Master of Science in Early Childhood and Special Education

Dr. Alfrieda Manson, Program Coordinator
307B Hubbard Education Building
Phone: (478) 825-6192
Fax: (478) 825-6162

About the Program

The Master of Science Degree in Early Childhood/Special Education Program is designed to assist students in acquiring a broad range of knowledge and skills and a repertoire of specialized teaching skills for students in grades Pre-K through 5. Field based instruction within the candidate’s own classroom or in another setting is incorporated in over 40 percent of the coursework leading to the degree. An applied research practicum allows the students to continue to apply content knowledge in a suitable setting. The Master of Science in Early Childhood/Special Education is a thirty-six (36) semester hour program.

A majority of the courses in the master’s program are taught at the Warner Robins Campus, just 5 minutes from I-75 on Osigian Boulevard.

The Early Childhood/Special Education Program requires a minimum of thirty-six (36) semester hours.

Professional core 6 Hours Required)

  • FVSU 0500 Orientation to Graduate Studies – 0 hr
  • EDUC 5503 Fundamentals of Research Design – 3 hrs
  • EDUC 5603 Instructional Leadership – 3 hrs

Specific Requirements (15Hours Required)

  • EDUC 5423 Seminar in social Issues and Comparative Education – 3 hrs
  • ECSP 5424 Diversity and Differentiation Instruction – 3 hrs
  • ECSP 5425 Educational Assessment and Program Planning – 3 hrs
  • EDMG 5623 Methods & Problem of Teaching in Early Childhood/Special Education – 3 hrs
  • EDUC 5793 Applied Research Practicum* – 3 hrs

Other Program Requirements (5 out of the 6 following courses)

  • READ 5131 Approaches to Teaching Reading – 3 hrs


  • READ 5434 Content Area Literacy – 3 hrs
  • ECSP 5426 Trends and Issues in Mathematics for Early Childhood/Special Education – 3 hrs
  • ECSP 5428 Using Instructional Strategies in the Content Areas – 3 hrs
  • ECSP 5429 Family Support and Intervention – 3 hrs
  • ECSP 5427 Ethics and the Law – 3 hrs

Each Graduate must have an academic grade point average (GPA) of at least 3.00(B Avg). In addition, all candidates for graduation must take and pass the Final Written Comprehensive Examination or submit and defend a thesis in the area of study. A capstone course of Applied Action Research is also required.

A student in the MSED program who does not maintain a 3.0 GPA will be dismissed from the program. In addition, a student who fails to achieve satisfactory scores on the program’s key assessments, including an assessment of dispositions, will be counseled and provided with a professional development plan. Failure to complete the plan satisfactorily or failure to improve assessment scores in any succeeding semester will also result in the student’s dismissal from the program.

Applied Research Project or Thesis

EDUC 5793

Applied Research Practicum. Some substitutions allowed with approval from Early Childhood or Special Coordinator.

A limited number of graduate assistantships is offered to qualifying students by the College of Graduate Studies & Extended Education. There is other University level financial assistance available to qualifying students.

A majority of the courses in the master’s program are taught at the Warner Robins Campus, just 5 minutes from I-75 on Osigian Boulevard.