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Earn your MEd in Early Childhood Education through UGA's nationally recognized program. In your studies, you will improve your practice and engage in scholarship to benefit diverse students and families.

We designed the experience for teachers certified in prekindergarten through fifth grade. You may also pursue the MEd if you have another certification or if you are simply interested in childhood education.

Program Highlights

  1. Regularly ranked as a top 5 program by U.S. News & World Report
  2. Option for endorsements in ESOL, gifted-in-field, and reading
  3. Provides opportunities to develop skills as an active researcher
  4. Offers classes at convenient times for working teachers

Deadline to Apply

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Faculty and Curriculum

The MEd in Early Childhood Education exposes you to a range of skills including classroom teaching, curriculum planning, and research. The design of the degree program will prepare you as a teacher-researcher and help you use best practices to improve student learning.

The program's coursework includes:

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

The program also gives you the chance to design and carry out research projects in elementary school classrooms. This can help inform your work as an educator and enhance your ability to support diverse learners.

The program of study for the MEd in Early Childhood Education consists of 12 classes in these areas:

  • Curriculum and teaching
  • Historical and social foundations
  • Psychological foundations
  • School subjects
  • Research

Through electives, you can earn endorsements in fields such as ESOL, reading, and gifted education. The program offers you great flexibility in choosing courses that meet your goals and interests.

If you wish to earn a master's degree while gaining P-5 teaching certification, see the Master of Arts in Teaching degree program for early childhood education.

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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Student Life

Be a part of a diverse and collaborative student population. While many of your classmates will be in-service teachers, others will have just started their careers.

Take advantage of tutoring and volunteering opportunities in the Reading Clinic and volunteer in the after-school program or for Saturday and summer events.

Become part of organizations such as the Student Professional Association of Georgia Educators and the Feminist Scholar-Activists.

Our department offers you several unique study abroad experiences in Modena, Italy, and Ghana.

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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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Part 1: Apply to the University of Georgia

The Graduate School handles admission for all graduate programs at the University of Georgia, including those in the College of Education. The Graduate School website contains important details about the application process, orientation, and many other useful links to guide you through the process of attending UGA at the graduate level.

Start a Graduate School Application

Part 2: Apply to the MEd in Early Childhood Education


  • Must hold a bachelor's degree from an accredited college or university
  • Cumulative GPA for all undergraduate courses should be 2.8 or above on a four-point scale

Application Materials

After an applicant submits the Graduate School's application, his or her materials are reviewed by the Early Childhood Education program faculty. The faculty may request additional information or materials from an applicant before making a recommendation regarding admission to the Graduate School.

Students who have completed an undergraduate degree with a GPA of 3.2 or above are exempt from the entrance exam requirement.

For the section of the Graduate School application requesting three letters of recommendation, simply enter "Not Applicable" for all three in the application.

Application deadline(s)

Refer to the UGA Graduate School Deadlines. Applications received after the target dates may be considered.

Returning Applicants

Completed application due:
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