Educational Specialist – Early Childhood Education

The Education Specialist online program is designed to meet the needs of experienced teachers who wish to enhance their abilities and use innovative teaching strategies within the classroom setting. Our program is designed to increase the skill base of professional educators who are instructional leaders, curriculum developers, and exemplary teachers.

Program Highlights

Ed.S. Early Childhood Education students are required to take 31 credit hours in order to complete the program. The following number of credits will be derived from each field of study:

  • • Professional Core – 16 credit hours (4 classes + 4 hours of applied research)
  • • Concentration Sequence – 15 credit hours (5 classes)

These areas of interest enable the student to receive a well-rounded education that will enhance their understanding of effective and innovative strategies within the classroom. The proposed schedule for your cohort would be the following:

  • • First semester – 9 credit hours (3 classes)
  • • Second semester – 8 credit hours (2 classes + 2 hours of applied research)
  • • Third semester – 7 credit hours (2 classes + 1 hour of applied research)
  • • Final semester – 7 credit hours (2 classes + 1 hour of applied research)

Why would you want to pursue the degree at Brenau University?

  • • Convenient online format
  • • Completion of program in one year
  • • Cohort format which allows candidates to know each other in an academic setting

Who is the ideal candidate for this program?

  • • Must have an earned master’s degree from a college or university with regional or, national, accreditation, as documented via official transcripts
  • • Must hold a current clear and renewable certificate in early childhood education or elementary education
  • • Must have a cumulative grade point average of 3.0 on a 4.0 scale for prior college level coursework
    • ○ Applicants who do not meet the requirement of a 3.0 GPA may be considered for application based upon review by the College of Education
    • ○ Must have two years of full-time teaching experience and must be currently employed in a school system as evidenced by a resume
  • • Applicants may be considered for admission as further defined in the Admissions Policies and Transfer of Credit Agreement

Frequently Asked Questions

  • How do I learn more?
    To find out more information please fill out the contact information form and we will be in contact with you soon.
  • How long will the program take?
    One year (4 semesters)
  • When will the program begin?
    Program cohorts begin in the Summer
  • What is the Applied Project?
    This is an onsite project that addresses an aspect of your school’s improvement plan. Methodology, research design and data collection are developed during the first there semesters. Data is analyzed and interpreted during the last semester of the Education Specialist degree program.
  • Are the courses content or methodology?
    Program contains courses in both areas.
  • What is the format?
    Program is delivered totally online in a cohort format.
General inquiries: info@brenau.edu, (770) 534-6299 or (800) 252-5119 | Admissions: admissions@brenau.edu, (770) 534-6100 or (800) 252-5119 ext. 6100