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Prepare for a career teaching prekindergarten through grade five with our BSEd in Early Childhood Education, which offers extensive in-classroom experience as well as a solid foundation in theory and teaching principles.

You will develop a strong community through small, cohort-based classes and gain hands-on experience every semester as you work toward your teaching certification.

Program Highlights

  1. Regularly ranked as a top 5 program by U.S. News & World Report
  2. Ranked 1st on College Choice's list of 25 best Bachelors in Early Childhood Education
  3. Gain more than 400 hours of practicum experience plus spend a semester student teaching
  4. Earn certification to teach prekindergarten through grade five
  5. Joint bachelor's/master's degree available through the Double Dawgs BSEd/MEd Pathway

Deadline to Apply

Third Friday in January (fall cohort) and August (spring cohort)

Faculty and Curriculum

The BSEd in Early Childhood Education will equip you with the skills to develop culturally relevant curriculum and educational practices, to design innovative learning environments, and to build effective school-family-community partnerships.

Our program balances student experiences to include both educational theory and practice. You will take a range of coursework, including:

  • Educational theory
  • Early childhood curricula
  • Methods courses in language, literacy, mathematics, science, and social studies

You will also get hands-on experience with different student populations thanks to university partnerships with a number of local school districts.

  • First-semester students participate in ethnographic studies of the communities surrounding a local school. These field-based experiences help you better understand the social and political contexts in which teaching and learning occur, and emphasize the value and impact of community.
  • Get involved in elementary classrooms each of the program's four semesters. During this time, you are involved in elementary classrooms where you observe, assist teachers, tutor individual children, work with small groups, and lead whole-classroom activities.
  • In your final semester, you will participate in full-time student teaching. During this time, you will be fully engaged as co-teachers and collaborators with experienced mentor teachers. All these clinical experiences are supervised and linked to specific early childhood education courses.
  • Several courses are offered on-site at local elementary schools. This allows you to be part of the school culture while connecting with students, families, practicing teachers, and administrators.

Our early childhood education program's distinguished faculty are recognized nationally and internationally as teachers, researchers, and mentors with a range of experiences and prestigious research grants. The faculty are dedicated to supporting students in both their academic work and in their future careers.

Learn more about the BSEd/MED Double Dawgs Pathway

Tuition and Financial Aid

Almost all in-state students begin their studies at UGA paying limited tuition or fees. Please note that these amounts are subject to change and are meant to give prospective students an idea of the costs associated with a degree at the University of Georgia College of Education.

Students may qualify for a variety of assistantships, scholarships, and other financial awards to help offset the cost of tuition, housing, and other expenses.

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Meet Your Advisor

All undergraduate students at UGA meet with an academic advisor each semester. This meeting is critical to a student's success as a chance to discuss courses and electives, certification criteria, and general graduation requirements.

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Student Life

You will have the opportunity to host a kindergarten field trip through Experience UGA, a new initiative to bring Clarke County students to campus each year.

Also, you can find tutoring and volunteer opportunities through the College's outreach Reading Clinic.

You will have the opportunity to study abroad in Modena, Italy (summer study) or Ghana (winter study). Or, you can explore other overseas options through our partnership with the Consortium of Overseas Student Teaching Program.

Connect with fellow education students through organizations such as Kappa Delta Epsilon, the Feminist Scholar-Activists, and others.

Book a campus visit

See for yourself how much UGA College of Education has to offer! Schedule a tour of campus to learn more about the UGA student experience.

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Admissions

Part 1: Apply to the University of Georgia

The UGA Office of Undergraduate Admissions oversees the application process required for the university. Therefore, a student must be accepted to UGA before entering a College of Education program.

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Part 2: Apply to the BSEd in Early Childhood Education

Note: Only students currently enrolled in courses at the University of Georgia can be considered for admission to the Early Childhood Education program. Transfer students who have direct equivalents of UGA courses and have fulfilled all areas of the UGA core areas I-VI may be considered for admission.

Eligibility requirements for the BSEd in Early Childhood Education are outlined in the UGA Bulletin.

Application Deadlines

  • Third Friday in August to be considered for the spring cohort (starting in January)
  • Third Friday in January to be considered for the fall cohort (starting in August)

Applicants who meet the application deadline and the minimum eligibility requirements will be evaluated by the program faculty on the following artifacts, which will be weighed equally:

1. Statement of Purpose (essay)

Applicants must write a double-spaced statement of no more than four pages. The student should demonstrate deep and substantial thinking about two questions:

  1. Reflect on courses you have taken and literature you have read to discuss how your perspectives have been challenged as well as new insights or questions that have emerged or actions you have taken, as a result.
  2. Discuss a personal interest or question that you have wondered about and pursued. How did you pursue your interest or question or involve others in helping you pursue your interest or question?

You will need to submit your statement of purpose/essay as a PDF; Please name the document: LAST NAME, FIRST NAME Essay.

2. Résumé

Applicants must provide a standard one-page résumé including educational background, work experience, extracurricular activities, community involvement, etc.

Experiences not related to education and experiences dating back through high school may be included. Please be sure to include any relevant dates, such as the months/years of an experience.

You will need to submit your résumé as a PDF; Please name the document: LAST NAME, FIRST NAME Resume.

3. Double Dawg, Prompt 1:

What is a specific aspect of teaching and learning in prekindergarten to fifth grade classrooms that you will inquire about during your ECE MED studies? Why is this an area of interest for further learning for you? (400-500 words)

3. Double Dawg, Prompt 2:

What are your goals as a future educator and how will this Double Dawg Program help you reach these goals? (400-500 words)

Returning Applicants

Completed application due:
Third Friday in January (fall cohort) and August (spring cohort)

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