Phone: (423) 439-7688
Interim Chair: Dr. Pamela Evanshen
Phone: (423) 439-7694
Human Development and Learning offers programs that focus on the application of development, learning, and other psychological principles in a wide variety of settings including home, school, and community. Courses in the behavioral sciences are provided both for majors and students in other academic areas. Areas of emphasis include developmental, educational and applied psychology, psychological assessment, human services, counseling, early child development, and special education.
The Department of Human Development and Learning offers three undergraduate programs leading to the Bachelor of Science degree: early childhood development, human services, and learning, and special education. In addition, minors in early childhood, special education, human development and learning, education, and leadership studies are available through our department.The department offers individuals holding professional teaching certification an opportunity to add an endorsement in special education and early childhood. Also offered are programs leading to the master of arts degree in early childhood, school counseling, marriage and family therapy, community agency counseling, special education, early childhood special education, and a Ph.D. in early childhood.
Students failing to demonstrate ethical and/or professional behaviors, as required by either the appropriate professional associations and/or the National Educational Association, upon review and substantiation (with due process), may be denied continuance in departmental programs. If intervention is indicated and completed, the student may petition the department for readmission.
Early Childhood Development (ECED)
Program Coordinator: Dr. Kimberly Hale
Phone: (423) 439-7671
The Department of Human Development and Learning in the Clemmer College of Education offers an interdisciplinary undergraduate program leading to the Bachelor of Science degree in early childhood development. The licensure program is designed to provide academic preparation in the growth and development of young children (0-8), their families, and environmental factors influencing their development. The non-licensure program prepares candidates to work in the field of early childhood education not requiring a license (e.g., childcare, community settings/agencies.) In addition, the early childhood education program offers a minor in early childhood education and opportunity for adding an early childhood endorsement to existing education licenses.
Graduate Study – The Department of Human Development and Learning offers a graduate program leading to a master’s degree in early childhood education. In addition, a Ph.D. in early childhood education is offered beyond the master’s degree. Further information on this program may be obtained from the School of Graduate Studies.
The mission and purpose of the foundations program unit in the College of Education is to plan, coordinate, and deliver educational experiences consistent with the college’s core requirements regarding knowledge, skills, and values deemed to be essential requisites for all of the college’s graduates.
We believe that all of the college’s graduates should:
- demonstrate research competence (possess inquiry skills);
- demonstrate technological literacy;
- demonstrate effective communication skills;
- demonstrate grounding in historical, social, psychological, philosophical, political, and legal foundations related to their area of preparation;
- demonstrate an understanding of the challenges and opportunities surrounding issues of diversity and multiculturalism;
- demonstrate skills appropriate to leadership within the profession/field for which the graduate has been prepared; and
- demonstrate a knowledge of personal competencies and areas for continuing development.
The educational foundations unit plans, coordinates, and delivers courses and other educational experiences that help develop these skills, attitudes, and competencies in all students, graduate and undergraduate, across the college. The unit will also maintain a course listing and matrix of courses offered throughout the college that contributes to the acquisition of these competencies.
Foundations of Human Development and Learning
Program Coordinator: Dr. Jamie Kridler
Phone: (423) 439-7667 email: firstname.lastname@example.org
The Foundations of Human Development and Learning program bases its mission in service to the academic, professional, and educational communities of the region and nation. The activities of this program are multiple, offering a baccalaureate in Human Services as well as minors in Human Development and Learning and Leadership Studies. Additionally, Educational Foundations is located here, providing teacher education courses foundational for preparation of teacher candidates in both undergraduate and graduate programs throughout the college. Courses in common for curriculum and instruction, early childhood, special education, and counseling programs contribute to competencies and qualifications in research, human development, and service. To the university, the program supports General Education requirements with SRVL 1020 , HDAL 2310 , and HDAL 2340 .
Program Coordinator: Dr. Cynthia Chambers
phone: (423) 439-7686
The Department of Human Development and Learning in the Clemmer College of Education offers an interdisciplinary undergraduate program leading to the Bachelor of Science degree in special education.
This licensure program is designed to provide academic preparation in special education leading to license in the state of Tennessee which enables candidates to teach special education students K-12. In addition, the special education program offers a minor in special education and opportunity for adding a special education endorsement to existing education licenses.