The Georgia Professional Standards Commission, the government agency charged with overseeing teacher education, has approved Brenau University’s undergraduate degree program in early childhood education – the first totally online program in that discipline in Georgia.
“It is quite an honor for Brenau to host the first totally online bachelor’s degree program with early childhood education curriculum,” said Education Dean Sandy Leslie who will host the open house events on the various campuses.
“This will enable potential teachers who are in more distant counties in our state (or just can’t make it to class) to receive excellent teacher educational training fully online, preparing them for potential licensure as teachers for our state school systems. While other institutions have the ability to offer parts of this training online, Brenau was chosen to offer the entire program in this manner.”
Leslie said the university also will continue to offer the degree track “on ground” on various campuses around the state.
Brenau staff and faculty have been aggressively marketing the program to potential undergraduates who might be interested in the online early childhood program as well as other programs for any prospective or current teachers and administrators who seek to improve their education credentials. For the latter group, for example, Brenau offers online master’s and education specialist degree programs which two years ago were ranked among the Top 10 online education graduate programs in the nation by U.S. News and World Report.
In addition to the Bachelor of Science in early childhood education, the other online education degrees Brenau offers include an Education Specialist graduate degree in early childhood as well as Master of Education degrees with specialties in early childhood, middle grades and special education.
The degree programs on campus include Bachelor of Science degrees in special education, middle grades and early childhood; and Master of Arts in Teaching degrees in secondary education, middle grades, special education and early childhood.