General Program Information
Graduate School Contact:
Robin O’Dell; firstname.lastname@example.org; 423-439-6148
Amy Malkus, Ph.D., Graduate Coordinator, Master’s Program
516 Warf-Pickel Hall
Pam Evanshen, Ed.D., Program Coordinator
301B Warf-Pickel Hall
Patricia Robertson, Ed.D., Chair
303 Warf-Pickel Hall
Jane Broderick; Pam Evanshen; Lissy Gloeckler; Kim Hale; Rebecca Isbell; Amy Malkus, Kathryn Sharp.
The Department of Human Development and Learning offers three Master of Arts degrees in early childhood education. These graduate programs provide specialized education preparation for those interested in young children’s development from birth to eight years of age and their families. They focus on promoting the optimal developmental environment for young children, birth to eight years of age. The Master of Arts in Early Childhood Education - Initial Licensure leads to licensure in PreK-3 in Tennessee. The Master of Arts in Early Childhood Education - Master Teacher and Researcher/Thesis programs train for leadership roles in early childhood education, teaching in quality programs for young children, administering programs, working with families, community services, and instruction at the community college level.
Each applicant to the graduate program in early childhood education must complete the following:
- Complete all the requirements for admission to the School of Graduate Studies.
- Present a minimum of a 3.0 undergraduate grade point average or complete a probationary period in which the student achieves a grade point average of 3.0 and no grade lower than a B in the first 9 credits of graduate credit.
- Be reviewed by the Early Childhood Admission committee. Those who do not have an undergraduate degree in early childhood education or a related field of study may be required to take selected undergraduate courses that will strengthen the applicant’s background in early childhood education.
The Early Childhood Core
The core courses are required of all candidates for the M.A. degree in early childhood education. These courses are designed to provide a foundation of knowledge concerning the young child birth - eight years of age. The core includes the study of typically developing children (birth - eight), their unique learning abilities, history and philosophy of early childhood education, parental influence, designing environments, and research methods.
Concentrations and Electives
The concentration and electives are chosen with the approval of the student’s advisor and provide for the individualization of the student’s program. These specialized courses can follow the student’s individual needs and interests in a variety of areas including: working with infants and toddlers, working with parents, directing programs, designing effective curriculum for young children, teaching kindergarten and primary grades/licensure in PreK-3, and other areas that relate to young children.
Initial Licensure in PreK-3 Concentration (INLI)
This graduate program is designed for students who have undergraduate majors in fields other than early childhood education. The concentrated master’s degree in early childhood teaching includes 15 credits of professional core and 24 credits of early childhood courses that focus on language development, technology and media, creative arts, assessment, curriculum development, and parent involvement. It also includes courses in special education, science, and mathematics. This combination of courses must be taken to meet state competencies in early childhood for PreK-3 licensure. In addition, students will be required to complete a 9-hour student teaching and seminar in PreK-K and 1-3. The PRAXIS II requirements from the State of Tennessee must be complete before student teaching. Students completing this comprehensive program and supervised student teaching will be highly trained early childhood teachers.
Graduate students seeking PreK-3 licensure must be admitted to the Teacher Education program. They must file a Declaration of Intent with the college’s Office of Student Services, receive a passing score on the PRAXIS I, a composite score of 22 on the ACT, or a composite score of 1020 on the SAT, be recommended by an Admissions Board, and complete all other requirements for admission to teacher education.