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undergrad icon Birth Through Five B.S.Ed.

The B.S.Ed. major in Birth Through Five (B-5) prepares teachers and other early care and education professionals to work in varied settings with young children and their families from infancy through kindergarten age, including children who are typically developing and those with disabilities.

The program reflects national and state standards, research and best practice in the field of early childhood development and education and teacher education. Candidates receive content and pedagogy in developmentally and individually appropriate practices for infants, toddlers, preschoolers and Kindergarten age children. The program provides a multidisciplinary, comprehensive and holistic approach to working with young children and families in diverse settings.

All initial teacher preparation program candidates must pass a state mandated teacher performance assessment, the edTPA, at the end of their programs in order to become certified in Georgia. The teacher performance assessment is designed to measure a candidate’s ability to help all students learn. Teacher candidates are required to demonstrate knowledge and skills in planning, teaching, assessing and analyzing student learning. Please see as follows the number of teacher candidates who passed the edTPA out of the total number of candidates who successfully submitted the edTPA in the program, subject-specific area.

Early Childhood Education: Birth – Kindergarten - 14/14

Field-based experiences are structured to provide candidates with opportunities to work with different ages and children of varying ability levels and educational needs. A broad range of courses and practicum will strengthen candidates’ knowledge and ability to select and implement appropriate curriculum and instructional strategies, developmental activities and care routines, and observation and assessment methods.

Successful completion of this program leads to a baccalaureate degree along with recommendation for Birth Through Five (B-5) licensure. Candidates completing the Birth through Five preparation program may be recommended for certification in both Birth through Kindergarten as well as the Endorsement in Pre-School Special Education (3-5).

There are state and national mandates for higher degrees and credentials for professionals working in the B-5 field. Many state funded preschool programs for young children require the bachelor’s degree for lead teachers and administrators.

Job opportunities in the B-5 field include:

  • Certified Kindergarten and Pre-K Teacher
  • Head Start Program Professional
  • Early Childhood Program Director
  • Child Care Teacher
  • Preschool Special Education Teacher
  • Home Visitor Program Specialist
  • Family Agency Professional
  • Child Care Center Owner-Operator
  • Early Intervention Specialist

Course description and classes

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Program Contact

Dr. Tonia Durden, B-5 Program Coordinator
Department of Early Childhood and Elementary Education

Undergraduate Admissions Information

Learn what you need to do to apply for undergraduate admissions to Georgia State University and the College of Education & Human Development.
Undergraduate admissions information 


Financial Aid Opportunities for Students Working in Early Care and Education:

In addition to the HOPE Scholarship and Pell Grant, there is a source of financial aid that may be available to students who are employed in early care and education in Georgia. To check eligibility requirements for the Bright from the Start: Georgia Department of Early Care and Education SCHOLARSHIPS program, visit

Program Effectiveness Data for B-5

Positions Available

The Goddard School is immediately hiring full and part-time teachers (students and graduates). We are seeking passionate individuals with a love for children, early childhood education and professional excellence. We offer outstanding compensation plus medical benefits, continued education programs and paid time off. Please apply directly online.

There's a position for a Certification Clerk available. Please visit the PSC website for more information:
Download the flyer to learn more about the openings we have.
The Child Development Center of Central has an opening for the Executive Director position.

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Immediate Position Openings- Sheltering Arms - Educare Site

(2) Full Time Lead Pre-K Teachers

(2) Full Time Assistant Teacher Infant/Toddler

(1) Full Time Assistant Preschool Teacher

(2) Pre-K Floater

Mrs. Monique  L. Jackson, MA. MS.
School Director

Sheltering Arms Early Education and Family Centers
Educare Atlanta
404 Fulton Street
Atlanta, Georgia 30312
(O) 404- 582-9102
(C) 470-399-5312

Now hiring assistant and lead teachers. For more information, to apply and learn about our school email or visit Little Linguists Preschool.

