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Bachelor of Science in Education - Columbus State University

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Bachelor of Science in Education

Program Description

The B.S.Ed. Early Childhood Education program at Columbus State University provides pre-service teachers a solid knowledge base emphasizing contemporary theory and research. Students also participate in extensive field experiences in settings which reflect diverse populations of young children. The program was selected as the 1997 Distinguished Program in Teacher Education by the Georgia Association of Teacher Educators (GATE).

Educator Preparation at Columbus State University is accredited by the National Council for Accreditation of Teacher Education (NCATE).

All educator preparation programs are approved by the Georgia Professional Standards Commission.

Career Opportunities

The B.S. Ed. program in Early Childhood Education leads to entry-level Georgia certification and qualifies students to teach in grades pre-kindergarten through five (P-5).

Admission Requirements

During the sophomore year, students intending to complete a teacher education program make formal application to the teacher education program. Normally, this occurs after the student has completed three semesters of full-time course work. Application is made to the COEHP Office of Student Advising and Field Experiences. For additional information, go to

Learning Outcomes

Graduates Will:

  • maintain high levels of professionalism and ethical standards that demonstrate commitment to the teaching profession
  • establish effective written and oral communication with students, teachers, administrators, and parents/families
  • organize and implement differentiated instruction to support students’ performances commensurate with their levels of readiness and diverse backgrounds
  • evaluate, select, and implement appropriate instructional practices related to curriculum (e.g., reading and writing) with attention to the inclusion of technology
  • develop assessments and analyze assessment data for future instructional decisions

Additional Program Requirements

A review of student records is conducted each semester to determine whether a student is eligible to continue in the Teacher Education Program. Retention is based on the following:
  • Maintain a CSU and Overall 2.50 GPA. If the grade point average falls below the requirement, the student has one semester to raise his/her GPA. Students who do not meet the GPA requirements after that semester must take additional courses other than the ones required for admission to teacher education.
  • Students must earn not less than a C in field and professional courses. Only 10 percent of the professional and field courses may be repeated at CSU or another accredited college. Correspondence courses will not be accepted in field or professional courses.
  • Students who fail to complete a degree program after three years from date of admission to Teacher Education will be excluded from the program and required to re-apply under current admission policies.

To be eligible for CSU's recommendation for a Georgia professional teaching certificate, students must complete a rigorous program of coursework. They also must meet certain other criteria required by the Georgia Professional Standards Commission. Please contact the COEHP Student Advising & Field Experiences office at 706-568-2191 or 706-568-2194 for further information.

Program of Study

The Early Childhood Education program is currently being revised to comply with changes implemented by the Board of Regents. Students should see an advisor in the Office of College of Education and Health Professions Services and Field Experiences (Jordan Hall, Room 107) to obtain the most current program information.

Area A Essential Skills Required Hours: 9
ENGL 1101 (with a grade of "C" or better)
ENGL 1102 (with a grade of "C" or better)
Select one of the following courses:

MATH 1001
MATH 1101
MATH 1111
MATH 1113
MATH 1125
MATH 1131

Area B Institutional Options Required Hours: 4-5
COMM 1110
Select two of the following courses:

ITDS 1125
ITDS 1779
ITDS 2726
ITDS 2727
ITDS 2735
ITDS 2746
ITDS 2748
ITDS 2749
ITDS 2755
Select one of the following courses:
EURO 2105
LEAD 1705
LIBR 1105
POLS 2401
HIST 1111
HIST 1112
Foreign Language 1001, 1002, 2001, or 2002
Any Area C-E course with a study abroad component.

Note: the extra hour may be used as an elective.

Area C Humanities/Fine Arts/Ethics Required Hours: 6
Select one of the following humanities courses:

ENGL 2111
ENGL 2112
ITDS 1145*
ITDS 1155
ITDS 2125
PHIL 2010
Select one of the following fine arts courses:
ARTH 1100
ITDS 1145*
MUSC 1100
THEA 1100
*ITDS 1145, though listed under both humanities and fine arts, may be taken only once.

Area D Science/Math/Technology Required Hours: 10-11
Select two science courses from the list below, one of which must include a lab.

ANTH 1145 (no lab)
ASTR 1105/1305 (lab optional)
ASTR 1106/1305
BIOL 1215K (lab included)
BIOL 1125 (no lab)
BIOL 1225K (lab included)
CHEM 1151/1151L
CHEM 1152/1152L
CHEM 1211/1211L
CHEM 1212/1212L
ENVS 1105/1105L (lab optional)
ENVS 1205K
GEOL 1110 (no lab)
GEOL 1112/1112L
GEOL 1121 (lab included)
GEOL 1122/1322
GEOL 2225 (lab included)
PHYS 1111/1311
PHYS 1112/1312
PHYS 1125/1325 (lab optional)
PHYS 2211/2311
PHYS 2212/2312

Select one of the following courses or a science course from above:

CPSC 1105
CPSC 1301/1301L
GEOG 2215
MATH 1113
MATH 1125
MATH 1131
MATH 1132
MATH 1165
MATH 2125
PHIL 2500
STAT 1127

Area E Social Sciences Required Hours: 12
Select one course from the following two courses:
HIST 2111
HIST 2112
Take the following course:
POLS 1101
Select one behavioral science course from the following courses:

ECON 2105
ECON 2106
PHIL 2030
PSYC 1101
SOCI 1101
Select one world cultures course from the following courses:
ANTH 1105
ANTH 1107
ANTH 2105
ANTH 2136
ENGL 2136
GEOG 1101
HIST 1111
HIST 1112
ITDS 1156

Wellness Requirement Required Hours: 3
PHED 1205
Select any one PEDS course.

Area F Courses Related to Major Required Hours: 18
("C" or better required in each course)

EDUC 2110 Investigating Issues in Education
EDUC 2120 Exploring Socio-Cultural Contexts
on Diversity in Educational Settings
EDUC 2130 Exploring Learning and Teaching
ISCI 2001 Life and Earth Science
ISCI 2002 Physical Science
MATH 2008 Foundations of Numbers and Operations

Area G Program Requirements Required Hours: 66
("C" or better required in each course and may only attempt each course two times.)
EDEC 2000 Induction into ECE
EDRG 2156 Literature for Young Children
SPED 2256 Introduction to the Exceptional Learner in General Education

Block 1:

EDEC 3255 Creative Act for Young Child
EDEC 4105 Technology for the 21st Century
EDEC 4155 Cognitive/Lang Dev in Early Child
EDRG 3215 Teaching Children to Read
MAED 5131 Understanding Algebra & Proportionality
PHED 3218 Developing Movement Skills in Early Childhood

Block 2:

EDEC 3155 Assessment in Early Childhood
EDEC 3256 Curriculum & Org in ECE
EDEC 4217 Teaching Language Arts in Early Childhood Education
EDRG 4218 Reading in the Content Areas: Concentration in Social Studies
MAED 5133 Geometry & Measurement

Block 3:
EDEC 4235 Science in Early Child
EDEC 4247 Math Methods, Diagnostics and Prescriptive Instruction
EDRG 4219 Diag/Perspective Reading Instruct
MAED 5132 Data Analysis & probability

Student Teaching Experience:
EDCI 4485 Student Teaching
EDUF 4115 Classroom Management

Total Hours Required: 129

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