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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.

There are now two concentrations (view Birth Through Five in the GSU catalog for more information):

  • teacher certification
  • non-teacher certification

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

View the GSU Undergraduate Catalog 

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

Positions Available

Camp Isidore Alterman at the Marcus Jewish Community Center of Atlanta, located in Dunwoody, is looking to hire staff for the summer. The camp has available job opportunities for counselors, specialists in archery, arts & crafts, cooking, and many other activities, sports counselors and all sorts of other positions. To apply, visit the MJCCA Day Camps staff Web page to learn more about what's available and then click around on the website to learn about the camp.

About to graduate and need a job? Looking for permanent placement or temporary jobs in education? Lookin gto gain more classroom experience while making money? We have daycares, after-school programs and overnight care - we also have limited access to elementary, middle and high schools. Please send your resume to We need to fill several positions!

Bright Horizons provides safe and nurturing environments that encourage chidren's social, emotional, physical, and intellectual development. They are currently seeking a teacher.

Please download the Bright Horizons Teacher Position description for more information

The City of Decatur will be holding a career fair on March 3, 2018. They are looking for "great" teachers.

If interested, please register for the career fair. You can select primary, secondary or special education when you register and they will contact you to assign an appointment time.

The Michael R. Hollis Innovation Academy is a PK-8 elementary education expeditionary STEM school. They are recruiting for teachers at an interest event on Thursday, February 1, 2018 from 9:00 a.m. to 11:00 a.m.

Why Teach at Hollis

Hollis is the only EL Education Network School in the Atlanta Public Schools System. As an EL Education school, we believe strongly in building a school where CREW lives deeply and strongly. The statement “We are CREW, not Passengers” is our mantra and a way of saying that we work collaboratively and collectively. At Hollis, we seek teachers who are driven and willing to embrace our 6 Habits of Hollis (Communication, Collaboration, Creativity, Empathy, Perseverance, and Self-Discipline) to move our students towards both academic achievement and character development. We hire knowledgeable, driven, and caring people who are willing to work hard to deliver instruction that impacts students’ achievement.

Teacher Recruitment Interest Event
Thursday, February 1, 2018
9:00 - 11:00 AM
Join the Hollis CREW!
• A PK-8 EL Education Expeditionary STEM School •
Michael R. Hollis Innovation Academy

  • Co-teaching classroom environment & small class sizes
  • Only EL Education Network School in the Atlanta Public Schools System
  • Robust partnerships with entities like Chick-fil-A®, Georgia
  • Tech CEISMC, Spelman College, and Mercedes-Benz®
  • Autonomy and flexibility for a unique traditional school setting
  • Rich professional development and pathways to leadership in Atlanta Public Schools

Register now for the Teacher Recruitment Interest Event »

Download the Michael R. Hollis Innovation Academy Faculty Recruitment document.

The Boyce L. Ansley School is looking for a full-time pre-kindergarten academic lead teacher (private pre-kindergarten program).

General Description

Serves as the Lead Teacher for the pre-Kindergarten classroom.  Curriculum must adapt to children of varied abilities.

Examples of Duties:

  • Using approved curriculum, Georgia Early Learning Development Standards (GELDS), and other best practices, plans and implements developmentally appropriate activities in partnership with school’s curriculum advisory council.
  • Assesses children’s individual developmental levels.
  • Assists individual children or small groups of children in their activities.
  • Teaches language, social, cognitive and physical skills.
  • Ensures the physical safety of the children by sight and sound during program activities
  • Consults with social workers, case managers, and other specialists as needed.
  • Conducts workshops for teachers from other areas.
  • Consults with parents regarding the child’s progress.
  • Supervises and trains Assistant lead teacher, volunteers, interns in classroom
  • Performs other related duties as assigned as assigned.

Knowledge, Skills and Abilities:

  • Knowledge of appropriate teaching methods.
  • Knowledge of accreditation and licensing regulations
  • Effective communication skills with adults
  • Ability to communicate orally and effectively with preschool and pre-K children.
  • Skilled in Art, Storytelling, or Music.
  • Ability to lift pre-k children (0-35 pounds).

The qualified candidate will engage fully in the Mission and Values of The Boyce L. Ansley School.


The Boyce L. Ansley School is a tuition-free, private school for children of families who have experienced homelessness in Atlanta. We strive to help families break the cycle of generational poverty by providing children with an excellent education and collaborative family support in a nurturing and faith-inspired environment.


  • Inclusion and Diversity
  • Community of Support
  • Holistic Approach to Education
  • Social and Emotional Support for Children and Families
  • Collaboration with Community Partners
  • Loving and Supportive Relationships

Minimum Hiring Standards:

Bachelor’s Degree in Education or Early Childhood Education or Child Development. A minimum of two years’ experience working in an early learning program.

Preferred Qualifications:

Masters Degree in Early Childhood Education or Child Development

Experience working with children who have experienced trauma

Experience working in Title I school setting

Experience working in a Nationally accredited child care setting

About the Organization

The Boyce L. Ansley School is a tuition-free, private school for children of families who have experienced homelessness in Atlanta.  It strives to help families break the cycle of generational poverty by providing children with an excellent education and collaborative family support in a nurturing and faith-inspired environment.

Our goal is to open our doors in August, 2018 with a Pre-K, adding a grade each year through 8th grade.  We will initially be housed on the ground floor of St. Luke’s Episcopal Church in downtown Atlanta.  We will be partnering with other agencies which provide services to families and children who are or have experienced homelessness.

The Boyce L. Ansley School is an exciting project in response to the many homeless children in Atlanta who, for various reasons, are not receiving education sufficient to set them on a path of self-sufficiency.  Over the next 18 months, we will be working to build the curriculum, form partnerships, raise money, hire staff and raise awareness of the school and its mission.

Starting Salary Range: $45,000-49,000

Contact: Kate Kennedy

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.