Early Childhood/Special Education Major, P-5

The Early Childhood/Special Education program offers a dual major in early childhood and special education, preparing students to work in both fields in grades P-5. It requires that students begin in the fall. The junior and senior years of the program are conducted in selected schools, requiring full-year clinical placements that also include academic course work.

Admission Requirements

To be eligible for admission to the Teacher Education Program, a student must:

  1. complete 50 semester hours of core curriculum credit applicable to the ECE/SPED degree program with an overall grade point average of 2.75 or higher;
  2. complete all of Area F with a grade of "C"or better;
  3. complete all courses in Area A of the core curriculum with a grade of "C" or better;
  4. provide a passing score on the GACE Basic Skills Assessment test or its equivalent (see the Teacher Education Department for registration and exemption information);
  5. complete an application for admission to the Teacher Education Program. Application deadline is posted on the department web page;
  6. provide a criminal background check through www.certifiedbackground.com.
  7. provide proof of liability insurance valid through projected graduation date. This insurance can be purchased through either of the professional educational organizations listed on the application form or through a rider on the applicant's homeowner or umbrella insurance policy.
  8. select a Math in Area D. MATH 2400 is strongly recommended. Any course chosen must receive a grade of "C" or better. Students need two math courses as a pre-requisite for MATH 2008, which is an Area F requirement for ECE/SPED majors.
  9. receive a satisfactory evaluation of candidate disposition provided by Area F instructors.

Core Curriculum Requirements

60 Hours

All baccalaureate programs at North Georgia have as a requirement the satisfactory completion of at least 60 semester credit hours comprising the six areas of the core curriculum. A complete description of Areas A-E of the core curriculum can be found in Core Curriculum.

Early Childhood/Special Education makes no exceptions in Areas A-E of the core.

Area F - Courses Appropriate to Major Field

18 hours

EDUC 2110

EDUC 2120

EDUC 2130

MATH 2008 (pre-requisite to MATH 3110 and MATH 3116)

ISCI 2001

ISCI 2002

Courses that may be taken prior to admission to teacher education

7 hours

EDUC 3300

ARTS 3020

ARTS 3030

Courses that require Admission to Teacher Education

69 hours

ECED 3001

EDUC 3002

EDUC 3003

EDUC 3500

EDUC 3501

EDUC 3010

EDUC 3540

EDUC 4001

EDUC 4204

EDUC 4404

EDUC 4503

LART 3005

LART 3006

LART 3007

LART 3090

MATH 3110

MATH 3116

PHYS 3000/PHYS 3000L

SPED 3100

SPED 4000

SPED 4001

SPED 4200

Other Requirements

PHED 3024 - HPE for Early Childhood Education

(exclusive of the hours required for the degree program)

2 hours

(Physical Education activity courses cannot be used to satisfy the physical education requirement, as health education is a necessary component of this program.)

Regents' requirement

U.S. and Georgia Constitution & History requirement

Military Science requirement (for military students)