Early Childhood Education B.S.Ed.

Degree Requirements: 135 Credit Hours

See Core Curriculum for required courses in Area A1 through Area E.

Credit Hours
Area A1 - Communication Skills
Select 6 credit hours from Area A1 of the Core Curriculum6
Area A2 - Quantitative Skills
Select 3 credit hours from Area A2 of the Core Curriculum3
Area B - Global Engagement
Select 4 credit hours from Area B of the Core Curriculum4
Area C - Humanities, Fine Arts, and Ethics
Select 6 credit hours from Area C of the Core Curriculum6
Area D - Natural Sciences, Mathematics, and Technology
Select 11 credit hours from Area D of the Core Curriculum11
Area E - Social Sciences
Select 12 credit hours from Area E of the Core Curriculum12
Area F - Courses Appropriate to Major
Pre-Professional Block9
Investigating Critical and Contemporary Issues in Education
Exploring Socio-Cultural Perspectives on Diversity in Educational Contexts
Exploring Learning and Teaching
Prerequisite Courses to Teaching Field9
Life/Earth Science
Physical Science
Foundations of Numbers and Operations
Health and Physical Education Activities
HLTH   1520Healthful Living2
Physical Education Activities2
FYE   1220First-Year Seminar2
Professional Education
ECED   3732Methods I Practicum3
ECED   4733Methods II Practicum3
ECED   5799Student Teaching in Early Childhood Education9
ECED   4632Student Teaching Seminar3
SPED   3231Classroom Management3
SPED   3331Introduction to Special Education for Early Childhood Education3
Major Requirements
ECED   3232P-5 Creative Arts3
ECED   3262P-5 Language and Literacy6
ECED   4333P-5 Teaching Mathematics3
ECED   4433P-5 Science3
ECED   4533P-5 Social Studies3
ESED   5234Cultural Issues: ESOL3
MATH   3032Foundations of Data Analysis and Geometry3
MATH   5130Statistics and Probability for K-8 Teachers3
MATH   5135Algebraic Connections for K-8 Teachers3
READ   2230Cognition and Language3
READ   4233Literacy: Assessment and Instruction3
Study Concentration
Select one of the following study concentrations:9
Study Concentration One: P-5 Early Childhood Education (P-5 Certification)
The P-5 Curriculum
Assessment and Management
Health and Physical Education for the Early Childhood Teacher
Study Concentration Two: Special Education/Early Childhood Education (P-5 Dual Certification)
Assessment in Special Education
Methodologies of Inclusive P-5 Settings
Special Education Procedures
Total Credit Hours135

Program Admission Criteria

See B.S.Ed. Degree Requirements

  • Must be admitted into the Teacher Education Program and qualify for a Georgia Preservice Certificate

Other Program Requirements

  • Must meet all requirements for retention in the Teacher Education Program and qualify for a Georgia Preservice Certificate
  • Must earn a minimum grade of “C” on all courses in Area F of the Core, the teaching field, and professional education; earn an adjusted GPA of 2.75 or higher in the teaching field; and maintain overall cumulative GPA of 2.50 or higher
  • Must successfully complete all field experiences
  • Must take courses sequentially according to Area
  • Courses in Area F must be taken prior to admission into the Teacher Education Program
  • Take only one practicum course per semester
  • Must meet requirements for admission to Student Teaching, (See catalog section, Admission to Student Teaching)
  • Must successfully complete assessments identified at each program transition point

Honors in Early Childhood Education

To graduate with Honors in Early Childhood Education, a student must:

  • be admitted to the University Honors Program;
  • successfully complete at least four credit hours of Honors Research Seminar in Education (COED   3610H) over four semesters;
  • successfully complete and present an Honors Thesis or Capstone Project;
  • be in good standing in the University Honors Program at the time of graduation.


Each student in Early Childhood Education is assigned to an advisor in the College of Education Student Success Center for program planning and course scheduling. Telephone: (912) 478-0698. E-Mail: cjthomp@georgiasouthern.edu