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2024-2025 Undergraduate Catalog 
2024-2025 Undergraduate Catalog

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

Department Information

Department of Early Childhood Education
PO Box 70548
Phone: (423) 439-7688
Web Address:

Program Coordinator: Dr. Julia Atiles

The Department of Early Childhood Education in the Clemmer College of Education and Human Development 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 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.

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

Compass Core Curriculum

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)  

Compass Core Curriculum  

These requirements include earning 40-43 credits in Strengthening Foundations, Understanding Natural and Social Worlds, Exploring Connections, Cultivate Artistic Awareness, and Growing as an Individual and Global Citizen 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

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CSCI 1100  or Proficiency exam: Must be completed to meet Bachelor’s Degree Requirements. CSCI 1100  has arequired lab course, CSCI 1150 .

Most minors range from 18-24 credits. Those few minors with more than 24 credits may affect the number of free electives allowed.

Clemmer College of Education and Human Development Licensure Information and Policy

Click Clemmer College of Education and Human Development  for more information on non-teaching programs, add-on endorsements, educator preparation at ETSU, Title II report information, educator preparation in Clemmer College of Education and Human Development, graduation requirements, secondary education minor, transfer students, teacher education progression requirements, admission to teacher licensure program, and requirements for entry into residency, etc.