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If you have a passion for teaching very young children—pre-kindergarten, kindergarten, and grades first through third—consider majoring in Early Childhood Education, an initial licensure teacher preparation program. Being a part of the young child’s formative years offers an exciting opportunity in the notable profession of teaching. Future teachers of this impressionable age study the development of the young child within the context of the family; it is the teacher's aim to balance the needs of individual students with desired learning outcomes for all. At MTSU, you can learn how, as a teacher, you can play a  significant role during the formative years of the citizens of the future.


What We're Doing

Strong partnerships with schools

Strong partnerships with schools

MTSU’s Early Childhood Education program led the way in piloting a residency program, placing students in local classrooms, made possible by creating strong partnerships with area schools. As a part of Early Childhood Education (ECE) coursework, students complete field experiences in kindergarten through grade 3 classrooms to understand how young children learn to read, write, and apply math, science, and social studies concepts. Classroom teachers expect ECE students to be actively engaged, and they encourage them to try out teaching strategies so that they can become better teachers. By working with exemplary mentor teachers, students are prepared for the classroom when they graduate.

Learning from play

Learning from play

What looks like a really fun place to play with friends is actually a teaching laboratory for students in child development and early childhood education. The Child Development Center, with accredited programs for toddlers and preschool children, gives students opportunities to learn how children grow and develop through practical experiences. Students plan learning activities and engage with young children and their parents, while being mentored and supported by master early childhood teachers. In a setting that welcomes diversity and encourages parental involvement, future teachers get solid training in an enriched environment.


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Individuals trained to teach bring a desirable range of expertise and creativity to planning and administrative roles. Graduates completing their teacher preparation at MTSU are found in public and private school classrooms throughout Tennessee and in many other states. In addition to classroom teaching, other career options include

  • Agency and administrative work
  • Community and foundation work
  • Consulting, professional development, and teacher training
  • Education policy development
  • Education marketing and research
  • Higher education teaching and administration
  • Private tutoring

Educators who studied at MTSU are employed in a variety of settings that include the Tennessee Department of Education and other state agencies, community colleges and universities, Head Start programs, and tutoring services. Graduates are employed in public and private schools and school districts throughout the country as well as in Tennessee.

Among the employers of MTSU alumni are

  • Anderson County Schools
  • Bedford County Schools
  • Cannon County Schools
  • Carroll County Schools
  • Cheatham Co Schools
  • Coffee County Schools
  • Collierville Christian Academy
  • Crockett County Schools
  • Cumberland County Schools
  • DeKalb County Schools
  • Dickson County Schools
  • Dyer County Schools
  • Fayette County Schools
  • Fayetteville City Schools
  • Franklin Special School District
  • Giles County Schools
  • Grundy County Schools
  • Hamilton County Schools
  • Hardeman County Schools
  • Hickman County Schools
  • Kids Connection
  • Knox County Schools
  • Lawrence County Schools
  • Lebanon Special School District
  • Lewis County Schools
  • Lincoln County Schools
  • Macon County Schools
  • Madison County Schools
  • Manchester City Schools
  • Marion County Schools
  • Marshall County Schools
  • Maury County Schools
  • McNairy County Schools
  • Memphis and Shelby County Schools
  • Metro Action Commission, Nashville
  • Metropolitan Nashville Public Schools
  • Middle Tennessee Christian School, Murfreesboro
  • Montgomery County Schools
  • Moore County Schools
  • Murfreesboro City Schools
  • Perry County Schools
  • Providence Christian Academy, Murfreesboro
  • Robertson County Schools
  • Rutherford County Schools
  • Sequatchie County Schools
  • Sumner County Schools
  • The Webb School, Bell Buckle
  • Trousdale County Schools
  • Tullahoma City Schools,
  • Warren County Schools
  • Wayne County Schools
  • White County Schools
  • Williamson County Schools
  • Wilson County Schools

Students wishing to teach very young children (grades preK-3) will earn a Bachelor of Science (B.S.) degree with a major in Early Childhood Education.

For complete curriculum details, click on the REQUIREMENTS button to the right.

Other programs in the department

Undergraduate
Other undergraduate majors offered in the Department of Elementary and Special Education and leading to a B.S. include Elementary EducationMiddle Level Education Middle Level, and Special Education. Those majoring in Special Education may choose from comprehensive program, K-12 (for individuals with severe/profound disabilities) or K-8 interventionist or 6-12 interventionist (for individuals with mild/moderate disabilities).

Students wishing to teach in secondary schools must complete a major in the subject they wish to teach and a minor in Secondary Education in the Womack Department of Educational Leadership. Directed teaching and applying for and receiving teacher licensure complete the preparation process.

An undergraduate minor in Special Education is available.

