Early Childhood Education (MEd)
The Early Childhood Education Program offers two Masters degrees. The Master of Education degree (MEd) is for individuals who already hold teacher certification. The Master of Arts in Teaching degree program (MAT ECCO) is for individuals who wish to gain initial certification to teach PK-5th grades along with earning a Masters degree.
The M.Ed. is for certified early childhood teachers and is a 36 credit hour program that leads to eligibility for T5 (Master’s level) certification in Georgia. Entrance requirements are a minimum 2.75 undergraduate GPA and a GRE score of 850 or higher (with at least a 400 on each subtest), or an MAT score of at least 402. Application deadlines for U.S. applicants are: March 1st to begin in Summer or Fall Semesters; and October 1st to begin in Spring Semester.
The two Master’s degree programs that provide teacher certification are called the ECCO and MAT programs.
The Early Childhood Certification Option (ECCO) program is designed for college graduates who seek to teach children in pre-kindergarten to fifth grade. ECCO graduates are eligible for T5 certification in Georgia. Entrance requirements are a minimum 2.75 undergraduate GPA and a GRE score of 850 or higher (with at least a 400 on each subtest), or an MAT score of at least 402. Candidates are admitted to ECCO once a year. All application materials are due by January 15. The admissions review process takes place during the spring semester; all admitted candidates must take the initial course, offered weekday evenings during May-June “Maymester” term.