Master of Education in Elementary and Early Childhood Education

The M.Ed. in Elementary and Early Childhood Education at Kennesaw State University is for certified Early Childhood Education teachers who want to continue to increase their knowledge and expertise in the Early Childhood Education field and improve their teaching practices. 

The program allows certified teachers in Elementary education (P-5) to earn their M.Ed. in 13 months while continuing their teaching careers.

The program is entirely online and taught in a cohort format. Each cohort (group of students you begin classes with) is supported by graduate faculty who will mentor you and facilitate program delivery. 

The course schedule is provided in advance so you can coordinate your work and personal commitments.  Each semester's course start and end dates coincide as closely as possible with the public school calendar. 

In addition to completing the elementary education master's degree requirements, you’ll also earn an endorsement of KSU certificate as part of your degree requirements. This further enhances your marketability in the teaching profession. 

Endorsement or certification (you’ll choose one of the below) to complement and complete your degree requirements.  

  • Reading Endorsement
  • ESOL Endorsement
  • Gifted Endorsement*
  • Online Teaching Endorsement
  • Teacher Leadership Endorsement
  • Special Education Certificate
  • Pathway to Tier 1 Leadership Certification

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Program Snapshot

Program Format: Online

Number of Credit Hours: 36 Total Hours

Entry Terms: Summer

Time to Complete: 18-month Cohort Program

Application Deadlines:

  • Summer, April 1st
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Admissions Requirements

  • Online Graduate Application - There is a non-refundable $60 application fee.
  • Transcripts - Official transcripts from EACH College and/or University you have attended. Must be in a sealed envelope from the institution or sent electronically from the institution directly to ksugrad@kennesaw.edu
  • Clear Renewable Georgia Teaching Certificate - You must hold certification in Early Childhood or Elementary Education to be considered for this program. To print a copy of your Georgia clear, renewable certificate, you may log onto www.gapsc.com

Note: Candidates who have completed all requirements for the Georgia level 4 teaching certificate and are waiting for the GaPSC to issue the credential can upload a document stating they graduated or will graduate from their teacher education program (indicate semester and year), and the date on which they passed their GACE Content Exam. Admitted candidates in this situation will be admitted conditionally and may begin the program with a registration hold placed on their account for the subsequent semester. Admitted candidates in this situation will not be allowed to proceed in the program until a copy of their clear renewable teaching certificate is submitted.

  • Two Letters of Recommendation - MUST be sent electronically through the online application. These two forms of recommendation MUST come from a Principal, an Assistant Principal, or a Teacher Administrator, such as a Grade-Level Chair or Instructional Lead Teacher or University Faculty members/Administrators. 
  • Personal Profile - Please see this form for instructions on the Personal Profile. 
  • Personal Statement - Can be uploaded into the online application. Please see this form for instructions on the Personal Statement. 
  • Letter of Commitment - Please see this form for instructions on the Letter of Commitment. 
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Elementary and Childhood Education Degree Benefits at Kennesaw State

  • Approved by the GPSC — The Georgia Professional Standards Commission fully supports all degrees for the masters in Elementary and Childhood Education at Kennesaw State University.

  • 100% Online — The Ed.S. in Secondary and Middle Grades education is entirely online, providing you with flexibility for a balanced work-learn life.

  • Complete in 4 Semesters —You’ll be a part of a cohort group that starts in the summer and will complete their course work at the end of the following summer.

What can you do with an Elementary and Early Childhood Education degree?

The Masters of Education in Elementary and Early Childhood Education degree can lead to various professional jobs such as:

  • Childcare Center Director
  • Childcare Worker
  • Kindergarten and Elementary School Teacher
  • Special Education Teacher
  • Youth Program Director
  • Preschool Teacher
  • School Counselor
  • Researcher
  • Professional Development Consultant
  • Education Writer and Editor

Elementary and Early Childhood Education Salary and Career Information


Department of Elementary and Early Childhood Education

Kennesaw State University
Department of Elementary and Early Childhood Education
Chantal and Tommy Bagwell Education Building 
580 Parliament Garden Way NW, Mail Drop #0122 
Kennesaw, GA 30144 

Phone: 470-578-3460

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