Early Childhood Education

Master of Education, Specialist in Education
Program Strengths
  • The Department of Early Learning and Childhood Education utilizes the five core propositions of the National Board of Professional Teaching Standards for its graduate programs.
  • The program has been designed and implemented with the goal of developing the most effective teachers in public education.
  • Fully accredited by the National Council of Associations of Teacher Education (NCATE) and the Southern Association of Colleges and Schools (SACS).
  • Integration of the most reliable and valid educational philosophies and pedagogical theories of education.
  • Faculty are experienced educators and who integrate research-based theory and practices into their teaching. 
  • UWG Pre-Kindergarten - delivers quality pre-K education programs to children from the community and provides a valuable resource for the preparation of Early Childhood majors
  • Developmental and Diagnostic Reading Clinic - provides diagnosis and correction of reading problems for children and adults in the local community and provides a real-world experience for Early Childhood Education majors
Faculty Specialties/Interests
  • School improvement, teacher development, reflective teaching practices, literacy acquisition
  • Effective pedagogy
  • Critical thinking and problem solving, character education, cultural diversity, effective teaching and learning theories
  • Curriculum design and evaluation, teaching methods, classroom management, instructional design and evaluation
  • Reader response theory, comprehension strategies, children’s literature
  • Assessment, curriculum issues, equity issues and mathematics education