Specialist Program Details
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.
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
Credit & Transfer
Total semester hours required to earn a degree: 27
Maximum Hours Transferable into program: 6
Tuition & Fees
The Value of Online Learning:
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.)
Financial Information and Assistance
For the most up-to-date and accurate cost information, see the Bursar's Office. (Fully online courses appear as NET charges on the bottom of the Bursar's spreadsheets.)
There are a variety of financial assistance options for graduate students, including scholarships and fellowships. Visit the links below for more information.
Office of Financial Aid
College of Education Scholarships Information
Financial Information for Veterans and Families
TK20 - Electronic Portfolio Assessment System
Students in the College of Education are required to purchase a subscription to an electronic portfolio assessment system called TK20. For more information about TK20, visit the COE About TK20 Page. (Note: do not buy a subscription to TK20 until you are enrolled in your program and instructed to do so.)
See the Program Sheet for more information: View Program Sheet
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:
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.
Description: This course is designed to aid in the understanding of the effects of home, community and society on the life of young children.
Description: An in-depth study in a seminar setting of curriculum trends, problems, and issues facing educators of children in P-5 environments.
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.
Description: A study of the basic elements of research and research design as it relates to the development of research in early childhood education.
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
Description: A critical analysis of cultural and sociological factors and their effect on issues affecting educational thought and schooling practices.
Description: A survey of the development and patterns of public education in this country.
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.
Description: A survey of philosophical thought foundational to educational theory and practice.
Description: This course provides a survey of traditional and contemporary ethics as a foundation for examining selected educational policies, practices, and case studies.
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.
Description: This course is designed to compare the educational system of the United States with selected educational systems of the world.
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 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.
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.
College of Education Office of Graduate Studies Phone: 678-839-6105 or Fax: 678-839-6174 Email:firstname.lastname@example.org
Program website and contacts:
The Department of Learning and Teaching Website includes projected course offerings, program sheets, and other vital information.
Dr. Janet Strickland, (Pre-enrollment contact) email@example.com 678-839-6061
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:
- 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.