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Early Childhood (M.Ed.)

This degree is available at the Macon Campus, but some coursework may be available on the Milledgeville Campus.

The Master of Early Childhood Education program at Georgia College which is nationally recognized by the National Association for the Education of Young Children (NAEYC) offers advanced preparation in the knowledge, capabilities, and dispositions required for effective, exemplary teachers of young children. The program is designed to support in-service teachers during their years of induction and to assist them in increasing their level of certification from a T-4 to T-5 while obtaining one of the optional credentials (advanced degree in teaching field) to move from the “professional” level certificate to “advanced professional.” The expectations and accountability measures of the Teacher Keys Effectiveness System (TKES) have been incorporated throughout the program in order to better support teachers in achieving “proficient” or “exemplary” on annual TKES performance ratings. 

It is important to note that this program is designed specifically for individuals who already hold or qualify for a level four (4) Georgia Teacher's Certificate.

Program Structure
The degree program is provided at the Macon Center and offers courses in the evenings, on Saturdays, and with blended on-line formats. It is a cohort model with candidates beginning in the summer with the first course offered during Maymester. The program will be completed in 4 semesters (summer, fall, spring, summer). 

Application Deadlines

July 1 -    Fall Semester
Nov. 15 - Spring Semester
April 1 -  Maymester
April 1 -  Summer Semester

Application for Admission 
For information about graduate admissions, please see the Graduate Admissions page.

Admission Requirements

  1. Graduate Admissions Application Form
  2. Two professional recommendations (pdf)
  3. Official copies of all transcripts
  4. Passing score on the College of Education Graduate Writing Assessment.  Effective Fall 2014, a passing score on the College of Education Graduate Writing Assessment or for admission purposes, applicants to COE graduate programs may submit official scores with the following minimums in lieu of passing the Graduate Writing Assessment : GRE – 1000 (Verbal and Quantitative combined) if taken prior to August 1, 2011, or 305 (Verbal and Quantitative Combined) if taken on or after August 1, 2011.  MAT – 400.  Applicants who have previously earned a baccalaureate or master’s degree from Georgia College, will automatically waive the application testing requirement without the need to petition.  Students who are currently enrolled in an undergraduate program at Georgia College, will have the testing requirement waived upon conferment of their baccalaureate degree.
  5. Minimal undergraduate GPA of 2.75 
  6. Verification of immunization
  7. Verification of Georgia T4 certification or evidence qualified for one, or a minimum of an Induction Certificate 


Contact Information
Graduate Admission Advisor
Shanda Brand
CBX 70, 220 Kilpatrick Hall
Milledgeville, GA 31061
Phone toll free in Georgia: 800-342-0471 Ext. 1383

Dr. Lyndall Muschell, Coordinator
CBX 71, 228E Kilpatrick Hall
Milledgeville, GA 31061
Phone toll free in Georgia: 800-342-0471 Ext. 1909

Graduate Admissions
Georgia College
Campus Box 107
Milledgeville, GA 31061

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