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2018-2019 Undergraduate Catalog 
2018-2019 Undergraduate Catalog [ARCHIVED CATALOG]

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

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Department Information

Department of Early Childhood Education

P.O. Box 70548
Phone: (423) 439-7688
Web Address:

Program Coordinator: Dr. Rosemary Geiken

The Department of Early Childhood Education in the Clemmer College 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.

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 54 credits is required for this program in early care and education plus a three credit practicum. 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.

Graduate Study - The Department of Early Care and 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.

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.

Degree Requirements: 120 credits

General Education 41-42 credits
Major Total Requirement 54 credits
     Major Core    (30 credits)
     Concentration    (24 credits)
Minor 18-24 credits
Free Electives 0-7 credits
TOTAL 120 credits

Suggested Four-Year Program of Study: ECDV-BS (ECEC)  

General Education Requirements  

These requirements include earning 41-42 credits in Communication, Humanities and Fine Arts, Social and Behavior Sciences, History, Natural Sciences and Mathematics categories.

Total Requirements for Early Childhood Development Major: 54 credits

Grade Requirement: Must have earned a grade of “C” or higher in all courses included in the major.

Minor: 18-24 credits

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, Psychology, Public Health, Special Education

Free Electives: 0-7 credits

Additional Information

Click here to view Degree and Graduation Requirements  for all ETSU students.

CSCI 1100  or Proficiency exam: Must be completed to meet Bachelor’s Degree Requirements. 

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