BS - Early Childhood Education Birth-Kindergarten-Traditional Concentration

  • Bagwell College of Education
    Education Student Services Department

    Birth-Kindergarten Education (Traditional Certification Concentration), B.S.

    Program Information:

    The Kennesaw State University Bagwell College of Education Birth - Kindergarten Education Undergraduate Program has been developed to assist individuals who have a desire to instruct and work with infants, toddlers, preschool and kindergarten children.

    Graduates of the program will be prepared to provide instruction to very young children. Graduates will also be familiar with global perspectives on early learning and teaching. The B-K Undergraduate Degree Program addresses the needs of the whole child based on national and state standards. Teacher candidates in the program may be placed in diverse field settings that will focus on (1) developmentally appropriate best practices, (2) current research on the development of infant, toddler and young children, (3) families and communities in a global setting, (4) English Language Learners, and (5) children with special learning needs. 

    This is a suggested 4-year schedule of courses based on the Birth through Kindergarten Education (Traditional Certification Concentration) degree requirements and course prerequisites in the Fall 2018 Undergraduate Catalog. (If courses, change, you must meet the prerequisites in effect when you take the course, so always check the current Catalog for course prerequisites.) 

    Milestones:

    1. All lower division requirements and major classes must earn a grade of "C" or better in coursework.
    2. Not all courses are offered every semester.
    3. See KSU online Catalog or departmental website for pre-requisite or course descriptions.
    4. All Early Childhood Education students are required to pass the Bright from the Start Georgia Department of Early Care and Learning pre-school background check prior to completing their field experience requirements and enrolling in ECE 2205, ECE 3313, ECE 3520, and ECE 3565.

    This is a gated program. See http://bagwell.kennesaw.edu/bcoe/admission-teacher-education for more information.

    Contact Information:
    (470) 578-6121
    http://bagwell.kennesaw.edu/prospective-students/

     

Term 1

  • Requirement
    Hours
  • 3
  • 4
  • HIST 1100 or HIST 1111 or HIST 1112
    3
  • MATH 1101 or MATH 1111
    3
  • First-Year Seminar or an academic Learning Community Required if first-year full-time student entering KSU with fewer than 15 semester hours.  
    3
  • 3
Total: 19

Notes/Milestones:

  1. Students should begin taking MATH 1st semester.
  2. Students enrolled in a Learning Community without KSU Seminar may select additional 3-hour course.

Term 2

  • Requirement
    Hours
  • 3
  • 3
  • 3
  • 3
  • 2
  • 3
Total: 17

Notes/Milestones:

  1. Take GACE Program Admission Assessments if not exempt. http://gace.ets.org/.

Year 1 (Hours: 36)

Term 3

  • Requirement
    Hours
  • 3
  • 3
  • 3
  • ENGL 2110 or ENGL 2111 or ENGL 2112 or ENGL 2120
    3
  • 3
  • TPS 1107 or MUSI 1107 or ART 1107 or DANC 1107
    3
Total: 18

Milestones

  1. ECE 2250 is offered during the Fall Semester only.
  2. Apply to Teacher Education program for next semester.
  3. Pass GACE Program Admission. Assessment if not exempt.
  4. Complete GA Educator Ethics Entry.
  5. Attend ECE Orientation
  6. Achieve a minimum, adjusted or cumulative GPA of 2.75 for all coursework completed at Kennesaw State University.  However, only candidates who have earned a KSU adjusted or cumulative GPA of 3.00 or higher will be guaranteed admission when all other admission requirements have been met.  Students with a 2.75-2.99 GPA will be admitted on a case-by-case basis.
  7. All Early Childhood Education students are required to pass the Bright from the Start Georgia Department of Early Care and Learning pre-school background check prior to completing their field experience requirements and enrolling in ECE 2205, ECE 3313, ECE 3520, and ECE 3565.

Term 4

  • Requirement
    Hours
  • 3
  • 3
  • 3
  • 3
  • HIST 2111 or HIST 2112
    3
Total: 15

Notes/Milestones:

  1. ECE 2590 is offered during the Spring Semester only.
  2. Submit Pre-Service Certification Application as soon as admitted to teacher education.
  3. Verify enrollment through GaPSC.
  4. All Early Childhood Education students are required to pass the Bright from the Start Georgia Department of Early Care and Learning pre-school background check prior to completing their field experience requirements and enrolling in ECE 2205, ECE 3313, ECE 3520, and ECE 3565.

Year 2 (Hours: 33)

Term 5

  • Requirement
    Hours
  • 3
  • 3
  • 3
  • 3
  • 3
  • 1
Total: 16

Notes/Milestones:

  1. ECE courses listed in this term are offered in the fall semester only.

Term 6

  • Requirement
    Hours
  • 1
  • 3
  • 2
  • 3
  • 3
  • 3
Total: 15

Notes/Milestones:

  1. ECE courses listed in this term are offered in the spring semester only.
  2. Apply for Year Long Clinical Experience: January 30 (Fall); August 30 (Spring).

Year 3 (Hours: 31)

Term 7

  • Requirement
    Hours
  • 3
  • 3
  • 3
  • 0
  • 3
Total: 12

Notes/Milestones:

  1. ECE courses listed in this term are offered in the fall semester only.
  2. ECE 4650 is a variable credit hour course (3-6 credit hours).
  3. Petition to graduate.

Term 8

  • Requirement
    Hours
  • 3
  • 2
  • 9
Total: 14

Notes/Milestones:

  1. ECE courses listed in this term are offered in the spring semester only.
  2. Attempt GACE Content Assessments.
  3. Submit EdTPA.
  4. Attempt GA Educator Ethics Exit Exam.

Year 4 (Hours: 26)


Program Total: 126 Hours

Milestones: All courses indicated as a Milestone with this icon ( ) should be completed in the term suggested to prevent delays in program completion.

Disclaimer: An academic map is a suggested four-year schedule of courses based on degree requirements in the KSU undergraduate catalog. This sample schedule serves as a general guideline to help build a full schedule each term. Some departments allow students to use the three credit first-year seminar course as a free elective for a degree program, which may impact the program's total credit hours. Milestones, courses, and special requirements necessary for timely progress to complete a major are designated to keep you on track to graduate in four years. Missing milestones could delay your program. Enrolled Students should reference DegreeWorks and not this plan.

This map is not a substitute for academic advisement—contact your advisor if you have any questions about scheduling or about your degree requirements. Also see the current undergraduate catalog (catalog.kennesaw.edu) for a complete list of requirements and electives. Note: Requirements are continually under revision, and there is no guarantee they will not be changed or revoked; contact the department and/or program area for current information.

You may choose to attend a summer term to reduce your load during fall or spring terms but still stay on track to graduate in four years.


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