Department of Early Childhood Education
P.O. Box 70548
Phone: (423) 439-7688
Web Address: www.etsu.edu/coe/eced/
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 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
|Major Total Requirement
| Major Core
|| (30 credits)
|| (24 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.
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