Graduate
Graduate degrees available through the Department of Elementary and Special Education include the Master of Education (M.Ed.) degree with majors in Special Education with two concentrations: Mildly/Moderately Disabled and Severely/Profoundly Disabled; Curriculum and Instruction with a concentration in Elementary School Education or a specialization in Initial Licensure; and Literacy. 

The Doctor of Philosophy (Ph.D.) in Literacy Studies and the Doctor of Education (Ed.D.) in Assessment, Learning and School Improvement are available in the College of Education.

Professional Licensure Disclosure

The Middle Tennessee State University (MTSU) College of Education’s teacher licensure preparation programs are accredited by the National Council for the Accreditation of Teacher Education (NCATE) and are eligible for accreditation by the Council for the Accreditation of Educator Preparation (CAEP). The Bachelor of Science (B.S.) degree with a Major in Early Childhood Education program at MTSU is designed to meet the licensure requirements set by the Tennessee Department of Education. Students should be aware that licensure requirements vary from state to state and are subject to change. MTSU has not made a determination whether a specific program will meet all of the requirements of another US state or territory. MTSU recommends that students who plan to seek licensure outside the state of Tennessee contact the appropriate licensing agency and discuss their plans with their advisor. To obtain current information about each state’s and territory’s licensure requirements and any additional regulations, students should consult the US Department of Education’s website for state contacts at https://www2.ed.gov/about/contacts/state/index.html.

Graduates of MTSU teacher education programs certified to teach in Tennessee are eligible for certification reciprocity in many states. Reciprocity is not an automatic or complete transfer of certification, thus individuals should consult the Tennessee Department of Education (TDOE) site at https://www.tn.gov/education/licensing.html and the National Association of State Directors of Teacher Education and Certification (NASDTEC) site at https://www.nasdtec.net/page/Interstate as well as the US Department of Education state contacts site for information about any additional state requirements.

Early Childhood Education, B.S.

Elementary and Special Education 
615-898-2680
Jane Lim, program coordinator
Jane.Lim@mtsu.edu
 

The curriculum for the major in Early Childhood Education offers preparation for teachers in the area of early childhood education and to meet the Tennessee requirements for licensure to teach pre-kindergarten, kindergarten, and first through third grades. Emphasis is placed on the development of the young child within the context of the family and on integrating developmentally appropriate practice within educational settings.*

*NOTE: A grade of C- or higher is required for all ECE courses.

Academic Map

Following is a printable, suggested four-year schedule of courses:

Early Childhood Education, B.S., Academic Map  

Degree Requirements

General Education41 hours
Major Requirements56 hours
Professional Education31 hours
TOTAL124-128 hours

*This program requires courses that can also fulfill requirements of the General Education curriculum. If courses for this program are also used to fulfill General Education requirements, the program of study may be completed in 124 hours.

General Education (41 hours)

General Education requirements include Communication, History, Humanities and/or Fine Arts, Mathematics, Natural Sciences, and Social/Behavioral Sciences categories.

The following course required by the program meets General Education requirements:

Major Requirements (56 hours)

Content Requirements (29 hours)

  • BIOL 3000 - Life Science for Elementary Teachers

    4 credit hours

    Prerequisites: 8 hours of science including BIOL 1030/BIOL 1031 or equivalent. A process-oriented approach to the study of life with emphasis on execution and analysis of activities and experiments suited to the elementary school classroom. Six hours lecture and laboratory. (May not be used for Biology majors or minors.)

  • CDIS 3250 - Speech and Language Development for the Educator

    3 credit hours

    Topics include theories of development of language in children from birth through the age eight (approximate end of the developmental period); the impact of the development of oral language on the teaching of reading and writing; an overview of the common speech and language problems seen in the school-aged child; and the influence of environmental factors on the child's ability to communicate and learn.

  • CDFS 3320 - Family Relations  3 credit hours  

    CDFS 3320 - Family Relations

    3 credit hours

    Family systems, giving consideration to interpersonal relationships. The structure, function, and development of families in a changing society and in relation to other social institutions.

  • ECE 3310 - Human Development (Birth to 8)

    3 credit hours

    (Same as CDFS 3310.) Physical, cognitive, psychosocial development of the child from birth to eight years of age. Diversity issues affecting development addressed. Fifteen hours observation outside of class time required.

  • ECE 4370 - Effective Instruction (Birth-8)

    3 credit hours

    Prerequisite: ECE 3310/CDFS 3310. Knowledge and skills necessary for implementing developmentally appropriate practices in programs serving children birth to age eight.

