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
  • Cost
  • Courses
  • Faculty
  • Admissions
  • Dates
  • Objectives
  • 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).

    This program is accredited by the Council for the Accreditation of Educator Preparation (CAEP).

    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 courses are charged at the general tuition rate plus an eTuition rate BUT with fewer fees and no extra charges to non-Residents.
    • 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 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

    • CEPD-4101 - Educational Psychology

      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.

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    • ECED-3214 - Exploratory Activities in Music and the Fine Arts

      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.

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    • ECED-3271 - Integrating Curriculum, Instruction, and Classroom Management for Pre K-5 Classrooms

      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.

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    • ECED-3282 - Practicum I

      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.

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    • ECED-4251 - Assessment and Correction Mathematics Education

      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.

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    • ECED-4261 - Teaching Content and Process: Social Studies Education

      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.

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    • ECED-4262 - Teaching Content and Process: Science Education

      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.

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    • ECED-4263 - Teaching Content and Process: Science Education

      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.

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    • ECED-4283 - Practicum II

      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.

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    • ECED-4284 - Practicum III

      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.

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    • ECED-4286 - Teaching Internship

      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.

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    • ECED-4289 - Teaching Internship Seminar

      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.

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    • MATH-3703 - Geometry for P-8 Teachers

      (Non-credit for mathematics major or minor.) Special emphasis for teachers of grades P-8. Logic; real numbers; basic and transformational geometry; measurement, including the metric system; problem solving; methods and materials for teaching mathematics at the P-8 level. A continuation of MATH 2703.

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    • MATH-3803 - Algebra for P-8 Teachers I

      (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.

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    • MATH-4313 - Advanced Ordinary Differential Equations

      Advanced topics in the theory of ordinary differential equations. Topics include existence theory, linear systems, phase plane analysis, asymptotic behavior of solutions, stability of linear systems, Lyapounov's second method and applications.

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    • MEDT-3402 - Integrating Technology into the Classroom

      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.

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    • PHED-4650 - Health and Physical Activity in Elementary Education

      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.

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    • READ-3251 - Children's Literature

      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.

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    • READ-3262 - Teaching Content and Process: Reading Education

      An introduction to skills, approaches, materials, and methods of reading instruction. Field experience required.

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    • READ-3263 - Teaching Content and Process: Integrated Literacy Education and Process Writing

      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.

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    • READ-4251 - Assessment and Correction Reading Education

      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.

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    • 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.

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  • 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.