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The Nest Nursery School is looking for energetic, hard-working, loving part-time teachers to work afternoons with children ages three months to four years. For more about The Nest you can visit our website: If you are interested in joining our team, please contact Mandy Palmer: email or call 404-627-1200.

Contact: Sara Gage, assistant director, at for a tour and information.

Download the flyer » Druid HIlls Child Development Center Career Fair

Full-Time and Part-Time Career Opportunities

The Marist Early Learning Center is a play-based inspired child care center serving the faculty and staff of Marist School.

We are looking for a full-time experienced lead pre-K teacher and a full or part-time infant specialist.

Ideal candidates must be reliable and flexible. They must have effective communication for interacting with children and adults and the ability to work collaboratively with the staff in the ELC.

Full-time, pre-K teachers must have:

  • Completed a B.A./B.S. in early childhood education or child development and/or some experience working with the 0-5 age group.
  • Have a good foundation of DAP and best practices.
  • Be able to plan and provide daily, small and large group instruction to pre-K students based on the GELDS: implements, transitions and does instructional activities to address the developmental needs of students
  • Be able to work hours between 7:30 a.m. to 5:00 p.m., Monday through Friday

Compensation is determined by experience and education.

Part-Time or Full-Time Infant Specialist

  • Have one year or more center-based child care experience
  • Have an AA, CDA or be currently enrolled in early childhood education courses
  • Be able to work hours between 7:30 a.m. to 5:00 p.m., Monday through Friday

Compensation determined by experience.

Please email a cover letter and resume to:

Job Title: Academy Director
Reports To: President/Owner
Location: Alpharetta, GA


Effectively operates and manages all aspects of a child care school, to include human resources, customer relations, financial systems, quality control and facility management. Provides creative,
age-appropriate programs to all children served at the academy. Actively develops and maintains positive customer/community relations. Maintains high capacity utilization and manages all
resources effectively and within budget. Establishes strong working relationships with state licensing authorities.


  • Ensures academy compliance with all federal and state laws, as well as Kiddie Academy® policies and procedures.
  • Completes all required paperwork and record keeping on a timely basis and maintains same in an organized, up-to-date manner. This includes all academy files: for example,
    student, personnel, vehicle, driver, health and safety files.
  • Plans academy activities and actively participates: for example, staff meetings, training sessions, open houses, planning sessions.
  • Develops and maintains strong working relationships with all state licensing authorities, approved vendors and community contracts.
  • Develops and maintains professional working relationships with academy staff.
  • Recruits, selects and trains qualified employees.
  • Ensures that all staff are properly trained and helps develop staff through career growth and guidance.
  • Anticipates staffing needs, prepares and posts weekly staffing schedule, and modifies it accordingly depending upon daily attendance in each classroom.
  • Evaluates staff via written performance summary on a quarterly and yearly basis and at other times as needed; recommends merit raises for staff.
  • Counsels staff on performance issues; follows Kiddie Academy® guidelines for disciplinary action procedures.
  • Submits new staff or staffing changes to licensing representative and maintains up-to-date Human Resources files.
  • Trains staff to plan and implement creative, developmentally appropriate programs for all children.
  • Ensures that quality control programs are sound and meet all state and Kiddie Academy® requirements.
  • Actively participates in local professional associations: for example, local AEYC.
  • Ensures management is available to greet parents during peak hours (6:30 - 9:00AM and 4:00 - 6:30PM).
  • Ensures that facility meets all state, local and Kiddie Academy® requirements.
  • Oversees the physical condition of the building and contents; seeks approval from ownership and requests repair work as needed.
  • Responds and follows up on all enrollment inquiries. Gives prospective customers tours of the facility and detailed information about Kiddie Academy® Philosophy, Mission, Core Values, programs and procedures.
  • Develops and actively maintains positive communication with parents.
  • Recognizes parent concerns, evaluates course of action and responds professionally to needs of parents.
  • Ensures that staff is aware of specific parent concerns so that problems are resolved.
  • Under academy ownership’s direction, familiarizes self with academy budget to ensure that all resources are managed effectively and within budgetary constraints. Assists with drafting new budgets each year.
  • Manages all salary expenses within budgeted amounts and according to prescribed guidelines of compensation plan.
  • Ensures that accounts receivable do not exceed specified percentage of posted revenue charges.
  • Affects creation of monthly newsletter for the academy.
  • Completes state requirements for approved continued education training of 12 clock hours (or more based on local regulations) during the licensing year.
  • Meets with licensing specialist during inspections and reports to academy ownership on a timely basis.
  • Arbitrates differences among academy personnel.


