Program Overview

Mercer University offers an Education Specialist in Early Childhood Education. This fully online program is designed for those who are currently certified at the master’s level and wish to gain a greater depth of knowledge relating to issues of diversity, curriculum assessment and development, theory and research, and pedagogy. Students will develop expertise in written and oral communication skills which will prepare them to advocate more effectively for young children, their families, and the community.

One of the goals of this program is for students to develop greater depth, specialization, and sophistication. They will also achieve a greater depth of knowledge relating to issues of diversity, assessment, curriculum development, theory and research, instructional technology, content, and pedagogy. Lastly, students will learn to use knowledge of professional resources, inquiry, and research methods to grow professionally and gain advanced knowledge to support the practice of teaching and life long learning.

Students will complete 31 credit hours over the course of four semesters. During the first summer, students will take courses in Socio-Political Influences in Education, Research for the Accomplished Teacher, and Trends and Issues in Early Childhood Education. In the fall students will take endorsement courses, and in the Spring will take Connecting Curriculum, Instruction and Assessment in Early Childhood Education, and Early Childhood Curriculum and Assessment for Students with Disabilities. The final summer will consist of courses in Advanced Seminar in Early Childhood Education, Play-based Learning in Early Childhood Environments, and Advanced Professional and Ethical Practices in Early Childhood Education.

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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


    To be eligible for the Ed.S. in Early Childhood Education program, applicants must hold a master’s degree from an accredited institution with a minimum cumulative GPA of 3.5 on all graduate work attempted. Also, they must possess or be eligible for a master’s level certificate in Early Childhood Education.

    School Overview

    Mercer University is a four-year private school located in Macon, Georgia. Mercer was founded in 1833 by Billington McCarthy Sanders as a boys’ preparatory school. MU was originally affiliated with Baptism but is no longer formally affiliated with the Baptist denomination. Mercer has three campuses: the main campus in Macon, a graduate and professional education campus in Atlanta, and a four-year campus of the School of Medicine in Savannah. 

    Mercer University offers bachelor’s degrees, master’s degrees, and doctorate degrees. Colleges and schools within Mercer University include:

    • College of Liberal Arts
    • Eugene W. Stetson School of Business and Economics
    • School of Engineering
    • Tift College of Education
    • Townsend School of Music
    • Penfield College
    • Walter F. George School of Law
    • James and Carolyn McAfee School of Theology
    • School of Medicine
    • College of Pharmacy
    • Georgia Baptist College of Nursing
    • College of Health Professions

    Mercer also offers online and flexible-format degrees through its Working Adult Programs. Classes are offered during the daytime, evening, and weekend, as well as online. Online programs are taught by the same faculty as traditional classroom programs, and students can earn degrees and certifications at all academic levels.


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