Oct 22, 2020  
2020-2021 Undergraduate Catalog 
    
2020-2021 Undergraduate Catalog

Early Childhood Education Birth through Kindergarten Education, B.S.


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Program Description

Current research indicates that early childhood programs with well-prepared, highly qualified teachers have long-term positive benefits for children and the community. Based on this research and Georgia’s approved certification in Birth through Kindergarten (B-K) Education, the Kennesaw State University Bagwell College of Education B-K Early Education Undergraduate Program has been developed to assist individuals who have a desire to instruct and work with infants, toddlers, preschool and kindergarten children.

Graduates of the program will be prepared to provide instruction to very young children. Graduates will also be familiar with global perspectives on early learning and teaching. The B-K Undergraduate Degree Program addresses the needs of the whole child based on national and state standards. Teacher candidates in the program may be placed in diverse field settings that will focus on (1) developmentally appropriate best practices, (2) current research on the development of infant, toddler and young children, (3) families and communities in a global setting, (4) English Language Learners, and (5) children with special learning needs.

Admissions Requirements

Admission to teacher education is separate from admission to Kennesaw State University. Students must meet the program requirements to pursue this degree program, outlined below.

Candidates typically apply for admission to Teacher Education as sophomores after having completed most of their general education requirements. Applications for admission to Teacher Education should be submitted online through Owl Express under the “Student Services” menu.

A criminal history background check will be performed prior to admission to Teacher Education. In addition, if determined by the background check that a student is a multi-state offender, the student will be required to pay a fee and be fingerprinted. Results of either the criminal history background check and/or fingerprinting may preclude admission to teacher education. For more information on the criminal history process, students should contact the Center for Education Placements and Partnerships (CEPP).

In order to be considered for admission to teacher education programs, candidates must have completed the following requirements:

  1. Coursework:
  • At least 36 semester hours of accredited college coursework.
  • ENGL 1101   and ENGL 1102  with grades of “C” or better.
  • EDUC 2110 * with a grade of “C” or better, a satisfactory field experience evaluation, and recommendation from the EDUC 2110 instructor. (Students with transfer credit for EDUC 2110 must provide their own Supplemental Teacher Recommendation.)

    *or provide proof of credit from an approved Georgia Pathways Program
  1. GPA requirements:
  • Achieved a minimum, adjusted or cumulative GPA of 2.75 for all coursework completed at Kennesaw State University.  However, only candidates who have earned a KSU adjusted or cumulative GPA of 3.00 or higher will be guaranteed admission when all other admission requirements have been met.  Students with a 2.75-2.99 GPA will be admitted on a case-by-case basis.
  • Transfer students with a cumulative transfer GPA (as used by KSU Admissions) may be considered for teacher education admission their first semester at KSU.  Only candidates who have achieved a transfer cumulative GPA of 3.00 or higher will be guaranteed admission when all other admission requirements have been met.  After their first semester at KSU without teacher education admission, transfer students will be required to earn a cumulative or adjusted KSU GPA as explained above.
  • No grade lower than “C” in Lower Division Major and Teaching Field courses as required by the programs in teacher education.
  1. Register with the Georgia Professional Standards Commission to obtain a MyPSC account and PSC identification number.
  2. Entrance exams requirements:
  • Pass or exempt* the GACE Program Admission Assessment Tests ( test codes 210, 211 & 212 or combined test 710)
  • Complete the Georgia Educator Ethics - Program Entry exam (360).
  1. Some degree programs in teacher education have additional admissions requirements. It is the student’s responsibility to consult those departments and program advisors.
* The GACE Program Admission Assessment tests are comprehensive exams covering reading, writing, and mathematics. Regardless of matriculation date, the GACE Program Admission Assessments are a requirement for entrance into the Teacher Education Program at Kennesaw State University. Candidates should plan to take the tests prior to applying to the Teacher Education Program. Students with the following minimum scores on Collegiate SAT, ACT or GRE examinations may exempt GACE Program Admission Assessment by submitting proof of scores to the Certification Officer at teapp@kennesaw.edu.
  • SAT: at least 1000 (Critical Reading and Mathematics) on test before March 1, 2016 OR 1000 “Evidence-based Reading and Writing” + “Math” March 1, 2016 -June 30, 2019 OR
                 1080 “Evidence-based Reading and Writing” + “Math” July 1, 2019 and after
  • ACT: at least 43 (English and Mathematics)
  • GRE: at least 1030 (Verbal and Quantitative), OR least 297 (Verbal and Quantitative) 08/01/2011 and after

Applicants will be reviewed by the Admission and Academic Standing Committee of the applicant’s proposed degree program. All candidates who have met the requirements outlined above will be considered for admission. Only candidates who have achieved an adjusted GPA of 3.0 or higher will be guaranteed a place in their teacher education program of choice. 

Candidates will be informed of their admission status by email to their Kennesaw State University Student email account. Notification dates will vary depending upon many variables.  Candidates must enroll in the semester for which they have been admitted, or their admission is nullified, and they must re-apply and meet the admission requirements for a subsequent semester. KSU will request that teacher education candidates be issued a Pre-Service Certificate by the Georgia Professional Standards Commission (PSC). 

To be eligible for this certificate, candidates must:
  • Submit a complete PSC Pre-Service Certification application packet.
  • Be enrolled in an educator preparation program leading to initial certification.
  • Have a successful background check (conducted as part of the application process).The GaPSC will NOT award a Pre-Service Certificate to anyone who is currently on probation, regardless of the crime. The GaPSC requires a copy of the Final Disposition, signed by a judge, in order to consider the issuance of a Pre-Service Certificate.
  • Pass or exempt GACE Program Admission Assessments.
  • Pass Georgia Educator Ethics Exam (test code 360).
  • Verify enrollment in a KSU educator preparation program through personal MyPSC account.
  • A Pre-Service Certificate is required to participate in field experiences associated with courses required in teacher education programs.

Graduation Requirements

Each student is expected to meet the Academic Policies Graduation Policies and Procedures  outlined in the Academic Policies section of the Catalog.

Graduation from a teacher education program requires that you at least attempt the GACE Content exams associated with your degree field.  Passing scores are required for certification by the PSC. All upper level coursework requires a grade of “C” or better and there must be a successful completion of all field experiences.

Program of Study

Birth - Kindergarten Program Required Curriculum


There are three different concentrations from which students may choose if one is focusing on Birth-Kindergarten - Traditional Certification, Non-Certification, and Montessori. All three concentrations require the same General Education curriculum and lower division (Area F) courses.

Traditional Certification Concentration


This concentration prepares graduates to qualify for the Georgia Professional Standards Commission’s (PSC) Birth through Kindergarten teaching certificate.

Non-Certification Concentration


This concentration prepares graduates for work in Birth - Kindergarten settings where teacher certification is not required.

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