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. All ECE/SPED cohorts begin in the fall semester. During the fall placement, candidates are assigned to selected area schools and expected to attend preplanning along with the classroom teachers (junior & senior years).

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 an updated 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.)

Learning Goals (US, CT, Global)

U.S. and Georgia Constitution & History requirement

Military Science requirement (for military students)