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  Dec 15, 2017
 
 
    
2017-2018 Undergraduate Catalog

Early Childhood Development Major, B.S. (Early Childhood Development Concentration) (Early Care and Education)


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Clemmer College of Education


Department of Early Childhood Education


Early Childhood Development Program Information


Program Coordinator: Dr. Rosemary Geiken

email: geiken@etsu.edu

Phone: (423) 439-7567

The Department of Early Childhood Education 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 and leads to PreK-3 teaching license. The Early Care and Education 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 (PreK-3) to existing education licenses.

Graduate Study - The Department of Early Childhood Education offers a graduate program leading to a master’s degree in early childhood education with three concentrations (Initial Licensure, Master Teacher, Researcher). In addition, a Ph.D. in early childhood education is offered beyond the master’s degree. Also available are two online graduate programs, a Master’s Certificate in Emergent Inquiry and M.A. degree, Master Teacher. Further information on this program may be obtained from the School of Graduate Studies.

Early Childhood Development Major


This is an interdisciplinary degree that combines the early childhood offerings along with a designated minor. This major is not designed for licensure.

A minimum of 34 hours is required for this program in early childhood development plus a six-hour practicum/field experience. Students must have earned a grade of C or higher in all courses included in the undergraduate major in early childhood development. In addition, students need to declare a minor.

General Program Information


To earn a degree from ETSU, there are specific course requirements established by ETSU, by the East Tennessee State University Board of Trustees, by each college, and by each department. All students must meet the degree requirements at each of these levels outlined in the following list:

University-level Degree and Graduation Requirements


Total Credit Hours for Degree: 120


General Education Requirements: 41 - 42 Credit Hours


Listed below are the categories and courses specified under East Tennessee State University Board of Trustees General Education Requirements. Note that certain courses are required for this degree, specific to this major. Thus, these courses will satisfy both a General Education requirement AND a requirement of this major. (Other majors may require different General Education courses.) Where specific courses are required for this major, only those courses are listed under the category. If there are no specific major requirements for a category, all course options appear.
 

Communication


9 credits, consisting of 6 credits of written composition and 3 credits of oral communication.

Written Composition


Complete both of the following: 

Oral Communication


Complete one of the following:

Humanities and Fine Arts


9 credits, consisting of 3 credits of literature, 3 credits of fine arts, and 3 credits of humanities electives.

History


6 credits, consisting of both of the following:

Natural Sciences


8 credits, consisting of two of the following (some require labs which are listed directly after the lecture):

(Note: Students pursuing a Bachelor of Science in the College of Arts and Sciences must select 8 credit hours in a SINGLE laboratory science. Please see listing in College of Arts and Sciences B.S. Degree Requirements for options.)

Mathematics


3 - 4 credits, consisting of one of the following:

  • MATH 1530 - Probability and Statistics – Noncalculus (3 credits)
  • MATH 1840 - Analytic Geometry and Differential Calculus (3 credits)
  • MATH 1910 - Calculus I (4 credits)
  • Note:

    Students will enroll in the appropriate general education math course during their first calendar year of enrollment at ETSU. Students required to complete learning support in mathematics must enroll in a learning support-designated section (L01-L99) of MATH 1530  during their first 15 hours at ETSU (not including summer) unless they are also required to complete learning support in reading or writing. Students needing learning support in reading or writing in addition to learning support in math should enroll in MATH 1530-Lxx immediately upon completing their other learning support requirements. Additional information may be found on the University Advisement Center website www.etsu.edu/uac/learningsupport/

Electives: 3-6 Credit Hours


Minor Requirements: 18-24 Credit Hours


A student majoring in this Early Childhood Development Early Care and Education program must select a minor in another area and meet the requirements of that specific program. A minor may include, but is not limited to, the following:

  • Art
  • Business
  • Family Studies
  • Leadership Studies
  • Music
  • Physical Education
  • Professional Studies
  • Psychology
  • Public Health
  • Social Work
  • Special Education

Additional Information


Transfer Students: Transfer students should apply for admission into the program and meet with an early childhood development advisor to plan their program. These students must meet the requirements of the university regarding transfer and program admission.

Click here to view the Early Childhood Development (Early Care and Education) Suggested Course Sequence  

 

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