Early Childhood Education
Essential characteristics of the Georgia College undergraduate programs are the cohort model; extensive field-based programs; integrated, cross-disciplinary course work; and preparation in technology. The curriculum and the field experiences prepare teacher candidates to address the human relations and diversity issues of the public schools. The teacher education programs are organized in cohorts with Mentor Leaders. A cohort is a group of students who begins and ends a program at the same time. The teacher candidates take courses together. Providing program offerings in cohort groups enhances the opportunities for developing collaboration that will eventually apply to school and community.
B.S. in Early Childhood Education
The Early Childhood Education program is designed to prepare prospective teachers of children in grades K-5. The program of study supports a foundation in child development, family, and community, relationships, curriculum development, and assessment. In addition, teacher candidates receive content preparation in mathematics, reading and language arts, science, and social studies. Through a field-based approach which provides a broad range of field placements throughout the two-year program, candidates are supported in making connections between theories and practice.
Admission into Early Childhood. Professional courses are primarily taken in the third and fourth years. After being officially accepted to GC, students must apply before the third Friday in January to be accepted into a College of Education teacher education program beginning the next fall. Cohort application packets are available online in October, and acceptance is competitive.
Cohort Admission Requirements:
- Complete Application Packet
- Three professional letters of recommendation using the GC format
- Official copies of GC transguide or of all transcripts if applicant has attended another college/university including the current fall semester
- Minimal GPA of 2.75
- Passing scores or exemption on the GACE Program Admission Assessment
- Completion of Core areas before cohort begins in the fall
- Area F in Core completed with C or higher in each course
- Passing Regents’ Reading and Writing requirements or proof of exemption
- Clear background check including the Pre-service Criminal Record Check
- Verified structured experience with children the level the applicant wishes to teach.
- Satisfactory completion of interview by faculty admissions committee
- Must provide documentation of having completed Educator Ethics 350. Candidates admitted to programs must take, but do not have to pass, the assessment prior to program admission.
- If transferring from another institution, a copy of GC Admission letter is required.
- Required forms completed for Pre-Service Certification through the PSC.