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Early Childhood Education

COLLEGE OF EDUCATION Georgia State University



Department of Early Childhood Education
College of Education

Georgia State University


Academic Program Review Self-Study



Period of Review

(Fall 2002 – Spring 2005)

Dr. Barbara Meyers, ECE Department Chair

Dr. Julie Dangel, APACE Review Chair for ECE

with the Program Advisory Committee


Submitted November 28, 2005

Welcome to the Department of Early Childhood Education. This is an exciting place to be! We are one of the largest departments devoted to early childhood education (defined as Birth to 5th grade) in the state. We are proud of our accomplishments both nationally and within the state of Georgia.  Our faculty members are very active in professional activities and organizations in the university, the community, the state and the nation.  We are actively involved in scholarship in many areas including constructivist theories, literacy, teacher development, mathematics, children’s play, urban education, inclusion, and multicultural issues.   Our programs are exceptional and our graduates are welcomed into the education community as teachers and leaders.

The following sections describe our department according to the template prescribed for APACE self-study. Section A provides an assessment of our strengths and areas for improvement, Section B provides historical and contextual information for the department, Section C describes our progress toward goals and objectives, Sections D, E and F provide data regarding curricula, faculty and student quality, respectively, Section G describes the adequacy of our resources and Section H presents our goals and objectives for the future. In many places in this report, data are summarized in tables to make reading easier and highlight data from the voluminous amount of information collected. Complete data are available in appendices and on CD.



Table of Contents

Introduction i

Section A: Unit Assessment of Strengths and weaknesses 1

Program Quality 1



Survey Data 1

Course Evaluation Data 2

Faculty Productivity 2

Centrality of the Programs to the University 4

Viability of the Programs 5

Strategic focus 6

Financial Resource Analysis 6

Section B: Historical and Contextual Background for the Department 8

History 8

Contextual Background: Summary of Department Programs 11

Initial Preparation Programs 11

Advanced Preparation Programs 11

Summary of Current Major Departmental Projects 12

Evidence of Program Relevance and the Degree to which Community, Student and Professional Needs are Served by the Programs 14

Faculty 15



Number by Rank 15

Tenure Status 15

Gender and Underrepresented Group Status 15

Governance 16

Faculty Productivity in Teaching 16

Faculty Productivity in Research 16

Section C: Progress toward Goals and Objectives Since the last Academic Program Review 18

1995 Self Analysis 18

Responses to issues raised by external and internal reviewers 22

Section D: Curricula Quality 25

Evaluation of Curricula Quality based on Evidence of Student Learning 25

Evaluation of Curricular Quality Based on Surveys 27

Summary of Undergraduate Student Survey Findings on Program Quality 27

Summary of Graduate Student Survey Findings on Program Quality 27

Section E: The Quality of the Faculty 30

Section F: Student Quality 32

Input Quality Metrics 32

Output Quality Metrics 34

Licensing exams 34

Placement of Students in Professional Positions 36

Section G: Resource Adequacy 37

Faculty Resources 37

Administrative Resources 37

Technological Resources 38

Space Resources 38

Laboratory Resources 40

GSU Foundation Resources 40

Section H: Goals and Objectives 41

Strengths and weaknesses of ECE 41



ECE Program Goals and Action Plans for the next APACE Review Cycle 42


For ease of navigation press Ctrl + Click the Appendix or Table to follow the hyperlink
List of Appendices

Appendix A-1: Mission statement for Georgia State University

Appendix A-2: Mission statement for the Department of Early Childhood

Appendix B-1: Rationale for choices of peer programs

Appendix B-2: Organization of unit governance and committee structure

Appendix B-3: N/A (Unit by-laws)

Appendix B-4: Current faculty roster with rank, tenure status and full/part-time status

Appendix B-6: Center report from the Child Development Center

Appendix B-7: Summary of Current Major Departmental Projects

Appendix D-1: Learning outcome plans and reports (on CD)

Appendix D-3 and 6: Degree requirements, admission and advisement procedures

Appendix D-4: Course offerings for 2002-2004

Appendix D-5: Summary results of surveys

Appendix E-1: ECE Notable Service and Honors

Appendix F-1: Definition of graduate faculty and criteria for selection

Appendix F-2: List of graduate faculty

Appendix F-3: Current curriculum vitae (on CD)

Appendix F-4: Description of faculty involvement in self study process

Appendix F-5: External grants for 2003-2005

Appendix F-6: Awards, Achievements, or scholarly work by students

Appendix G-1: Summary of data on student/faculty ratios and credit hour generation

Appendix G-2: University library report
List of Tables

Table B-1: Number of faculty by rank, tenure status, gender and underrepresented group status

Table B-2: Faculty research productivity

Table B-3: Number of enrolled students and graduates by program

Table B-4: Credit hours generated by faculty type

Table B-5: Average number of faculty by rank and status

Table D-1: Departmental course offerings

Table E-1: Mean graduate admission test scores and GPAs

Table E-2: Selection Ratio of Applicant/Accepted Graduate Students

Table G-1: Student/tenure-track faculty ratios
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