  • MATH 1410 - Concepts and Structure of Elementary School Mathematics

    3 credit hours

    Prerequisites: Two years of high school algebra and a Math Enhanced ACT of at least 19 or DSPM 0850 or COMPASS placement. Algebra-based study of school mathematics in keeping with the recommendations of the National Council of Teachers of Mathematics. Tools for problem solving, set theory, functions, number theory, and examinations of number systems from counting numbers to irrational numbers. TBR Common Course: MATH 1410

  • MATH 1420 - Informal Geometry

    3 credit hours

    Prerequisite: A grade of C or better in MATH 1410. Geometry-based study of school mathematics in keeping with the recommendations of the National Council of Teachers of Mathematics. Studies of plane, solid, coordinate, and motion geometry as well as constructions, congruence, similarity, and concepts of measurement. A variety of instructional technology tools investigated. TBR Common Course: MATH 1420

  • SPED 3010 - Characteristics and Teaching of Learners with Exceptionalities

    3 credit hours

    An introduction to the exceptional learner. Examines the history, principles, and legal requirements as well as the diverse characteristics and learning styles of exceptional learners. Discusses differentiated teaching strategies in both inclusive and skill-based environments. Multicultural diversity, normalization, and integration addressed. (Required for all individuals who major in Special Education-Interventionist K-8, Special Education-Comprehensive, and Interdisciplinary Studies for state licensure; and students seeking a minor in Special Education.

 

  • BIOL 1030 - Exploring Life  4 credit hours  
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    BIOL 1030 - Exploring Life

    4 credit hours

    Corequisite: BIOL 1031. Designed for non-majors. Offers understanding, experiences, and skills related to common biological issues. Includes class discussions, small group activities, lectures, selected readings, and laboratory investigations. Students earning an A in BIOL 1030/1031 and wishing to declare a major or minor in Biology may substitute BIOL 1030/BIOL 1031 for BIOL 1110/BIOL 1111 toward meeting the requirement for the major or minor. Three hours lecture and one two-hour laboratory.

Music/Art/Physical Education/Health (9 hours)

Choose 9 hours from the following:

  • ART 3200 - Art Education for Teachers

    3 credit hours

    Lecture class with hands-on component designed to inform about the role of art in the life of the child; exposure to art history and appreciation; children as image makers; the importance of curiosity, observation, and imagination to the child and classroom; and methodology related to the integration of visual art into the classroom.

  • MUED 4670 - Music for the Young Child

    3 credit hours

    Music fundamentals, materials, and methods appropriate for preschool through grade three; pantomime, role playing, improvisation, rhythm, movement, listening, and singing.

  • NFS 4251 - Nutrition for the Young Child

    3 credit hours

    Fundamentals of nutrition with emphasis on its relationship to growth, development, and health during the prenatal period, infancy, and childhood. Geared to Early Childhood Education and Child Development and Family Studies majors.

  • PHED 3500 - Physical Education for Early Childhood

    3 credit hours

    Principles, teaching strategies, and curriculum activities for young children. Planning age-appropriate physical activities and designing developmentally appropriate motor skill experiences for young children.

After Admission to Teacher Education Program (18 hours)

  • ELED 3150 - Mathematics Methodology

    3 credit hours

    Prerequisites: Admission to teacher education program; General Education math with C- or better; MATH 1410 and MATH 1420 with C or better. Offers preparation to pre-service elementary and middle school teachers for teaching mathematics. Field-based experiences required.

  • ELED 3300 - Digital Applications for Teaching and Learning

    3 credit hours

    Prerequisite: Admission to Teacher Education program. Designed to better prepare teacher candidates specifically in the areas of emerging technologies and how best to utilize them for teaching and learning. Explores characteristics of digital age learners, creation and application of emerging technologies, digital communication strategies, safe use of information, and technology integration within the curriculum that enhances the learning environment.

  • ECE 4360 - Administering Early Childhood Programs

    3 credit hours

    Prerequisites: Admission to Teacher Education. Examines diverse early care and education settings and their influence on child development. Emphasis on program planning and administration in early childhood settings. One hour per week of observation required.  

  • ECE 4375 - Literacy in Early Childhood

    3 credit hours

    Prerequisites: ECE 4370; SPED 3010; prerequisite or corequisite: ECE 4320; admission to Teacher Education program. Corequisite: ECE 4376. Study of emergent literacy and literacy concepts, birth through grade three. Includes methods of teaching and assessing literacy in a diverse environment. Use of children's media and literature addressed. Three hours lecture plus two-hour morning experiential field placement weekly.

  • ECE 4377 - Literacy in Early Childhood II

    3 credit hours

    Prerequisite: ECE 4375. Enhances use of evidence-based literacy instruction and assessment practices on reading and writing for young children (birth to 8 years old). Provides a more in-depth method of teaching and assessing literacy after the completion of ECE 4375. Includes 24 hours of field experience with children birth to 8 years old.

