The University of West Georgia's Post-Baccalaureate Certificate in Early Childhood Education program is designed to provide you with a comprehensive understanding of early childhood education and to prepare you for licensure in the state of Georgia. The program is for individuals who already hold a bachelor's degree who want to become a certified Pre-Kindergarten through Fifth grade school teacher.

For more information, please see the Academic Catalog.

  • Overview

    The University of West Georgia's Post-Baccalaureate Certificate in Early Childhood Education program is designed to provide you with a comprehensive understanding of early childhood education and to prepare you for licensure in the state of Georgia. The program is for individuals who already hold a bachelor's degree who want to become a certified Pre-Kindergarten through Fifth grade school teacher.

    Method of Delivery

    Face to Face

    Accreditation

    The University of West Georgia is accredited by The Southern Association of Colleges and Schools Commission on Colleges (SACSCOC).

    Credit and transfer

    Total semester hours required: 66

  • Cost

    This program may be earned entirely face-to-face. However, depending on the courses chosen, a student may choose to take some partially or fully online courses.

    Save money

    UWG is often ranked as one of the most affordable accredited universities of its kind, regardless of the method of delivery chosen.

    Details

    • Total tuition costs and fees may vary, depending on the instructional method of the courses in which the student chooses to enroll.
    • The more courses a student takes in a single term, the more they will typically save in fees and total cost.
    • Face-to-face or partially online courses are charged at the general tuition rate and all mandatory campus fees, based on the student's residency (non-residents are charged at a higher rate).
    • Fully or entirely online course tuition rates and fees my vary depending on the program. Students enrolled in exclusively online courses do not pay non-Resident rates.
    • Together this means that GA residents pay about the same if they take all face-to-face or partially online courses as they do if they take only fully online courses exclusively; while non-residents save money by taking fully online courses.
    • One word of caution: If a student takes a combination of face-to-face and online courses in a single term, he/she will pay both all mandatory campus fees and the higher eTuition rate.
    • For cost information, as well as payment deadlines, see the Bursar's Office website

    There are a variety of financial assistance options for students, including scholarships and work study programs. Visit the Office of Financial Aid's website for more information.

  • Courses

    General

    Students cannot enroll in Professional Education courses until they have been admitted to the Teacher Education Program.

    Block I

    • CEPD 4101 Educational Psychology
    • ECED 3282 Practicum I
    • PHED 4650 Health & Physical Act in Elem School
    • MATH 3803 Algebra for Teachers I
    • ECED 3214 Explor Act in Music & the Fine Arts
    • READ 3251 Children's Literature
    • ECED 3271 Integ C, I, & CM for PreK-5
    Block II
    • MATH 3703 Geometry for Teachers
    • ECED 4261 Tchng C&P: Soc Stud Ed
    • ECED 4262 Tchng C&P: Science Ed
    • ECED 4263 Tchng C&P: Math Ed
    • ECED 4283 Practicum II
    • READ 3262 Tchng C&P: Rdg Ed
    Block III
    • ECED 4251 Asses & Corr Math Ed
    • ECED 4284 Practicum III
    • MATH 4713 Probability and Statistics
    • READ 3263 Tchng C&P: Literacy Ed & Process Writing
    • READ 4251 Assess & Correction Rdg Ed
    • SPED 3715 Inclusive Clsrm: Diff Instruc
    Block IV
    • ECED 4286 Internship
    • ECED 4289 Internship Seminar
    • MEDT 3402 Integrating Tech into Curric

    • SPED-3715 - The Inclusive Classroom: Differentiating Instruction

      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. Students must earn a grade of "B" or better in SPED 3715 or department approved alternative to meet the special education requirement of Georgia House Bill No. 671 and be recommended for educator certification in Georgia. The grade requirement of "B" or better is effective July 1, 2019, for courses completed on or after that date.

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  • Faculty
  • Admissions

    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

    • Create a Graduate Account and complete the Graduate Application online at go.westga.edu. 
    • Submit official transcripts from all schools attended. A GPA of 2.7 or higher on your last conferred degree is required. 

    Note: While not required for admission, the bulk of the coursework cannot be completed until you have also submitted passing GACE Program Admissions scores and GACE Educator Ethics - Program Entry results.

    Application Deadlines

    Specific Graduate Admissions Deadlines are available via the Graduate School

    * Application, app fee, and document deadline

    See The Scoop for more specific deadlines.

    Admission Process Checklist

    The Graduate Studies Application Process checklist is available here.

    Contact

    Graduate Admissions
    graduate@westga.edu
    678-839-1393

    College of Education Advisement Center:
    Phone: 678-839-5539
    Email:  bschmelz@westga.edu

  • Dates

    Specific Graduate Admissions Deadlines are available via the Graduate School

    * Application, app fee, and document deadline; Dates may vary for Readmit, Transfer, and Transient students.

    Specific dates for Admissions, Financial Aid, Fee Payment, Registration, Start/End of Term Dates, Final Exams, etc. are available in THE SCOOP.

  • Objectives

    To graduate knowledgable, innovative professionals that are committed to educational equity and have the essential skills and knowledge needed to become licensed teachers int he state of Georgia.