Elementary and early childhood education degrees a popular choice

Kennesaw State is doing its part to help alleviate the teacher shortage in Georgia.

Georgia (May 10, 2006) — Kennesaw State is doing its part to help alleviate the teacher shortage in Georgia.

During commencement ceremonies this week‚ 155 EECE undergraduates are scheduled to receive their degrees – the highest number among more than 1‚300 graduates.

The number of students choosing to receive a degree in elementary and early childhood education through the Bagwell College of Education has increased more than any other program offered at Kennesaw State. According to KSU’s 2004−2005 Fact Book‚ the early childhood education bachelor program was ranked No. 1 by degrees awarded in fiscal year 2005‚ awarding 193 degrees.

Kennesaw State is the No. 2 producer of teachers in Georgia‚ enrolling the most education students both at the undergraduate and graduate levels.

The highly popular education program has been in existence for more than 20 years and the number of EECE majors and graduates is expected to continue to rise.

“I think the EECE program has been such a success for several reasons‚” said Dean of the Bagwell College Yiping Wan. “First‚ the quality of the program is outstanding‚ and the reputation for dedication among our faculty is well known. In addition‚ we are also spearheading a massive effort to certify teachers in the 0−5 age within the state of Georgia.”

The EECE program prepares students to work with children and youth in multiple settings in general education and special education.


A leader in innovative teaching and learning, Kennesaw State University offers undergraduate, graduate and doctoral degrees to its nearly 43,000 students. With 11 colleges on two metro Atlanta campuses, Kennesaw State is a member of the University System of Georgia. The university’s vibrant campus culture, diverse population, strong global ties and entrepreneurial spirit draw students from throughout the country and the world. Kennesaw State is a Carnegie-designated doctoral research institution (R2), placing it among an elite group of only 6 percent of U.S. colleges and universities with an R1 or R2 status. For more information, visit kennesaw.edu