What does it cost?
Check out our cost calculator or visit student financial services for information on estimated costs.

63.4% of Perimeter College students receive financial assistance.

How long will it take?

The typical pathway requires 60 semester hours — 42 hours in core curriculum and 18 hours in pathway courses.

Where can I take classes?
Alpharetta, Clarkston, Decatur, Dunwoody, Newton, Online

Learn more about the online program

Application Deadlines

Fall Semester (starts in August) — Due by August 1
Spring Semester (starts in January) — Due by December 1
Summer Semester (starts in late May) — Due by May 1

Education — Early Childhood Education Pathway, A.S.

Phone: 770-274-5408

What Is Teacher Education?

Education is a pathway that helps to prepare future teachers by learning educational philosophies, policies, attitudes, behaviors and instruction in order to effectively perform the duties associated with the position of a classroom teacher. Through introductory courses in the field, students will learn to think critically about key issues that affect 21st-century learners in pre-kindergarten through 12th grade classrooms.

Why Education as a Pathway?

At Perimeter College, students take introductory gateway courses in education that help them to explore issues related to the teaching profession. The courses include the history and foundation of the field of education, critical issues associated with the field, diversity issues in strategies and education to support 21st-century learners.

If you are excited by the idea of working with children and introducing them to ideas they will carry for a lifetime, the educational field may be for you. At Perimeter College, students may study Early Childhood, Middle Grades, Secondary School or Special Education. Students also may study Health/Physical Education.

Students focusing on Early Childhood, Secondary Education or Health/PE may take many courses online, but some courses may require campus attendance. Students concentrating in Special Education or Middle Grades or Health/PE may take required classes online.

Students should consult with their advisors to confirm availability of online courses and find out about requirements or additional costs that may be associated with those courses.

A note on pathways: A pathway is an advising guide to help students prepare for their intended bachelor’s degree major. By following the course of study outlined in the appropriate Associate of Arts or Associate of Science pathway, students will have the necessary prerequisite courses to continue in their chosen disciplines. A pathway is not a major and will not be represented on the diploma.

Education — Early Childhood Education Pathway, A.S.

Phone: 770-274-5408

What Is Teacher Education?

Education is a pathway that helps to prepare future teachers by learning educational philosophies, policies, attitudes, behaviors and instruction in order to effectively perform the duties associated with the position of a classroom teacher. Through introductory courses in the field, students will learn to think critically about key issues that affect 21st-century learners in pre-kindergarten through 12th grade classrooms.

Why Education as a Pathway?

At Perimeter College, students take introductory gateway courses in education that help them to explore issues related to the teaching profession. The courses include the history and foundation of the field of education, critical issues associated with the field, diversity issues in strategies and education to support 21st-century learners.

If you are excited by the idea of working with children and introducing them to ideas they will carry for a lifetime, the educational field may be for you. At Perimeter College, students may study Early Childhood, Middle Grades, Secondary School or Special Education. Students also may study Health/Physical Education.

Students focusing on Early Childhood, Secondary Education or Health/PE may take many courses online, but some courses may require campus attendance. Students concentrating in Special Education or Middle Grades or Health/PE may take required classes online.

Students should consult with their advisors to confirm availability of online courses and find out about requirements or additional costs that may be associated with those courses.

A note on pathways: A pathway is an advising guide to help students prepare for their intended bachelor’s degree major. By following the course of study outlined in the appropriate Associate of Arts or Associate of Science pathway, students will have the necessary prerequisite courses to continue in their chosen disciplines. A pathway is not a major and will not be represented on the diploma.

What does it cost?

Check out our cost calculator or visit student financial services for information on estimated costs.

63.4% of Perimeter College students receive financial assistance.

How long will it take?

The typical pathway requires 60 semester hours — 42 hours in core curriculum and 18 hours in pathway courses.

Where can I take classes?
Alpharetta, Clarkston, Decatur, Dunwoody, Newton, Online

Learn more about the online program

Application Deadlines

Fall Semester (starts in August) — Due by August 1
Spring Semester (starts in January) — Due by December 1
Summer Semester (starts in late May) — Due by May 1

Students should consult with advisors to confirm availability of online courses and requirements or additional costs that may be associated with courses. Students should check with advisors about which campuses offer the courses they need. Typically, core courses required for pathways can be taken at most locations and online, while pathway-specific courses may require attendance at a particular location.

Careers

Job opportunities for teachers vary, with multiple paths from which to choose:

  • Kindergarten
  • Elementary School
  • Middle School
  • Secondary School
  • Special Education

For potential job and salary information, visit the Bureau of Labor Statistics

Pathway Details

As part of Georgia State University, Perimeter College is accredited by the Southern Association of Colleges and Schools: Commission on Colleges (SACS-COC) to award associate degrees. Successful completion of a pathway at Perimeter College leads to an Associate of Arts or an Associate of Science degree. Contact the Commission on Colleges at 1866 Southern Lane, Decatur, GA 30033-4097 or call 404-679-4500 for questions about the accreditation of Georgia State University.

