Specialist Program Details

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12-18 months | Credit Hours: 27

Our Educational Specialist (Ed. S.) degree program is designed to prepare teacher leaders who are instrumental in the creation and implementation of instructional policies and practices that ensure that all students can and do learn. Program coursework and field experiences expand and deepen graduates’ theoretical and pedagogical knowledge and enable graduates to understand and apply innovative, emerging research on developments in Early Childhood Education.

Program Description

Our Educational Specialist (Ed. S.) degree program is designed to prepare teacher leaders who are instrumental in the creation and implementation of instructional policies and practices that ensure that all students can and do learn. Program coursework and field experiences expand and deepen graduates? theoretical and pedagogical knowledge and enable graduates to understand and apply innovative, emerging research on developments 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 degree program, you'll learn strategies to help all students succeed by focusing on subjects such as: Students as Learners Teachers as Leaders Societal Issues Classroom Issues Research and Inquiry Estimated time to completion is 12-18 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. Program website and contacts: The Department of Learning and Teaching Website?includes a projected course offerings, program sheets, and other vital information.

Method of Delivery

Some courses are offered online or partially online

Accreditation

SACS

Credit & Transfer

Total semester hours required to earn a degree: 27
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/.

Financial Help

Graduates:
A variety of financial assistance options for Graduate students, including scholarships and fellowships. See http://www.westga.edu/financialAid/index_2772.php

Veterans:
Many options are available to help qualified veterans and in some cases their families. See
http://www.westga.edu/financialAid/index_2941.php

Coursework

Estimated time to completion is 12-18 months. Time to completion 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.

NOTE: Not all of the courses listes below are required.

This program requires only 27 credit hours.

The courses you will take, will depend on your desired content specialization.  See the program sheet for more detailed information: http://www.westga.edu/assetsDept/coeelce/M.Ed.ECEDProgramSheet.pdf

General:

Lifespan Human Development - CEPD-8102

Description: This graduate course is a study of human growth and development from birth through aging and death. The course focuses on areas of physical, cognitive, social, personality, and emotional development as a series of progressive changes resulting from the biological being's interactions with the environment. Special emphasis is placed on the development characteristics of school age youth within a multicultural and diverse society.

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.

Advanced Curriculum Seminar - ECED-8271

Description: An in-depth study in a seminar setting of curriculum trends, problems, and issues facing educators of children in P-5 environments.

Teacher as Leader - ECED-8272

Description: Designed to provide students with knowledge of factors and processes related to teacher leadership roles within schools. Topics such as mentoring, peer coaching, community relations, organizational change, and advocacy will be addressed.

Research Seminar - ECED-8284

Description: A study of the basic elements of research and research design as it relates to the development of research in early childhood education.

Professional Seminar - ECED-8297

Description: A course designed to provide a forum for professional interaction between students and professors on critical issues in the profession. Prerequisite: ECED 8284 Research Seminar

Culture and Society in Education - EDFD-7303

Description: A critical analysis of cultural and sociological factors and their effect on issues affecting educational thought and schooling practices.

History of American Education - EDFD-7305

Description: A survey of the development and patterns of public education in this country.

Critical Issues in Education - EDFD-7307

Description: A study of selected issues affecting educational thought and schooling practices emphasizing critical analysis of the cultural and sociological contexts of school-societal problems.

Philosophical Foundations of Education - EDFD-7309

Description: A survey of philosophical thought foundational to educational theory and practice.

Ethics in Education - EDFD-7311

Description: This course provides a survey of traditional and contemporary ethics as a foundation for examining selected educational policies, practices, and case studies.

Data Analysis in Educational Research - EDRS-8304

Description: Enrollment requires approval of research proposal by program instructor and consent of EDRS instructor. This course is designed for students planning to conduct a research project as part of their specialist degree requirement. Students have the op-portunity to examine various research designs and data analysis techniques appropriate to qualitative and quantitative research methodologies. Students learn computer applications and the reporting of results in APA style.

Comparative Education - PTED-7246

Description: This course is designed to compare the educational system of the United States with selected educational systems of the world.

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 Level 5, clear and renewable professional certificate in Early Childhood Education based on a Master's degree in Early Childhood Education.

Any other Master's degree with a Level 5 certification must meet the Content Specialization requirements in the Early Childhood Education Master's degree program in order to be admitted into the Ed.S. program.

A minimum GPA of 3.0 in graduate coursework is required for admission to the program.

Application Deadlines

General admissions deadlines are typically:

  • Fall - July 21
  • 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:cbauld@westga.edu

Program website and contacts:

The Department of Early Learning & Childhood Education Website includes a projected course offerings, program sheets, and other vital information.

Dr. Jill Drake, Ed.D. (Pre-enrollment contact) jdrake@westga.edu 678-839-6080

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

  • Specialist candidates know the subjects they teach and how to teach those subjects to students. They seek out opportunities to lead others through professional development and collaboration.
  • Specialist candidates are responsible for managing and monitoring student learning. They are leaders in their schools in identifying effective practices and at sharing that knowledge with others.
  • Specialist candidates think systematically about their practice and learn from experience. They research effective practices and share knowledge through scholarly publications and presentations.
  • Specialist candidates are members of learning communities. They are recognized leaders in their schools and communities.