This course of study leads to initial certification in Early Childhood Education (Pre
K-4). The program prepares students to care for infants through young, school-age
children in a group setting. Emphasis is placed on children's physical development,
mental growth, emotional needs, and socialization skills. A number of field hours
are associated with this program. The degree program is designed to prepare students
to meet competencies for Tennessee licensure. Upon completion of all degree requirements,
including student teaching, and all testing (PRAXIS) requirements, students may apply
for initial teacher licensure in Tennessee.