FAQs -- M.Ed. in Early Childhood Education

Is the GRE required to apply for the M.Ed. at Kennesaw?

No. You do not have to take the GRE.

What certifications/endorsements/specializations does this degree yield?

The program will satisfy PSC requirements for a T5 certificate upgrade in the state of Georgia. If you are in other states, you will need to check with the KSU Distance Learning Center and/or certification agencies in your state.   

KSU’s M.Ed. in Early Childhood Education provides space for three electives, which can be used to pursue one of the following PSC endorsement programs, KSU certificates, or a specialization in Educational Leadership for those who wish to pursue EDL certification:


Elementary Reading Endorsement (3 classes)

ESOL Endorsement (3 classes)

Gifted Endorsement (4 classes, Will require adding an extra course to the program of study.)

Online Teaching Endorsement (3 courses) 

Teacher Leadership Endorsement (3 classes)


Educational Assessment and Measurement Certificate – (3 course) This KSU certificate program prepares educators to meet learning and accountability needs in schools. 


Leadership Preservice – (two courses) A preparation program for educators interested in pursuing a clear and renewable leadership certification. These two courses are prerequisites for enrolling in a performance-based EDS in Educational Leadership, where permanent leadership certification is awarded in Georgia.

See Electives for more information.

If I want to apply for the fully-online program, which endorsements, certificates, and specializations are available to me fully online?

All the endorsements, certificates and specializations are available fully online.

What is the difference between an endorsement and a KSU certificate option?

An endorsement program is approved/recognized by the Georgia PSC.  After completing coursework, you can apply to have an endorsement added to your teaching certificate.  The PSC does not add KSU certificate programs to your Georgia teaching certificate, but the KSU certificate programs packages highly marketable coursework to enhance your opportunities as educators.

Will I receive a pay increase with a M.Ed. in Early Childhood Education?

If your salary is based on your Georgia certificate level, you should receive a salary increase.  If you have questions regarding your individual certification status, you may check with the PSC at www.gapsc.com.

What are the differences between the Fully Online and KSU Campus options?

In ALL formats, you will take three classes per each 16-week semester.  All courses require you to dedicate approximately 8-10 hours per week per course. Face-to-face or real-time synchronous classes are not scheduled on Fridays, Saturdays, or Sundays. 

In the fully online format there are no face-to-face classes.  There are some synchronous (real-time) online sessions for some of the classes, but the much of work is completed as group-paced, asynchronous activities. This means that there are deadlines to complete work, but you are not often asked to be online at the same time.  Most work is completed at your own pace, at your own schedule.  Interaction and collaboration with peers do take place, but tools such as postings and discussion forums do not require that students are online at the same time.  This allows for maximum flexibility to plan study time around personal and family commitments.

The KSU Campus option is structured for classes two nights a week during the academic year.  One weeknight is dedicated to your elective course, and classes are typically 5:00-7:45 p.m. Another weeknight is dedicated to your two ECE classes, typically from 5:00-9:15 p.m. Each class spans the entire 16-week semester, but the two classes are scheduled so face to face time for each takes about half the semester. The KSU Campus option draws students who work in area school districts.  The KSU option follows the university’s holiday schedule, but professors make efforts to consider area school calendars when scheduling classes. 

What about an M.Ed. Early Childhood Education – Montessori program?

The M.Ed. in Montessori Early Childhood Education 2.5-6 Year Level, will provide candidates with instruction, modeling and mentoring experiences through which they will acquire the knowledge, skills and dispositions required to work successfully with young children. This concentration will prepare candidates to offer children many opportunities for self-development within an enriched, scientifically designed, prepared learning environment. Through extensive fieldwork, candidates will become competent to expertly provide young children with developmentally appropriate activities and experiences that will make it possible for them to achieve their highest potential. 

Will there be any other on-site cohorts being offered in other areas of Cobb County or other school districts in the future?