Candidate must have four-year degree in Early Childhood Education or area of Child Development with two years’ experience as a director or assistant director in a child care school. As a leader in educationally focused child care, we reward and recognize a director's exceptional contributions to our Academy with:

  • Competitive base salary.
  • Bonus plan structured to reward and value achievement.
  • Vacation, holiday and personal days.
  • Advancement opportunities within a multi-site organization.
  • Childcare tuition discounts.
  • And much more


Send your resume with cover letter, outlining why you are the best candidate to accept this challenging and rewarding position to

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Seeking Substitute Teachers

The Urban Explorers Preschool, located in Grant Park at 250 Georgia Ave. SE, STE #103, is seeking substitute teachers for the school year and summer. Submit your resume to if you're interested.

Learn more about the school at

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Lead Preschool and Lead Toddler Teacher

We currently are looking for a lead preschool and lead toddler teacher at the Hudgens Center at Gwinnett Tech.

The requirements of the position are a completed BA/BS in ECE or Child Development and some experience working with the 0-5 age group.

The person doesn’t have to have excessive experience IF they have a good foundation of DAP and best practices. Both positions are 12 months and carry the salary of $35,000/year with full benefits (state). As you know we are a lab school so the environment is very supportive and we will train new staff as mentor teachers.

If you know anyone who may be interested they can apply at:

Full-Time and Part-Time Career Opportunities

The Clifton School is a Reggio Inspired Child Care Center serving employees of Emory University, The Centers for Disease Control, and Children’s Healthcare of Atlanta.

We are looking for experienced teachers to fill Full Time and Part-time Infant/Toddler Specialist and Preschool Teacher positions.

Ideal candidates must be reliable and flexible; proficient with their writing and language and literacy skills. Furthermore, candidates should have experience with observing, documenting, and planning for young children based on observations and developmentally appropriate practices.

Full Time Infant/Toddler Specialists and Preschool Teachers must have:

  • One year or more center-based child care experience
  • AA or higher degree or currently enrolled in ECE courses
  • Be able to work hours between 9:00 a.m. to 6:00 p.m. — Monday through Friday
  • Compensation determined by experience and education

Part-time Infant/Toddler Specialists and Preschool Teachers must have:

  • One year or more center-based child care experience
  • CDA or higher degree or currently enrolled in ECE courses
  • Be able to work hours ranging from 12:45 p.m. to 6:30 p.m. — Monday through Friday
  • Compensation determined by experience and education

Please email resumes to:

Fax resumes to:
Donna Ford- Assistant Director — Clifton Site 404-321-6858
Janette Miles-Kendall- Assistant Director — Clairmont Site 404-486-7322

When recruiting, hiring, training, and promoting employees, The Clifton School does not discriminate with regards to race, creed, color, national origin, gender, sexual orientation, age, marital status, religious affiliation, mental or physical disability unrelated to the ability to engage in activities required by the job.

Are you interested in becoming a birth through 5-year old teacher?

Are you curious about starting a career that contributes to the growth and development of babies, toddlers and preschoolers? Learn more about the exciting Birth through 5-years old (B-5) B.S.Ed. program from its new director, Dr. Tonia Durden, as she discusses the program's benefits and career paths.

* Dr. Tonia Durden is a clinical associate professor in the Department of Early Childhood and Elementary Education.