College of Education Academic Programs

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Our Master of Education (M. Ed.) degree program is designed to prepare teachers who will be academically grounded instructional leaders. Program coursework and field experiences promote research-based practices that ensure that all students can and do learn. Graduates' theoretical and pedagogical knowledge will be deepened as they apply innovative, effective research-based practices in Early Childhood Education. 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.

Program Description

Our Master of Education (M. Ed.) degree program is designed to prepare teachers who will be academically grounded instructional leaders. Program coursework and field experiences promote research-based practices that ensure that all students can and do learn. Graduates' theoretical and pedagogical knowledge will be deepened as they apply innovative, effective research-based practices in Early Childhood Education. 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. As a student in our Master's degree program, you'll learn strategies to help all students succeed by focusing on topics such as:

  • Knowledge and understanding of the classroom learner
  • Advanced methodologies for content area instruction
  • Curriculum theory and development
  • Social and/or philosophical foundations of education
  • Research in Early Childhood Education

Estimated time to completion is 12-24 months. Time for completion of this degree may vary by student, depending on individual progress and credits transferred, if applicable. For a personalized estimate of your time to completion, call your advisor.

Method of Delivery

Coursework is available 95% online; required orientation is held on campus.

Accreditation

SACS

Credit & Transfer

Total semester hours required to earn a degree: 36
Maximum Hours Transferable into program: 6

Tuition & Fees

For the most up-to-date and accurate cost information, see the Bursar's Office website at http://www.westga.edu/bursar/.

Coursework

The number of hours required to complete the program depends on the prior educational background of the student. If a student has teaching certification at the bachelor's level, the program usually consists of 36 semester hours of graduate coursework. Students exit the program with a Master of Education degree in Early Childhood Education and after passing the Georgia Certification Exam.

General:

Seminar For P-5 Teachers - ECED-6249

Description: A seminar designed to synthesize the theories, concepts, NBPTS propositions, and instructional strategies that have been learned during the M.Ed. program. A 'capstone' field project with students in a PK-5 setting will be a requirement for this course. This seminar is also designed to enhance skills in critical thinking, comprehension of research, and decision-making as an effective practitioner. A completion of the Master's degree portfolio will also be accomplished in this course. This course should be taken within the last two semesters of graduation.

Developing Affective Curricula - ECED-6261

Description: A course designed to facilitate sensitivity to the emotional needs of students, and to plan and implement affective curriculum activities.

Language Development: Implications for the Childhood Educator - ECED-6262

Description: Language and its acquisition; studied in relation to mental development and school achievement.

P-5 School Curriculum - ECED-6271

Description: A critical study of the design and implementation of curricula in the education of children (Pre-K through fifth grade). Attention is given to historical, philosophical and theoretical perspectives; current national standards; programmatic design and organization; and the use of personnel, materials, and equipment. National Board for Professional Teaching Standards and a certification portfolio based on National Board propositions are introduced as the conceptual framework and exit requirement for the M.Ed. program. This course should be taken within the first two semesters of the M.Ed. program.

Special Topics - ECED-6285

Description: Titles and descriptions of specific courses to be inserted at time of offering. May be repeated for credit.

Continuing Practicum - ECED-6288

Description: Practical experience with students in a PK-5 setting under the supervision of ECED faculty is a prerequisite for this course. (Requires the completion of activities described in the Entry Packet and enrollment during the same semester as ECED 6249 Seminar for Early Childhood Teachers).

Reading, Interpreting, and Applying Research - ECED-6290

Description: Introduction to early childhood research, design, and sources of reference.

Investigating Methods and Materials in Mathematics - ECED-7259

Description: Concepts and material which are appropriate for mathematics education of Pre K - Grade 5 children will be investigated. In addition, research on the use of process education in these areas will be considered.

Investigating Methods and Materials in Science - ECED-7260

Description: Students will examine the research and literature base forming the foundation behind the content, methodology, skills, and materials used to teach science to children in grades P-5.