  • ECE 4320 - Assessing Young Children

    3 credit hours

    Prerequisites: ECE 3310/CDFS 3310; ECE 4300, ECE 4370, and ECE 4380 may be taken concurrently; admission to teacher education program. In-depth study of assessment and evaluation of child development and early childhood environments for the purpose of planning instructional programs and environments for young children (birth-8). Strategies for gathering and recording information about children, including families and other professionals in the assessment process, and evaluation environments emphasized. Three hours lecture/discussion.

Professional Education (31 hours)

  • EESE 1010 - Teachers as Problem Solvers

    2 credit hours

    Introduces teaching as a profession using problem-based learning, educational case problems, and collaborative learning teams. Five hours field experience.

  • EESE 1011 - Creating Differentiated Instruction

    2 credit hours

    Prerequisite: EESE 1010 with C or better; cannot be taken concurrently with EESE 1010. Content provides knowledge, skills, and dispositions associated with effective teaching and learning. Incorporates five hours field experience.

  • ECE 4300 - Preschool Practicum

    3 credit hours

    Prerequisites: ECE 4370; admission to teacher education program. Corequisite: ECE 4301. May be taken concurrently with ECE 4320; if not taken concurrently must be a prerequisite. May not be taken concurrently with ECE 4380. Advanced information and skills working with three- and four-year olds. Lab interaction with children; planning and implementation of curriculum. Three hours laboratory plus two-hour seminar per week.

  • ECE 4380 - Infant and Toddler Practicum

    3 credit hours

    Prerequisites: ECE 4370; admission to teacher education program. Corequisite: ECE 4381. May be taken concurrently with ECE 4320; must be a prerequisite if not taken concurrently. May not be taken concurrently with ECE 4300. Advanced knowledge and skills for working with infants and toddlers (birth-3). Lab participation involving interactions with children as well as planning and implementing curriculum required. A three-hour laboratory and a two-hour seminar per week.  

  • ECE 4100 - Residency I: Early Childhood Education

    9 credit hours

    Prerequisites: Admission to the teacher education program; ECE 4300/ECE 4301 or ECE 4380/ECE 4381; ECE 4375/ECE 4376; ELED 3150. A field-based course in which students observe and actively work in pre-K to grade 3 classrooms. Includes mentoring from a university instructor and classroom cooperating teacher, competency modules, and problem-based learning cases to develop skills related to classroom management, assessment, supporting diverse learners, using evidence-based instructional strategies, collaborating with colleagues, and developing relationships with families.

  • ECE 4110 - Residency II: Grades Prek-3

    12 credit hours

    Prerequisite: ECE 4100. Full semester of supervised teaching experience in two placements in the public schools. Pass/Fail.  

Curriculum: Early Childhood Education

Curricular listings include General Education requirements in Communication, History, Humanities and/or Fine Arts, Mathematics, Natural Sciences, and Social/Behavioral Sciences categories.

Freshman

 

  • ENGL 1010 - Expository Writing  3 credit hours  
    (Comm)(Comm)  dotslash:(Comm) title:(Comm) 
    (Comm) 

    ENGL 1010 - Expository Writing

    3 credit hours

    The first General Education English course. Emphasis on learning to adapt composing processes to a variety of expository and analytic writing assignments. Minimum grade of C- required for credit.

  • ENGL 1020 - Research and Argumentative Writing  3 credit hours  
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    (Comm)   

    ENGL 1020 - Research and Argumentative Writing

    3 credit hours

    Prerequisite: ENGL 1010. The second General Education English course. Emphasis on analytic and argumentative writing and on locating, organizing, and using library resource materials in the writing. Minimum grade of C- required for credit.

  • HIST 2010 - Survey of United States History I  3 credit hours  
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    HIST 2010 - Survey of United States History I

    3 credit hours

    Survey of the political, economic, social, cultural, and diplomatic phases of American life in its regional, national, and international aspects. Discusses the era from the beginning to 1877. May be used to satisfy one part of the General Education History requirement. HIST 2010 is NOT a prerequisite for HIST 2020. TBR Common Course: HIST 2010

  • HIST 2020 - Survey of United States History II  3 credit hours  
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    HIST 2020 - Survey of United States History II

    3 credit hours

    Survey of the political, economic, social, cultural, and diplomatic phases of American life in its regional, national, and international aspects. Discusses the era from 1877 to the present. May be used to satisfy one part of the the General Education History requirement. HIST 2010 is NOT a prerequisite for HIST 2020. TBR Common Course: HIST 2020

  • HIST 2030 - Tennessee History  3 credit hours  
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    HIST 2030 - Tennessee History

    3 credit hours

    The role of the state in the development of the nation. May be used to satisfy one part of the General Education History requirement. TBR Common Course: HIST 2030

  • HIST 2040 - Survey African American History I  3 credit hours  
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    HIST 2040 - Survey African American History I

    3 credit hours

    (Same as AST 2040.) The role of African Americans in establishing and shaping the American nation. Covers their historical development and contributions to American art, music, literature, and religion. May be used to satisfy one part of the General Education History requirement.

