Dr. John J. Hobe
Department Head
Phone: 912.344.2564
Fax: 912.344.3443
Department of Childhood &
Exceptional Student Education

Bachelor of Science in Early Childhood Education

The Bachelor of Science in Early Childhood Education (BSEd) offers a certification and a non-certification track.

Teacher Certification Track

Graduates in the Teacher Certification Track receive an initial T-4 license upon completion of requirements and are certified to teach preschool through fifth grade in the state of Georgia.

Non-Certification Track: Child & Family Studies

The Child & Family Studies track prepares graduates to work with children in settings that do not require a teaching certificate including pre-school centers and after school programs.

Career Opportunities

Graduates of Early Childhood Education programs are in demand, and the employment outlook for elementary teachers is positive. Our graduates are employed in Chatham County as well as surrounding counties, in other parts of the state, and nationally.

Program Facilities and Features

ECE students gain valuable field experiences and internships in cooperating local schools. We integrate field experiences throughout major courses. Because we have a low student-to-faculty ratio, our students get personalized education in all areas of teacher education.

An active Student Georgia Association of Educators (SGAE) chapter offers excellent opportunities for involvement in a professional education organization. A master's degree is also offered.

Course of Study

The 120-hour curriculum, plus three hours of Physical Education along with a one hour first year experience course comprise a total of 124 credits. The degree in early childhood education includes core curriculum requirements as well as professional courses. Core courses include English, college algebra, science, history, political science, geography, psychology, education and physical education. The 60 hours of major courses include field experiences plus a 15-week student teaching internship.

Our degree program is Accredited by the National Council for Accreditation of Teacher Education (NCATE) and certified by the Georgia Professional Standards Commission (PSC).