Literature for the Young Child - ECED-7261

Description: This course is designed to give the early childhood educator an opportunity to become acquainted with classic and current literature for children. Emphasis will be given to integrating literature in all curriculum areas (whole language approach).

Investigating Language Arts - ECED-7262

Description: This course is designed to assist the teacher in integrating the teaching of language arts including: reading, writing, oral language, listening, as well as viewing and visual representation.

Writing Across The Curriculum - ECED-7263

Description: Since writing can be used as a tool for learning, reflection and discovery, students in this course will study a variety of children's writing and will study the writing process (a tool for thinking about writing) and its appropriate use throughout the curriculum.

Investigating Social Studies Methods - ECED-7264

Description: Graduate students will critique current methodology, trends, and issues; evaluate strategies for implementing curricular and instructional change; and enrich their decision-making and leadership skills to enhance the elementary (P-5) social studies curriculum.

Parent Education for Teachers and Child Care Workers - ECED-7265

Description: An examination of the child from the parental viewpoint. Strong emphasis will be given to changing family structure, family communication, responsibilities of parenting as they relate to teacher education and child care givers. Parenting in high-risk families and children with exceptionalities will be addressed.

The Young Child: Home and Community - ECED-7266

Description: This course is designed to aid in the understanding of the effects of home, community and society on the life of young children.

Teaching Creative Arts - ECED-7267

Description: Development of the concept that through creative arts children communicate ideas and feelings and develop sensitivity and perception. Emphasis will be given to integration of the creative arts in all curriculum areas.

Teaching Creative Dramatics - ECED-7268

Description: The study of creative dramatic techniques for early childhood and elementary age children.

Classroom Management Early Grades (P-5) - ECED-7272

Description: Students will examine major theoretical and empirical approaches to classroom management, develop appropriate decision making and problem solving skills, and formulate techniques to manage effectively a learning environment for students in grades P-5.

Directed Readings in Education - ECED-7282

Description: Concentrated readings and review of research studies and literature relative to areas of significance to early childhood education.

Special Topics - ECED-7285

Description: Titles and descriptions of specific courses to be inserted at time of offering. May be repeated for credit.

Major Required:

Seminar For P-5 Teachers - ECED-6249

Description: A seminar designed to synthesize the theories, concepts, NBPTS propositions, and instructional strategies that have been learned during the M.Ed. program. A 'capstone' field project with students in a PK-5 setting will be a requirement for this course. This seminar is also designed to enhance skills in critical thinking, comprehension of research, and decision-making as an effective practitioner. A completion of the Master's degree portfolio will also be accomplished in this course. This course should be taken within the last two semesters of graduation.

P-5 School Curriculum - ECED-6271

Description: A critical study of the design and implementation of curricula in the education of children (Pre-K through fifth grade). Attention is given to historical, philosophical and theoretical perspectives; current national standards; programmatic design and organization; and the use of personnel, materials, and equipment. National Board for Professional Teaching Standards and a certification portfolio based on National Board propositions are introduced as the conceptual framework and exit requirement for the M.Ed. program. This course should be taken within the first two semesters of the M.Ed. program.

Investigating Methods and Materials in Mathematics - ECED-7259

Description: Concepts and material which are appropriate for mathematics education of Pre K - Grade 5 children will be investigated. In addition, research on the use of process education in these areas will be considered.

Investigating Methods and Materials in Science - ECED-7260

Description: Students will examine the research and literature base forming the foundation behind the content, methodology, skills, and materials used to teach science to children in grades P-5.

Investigating Language Arts - ECED-7262

Description: This course is designed to assist the teacher in integrating the teaching of language arts including: reading, writing, oral language, listening, as well as viewing and visual representation.

Investigating Social Studies Methods - ECED-7264

Description: Graduate students will critique current methodology, trends, and issues; evaluate strategies for implementing curricular and instructional change; and enrich their decision-making and leadership skills to enhance the elementary (P-5) social studies curriculum.