  • HIST 2050 - Survey African American History II

    3 credit hours

    (Same as AST 2050.) The role of African Americans in shaping the American nation and creating a twentieth-century racial identity. Covers their historical development and examines their contributions to American art, music, literature, and religion. May be used to satisfy one part of the General Education History requirement.

  • Mathematics 3 credit hours
  • MATH 1410 - Concepts and Structure of Elementary School Mathematics

    3 credit hours

    Prerequisites: Two years of high school algebra and a Math Enhanced ACT of at least 19 or DSPM 0850 or COMPASS placement. Algebra-based study of school mathematics in keeping with the recommendations of the National Council of Teachers of Mathematics. Tools for problem solving, set theory, functions, number theory, and examinations of number systems from counting numbers to irrational numbers. TBR Common Course: MATH 1410

  • ECE 3310 - Human Development (Birth to 8)

    3 credit hours

    (Same as CDFS 3310.) Physical, cognitive, psychosocial development of the child from birth to eight years of age. Diversity issues affecting development addressed. Fifteen hours observation outside of class time required.

  • EESE 1010 - Teachers as Problem Solvers

    2 credit hours

    Introduces teaching as a profession using problem-based learning, educational case problems, and collaborative learning teams. Five hours field experience.

  • COMM 2200 - Fundamentals of Communication  3 credit hours  
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    (Comm) 

    COMM 2200 - Fundamentals of Communication

    3 credit hours

    Introduces principles and processes of effective public oral communication including researching, critical thinking, organizing, presenting, listening, and using appropriate language. Counts as part of the General Education Communication requirement. TBR Common Course: COMM 2025

  • Humanities and/or Fine Arts 6 credit hours

 

  • BIOL 1030 - Exploring Life  4 credit hours  
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    (Nat Sci) 
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    BIOL 1030 - Exploring Life

    4 credit hours

    Corequisite: BIOL 1031. Designed for non-majors. Offers understanding, experiences, and skills related to common biological issues. Includes class discussions, small group activities, lectures, selected readings, and laboratory investigations. Students earning an A in BIOL 1030/1031 and wishing to declare a major or minor in Biology may substitute BIOL 1030/BIOL 1031 for BIOL 1110/BIOL 1111 toward meeting the requirement for the major or minor. Three hours lecture and one two-hour laboratory.

  • BIOL 1031 - Exploring Life Lab  0 credit hours  
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    (Nat Sci) 

    BIOL 1031 - Exploring Life Lab

    0 credit hours

    Corequisite: BIOL 1030.

Subtotal: 33 Hours

 

Sophomore

 

  • CDIS 3250 - Speech and Language Development for the Educator

    3 credit hours

    Topics include theories of development of language in children from birth through the age eight (approximate end of the developmental period); the impact of the development of oral language on the teaching of reading and writing; an overview of the common speech and language problems seen in the school-aged child; and the influence of environmental factors on the child's ability to communicate and learn.

  • ECE 4370 - Effective Instruction (Birth-8)

    3 credit hours

    Prerequisite: ECE 3310/CDFS 3310. Knowledge and skills necessary for implementing developmentally appropriate practices in programs serving children birth to age eight.

  • EESE 1011 - Creating Differentiated Instruction

    2 credit hours

    Prerequisite: EESE 1010 with C or better; cannot be taken concurrently with EESE 1010. Content provides knowledge, skills, and dispositions associated with effective teaching and learning. Incorporates five hours field experience.

  • MATH 1420 - Informal Geometry

    3 credit hours

    Prerequisite: A grade of C or better in MATH 1410. Geometry-based study of school mathematics in keeping with the recommendations of the National Council of Teachers of Mathematics. Studies of plane, solid, coordinate, and motion geometry as well as constructions, congruence, similarity, and concepts of measurement. A variety of instructional technology tools investigated. TBR Common Course: MATH 1420

  • SPED 3010 - Characteristics and Teaching of Learners with Exceptionalities

    3 credit hours

    An introduction to the exceptional learner. Examines the history, principles, and legal requirements as well as the diverse characteristics and learning styles of exceptional learners. Discusses differentiated teaching strategies in both inclusive and skill-based environments. Multicultural diversity, normalization, and integration addressed. (Required for all individuals who major in Special Education-Interventionist K-8, Special Education-Comprehensive, and Interdisciplinary Studies for state licensure; and students seeking a minor in Special Education.

  • Social/Behavioral Sciences 6 credit hours
  • Natural Sciences 4 credit hours

 

  • ART 3200 - Art Education for Teachers  3 credit hours  
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    ART 3200 - Art Education for Teachers

    3 credit hours

    Lecture class with hands-on component designed to inform about the role of art in the life of the child; exposure to art history and appreciation; children as image makers; the importance of curiosity, observation, and imagination to the child and classroom; and methodology related to the integration of visual art into the classroom.