Requirements for Early Childhood Education 

Areas A-E of the Core Curriculum (42)

Recommendations

Area D: MATH 1070 Elementary Statistics (3) recommended

Area F Courses Appropriate for Early Childhood Education (18)

Students must complete coursework with a grade of “C” or higher in Area F.

Required Courses (18):

  • EDUC 2110 Investigating Critical & Contemporary Issues in Education (3)
  • EDUC 2120 Exploring Socio-Cultural Perspectives on Diversity in Educational Contexts (3)
  • EDUC 2130 Exploring Learning and Teaching (3)
  • ISCI 2001 Integrated Science I: Life/Earth Sciences (3)
  • ISCI 2002 Integrated Science II: Physical Sciences (3)
  • MATH 2008 Foundations of Numbers and Operations (3)

Field Placement Requirement

Students should be aware that all three education courses (EDUC 2110, EDUC 2120, EDUC 2130) offered  require field placement. All students must complete 10 hours of field placement in each education course. Additionally, students should understand that they are required to do a background check and to get tort liability coverage while taking field placement. The criminal background check is approximately $50-$75 and Tort Liability is approximately $15-$50. All student are required to complete these hours whether they are out-of-state or abroad.

For more information, please visit the Office of Field Placement

Description

Field Placement Requirement

All three education courses (EDUC 2110, EDUC 2120, EDUC 2130) offered require field placement. Students must complete 10 hours of field placement in each education course. Students also should understand they are required to do a background check and to get tort liability coverage while taking field placement. The criminal background check is about $50-$75 and Tort Liability is about $15-$50. Students are required to complete these hours whether they are out-of-state or abroad.

For more information, please visit the Office of Field Placement

Below is the full list of majors we prepare students to pursue and attain.

Early Childhood Education (Birth-Grade 5)
  • Birth through Kindergarten
  • Early Childhood Education (P-5)
  • Special Education General Curriculum / Early Childhood Education (P-5)
Middle Grades Education (Grades 4-8)
  • Middle Grades Language Arts
  • Middle Grades Math
  • Middle Grades Reading
  • Middle Grades Science
  • Middle Grades Social Science
Secondary Education (Grades 6-12)
  • Behavioral Science
  • Biology
  • Chemistry
  • Earth/Space Science
  • Economics
  • English
  • Geography
  • History
  • Mathematics
  • Physics
  • Political Science
  • Science
  • Speech
Education Fields (Grades P-12)
  • Art
  • Dance
  • Drama
  • English to Speakers of Other Languages (ESOL)
  • Gifted
  • Health
  • Health and Physical Education
  • Music
Special Education (Grades P-12)
  • Special Education Adapted Curriculum
  • Behavior Disorders
  • Deaf Education
  • Special Education General Curriculum
  • Learning Disabilities
  • Physical and Health Disabilities
  • Special Education Preschool (Ages 3-5)
  • Visual Impairment
Foreign Languages (Grades P-12)
  • American Sign Language
  • Arabic
  • Chinese (Mandarin)
  • Farsi
  • French
  • German
  • Greek (Classical)
  • Hebrew
  • Hindi
  • Italian
  • Japanese
  • Korean
  • Latin
  • Portuguese
  • Russian
  • Spanish
  • Swahili
  • Turkish
  • Urdu

Contacts

Admissions
For help with applying or admissions, please review our website, visit a campus office, or contact us at 404-413-2500.

John C. Redmond, Department Chair of Cultural and Behavioral Science
jredmond@gsu.edu
770-274-5402

Michael Wallace, Administrative Assistant
mwallace2@gsu.edu
770-274-5588

Alpharetta Campus

Adam Stone, Associate Department Chair of Social Science
astone@gsu.edu
678-240-6231

Contessa Paige, Administrative Assistant
cpaige@gsu.edu
678-240-6037

Clarkston Campus

George Vargis, Associate Department Chair of Social Science
gvargis@gsu.edu
678-891-2402

Mary Brown, Administrative Assistant
Mbrown198@gsu.edu
678-891-3368

Decatur Campus

Mark Flowers, Associate Department Chair of Social Science/Business
mflowers@gsu.edu
770-278-1333

Donna McLean, Administrative Assistant
dmclean@gsu.edu
678-891-2613

Dunwoody Campus

John C. Redmond, Department Chair of Cultural and Behavioral Science
jredmond@gsu.edu
770-274-5402

Michael Wallace, Administrative Assistant
mwallace2@gsu.edu
770-274-5588

Newton Campus

Salli Vargis, Associate Department Chair of Social Science/Business (Starting Fall 2019)
svargis@gsu.edu
770-278-1360

Lakita Williams, Administrative Assistant
lwilliams160@gsu.edu

Online

Ursula Thomas, Associate Department Chair of Cultural and Behavioral Science – Online
Uthomas3@gsu.edu
770-274-5408

Patricia Cooper
pcooper@gsu.edu
678-212-7513

The information shared here is intended to provide an overview of Georgia State University’s offerings. For official details on admissions requirements, tuition, courses and more please refer to the university catalogs.