Our Bachelor of Science in Early Childhood Education (B. S. Ed.) degree program is designed to prepare candidates for initial teacher certification in grades Pre-Kindergarten through fifth grade school settings. Program coursework and field experiences promote research-based practices that ensure that all students can and do learn. Through a full year of field experiences in public schools candidates apply the content knowledge and pedagogical skills learned in professional education courses.
Program faculty are dedicated to the ideals of social justice and endeavor to equip graduates with the ability work within the existing systems or to change existing systems to bring about equitable environments for all learners.
Candidates who successfully complete this program will earn a Bachelor of Science in Early Childhood Satisfactory completion of this program results in a concentration in mathematics and reading and leads to a clear and renewable teaching certificate (T-4) in Georgia.
As a student in our degree program, you'll learn strategies to help all students succeed by focusing on subjects such as:
• Knowledge and understanding of the classroom learner
• Methodologies of content area instruction
• Research in Early Childhood Education
• Curriculum theory and developmenT
• Infusion of technology in instructional practices
• 129 semester hours
Estimated time to completion is 4 years. Time to completion may vary by student, depending on individual progress and credits transferred, if applicable.
Total semester hours required to earn a degree: 129
Maximum Hours Transferable into program: 90
Online courses and programs can mean a huge cost-savings in many ways. No more high gas charges. No childcare needed. The flexibility can allow one to maintain a job while attending school. Out-of-state students are not charged non-resident tuition rates.
The completion of an accredited online degree also increases your earning potential.
The bottom line - value.
Our online courses are as affordable as you will find among accredited schools.
For the most up-to-date and accurate cost information, see the Bursar's Office website at http://www.westga.edu/bursar/. (Fully online courses appear as NET charges on the bottom of the Bursar's spreadsheets.)
This describes the general course work required for this program.
Description: An introduction to the psychological theories and principles applied to the classroom. The course will include aspects of learning, motivation, classroom management, and assessment. Emphasis will be placed on developmentally designed instruction for all students.
Description: An introductory course that surveys methods and activities to teach fundamental skills in movement/dance/drama, art and music in the early childhood/elementary curriculum. Field experience required. Admission to Teacher Education. Must be taken concurrently with ECED 3271, ECED 3282 and READ 3251, or with Advisor approval.
Description: Students will examine theories and models for designing curriculum, instruction, and classroom management in Pre-K through fifth grade classrooms. Students will also observe and apply these theories and models during a field based experience.
Description: Students are placed in a designated early childhood/elementary site. Requirements include observing children and planning and implementing learning activities with the guidance of a qualified supervisor. Must be taken concurrently with ECED 3214, ECED 3271 and READ 3251 or with advisor approval.
Description: Overviews development of acquisition of mathematical concepts. The assessment/correction process is examined. Teaching strategies appropriate to children with learning difficulties are described. Individual assessment and analysis of a particular child's mathematical problems, including teaching to this analysis are developed in case study form. Current research on teaching mathematics to children with special needs is examined. Knowledge of teaching strategies and the assessment/correction process will be applied during field experience. Must be taken concurrently with ECED 4284, READ 3263 and READ 4251 or with advisor approval.
Description: This course requires the supervised and coordinated diagnosing and correcting of students in K-5 classrooms. The lab experiences shall require demonstration of the content knowledge and pedagogical skills acquired in ECED 4251 - Assessment and Correction in Mathematics Education.
Description: Students will examine the current content and methodology of social studies education for young learners (grades P-5). Students will design and implement learning experiences that incorporate the knowledge, skills, and attitudes appropriate for an elementary social studies program. Must be taken concurrently with ECED 4262, ECED 4263, ECED 4283, and READ 3262 or with Advisor approval.
Description: Students will examine content, methodology, skills, and materials used to teach science to children in grades P-5 by means of course discussions and assignments, field placements/assignments and course readings. Emphasis will be placed on developmentally appropriate practices and integration with mathematics and other appropriate subject areas.