  • MUED 4670 - Music for the Young Child  3 credit hours  
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    MUED 4670 - Music for the Young Child

    3 credit hours

    Music fundamentals, materials, and methods appropriate for preschool through grade three; pantomime, role playing, improvisation, rhythm, movement, listening, and singing.

  • NFS 4251 - Nutrition for the Young Child  3 credit hours  
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    NFS 4251 - Nutrition for the Young Child

    3 credit hours

    Fundamentals of nutrition with emphasis on its relationship to growth, development, and health during the prenatal period, infancy, and childhood. Geared to Early Childhood Education and Child Development and Family Studies majors.

  • PHED 3500 - Physical Education for Early Childhood

    3 credit hours

    Principles, teaching strategies, and curriculum activities for young children. Planning age-appropriate physical activities and designing developmentally appropriate motor skill experiences for young children.

 

  • ENGL 2020 - Themes in Literature and Culture  3 credit hours  
    (Hum/FA) OR(Hum/FA) OR  dotslash:(Hum/FA) OR title:(Hum/FA) OR 
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    ENGL 2020 - Themes in Literature and Culture

    3 credit hours

    Prerequisites: ENGL 1010 and ENGL 1020. Traces a specific theme or idea through a number of literary texts that reflect different historical and cultural contexts. Subject will vary.

  • ENGL 2030 - The Experience of Literature  3 credit hours  
    (Hum/FA) OR(Hum/FA) OR  dotslash:(Hum/FA) OR title:(Hum/FA) OR 
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    ENGL 2030 - The Experience of Literature

    3 credit hours

    Prerequisites: ENGL 1010 and ENGL 1020. The reading of a variety of literary types which illuminate themes and experiences common to human existence.

  • HUM 2610 - World Literatures  3 credit hours  
    (Hum/FA)(Hum/FA)  dotslash:(Hum/FA) title:(Hum/FA) 
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    HUM 2610 - World Literatures

    3 credit hours

    Prerequisites: ENGL 1010 and ENGL 1020. Representative works of French, German, and Hispanic authors in English translation. No foreign-language proficiency required. Carries General Education credit.

 

  • HIST 2010 - Survey of United States History I  3 credit hours  
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    HIST 2010 - Survey of United States History I

    3 credit hours

    Survey of the political, economic, social, cultural, and diplomatic phases of American life in its regional, national, and international aspects. Discusses the era from the beginning to 1877. May be used to satisfy one part of the General Education History requirement. HIST 2010 is NOT a prerequisite for HIST 2020. TBR Common Course: HIST 2010

  • HIST 2020 - Survey of United States History II  3 credit hours  
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    HIST 2020 - Survey of United States History II

    3 credit hours

    Survey of the political, economic, social, cultural, and diplomatic phases of American life in its regional, national, and international aspects. Discusses the era from 1877 to the present. May be used to satisfy one part of the the General Education History requirement. HIST 2010 is NOT a prerequisite for HIST 2020. TBR Common Course: HIST 2020

  • HIST 2030 - Tennessee History  3 credit hours  
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    HIST 2030 - Tennessee History

    3 credit hours

    The role of the state in the development of the nation. May be used to satisfy one part of the General Education History requirement. TBR Common Course: HIST 2030

  • HIST 2040 - Survey African American History I  3 credit hours  
    OROR  dotslash:OR title:OR 
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    HIST 2040 - Survey African American History I

    3 credit hours

    (Same as AST 2040.) The role of African Americans in establishing and shaping the American nation. Covers their historical development and contributions to American art, music, literature, and religion. May be used to satisfy one part of the General Education History requirement.

  • HIST 2050 - Survey African American History II

    3 credit hours

    (Same as AST 2050.) The role of African Americans in shaping the American nation and creating a twentieth-century racial identity. Covers their historical development and examines their contributions to American art, music, literature, and religion. May be used to satisfy one part of the General Education History requirement.

Subtotal: 33 Hours

 

Junior

 

  • BIOL 3000 - Life Science for Elementary Teachers

    4 credit hours

    Prerequisites: 8 hours of science including BIOL 1030/BIOL 1031 or equivalent. A process-oriented approach to the study of life with emphasis on execution and analysis of activities and experiments suited to the elementary school classroom. Six hours lecture and laboratory. (May not be used for Biology majors or minors.)

  • ECE 4320 - Assessing Young Children

    3 credit hours

    Prerequisites: ECE 3310/CDFS 3310; ECE 4300, ECE 4370, and ECE 4380 may be taken concurrently; admission to teacher education program. In-depth study of assessment and evaluation of child development and early childhood environments for the purpose of planning instructional programs and environments for young children (birth-8). Strategies for gathering and recording information about children, including families and other professionals in the assessment process, and evaluation environments emphasized. Three hours lecture/discussion.

