Early Childhood Education/Special Education

Help students with the greatest need gain fundamental skills and knowledge, particularly the youngest children and students with disabilities and other special needs.

Fort Valley State University


Early childhood/special education majors develop an ability to perform well as a teacher by studying how people acquire basic knowledge, developing methods of instruction, and mastering how to effectively manage a learning environment

Teacher seated in chair surrounded by young children seated on classroom floor

Our program paticipants become particularly competent in working with the youngest children and students with disabilities and other special needs.

During the most recent academic year, 100% of FVSU education graduates passed the state certification exam, and 90% found teaching positions, were enrolled in graduate school or became gainfully employed in careers related to education within one month of graduating.

In addition to classroom work, FVSU education majors engage in a field experience, working with practicing teachers in their classrooms to plan, implement, assess, and reflect on instructional methods, procedures, and principles. This includes lesson planning, assessing, evaluating, grading, conducting case studies, and developing effective classroom management strategies.

The college is committed to the preparation of “proficient educators” who are competent in content, pedagogy, and technology, as well as educators who possess a caring disposition while understanding and appreciating diversity.

The program is administered through the College of Education.

Meet the Faculty

The faculty and staff of the Teacher Education Department at Fort Valley State University understand what it takes to succeed. We encourage you to contact them with your questions.


Program Contact

Beth Day-Hairston

Beth Day-Hairston, Dr.


Early Childhood education/ special education 

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