We are very open to this possibility. If you are interested in helping us launch a cohort in your area, please let us know!

How long is the program?

The program takes 4 semesters, beginning summer semester and ending in the following summer. With teachers’ busy schedule in mind, our program is paced so that it does not overwhelm working teachers or monopolize their weekends. When we were designing the program, our potential students wanted to keep teaching full time and to attend key family events on the weekends—such as their children’s athletic activities. We are a work-friendly, family-friendly program.

How can I finance this program?

Unfortunately, the legislature has discontinued Hope Scholarship for Teachers, but there may be other financial aid options for you.  KSU has a financial aid office to assist you. Please, visit following website describing the financial aid options for graduate students: http://www.kennesaw.edu/graduate/admissions/finaid.shtml
If you would prefer to call, the financial aid office can be reached at 770-423-6074.

If you find you are not eligible for financial aid, remember there are tax credits for continuing education, a salary increase following your graduation, and deferred payment on some student loans while still in school. 

If you are paying your own way, you will find Kennesaw’s public university tuition and fees are quite reasonable compared to private institutions. 

What’s the price difference between the on-campus and the online cohorts?

Although there are different fees for on-campus vs. online cohorts, in-state vs. out-of-state, general tuition and fee information can be found online at Tuition & Fees.
** Please note, "education" programs are NOT premium priced. 

What are some other reasons why I should consider KSU?

  • We are a recognized institution of higher education with a proven track record for providing excellent educational opportunities for teachers.
  • Our program is both NCATE and Georgia PSC accredited.
  • Our faculty have excellent academic credentials and are actively pursuing research and creative activity in their fields of study. 
  • Our curriculum is practical—based on projects you will do in your own schools.
  • We offer options for face-to-face and online learning. You can choose an option that best fits your needs.
  • Our program will prepare you for advanced study, should you decide to pursue an Ed.S., Ed.D. or Ph.D. program in the future.

What are the application requirements for this program?

Applications do not require GRE scores require, but do require the following:

  • Transcripts from each college attended
  • Bachelor's degree - 2.75 GPA
  • Clear Renewable Teaching Certificate in Early Childhood Education or Birth-K – OR proof that you have passed the GACE exams (Basic and 001 & 002 or 005 & 006)
  • Professional Resume
  • Two administrator recommendations
  • Letter of commitment

When does the program enroll and when must I apply?

The KSU campus and fully online programs enroll in the spring for summer admission.

Admission deadlines will be posted at the following address:  https://education.kennesaw.edu/gac/content/ecee-early-childhood-education

Typically, admission deadlines are March 1 for summer.

How will admissions know whether I want the KSU campus face-to-face, or the fully online cohort

After you complete your application, admission staff will send you an email asking you to identify your program preference.  They will then mark your application accordingly. 

Is it more difficult to be accepted in one of these program options over the others?

In the past, KSU campus face-to-face and the fully online cohorts have nearly identical acceptance rates.  Each application round can be different, but there is not precedence for one program option being more competitive than the other. 

What must I do to apply?

Visit the following web site and begin your online application! https://education.kennesaw.edu/gac/content/ecee-early-childhood-education

What about an Ed.S and Ed.D. program in Early Childhood Education?

KSU offers both, with the Ed.S. fully embedded in the Ed.D, which means that all of your coursework for the Ed.S. will count towards the Ed.D.  Please contact Dr. Scott Ritchie, the program coordinator for the Ed.S/Ed.D. for more information – sritchie@kennesaw.edu

I still need more information. Where can you direct me?

Graduate Education has put together a great webpage with Frequently Asked Questions about Graduate School. That is a good place to start.

If you have further questions about the admissions process, please contact Graduate Education at GradEd@kennesaw.edu

If you have a question about the M.Ed. in Early Childhood Education, please contact Dr. Lee Digiovanni, the program coordinator for the M.Ed. for more information –  ldigiova@kennesaw.edu