  • ELED 3150 - Mathematics Methodology

    3 credit hours

    Prerequisites: Admission to teacher education program; General Education math with C- or better; MATH 1410 and MATH 1420 with C or better. Offers preparation to pre-service elementary and middle school teachers for teaching mathematics. Field-based experiences required.

  • ECE 4377 - Literacy in Early Childhood II

    3 credit hours

    Prerequisite: ECE 4375. Enhances use of evidence-based literacy instruction and assessment practices on reading and writing for young children (birth to 8 years old). Provides a more in-depth method of teaching and assessing literacy after the completion of ECE 4375. Includes 24 hours of field experience with children birth to 8 years old.

  • CDFS 3320 - Family Relations  3 credit hours  

    CDFS 3320 - Family Relations

    3 credit hours

    Family systems, giving consideration to interpersonal relationships. The structure, function, and development of families in a changing society and in relation to other social institutions.

 

  • ECE 4300 - Preschool Practicum  3 credit hours  
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    ECE 4300 - Preschool Practicum

    3 credit hours

    Prerequisites: ECE 4370; admission to teacher education program. Corequisite: ECE 4301. May be taken concurrently with ECE 4320; if not taken concurrently must be a prerequisite. May not be taken concurrently with ECE 4380. Advanced information and skills working with three- and four-year olds. Lab interaction with children; planning and implementation of curriculum. Three hours laboratory plus two-hour seminar per week.

 

  • ECE 4380 - Infant and Toddler Practicum  3 credit hours  
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    ECE 4380 - Infant and Toddler Practicum

    3 credit hours

    Prerequisites: ECE 4370; admission to teacher education program. Corequisite: ECE 4381. May be taken concurrently with ECE 4320; must be a prerequisite if not taken concurrently. May not be taken concurrently with ECE 4300. Advanced knowledge and skills for working with infants and toddlers (birth-3). Lab participation involving interactions with children as well as planning and implementing curriculum required. A three-hour laboratory and a two-hour seminar per week.  

 

  • ECE 4375 - Literacy in Early Childhood  3 credit hours  
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    ECE 4375 - Literacy in Early Childhood

    3 credit hours

    Prerequisites: ECE 4370; SPED 3010; prerequisite or corequisite: ECE 4320; admission to Teacher Education program. Corequisite: ECE 4376. Study of emergent literacy and literacy concepts, birth through grade three. Includes methods of teaching and assessing literacy in a diverse environment. Use of children's media and literature addressed. Three hours lecture plus two-hour morning experiential field placement weekly.

 

6 hours chosen from:

  • ART 3200 - Art Education for Teachers

    3 credit hours

    Lecture class with hands-on component designed to inform about the role of art in the life of the child; exposure to art history and appreciation; children as image makers; the importance of curiosity, observation, and imagination to the child and classroom; and methodology related to the integration of visual art into the classroom.

  • NFS 4251 - Nutrition for the Young Child

    3 credit hours

    Fundamentals of nutrition with emphasis on its relationship to growth, development, and health during the prenatal period, infancy, and childhood. Geared to Early Childhood Education and Child Development and Family Studies majors.

  • PHED 3500 - Physical Education for Early Childhood

    3 credit hours

    Principles, teaching strategies, and curriculum activities for young children. Planning age-appropriate physical activities and designing developmentally appropriate motor skill experiences for young children.

  • MUED 4670 - Music for the Young Child

    3 credit hours

    Music fundamentals, materials, and methods appropriate for preschool through grade three; pantomime, role playing, improvisation, rhythm, movement, listening, and singing.

Subtotal: 31 Hours

 

Senior

 

  • ECE 4360 - Administering Early Childhood Programs

    3 credit hours

    Prerequisites: Admission to Teacher Education. Examines diverse early care and education settings and their influence on child development. Emphasis on program planning and administration in early childhood settings. One hour per week of observation required.  

  • ECE 4100 - Residency I: Early Childhood Education

    9 credit hours

    Prerequisites: Admission to the teacher education program; ECE 4300/ECE 4301 or ECE 4380/ECE 4381; ECE 4375/ECE 4376; ELED 3150. A field-based course in which students observe and actively work in pre-K to grade 3 classrooms. Includes mentoring from a university instructor and classroom cooperating teacher, competency modules, and problem-based learning cases to develop skills related to classroom management, assessment, supporting diverse learners, using evidence-based instructional strategies, collaborating with colleagues, and developing relationships with families.

  • ECE 4110 - Residency II: Grades Prek-3

    12 credit hours

    Prerequisite: ECE 4100. Full semester of supervised teaching experience in two placements in the public schools. Pass/Fail.  

