Elementary and Early Childhood Education

Early Childhood Education Birth through Kindergarten

Program Description

Current research indicates that early childhood programs with well-prepared, highly qualified teachers have long-term positive benefits for children and the community. Based on this research, the Bagwell College of Education B-K Early Education Undergraduate Program has been developed to assist individuals who have a desire to instruct and work with infants, toddlers, preschool and kindergarten children.

Program Overview

Graduates of the program will be prepared to provide instruction to very young children. Graduates will also be familiar with global perspectives on early learning and teaching. The B-K Undergraduate Degree Program addresses the needs of the whole child based on national and state standards. Teacher candidates in the program may be placed in diverse field settings that will focus on (1) developmentally appropriate best practices, (2) current research on the development of infant, toddler and young children, (3) families and communities in a global setting, (4) English Language Learners, and (5) children with special learning needs. There will be two tracks offered for the Bachelor of Science Degree in B-K: a track that meets Professional Standards Commission (PSC) requirements to earn B-K certification and a non-certification track that focuses on birth through five instruction without PSC certification. 

Teacher candidates may take courses focusing on children ages birth though kindergarten in the following areas:

  • Prenatal Development and the Development of Infants, Toddlers and Young Children
  • Organization and Administration of Preschool Programs
  • Visual Arts, Play, Music and Creativity
  • Language and Literature
  • Families, Communities
  • Global Learning
  • Children with Special Needs
  • Lesson Planning and Assessment
  • English Language Learners

For a list of specific courses in the B-K Certification track, click here.
For a list of specific courses in the B-K Non-Certification track, click here.

How do I Apply 
  1. Submit an application to Kennesaw State University online at This requires completing the application and submitting with a $40 application fee payable by debit or credit card.
  2. Submit your official SAT or ACT scores sent directly from the testing agency, either Collegeboard or
  3. Submit your official high school transcript. If your school allows you to send them electronically through, then please use that process. Otherwise, a transcript can be mailed from your high school. Send a current transcript at the time you apply, and be sure to request to have a final transcript to be sent once you have graduated.
  4. Follow the status of your application through the application status check. Please keep in mind that documents can take up to six weeks to be processed. If you see that the admission decision states you must take the COMPASS Exam, sign up through Owl Express, and an admission decision will be made based on the results on the exam. 


Contact Us

For more information please call (470) 578-6121