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.

For more information, please see the Academic Catalog.

  • Overview

    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.

    Program Location

    Carrollton Campus, Newnan, Rome

    Method of Delivery

    Coursework is available 100% online.

    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: 36
    A transfer credit evaluation will be completed by the UWG Transfer Team (transfer@westga.edu). Course application to a program is subject to review by the department.

  • Cost

    This program is offered entirely online. Though a student may choose to sign-up for a face-to-face elective or core course, one can earn this degree completely online.

    Save money

    UWG is often ranked as one of the most affordable accredited university of its kind, regardless of the method of delivery chosen. In addition, online courses and programs can mean a huge cost-savings in many non-evident ways: No more high gas charges. No childcare needed. The flexibility can allow one to maintain a job while attending school. Regardless of state residency, out-of-state non-resident students are not charged non-resident tuition for online course credit hours.

    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, they will pay both all mandatory campus fees and the higher eTuition rate.
    • For the 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

    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.

  • 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 Graduate Admissions Office.

    Program Specific Admittance Guidelines

    Admission to the program requires a Bachelor’s degree in Early Childhood or Elementary Education or 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

    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

    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

    Graduate Admissions
    Email: graduate@westga.edu
    Phone: 678-839-1394 

    College of Education

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

    Dr. Janet Strickland, jstrickl@westga.edu, 678-839-6061

  • 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.

    Specific Graduate Admissions Deadlines are available via the Graduate School

  • Objectives
    • Master's candidates are committed to students and their learning.
    • Master's candidates know the subjects they teach and how to teah 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.