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"Positively Impacting Learning Through  Evidence-Based Practices"

The Department of Early Childhood and Special Education is a diverse department with two programs that lead to a Bachelor of Science in Education (B.S.Ed.) degree with initial certification and major in early childhood education or early childhood and special education.

The programs in the department are designed to prepare professional educators who manifest the knowledge, dispositions, and competencies deemed necessary to enhance young children's overall intellectual, social, emotional, and personal growth and development. The design of the undergraduate professional program includes a variety of methods and content courses. These courses are supported by structured field experiences designed to provide opportunities to meld theory with practice in field-based interactions with young children.

The Department of Early Childhood and Special Education also offers three master's degree options. The Master of Education (M.Ed.) degree program with a major in early childhood education is designed to build upon the professional base of knowledge developed from the undergraduate curriculum. Candidates are expected to refine this base, developing abilities to deal with more of the intricate aspects of the teaching experience.

The department offers a Master of Arts for Teachers (M.A.T.) degree in special education with initial certification in special education adapted curriculum or special education general curriculum. The Master of Arts for Teachers (M.A.T.) degree in special education is a part of the GeorgiaOnMyLine family of programs. Offered fully online, it is designed for individuals who are seeking a master's degree and initial certification in special education. 

The Education Specialist (Ed.S.) degree in Special Education is designed for practicing special educators (including speech language pathologists) who wish to advance their professional skills in special education.  The Ed.S. focuses on knowledge and skills necessary for leadership roles and positions in special education.

Valdosta State University's Early Childhood Program was reviewed by the Association for Childhood Education International (ACEI) and is nationally recognized by the National Council for the Accreditation of Teacher Education (NCATE).

ECSE Degree Programs