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Embrace learning during a child's formative years through a Double Dawgs pathway that offers both a bachelor's and a master's degree in early childhood education. Your coursework will cover the history and methodology of education while also giving you the foundations to instill a lifelong love of learning among young children.

This degree program is in high demand at UGA, and admission is competitive. Graduates are sought by school systems across Georgia and beyond, with nearly all of our graduates who seek teaching positions after graduation securing a job before the end of their final semester. Your master's-level coursework is primarily online, along with a yearlong student-teaching placement, allowing you to learn the latest methods and immediately apply them in the classroom.

Program Highlights

  • Gain professional experience while working on your master's degree
  • Combine the latest instructional techniques with core content and a yearlong practicum.
  • Become eligible for an increased salary through T-5 certification (master's-level salary)
  • Nearly 100% of early childhood education graduates seeking teaching positions had job offers before graduation

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Faculty and Curriculum

In this progrma of study, your first two years at UGA give you a broad base of knowledge in history, the humanities, mathematics, languages, and science. By your third year, you begin to delve into education coursework and understand the theory behind the practice.

After graduating with a BSEd, continue your coursework through the following summer and fall through advanced coursework and electives to further specialize in early childhood education.

For more details, please download a program of study in the Resources box below.

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

Most graduate students at UGA are not assigned to a faculty advisor until after admittance. A close working relationship with your advisor is paramount to progressing through your program of study.

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Application Process

To apply to this Double Dawgs degree pathway, you must first apply and be accepted into the BSEd in English Education program no later than the fall of your junior year.

You will apply for Double Dawgs admission in the spring of your junior year. Complete the interest form distributed by faculty at the start of the spring semester no later than April 1, with interviews by faculty taking place by April 15. You can expect a decision on program admittance by May 15.

Admissions Criteria

Following admission into the early childhood education program, students will apply for admission into the Graduate School (with the assistance of program faculty). Please contact the program's pathway advisor for more information. Materials needed for this step may include:

  • Curriculum vita (CV) or resume
  • Statement of purpose (short essay)
  • Official transcripts

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