Urban Accelerated Certification and Master’s Program (UACM)

This initial certification program for the major in early childhood education prepares teachers of young children (pre-k through 5th grade) to teach in an urban environment.

The program is designed for people who have an undergraduate degree or higher and want to teach in an urban elementary school. Candidates in our program spend the first year as full-time students taking courses and completing field experiences in schools in the metro Atlanta area.

This program qualifies candidates who have successfully met all requirements will be recommended to the state for certification in early childhood education (pre-k through 5th grade) with an English to speakers of other languages (ESOL) endorsement at the end of the first year.

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During the second year of the program, candidates have paid full-time teaching positions in high-needs urban elementary schools in the Atlanta metro area and take classes at night to complete their master’s degree in education.

The program is funded in part by the U.S. Department of Education’s Transition to Teaching Program. Through this grant a one-time stipend of $5000 is awarded to all UACM students entering the program, with a signed, three-year service agreement to teach in a high-needs school. For more information please contact Dr. Nancy J. Schafer, Program Coordinator njs@gsu.edu