Description: Mathematics education content, methods and materials which are appropriate for the cognitive development of the young child from Pre-K to Grade 5 will be investigated. Students will apply knowledge of content, methods and materials during field experience. Must be taken concurrently with ECED 4261, ECED 4262, ECED 4283 and READ 3262 or with advisor approval.
Description: Students are placed in a designated early childhood/ elementary site. Requirements include observing children and planning and implementing learning activities with the guidance of a qualified supervisor. Must be taken concurrently with ECED 4261, ECED 4262, ECED 4263 and READ 3262 or with advisor approval.
Description: Application for field experience required prior to enrollment. Students are placed in a designated early childhood/elementary site. Requirements include observing children and planning and implementing learning activities with the guidance of a qualified supervisor.
Description: Students will be involved 15 weeks (one semester) in a full-time, supervised and directed classroom setting. Application to field experience required prior to enrollment Must be taken concurrently with ECED 4289; a practicum/intership fee will be charged.
Description: Designed to engage interns in a critical reflection of issues, topics materials and skills appropriate to their professional development and teaching experience during their internship. Will also serve as a capstone experience for satisfying exit requirements of the program. Must be taken concurrently with ECED 4286 or ECED 4288.
Description: (Non-credit for mathematics major or minor.) Special emphasis for teachers of grades P-8. Broadens understanding of the fundamental concepts of algebra, with particular attention to specific methods and materials of instruction. Special emphasis for teachers of grades P-8.
Description: Non-credit for mathematics major or minor. Special emphasis for teachers of grades P-8. Broadens understanding of the fundamental concepts of probability and statistics, with particular attention to specific methods and materials of instruction.
Description: Hands on technology integration techniques are provided scaffolding from the student's basic computer skills to foster skills in five interrelated areas of instructional proficiency: (1) Georgia's Performance Standards for Curriculum, (2) Integration of Modern and Emerging Technologies into Instructional Practice, (3) Classroom Management in Classrooms, Computer Labs and 21st Century Learning Environments, (4) New Designs for Teaching and Learning, and (5) Enhanced Pedagogical Practices.
Description: This course provides students with the knowledge and skills necessary for teaching health and integrating physical activity in the elementary school curriculum. This course is designed for early childhood education majors.
Description: A survey of the past and current literature available for use with the young child as well as the role literature should play in early literacy development. Field placement is required.
Description: An introduction to skills, approaches, materials, and methods of reading instruction. Field experience required.
Description: A study of language acquisition and the development of the language arts curriculum with an emphasis on reading-writing connections. Admission to Teacher Education. Must be taken concurrently with ECED 4251, ECED 4283, READ 4251, SPED 3715 and MATH 3803.
Description: Course will provide undergraduate students with knowledge and skills to administer informal assessments to determine children's strengths and weaknesses in reading. Students will be able to analyze test results and prescribe reading strategies to help children advance through the reading process. Field experience required.
Description: Study of characteristics, identification and assessment of exceptional children and youth across age ranges and levels of severity, including individualizing instruction in inclusive classrooms. 'Best' ranges and levels of severity, teaching practices for this population also will be examined. Designed for non-special education majors.
This describes the general information about faculty for this program.
University of West Georgia General Admission Policies: The admissions policy of West Georgia is designed to admit students who will have a reasonable chance of success and who seemingly will profit from the educational program of the University. A student is considered for admission without regard to race, creed, sex, marital status, or national origin. Application forms may be obtained from the Admissions Office and are available from many high school guidance counselors. An admission application also can be found at www.westga.edu.
Admission to Teacher Education: Admission to the teacher education program is a prerequisite to enrollment in professional education courses. Students should file application for admission with their advisor. Admission to the program is based on meeting specific qualifications. Those are as follows:
* Completion of the Core Curriculum
* Minimum overall GPA of 2.7
* Passing scores on all three sections of the GACE Basic Skills Test or qualifying for exemption of the GACE by documenting a cumulative score of 1000 on the SAT (Verbal and Math) or a cumulative score of 43 on English and Math
Advisors (based on first letter of student last name)
A-D – Elaine Heath-Ward
E-J – Sabra Broome
K-Q – Kim Rajczyk
R-Z – Beth Freeman
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