Program Overview

Albany State University currently offers an online Master of Early Childhood Education for students wishing to advance their education and career in the childhood education system.  Students are prepared to become teachers for children in grades Pre-5 and will possess the knowledge and skills needed in leadership roles for curriculum development and research.  Skills of working with young children in various learning environments will be cultivated and grown.  Students will advance their knowledge about child development and interaction theories and set them to practice.

The program requires 36 credit hours.  The program includes foundational skills in the areas of teaching, subject matter specialization, and leadership in educational institutions.  Students will cultivate skills in critical thinking and creative reasoning in solving educational problems and the ability to communicate with students, parents, and fellow educators.  There is also an optional concentration in Reading Endorsement Certification.

Student must already have a renewable teaching certificate to enter this program.  Other requirements include one year of experience as a certified teacher, three work-related letters of recommendation, and a writing sample.  The program, though fully online, imitates the on-campus experience because it lets students interact and collaborate with each other and their professors.  Professors have online hours and can help students via phone and email.  Also, the faculty will help students in potential internship and employment opportunities.

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    Program Details

    Degree Level: Master

    Delivery Format: 100% Online

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    Accreditation & Licensing

    Southern Association of Colleges and Schools, Commission on Colleges

    Albany State University is also accredited by the National Council for Accreditation of Teacher Education, the Georgia Professional Standards Commission, the Association of Collegiate Business Schools and Programs, the National League for Nursing, the Georgia Board of Nursing, and Council on Social Work Education.


    Student must already have a renewable teaching certificate to enter this program as well as one year of experience as a certified teacher.

    School Overview

    From its founding in 1903 until the incorporation into the University System of Georgia in 1932, Albany State University met two important milestones. First, the university opened as the Albany Bible and Manual Training Institution, by Joseph Winthrop, in order to prepare African-American students for industrial work and instill religious instruction. By 1917, the institution transitioned into the public two-year Georgia Normal and Agricultural College introducing teacher training and agricultural programs. The institution adopted the name Albany State College in 1943 and was officially designated a teacher-training school. Since that period, Albany State has continued to expand, adding “University” to its name in 1996, along with broadening academic programs. 

    Albany State University awards bachelor’s, master’s, and Education Specialist degrees, along with hosting various non-degree programs. A wide range of undergraduate programs are divided among four colleges:

    • College of Arts & Humanities
    • College of Business 
    • College of Sciences & Health Professions 
    • College of Education 

    For working professionals or students requiring added flexibility, ASU Online offers an alternative educational route. These courses retain the same high standards of those taught on-campus. Additionally, a large number of online courses are delivered in accelerated 8-week sessions. Asynchronous formats also allow students to complete assignments and learn at their convenience.


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