Early Childhood Education - B.S.Ed.


Degree Requirements

Entrance Requirements for the Major

General Education Core Curriculum
(Selected with the advice of an academic advisor)

Area VI
Major Requirements
College-wide Requirements must be satisfied in order to graduate with this major


I. Foundation Courses (9 hours)

ENGL 1101 or ENGL 1101E or ENGL 1101S 
ENGL 1102 or ENGL 1102E or ENGL 1103 or ENGL 1050H or ENGL 1060H  
MATH 1101*  or MATH 1113*  or MATH 2200*  or MATH 2250*  or MATH 2300H*  or MATH 2400*  or MATH 2400H*  or MATH 2410*  or MATH 2410H*  

* MATH 2001 should be substituted for this major. 

II. Sciences (7-8 hours)

At least one of the physical science or life science courses must include a laboratory.
Physical Sciences (3-4 hours)
No preferred courses for this area. See Core Curriculum view.
Life Sciences (3-4 hours)
No preferred courses for this area. See Core Curriculum view.


III. Quantitative Reasoning (3-4 hours)

Preferred Course(s): * MATH 2001 or MATH 2002 should be substituted for this major. 


IV. World Languages and Culture, Humanities and the Arts (12 hours)

Note: Course credit received as a result of a score on a departmental foreign language placement test will not satisfy the General Education Core Curriculum requirements in Area IV, World Languages and Culture, Humanities and the Arts.
World Languages and Culture (9 hours)
Preferred Course(s): At least one semester of Foreign Language, preferably Spanish

Humanities and the Arts (3 hours)
Preferred Course(s): LLED 2110 

V. Social Sciences (9 hours)

  • Students who have not met the Georgia and U.S. Constitution requirement by examination should enroll in POLS 1101 or POLS 1101E or POLS 1105H.
  • A passing grade on an examination on the history of the United States and Georgia is required to satisfy the United States and Georgia History Requirement for all persons receiving a baccalaureate degree from the University, unless exempted by one of the following courses: HIST 2111, HIST 2111E, HIST 2111H, HIST 2112, HIST 2112E, HIST 2112H, HIST 3080H. Examinations are given at University Testing Services. Reexamination is permitted. Contact University Testing Services at (706) 542-3183 for information.
Preferred Course(s): HDFS 2100; HDFS 2200; or ETAP 2200


Area VI

Early Childhood Education - General 
EDUC 2110  or EDUC 2110H  
EDUC 2120
EDUC(EPSY) 2130 or EPSY 2130H or HDFS 2950-2950L
MATH 2003 or MATH 5001/7001*  

*For transfer students: MATH 2008 will satisfy the requirement for MATH 2003 or MATH 5001/7001
Choose 6 hours of science electives (1000/2000-level and above) from the following prefixes:* 

If any of the courses in Area VI have been used to satisfy Areas II-V of the Core Curriculum, students should choose additional courses from the following Major Elective course options:
EDEC 4000
Other courses as approved by the Early Childhood Education program 


Entrance Requirements
This is a high-demand major. After meeting the application requirements, students will be selected based on the high-demand selection criteria listed below.

The following are required to be eligible to apply to the program:
No more than nine hours remaining in core Areas I-VI (not including in-progress course work); minimum 2.80 GPA overall, cumulative, and across Core Areas I-III; a passing score on the GACE Program Admissions Assessment or exemption of the GACE Program Admissions Assessment with one of the following: combined minimum SAT score of 1000 (Verbal and Math scores) OR combined minimum ACT score of 43 (English and Math scores)

The following are required to enter the program:
It is strongly recommended that Core Areas I-V be completed. It is required that EDUC 2110 or EDUC 2110H, or EDUC 2120 and EDUC(EPSY) 2130 or EPSY 2130H or HDFS 2950-2950L and MATH 2003 or MATH 5001/7001 be completed before starting the professional sequence of classes. A grade of "C" (2.0) or higher is required for all completed Area VI and pre-professional courses and all students must maintain a cumulative and overall GPA of 2.80. Students should have fewer than 9 hours of coursework remaining outside of block courses. 

High-Demand Major-Selection Criteria
Early Childhood Education Partnership Program:
-Applicant statement (1/2)
-Resume (1/2)

Early Childhood Education Application: http://www.coe.uga.edu/academics/degrees/bsed/early-childhood-education 

All teacher education candidates are required to have a GaPSC pre-service certificate prior to beginning field experience. Click on the link for the Pre-Service Requirements and instructions:

For teacher certification completion, see below.

High-Demand Major–Selection Criteria
Early Childhood Education Partnership Program:
- Applicant statement (1/2)
- Resume (1/2)

Major Requirements

A baccalaureate degree program must require at least 21 semester hours of upper division courses in the major field and at least 39 semester hours of upper division work overall.

Required Courses (68 hours)
(A minimum grade of "C" (2.0) or higher is required.) 
EDEC 4015/6015, EDEC 4015L
EDEC 4010 (3 hours)
(EDEC 4020 or EDEC 6025), EDEC 4020L (3 hours)
(EDEC 4030 or EDEC 6030), EDEC 4030L 
EDEC 4040 
EDEC 5460 (15 hours)  
EMAT 3400
EMAT 3410
ESCI 4420
ESOC 3420 
KINS 2420 
LLED 3420 
LLED 3430 
LLED 4120
LLED 5040/7040 
SPED 4020/6020

Requirements for Teacher Certification:
To be considered a UGA program completer and to be eligible for a Certificate of Eligibility in an initial educator preparation program, you must complete the following assessments:
  • Georgia Educator Ethics - Program Exit Assessment
  • GACE Content Assessment
  • edTPA
  • Complete all Foliotek requirements if your program requires you to have an account
  • Complete COE Exit Survey

For detailed information on the program completion requirements, visit http://epr.coe.uga.edu/gapsc/program-completion-certification-checklists/

*Beginning July 1, 2019, all teacher education candidates must have a grade of B or higher in the exceptional children course requirements for certification.  

(This total does not include the 1-hour P.E. requirement)