MED - Early Childhood Education

Master of Education (M.Ed.)
Early Childhood Education

How do I Apply?  | Tuition & Fees  | Academic Calendar

This program enrolls Summer terms only, next enrolling term is Summer 2014

Admission Deadline: March 1 for Summer Consideration

Program Description:

The M.Ed. in Early Childhood Education is designed for candidates who are already certified Early Childhood Education teachers who wish to continue to learn more about the Early Childhood Education field and improve their practice. The program allows certified teachers in Elementary education (P-5) to earn their M.Ed. in 13 months while continuing their teaching career.

The program is offered either online or on the KSU campus. The coursework and expectations are the same for both delivery methods. Each cohort is supported by a cohort coordinator as well as graduate faculty who mentor the candidates and facilitate program delivery. The program of study schedule is designed to coincide with the public school calendar and is provided in advance so teachers can coordinate educational and personal commitments with program requirements.

Program of Study:

Students take three courses per semester over the course of four semesters. These courses include:

Summer, Semester 1:

  1. ECE 7511 Inquiry: Educational Research and Prospectus I
  2. ECE 7514 Inquiry: Essentials of Technology Strategies and Skills and Introduction of the Eportfolio
  3. Elective for Endorsement or Certificate Purposes

Fall, Semester 2:

  1. ECE 7525 Teaching Number, Operations, and Algebraic Thinking (P-5)
  2. ECE 7531 Research and Implementation in the Classroom II
  3. Elective for Endorsement or Certificate Purposes

Spring, Semester 3:

  1. ECE 7543 Research III
  2. ECE 7530 Integrated Models of Instruction I – Language Arts and Social Studies
  3. Elective for Endorsement or Certificate Purposes

Summer, Semester 4:

  1. ECE 7706 Trends and Issues in Science for Early Childhood Education
  2. ECE 7513 Diversity and Global Education
  3. ECE 7560 Capstone Course for the Eportfolio and Conference


For more information:

Graduate Programs in Education
(770) 423-6043

How Do I Apply?

Please read:
Applicants must have completed and passed all certifying tests or exams that qualify them for a teaching certificate (001 & 002 for ECE or 005 & 006 for Birth-Kindergarten). The minimum certification level for consideration for admission is a T4 certificate. Applicants must have a teaching certificate in their possession or have fulfilled all requirements--including passing all certifying tests--to earn the clear, renewable teaching certificate. Applicants waiting on paperwork in order to get their teaching certificates must prove that they are eligible for certification and be able to establish that they will have their teaching certificate documents prior to the end of their first semester in the program, if they are accepted into the program. Any M.Ed. students who do not have their teaching certificate by the end of the first semester of the program will be administratively withdrawn from their courses. 

  1. Complete the On-line Graduate Application
    Please note that GRE is NOT an admission requirement for this program. The application above is general to all graduate programs, some of which do require GRE. This program is not one of them.
  2. Obtain and submit official transcripts from EACH college attended, including those institutions where degrees were NOT earned. Official transcripts are those in a university sealed envelope. Your transcripts should reflect at least a Bachelor's degree with at least a 2.75 GPA (on a 4.0 scale).
  3. Obtain and submit a copy of your clear, renewable Teaching Certificate P-5 or Birth-Kindergarten OR proof of ALL PASSED GACE exams (Basic and 001 & 002 or 005 & 006) You must hold certification in Early Childhood and Elementary Education or Birth-Kindergarten Education to be considered for this program. To print a copy of your Georgia clear, renewable certificate, you may log onto 
  4. Obtain and submit Personal Profile (directions provided in form). 
  5. Obtain and submit TWO Administrator Recommendation Forms
    1. These forms and their directions are located in the online graduate application above.
      Please do not submit letters of recommendation. Only the forms located via the graduate application will be accepted. These two forms of recommendation MUST come from a Principal, an Assistant Principal, or a Teacher Administrator; such as a Grade-Level Chair or Instructional Lead Teacher OR University Faculty members/Administrators.   
  6. Obtain and submit Personal Statement (form provided).
  7. Obtain and submit Letter of Commitment (form provided).
  8. International Applicants Only:  Please contact 770-499-3002 for all international admission requirements related to your citizenship or visa status OR link to the Graduate International Admissions page:

Please submit all materials:

Kennesaw State University
Office of Graduate Admissions
1000 Chastain Road, MB 9109
Kennesaw, GA 30144-5591