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Pre-school & Child Care Administration

These guidelines are designed for persons seeking careers in the administration of early childhood programs including childcare centers, both for-profit and non-profit; private and public pre-kindergarten programs; Head Start; pre-schools; parents' day out programs; before and after school care; and centers for children with special needs. Also served by these guidelines are persons with experience in childcare settings from a wide variety of backgrounds, including childcare volunteers and aides, as well as teachers and directors. In addition to core content in early childhood professional knowledge, there is course work to develop skills in fiscal management, recruiting and hiring personnel, health and safety management, board relations, marketing and public relations, and liaison with professional associations and regulatory agencies. 

Note: This program does not lead to Tennessee state licensure for school administration.

A. General Education (35-41 hours) See Graduation from the University for the University General Education Program requirements. Students who have completed one year of American History in high school are exempted from the six credit-hour History General Education Program requirement; otherwise, students will have to meet the History requirement.

B. Coordinated Study (57 hrs)

Students must earn a grade of “C-” or better in all Coordinated Study courses.

Child Development and Learning* (24 hrs)
EDPR 2111 Development Across the Life Span
SPED 2000 Issues of Human Diversity
CDFS 4223 Home, School and Community Engagement
ECED 3555 Observation/Assessment Infant/Early Childhood Development
ECED 4500 Emergent Literacy & Language Development
ECED 4510 Foundations of Early Childhood Education
EDPR 4301 Early Childhood Development
CDFS 4101 Integrated Curriculum for Early Learners

Families and Culture: (9 hrs) (Select ONE course from EACH group)

Group A

SOCI 3401 Social Inequality
SOCI 3422 Racial and Ethnic Minorities
SOCI 4420 Racial Inequality
SOCI 4442 Sociology of Poverty

Group B

ANTH 3511 Culture, Kin and Family
ANTH 4411 Urban Anthropology
HIST 4831 History of American Family
HIST 4863 History of Childhood in America
SOCI 3831 Marriage and the Family

Group C

HIST 4851 History of Women in America
SOCI 3432 Sociology of Gender
SOCI 4460 Black and White Women in the South
UNIV 2304 Gender and Society

Program Administration (27 hours)

Fiscal Management (9 hours)
ACCT 2010 Fundamentals of Accounting I
ACCT 2020 Fundamentals of Accounting II
MIS 2749 Foundation/Information Systems (Students may take COMP 1200 in place of MIS 2749)

Human Resource Management (6 hours)
MGMT 3110 Organization and Management
MGMT 3215 Management of Human Resources

Health And Safety Management (6 hours)
NUTR 2202 Nutrition
EXSS 3306 Elementary School Health and Wellness

Marketing and Public Relations (Select one course)
JOUR 3400 Introduction to Public Relations or
MKTG 3010 Principles of Marketing

Internship (3 hours):
UNIV 4110

C. Thematic Studies (6 hours)

D. Senior Project (3 hours)

UNIV 4995 Senior Project (completed during the final semester)

E. Electives may be chosen to bring the total number of hours to 120 with a minimum of 42 upper-division hours.

Course Descriptions

College of Arts and Sciences

Aerospace Studies (AERO)
African and African American Studies (AAAS)
Anthropology (ANTH)
Biology (BIOL)
College of Arts and Sciences (CAS)
Chemistry (CHEM)
City and Regional Planning (PLAN)
Computer Science (COMP)
Criminology and Criminal Justice (CJUS)
Earth Sciences (ESCI)
English (ENGL)
Emergency Management (EMGT)
Environmental Studies (ENVR)
Health Administration (HADM)
History (HIST)
International Studies (INTL)
Judaic Studies (JDST)
Mathematics (MATH)
Military Science (ARMY)
Naval Science (NAVY)
Philosophy (PHIL)
Physics (PHYS)
Political Science (POLS)
Public and Nonprofit Administration (PADM)
Psychology (PSYC)
Religious Studies (RLGN)
Social Work (SWRK)
Sociology (SOCI)
Women's Studies (WMST)

Foreign Languages and Literatures

Arabic (ARAB)
Chinese (CHIN)
Classics (CLAS)
French (FREN)
German (GERM)
Greek (GREK)
Hebrew (HEBR)
Italian (ITAL)
Japanese (JAPN)
Languages and Literature (LALI)
Latin (LATN)
Portuguese (PORT)
Russian (RUSS)
Spanish (SPAN)

Fogelman College of Business and Economics

Accountancy (ACCT)
Business Administration (BA)
Economics (ECON)
Finance, Insurance and Real Estate (FIR)
Management Information Systems (MIS)
Management (MGMT)
Marketing (MKTG))
Supply Chain Management Science (SCMS)

College of Communication and Fine Arts

Architecture (ARCH)
Art (ART)
Art History (ARTH)
Communication (COMM)
Communication/Fine Arts (CCFA)
Dance (DANC)
Interior Design (IDES)
Journalism (JOUR)
Theatre (THEA)


Applied Music (MUAP)
Music Appreciation (MUS)
Music Education (MUSE)
Music History, Literature, and Appreciation (MUHL)
Music Industry (MUID)
Music Theory and Composition (MUTC)
Sacred Music (MUSA)

College of Education, Health and Human Sciences

Counseling, Educational Psychology and Research

Counseling and Personnel Services (COUN)
Educational Psychology and Research (EDPR)

Health and Sport Sciences

Dietetics (NUTR)
Health and Human Performance (EXSS)
Health and Sport Sciences (HMSE)
Healthcare Leadership (HCL)
Health Promotion (HPRO)
Physical Education Activities (PHED)
Physical Education Teacher Education (PETE)
Sport and Leisure Commerce (SLC)
Sport and Leisure Management (SLS)

Instruction and Curriculum Leadership

Early Childhood Education (ECED)
Educational Services (EDSV)
Elementary Education (ELED)
Instruction and Curriculum Leadership (ICL)
Instructional Design and Technology (IDT)
Leadership (LEAD)
Reading (RDNG)
Special Education (SPED)

Herff College of Engineering

Biomedical Engineering (BIOM)
Civil Engineering (CIVL)
Electrical and Computer Engineering (EECE)
Engineering (ENGR)
Mechanical Engineering (MECH)
Technology (TECH)

Loewenberg School of Nursing

Nursing (NURS)

University College

Family and Consumer Science (CSED)
Merchandising (MRCH)
Paralegal Studies (LEGL)
University College (UNIV)

Kemmons Wilson School of Hospitality and Resort Management

Hospitality and Resort Management (HPRM)

Independent Programs

Orientation Program (ACAD)
University Honors Program (UNHP)
University of Memphis Libraries (LBRY)

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