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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.

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

Easter Seals of North Georgia has many opportunities available for Pre-K and other teachers. For more information about positions and how to apply, visit their career opportunities list.

Located in Tahoe City, California

We are looking for energetic, creative, and hardworking college students who have completed 12 semester hours in any combination of: Early Childhood, Child Life, Child Development, Human Development and Family studies, Elementary or Middle School Education, Recreation, Music, Art, Dance, Psychology, Sociology, or Nursing.

Internship includes: airfare, housing, food money, and stipend.

Come and spend a summer, fall semester, or spring semester with us at beautiful Lake Tahoe!

For more information, please contact
Debbie Wohler Reasoner, Staff Recruiter

The College of Education & Human Development's two Child Development Center locations have openings this fall:

  • The Capitol Hill location (197 Decatur St. SE, Atlanta) has openings in its toddler class.
  • The Lanette L. Suttles location (Dahlberg Hall, 30 Courtland St. SE, Atlanta) has spaces available in its toddler class and preschool class.

Children must have turned two years old between September 1, 2015 and January 2016 to be in the toddler classes; children must be three to be in the preschool class.

To learn more about the centers' academic calendars, enrollment instructions and more, contact Nekeshia Stein at (Capitol Hill) or Weida Fuller at (Lanette L. Suttles).

The Chastain School is a private preschool and child development center dedicated to the eudcation and care of children six weeks to five years of age. They are NAEYC accredited with Christian-based programs that combine high standards of early childhood education with a fun and welcoming environment where children can grow.

The ideal candidate is someone with a passion for teaching, loving and working with children and has an associate or bachelors degree in teaching, early childhood development or a related educational field. Minimum educational requirement is a CDA/TCC and a minimum of two to three years of experience with references is preferable.


  • Full-time Availability (Mon-Fri)
  • One to three year commitment
  • Flexible schedule to ALL shifts (7:15 a.m. to 6:15 p.m.)
  • Please only apply if your schedule permits

Benefits Include:

  • Competitive compensation
  • Dental benefits program
  • Short-term employee disability insurance
  • Paid vacation plan
  • Training on child safety

If you are interested in learning more about this opportunity, email your resume to

Phone: 404-851-0001
Fax: 404-851-0005

The Goddard School for Early Childhood Development is looking for substitute teachers. The school is located in Buckhead. This is their listing:

The Goddard School Buckhead is seeking energetic, dynamic and flexible individuals to join our Buckhead Preschool as part-time substitutes. This position is a wonderful opportunity for current students to obtain experience in a classroom. The position is extremely flexible and ideal for a college student.

For more information call: 404-467-7577

Job Description: Engineering for Kids is currently looking for lead instructors for their after school programs and evening programs. This is for you if you enjoy working with children, love working with technology and need a part time position.


  • Have experience and enjoy working with children ages 4-14
  • Be able and willing to travel throughout metro Atlanta near home or near campus location
  • Have your own transportation
  • Enjoy S.T.E.M. fields
  • Be dependable
  • Good work ethic
  • Provide information for a background check
  • Prior experience working with children, pursuing a degree in the education or engineering field is a plus, but not required

Apply today — submit your application.

After-school and summer paid positions

  • Training provided
  • Videos to help with preparation
  • Bonus program
  • No planning time (lesson plan and supplies provided) — just prep time
  • No grading
  • No parent conferences
  • Low student to teacher ratios
  • Shifts assigned by employee preference (location and days)
  • Gain experience in the educational field’s leading trend by instructing S.T.E.M. project-based programs

Kids ages 4 to 14 are introduced to science, technology, engineering and math (STEM) education through inquiry based hands‐on enrichment programs such as after‐school programs, classes and camps.

Curriculum covers: Aerospace, chemical, civil, environmental, electrical, game design (software), industrial, Lego robotics, marine and mechanical engineering.

Lesson plans/Supplies provided: no research required — simply be prepared

Use your classroom management skills to manage a class of 6 ‐20 students (8:1 ratio) and facilitate the inquiry based lesson.

School Year: Minimum 2 day per week between 2:15‐5:30 p.m. over 12‐14 wks; Compensation b/w $14‐$17/per hour during the school year

Summer Camps (optional): 3 to 7 hours per weekday b/w 9‐4pm

Classification: Rising freshman, sophomore, junior and first year graduate students.

To begin the process submit an application.

Must have your own transportation.

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.
Bright Horizons provides safe and nurturing environments that encourage children'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 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.