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Overview

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. Gain more than 400 hours of practicum experience plus spend a semester student teaching
  3. Earn certification to teach prekindergarten through grade five

Deadline to Apply

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

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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.

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.

Tuition rates

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

Requirements

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.

Part 2: Apply to this program

Requirements

Often, a program will require additional qualifying materials than what is collected by the university office of admissions. A separate application must be completed to your particular program of interest if your major is in high-demand. Check your program's admissions details for more information.

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