The B.S. degree in Early Childhood Education prepares students to teach grades preschool through five, and includes an endorsement for English for Speakers of Other Languages (ESOL). The program utilizes an integrated approach to curriculum design and delivery that addresses the needs of all learners. Through a combination of academic and field-based learning, the program encourages the development of caring, competent and collaborative teachers who are committed to helping all students reach their highest potential. Each semester, GGC Early Childhood Education majors will undertake field experiences in diverse settings in the Gwinnett County Public Schools to ensure that they are prepared to teach in a variety of settings. During the final semester, students will participate in a semester-long student teaching experience and complete a leadership seminar. For more information, view the program plan (PDF).
Through a combination of classroom and field-based learning, GGC's Special Education program gives future educators an opportunity to acquire the necessary assessment, instructional and consultation skills for working effectively with culturally and linguistically diverse children and/or adolescents who have special educational needs. The goal of the program is the development of sensitive, informed and dedicated educators to address the full spectrum of educational needs for this population. In addition, students will learn about accessible instructional materials, assistive technology, curriculum access and alignment, classroom designs for success, and family/community engagement. Graduates will be prepared to work with students with special needs in preschool settings through grade 12. For more information, view the program plan (PDF).
Students selecting the Teacher Certification track pursue a major in one of five subject areas that includes coursework leading to teacher certification. These programs are aligned with the state and national content standards and prepare students to teach grades six through 12. For instance, English majors in this track will take classes in language and literature, and writing and rhetoric. They will also meet the standards identified by the state of Georgia and the National Council for Teachers of English (NCTE). For more information, see the program plan links below.