Parent Education for Teachers and Child Care Workers - ECED-7265

Description: An examination of the child from the parental viewpoint. Strong emphasis will be given to changing family structure, family communication, responsibilities of parenting as they relate to teacher education and child care givers. Parenting in high-risk families and children with exceptionalities will be addressed.

The Young Child: Home and Community - ECED-7266

Description: This course is designed to aid in the understanding of the effects of home, community and society on the life of young children.

Diversity and the Classroom for Early Grades P-5 - ECED-7271

Description: Students will examine issues relating to cultural pluralism and global perspectives, equitable education of diverse student populations, and aspects of teacher behavior, cultural variations, and student variations relevant to learning and teaching. Topics will include the theoretical foundations of multicultural education, the importance of cross-cultural communication, and major theoretical and empirical approaches to classroom management. Students will also examine, evaluate, and develop curricular materials, decision making and problem solving skills, and techniques to effectively instruct and manage within learning environments of diverse populations of P-5 students.

Family/Community Involvement for School Improvement - ECED-7273

Description: Family/Community Involvement for School Improvement is designed to acquaint teachers of early childhood and elementary grade children with techniques for working with and involving families and communities. In this course, four areas of parent and community involvement will be emphasized: home-school communication, parent education, volunteerism, and public/community relations.

Research in Education - EDRS-6301

Description: The study of the general principles of qualitative and quantitative research designs with an emphasis on students becoming consumers of educational research.

Faculty

This describes the general information about faculty for this program.

Guidelines for Admittance

  • All graduate applicants must complete the online Grad Application. A one-time application fee of $40 is required.
  • Applicants should also review the Graduate Studies Website for individual program specific requirements and tasks that must be completed prior to admission. See Graduate Studies Application Process.
  • International applicants are subject to additional requirements and application deadlines. See Procedures for International Students.
  • Official transcripts from a regionally or nationally accredited institution are required and should be sent directly to the UWG Admissions Office.

Program-specific Admittance Guidelines

Admission to the program requires a Bachelor’s degree in Early Childhood or Elementary Education or eligibility for a Level 4 clear and renewable professional certificate in Early Childhood Education, and a minimum overall GPA of 2.7 in all undergraduate coursework.

Application Deadlines

General admissions deadlines are typically:

  • Fall - Jul 21
  • Spring - Nov 30
  • Summer - Apr 15
  • * Application, app fee, and document deadline; Dates may vary for Readmit, Transfer, and Transient students.

See The Scoop for more specific deadlines: http://www.westga.edu/registrar/766.php

Specific graduate deadlines are listed here: http://www.westga.edu/gradstudies/important-dates.php

Admission Process Checklist

The Graduate Studies Application Process checklist is available here: http://www.westga.edu/gradstudies/apply-now.php

One exception: If you will not ever be traveling to a UWG campus or site, you may apply for an Immunization Exemption. Contact the Immunization Clerk with your request.

Contact

College of Education Office of Graduate Studies Phone: 678-839-6105 or Fax: 678-839-6174 Email:cbauldin@westga.edu

Office of Graduate Studies
College of Education
University of West Georgia
1601 Maple Street
Carrollton, GA 30118-4160

Dept of Learning and Teaching - includes a program sheet, directory of instructors and their credentials, as well as other vital information.

Dr. Donna Harkins (Chair) dharkins@westga.edu 678-839-6066

Mrs. Barbara Lewis (Departmental Assistant) blewis@westga.edu 678-839-6559

Dates

Specific dates for Admissions (Undergraduate Only), Financial Aid, Fee Payment, Registration, Start/End of Term Dates, Final Exams, etc. are available in THE SCOOP at http://www.westga.edu/registrar/766.php.

Specific Graduate Admissions Deadlines: 

Learning Objectives

  • Master's candidates are committed to students and their learning.
  • Master's candidates know the subjects they teach and how to teach those subjects to students.
  • Master's candidates are responsible for managing and monitoring student learning.
  • Master's candidates think systematically about their practice and learn from experience.
  • Master's candidates are members of learning communities.