate) Ed.S. Early Childhood Education
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
Connecting Curriculum, Instruction and Assessment in ECE
Early Childhood Curriculum and Assessment for Students with Disabilities
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