Program Overview

Mercer University offers a Master's of Education in Early Childhood Education. This program is designed to enhance the knowledge and skills of currently certified educators and focuses on leadership development, advocacy for all learners, best practices in pedagogy, and applied research skills.

The goals of this program are to instruct and cultivate teachers to have an expanded philosophy of growth and change based on reliable knowledge and reflections of the best practices of teaching and learning. The program also prepares teachers with the ability to understand and apply the skills of data analysis and action research that impact educational experiences for the young child.

The program is offered entirely online or at the Atlanta or Macon campus. If taken online or at the Macon campus, the program is 12 months. If taken at the Atlanta campus the program will be 16 months. All students will complete 30 credit hours, 21 of which are professional studies courses and 9 are content area courses.

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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 M.Ed. in Early Childhood Education program, applicants must hold a bachelor's degree from an accredited institution with a minimum cumulative GPA of 2.75 on all graduate work attempted. Also, they must possess or be eligible for a bachelor's level certificate in an appropriate field. Students must meet initial certification requirements in their selected field prior to being admitted to the M.Ed. program.

    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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