B.S.Ed. in Early Childhood Education – Special Education concentration

Program Information

  • P-5 certification, Early Childhood Education
  • P-12 certification, Special Education General Curriculum

The Early Childhood Department offers a Bachelor of Science in Education degree in Early Childhood Education.  Major coursework is divided into three “blocks”—groups of classes taught during the same semester.  Extensive field work throughout the program culminates in a full semester of student teaching.  This is a full-time, day-time only program.

Suggested Schedule of Courses

This is a suggested 4-year schedule of courses based on degree requirements in the current catalog.  This guide is not a substitute for academic advisement — contact your advisement office if you have any questions about scheduling or about your degree requirements.  Also see the Undergraduate Catalog for a complete list of requirements and electives to choose from. 

Students may choose to attend a summer term to reduce their load during fall or spring semesters but still stay on track to graduate in four years. Please note that students are only admitted to the Special Education concentration for the fall semester.


Year 1

Term 1

Course Hours

ENGL 1101

3

PERS 2001 Teaching in Today’s Society

2

Area C Humanities Course

3

Area C Fine Arts Course

3

HIST 2110

3

GSU 1010

1
Total Hours 15

Term 2

Course Hours

ENGL 1102

3

MATH 1101

3

Area D Science Sequence “A”

4

POLS 1101

3

EDUC 2110

3
Total Hours 16

Milestones

  • Complete all Area A requirements with grade of C or higher
  • Meet with academic advisor in University Advisement Center

Year 2

Term 1

Course Hours

Area B Course

2

Area D Science Sequence “B”

4

Area E Global Issues Elective

3

EDUC 2120***

3

ISCI 2001

3
Total Hours 15

Term 2

Course Hours

MATH 1070

3

Area E Social Science Elective

3

EDUC 2130

3

ISCI 2002

3

MATH 2008

3
Total Hours 15

Milestones

  • Meet with academic advisor in University Advisement Center
  • Complete Areas A through F, courses in Areas A and F must be completed with grade of C or higher
  • With the completion of Year 2, Term 2, students will apply to the ECE Teacher Education program online
  • Overall GPA of 2.75 or higher is required for the Early Childhood program
  • Pass GACE Program Admission Assessment or exempt with minimum SAT or ACT scores
  • Complete Georgia Educator Ethics  – Program Entry (350) Assessment
  • Submit proof of tort liability
  • Complete a writing sample and participate in an informational session hosted by faculty

Notes

*** This course may include a Signature Experience component. Make sure to maximize the experience and consider adding a description to your Portfolium, CV, or resume. For more information about other courses which may include a Signature Experience component that you can use to fulfill elective requirements, go to myexperience.gsu.edu and click on “Find an Experience.”


Year 3

Term 1

Course Hours

ECE 3600

3

ECE 3021

3

ECE 3255

3

ECE 3661***

3

MATH 3050

3

EXC 4020

3
Total Hours 18

Term 2

Course Hours

ECE 3400

3

ECE 3602***

3

ECE 3662***

3

ECE 3603

3

EXC 4560

3

EXC 4580

3
Total Hours 18

Term 3

Course Hours

MATH 3090

3

AE 2300/MUS 2300

3
Total Hours 6

Milestones

  • Meet with academic advisor in University Advisement Center
  • Meet with faculty advisor in academic department
  • Register with University Career Services

Notes

*** This course may include a Signature Experience component. Make sure to maximize the experience and consider adding a description to your Portfolium, CV, or resume. For more information about other courses which may include a Signature Experience component that you can use to fulfill elective requirements, go to myexperience.gsu.edu and click on “Find an Experience.”


Year 4

Term 1

Course Hours

ECE 3604

3

ECE 3605

3

ECE 3606

3

ECE 3390

3

EXC 4570

3
Total Hours 15

Term 2

Course Hours

ECE 4661***

9

EXC 4671***

3

ECE 4650***

0
Total Hours 12

Milestones

  • Apply for graduation two semesters in advance
  • Students pursuing certification must pass the GACE Content Assessment, Georgia Educator Ethics – Program Exit (360) Assessment, and edTPA in order to be recommended by Georgia State University for clear, renewable certification
  • It is recommended that students take the GACE Content Assessment at the end of Year 4, Term 1 or early in Year 4, Term 2
  • Meet with academic advisor in Office of Academic Assistance
  • Meet with faculty advisor in academic department

Notes

*** This course may include a Signature Experience component. Make sure to maximize the experience and consider adding a description to your Portfolium, CV, or resume. For more information about other courses which may include a Signature Experience component that you can use to fulfill elective requirements, go to myexperience.gsu.edu and click on “Find an Experience.”