Jul 14, 2024  
2021-2022 Graduate Catalog 
2021-2022 Graduate Catalog [ARCHIVED CATALOG]

Elementary and Early Childhood Education, M.Ed.

Contact Information

Phone: (470) 578-6121 

Program Description

The M.Ed. with a major in Elementary & Early Childhood Education is designed for candidates who are already certified and are practicing P-5 teachers who wish to continue to learn more about the Elementary field and improve their practice. The program allows certified teachers in Elementary education (P-5) to earn their M.Ed. in 13 months while continuing their teaching career. 

Admission Requirements

The M.Ed. with a major in Elementary & Early Childhood Education is designed for accomplished classroom instructional leaders. The Department of Elementary and Early Childhood Education Graduate Admission Committee in the Bagwell College of Education determines the eligibility of each person who applies for admission. To be considered for admission to the Master of Education with a major in Elementary Education & Early Childhood Education a candidate must submit the following: 

  • the online Graduate Admissions  application
  • official transcripts from each college attended, including those institutions where degrees were not earned. Official transcripts are those in a university-sealed envelope. Transcripts should reflect at least a bachelor’s degree with at least a 2.75 GPA (on a 4.0 scale). 
  • a copy of your valid teaching certificate indicating B-K or P-5 certification. You must hold certification in Early Childhood or Elementary Education to be considered for this program, or receive permission of the chair. 
  • two administrator recommendation forms. These forms and their directions are located in the online graduate application. Please do not submit letters of recommendation. Only the forms located via the graduate application will be accepted. These two forms of recommendation must come from an educational professional who has taught or supervised your work and who can write with authority about your abilities as an educator. 
  • a Letter of Commitment. 
  • a personal profile. 
  • a personal statement and writing sample. 

*International applicants have additional requirements and each case is reviewed by the Graduate Admissions Committee. See Graduate Admissions section of this catalog. 

Admission to a cohort group is competitive and is open to a limited number of candidates. An applicant will not be considered for admission unless all application requirements are met by the specified deadline. Admission decisions are made by the Department of Elementary and Early Childhood Education Graduate Admissions Committee. The decision from the Graduate Admissions Committee is communicated in writing to the applicants. There is no provisional admission status. 

Admissions Criteria for Unique Cases

Students classified as non-degree students are not permitted to enroll in the M.Ed. in Educational Leadership. This program will not provide graduate level course work for certification renewal purposes. 

Transfer Credit

Candidates enrolled in the M.Ed. with a major in Elementary and Early Childhood Education will not be given credit for graduate courses taken at other institutions. 

Petition to Graduate:

Each M.Ed. candidate must petition to graduate at least one semester prior to completion of program requirements. The candidate should contact their program to request a petition. The Petition to Graduate form can be found online at www.kennesaw.edu/education/grad/. For more information, please view the corresponding section of Academic Policies .


The Master of Education with a major in Elementary and Early Childhood Education meets the Georgia Professional Standards Commission standards for the degree.

Program of Study