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

    General

    Plan of Study: View Program Sheet

    • ECED-6249 - Seminar For P-5 Teachers

      A seminar designed to synthesize the theories, concepts, NBPTS propositions, and instructional strategies that have been learned during the M.Ed. program. A 'capstone' field project with students in a PK-5 setting will be a requirement for this course. This seminar is also designed to enhance skills in critical thinking, comprehension of research, and decision-making as an effective practitioner. A completion of the Master's degree portfolio will also be accomplished in this course. This course should be taken within the last two semesters of graduation.

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    • ECED-6261 - Developing Affective Curricula

      A course designed to facilitate sensitivity to the emotional needs of students, and to plan and implement affective curriculum activities.

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    • ECED-6262 - Language Development: Implications for the Childhood Educator

      Language and its acquisition; studied in relation to mental development and school achievement.

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    • ECED-6271 - P-5 School Curriculum

      A critical study of the design and implementation of curricula in the education of children (Pre-K through fifth grade). Attention is given to historical, philosophical and theoretical perspectives; current national standards; programmatic design and organization; and the use of personnel, materials, and equipment. National Board for Professional Teaching Standards and a certification portfolio based on National Board propositions are introduced as the conceptual framework and exit requirement for the M.Ed. program. This course should be taken within the first two semesters of the M.Ed. program.

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    • ECED-6288 - Continuing Practicum

      Practical experience with students in a PK-5 setting under the supervision of ECED faculty is a prerequisite for this course. (Requires the completion of activities described in the Entry Packet and enrollment during the same semester as ECED 6249 Seminar for Early Childhood Teachers).

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    • ECED-7259 - Investigating Methods and Materials in Mathematics

      Concepts and material which are appropriate for mathematics education of Pre K - Grade 5 children will be investigated. In addition, research on the use of process education in these areas will be considered.

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    • ECED-7260 - Investigating Methods and Materials in Science

      Students will examine the research and literature base forming the foundation behind the content, methodology, skills, and materials used to teach science to children in grades P-5.

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    • ECED-7261 - Literature for the Young Child

      This course is designed to give the early childhood educator an opportunity to become acquainted with classic and current literature for children. Emphasis will be given to integrating literature in all curriculum areas (whole language approach).

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    • ECED-7262 - Investigating Language Arts

      This course is designed to assist the teacher in integrating the teaching of language arts including: reading, writing, oral language, listening, as well as viewing and visual representation.

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    • ECED-7263 - Writing Across The Curriculum

      Since writing can be used as a tool for learning, reflection and discovery, students in this course will study a variety of children's writing and will study the writing process (a tool for thinking about writing) and its appropriate use throughout the curriculum.

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    • ECED-7264 - Investigating Social Studies Methods

      Graduate students will critique current methodology, trends, and issues; evaluate strategies for implementing curricular and instructional change; and enrich their decision-making and leadership skills to enhance the elementary (P-5) social studies curriculum.

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    • ECED-7265 - Parent Education for Teachers and Child Care Workers

      An examination of the child from the parental viewpoint. Strong emphasis will be given to changing family structure, family communication, responsibilities of parenting as they relate to teacher education and child care givers. Parenting in high-risk families and children with exceptionalities will be addressed.

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    • ECED-7266 - The Young Child: Home and Community

      This course is designed to aid in the understanding of the effects of home, community and society on the life of young children.

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    • ECED-7267 - Teaching Creative Arts

      Development of the concept that through creative arts children communicate ideas and feelings and develop sensitivity and perception. Emphasis will be given to integration of the creative arts in all curriculum areas.

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    • ECED-7272 - Classroom Management Early Grades (P-5)

      Students will examine major theoretical and empirical approaches to classroom management, develop appropriate decision making and problem solving skills, and formulate techniques to manage effectively a learning environment for students in grades P-5.

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    • ECED-7282 - Directed Readings in Education

      Concentrated readings and review of research studies and literature relative to areas of significance to early childhood education.

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    Major Required

    • ECED-6249 - Seminar For P-5 Teachers

      A seminar designed to synthesize the theories, concepts, NBPTS propositions, and instructional strategies that have been learned during the M.Ed. program. A 'capstone' field project with students in a PK-5 setting will be a requirement for this course. This seminar is also designed to enhance skills in critical thinking, comprehension of research, and decision-making as an effective practitioner. A completion of the Master's degree portfolio will also be accomplished in this course. This course should be taken within the last two semesters of graduation.

      View Instructors, Syllabi and Other Details

    • ECED-6271 - P-5 School Curriculum

      A critical study of the design and implementation of curricula in the education of children (Pre-K through fifth grade). Attention is given to historical, philosophical and theoretical perspectives; current national standards; programmatic design and organization; and the use of personnel, materials, and equipment. National Board for Professional Teaching Standards and a certification portfolio based on National Board propositions are introduced as the conceptual framework and exit requirement for the M.Ed. program. This course should be taken within the first two semesters of the M.Ed. program.

      View Instructors, Syllabi and Other Details

    • ECED-7259 - Investigating Methods and Materials in Mathematics

      Concepts and material which are appropriate for mathematics education of Pre K - Grade 5 children will be investigated. In addition, research on the use of process education in these areas will be considered.

      View Instructors, Syllabi and Other Details

    • ECED-7260 - Investigating Methods and Materials in Science

      Students will examine the research and literature base forming the foundation behind the content, methodology, skills, and materials used to teach science to children in grades P-5.

      View Instructors, Syllabi and Other Details

    • ECED-7262 - Investigating Language Arts

      This course is designed to assist the teacher in integrating the teaching of language arts including: reading, writing, oral language, listening, as well as viewing and visual representation.

      View Instructors, Syllabi and Other Details

    • ECED-7264 - Investigating Social Studies Methods

      Graduate students will critique current methodology, trends, and issues; evaluate strategies for implementing curricular and instructional change; and enrich their decision-making and leadership skills to enhance the elementary (P-5) social studies curriculum.

      View Instructors, Syllabi and Other Details

    • ECED-7265 - Parent Education for Teachers and Child Care Workers

      An examination of the child from the parental viewpoint. Strong emphasis will be given to changing family structure, family communication, responsibilities of parenting as they relate to teacher education and child care givers. Parenting in high-risk families and children with exceptionalities will be addressed.

      View Instructors, Syllabi and Other Details

    • ECED-7266 - The Young Child: Home and Community

      This course is designed to aid in the understanding of the effects of home, community and society on the life of young children.

      View Instructors, Syllabi and Other Details

    • ECED-7271 - Diversity and the Classroom for Early Grades P-5

      Students will examine issues relating to cultural pluralism and global perspectives, equitable education of diverse student populations, and aspects of teacher behavior, cultural variations, and student variations relevant to learning and teaching. Topics will include the theoretical foundations of multicultural education, the importance of cross-cultural communication, and major theoretical and empirical approaches to classroom management. Students will also examine, evaluate, and develop curricular materials, decision making and problem solving skills, and techniques to effectively instruct and manage within learning environments of diverse populations of P-5 students.

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    • ECED-7273 - Family/Community Involvement for School Improvement

      Family/Community Involvement for School Improvement is designed to acquaint teachers of early childhood and elementary grade children with techniques for working with and involving families and communities. In this course, four areas of parent and community involvement will be emphasized: home-school communication, parent education, volunteerism, and public/community relations.

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    • EDRS-6301 - Research in Education

      The study of the general principles of qualitative and quantitative research designs with an emphasis on students becoming consumers of educational research.

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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 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.