  • ELED 3300 - Digital Applications for Teaching and Learning

    3 credit hours

    Prerequisite: Admission to Teacher Education program. Designed to better prepare teacher candidates specifically in the areas of emerging technologies and how best to utilize them for teaching and learning. Explores characteristics of digital age learners, creation and application of emerging technologies, digital communication strategies, safe use of information, and technology integration within the curriculum that enhances the learning environment.

Subtotal: 27 Hours

 

Early Childhood Education

Please see the academic map for specific courses to take for each program.

ECE 3310 - Human Development (Birth to 8)
3 credit hours

(Same as CDFS 3310.) Physical, cognitive, psychosocial development of the child from birth to eight years of age. Diversity issues affecting development addressed. Fifteen hours observation outside of class time required.

ECE 4100 - Residency I: Early Childhood Education
9 credit hours

Prerequisites: Admission to the teacher education program; ECE 4300/ECE 4301 or ECE 4380/ECE 4381; ECE 4375/ECE 4376; ELED 3150. A field-based course in which students observe and actively work in pre-K to grade 3 classrooms. Includes mentoring from a university instructor and classroom cooperating teacher, competency modules, and problem-based learning cases to develop skills related to classroom management, assessment, supporting diverse learners, using evidence-based instructional strategies, collaborating with colleagues, and developing relationships with families.

ECE 4110 - Residency II: Grades Prek-3
12 credit hours

Prerequisite: ECE 4100. Full semester of supervised teaching experience in two placements in the public schools. Pass/Fail.  

ECE 4300 - Preschool Practicum
3 credit hours

Prerequisites: ECE 4370; admission to teacher education program. Corequisite: ECE 4301. May be taken concurrently with ECE 4320; if not taken concurrently must be a prerequisite. May not be taken concurrently with ECE 4380. Advanced information and skills working with three- and four-year olds. Lab interaction with children; planning and implementation of curriculum. Three hours laboratory plus two-hour seminar per week.

ECE 4301 - Preschool Practicum Lab
0 credit hours

Corequisite: ECE 4300.

ECE 4320 - Assessing Young Children
3 credit hours

Prerequisites: ECE 3310/CDFS 3310; ECE 4300, ECE 4370, and ECE 4380 may be taken concurrently; admission to teacher education program. In-depth study of assessment and evaluation of child development and early childhood environments for the purpose of planning instructional programs and environments for young children (birth-8). Strategies for gathering and recording information about children, including families and other professionals in the assessment process, and evaluation environments emphasized. Three hours lecture/discussion.

ECE 4360 - Administering Early Childhood Programs
3 credit hours

Prerequisites: Admission to Teacher Education. Examines diverse early care and education settings and their influence on child development. Emphasis on program planning and administration in early childhood settings. One hour per week of observation required.  

ECE 4370 - Effective Instruction (Birth-8)
3 credit hours

Prerequisite: ECE 3310/CDFS 3310. Knowledge and skills necessary for implementing developmentally appropriate practices in programs serving children birth to age eight.

ECE 4375 - Literacy in Early Childhood
3 credit hours

Prerequisites: ECE 4370; SPED 3010; prerequisite or corequisite: ECE 4320; admission to Teacher Education program. Corequisite: ECE 4376. Study of emergent literacy and literacy concepts, birth through grade three. Includes methods of teaching and assessing literacy in a diverse environment. Use of children's media and literature addressed. Three hours lecture plus two-hour morning experiential field placement weekly.

ECE 4376 - Literacy in Early Childhood Lab
0 hours credit credi

Corequisite: ECE 4375.

ECE 4377 - Literacy in Early Childhood II
3 credit hours

Prerequisite: ECE 4375. Enhances use of evidence-based literacy instruction and assessment practices on reading and writing for young children (birth to 8 years old). Provides a more in-depth method of teaching and assessing literacy after the completion of ECE 4375. Includes 24 hours of field experience with children birth to 8 years old.

ECE 4380 - Infant and Toddler Practicum
3 credit hours

Prerequisites: ECE 4370; admission to teacher education program. Corequisite: ECE 4381. May be taken concurrently with ECE 4320; must be a prerequisite if not taken concurrently. May not be taken concurrently with ECE 4300. Advanced knowledge and skills for working with infants and toddlers (birth-3). Lab participation involving interactions with children as well as planning and implementing curriculum required. A three-hour laboratory and a two-hour seminar per week.  

ECE 4381 - Infant and Toddler Practicum Lab
0 credit hours

Corequisite: ECE 4380 .

In addition to Early Childhood Education (ECE) courses, students take the courses listed below. Please see your advisor for additional information.

  • EESE 1010
  • EESE 1011
  • ELED 3300
  • SPED 3010
  • ELED 3150

Contact Information

Jane Lim
jane.lim@mtsu.edu
615-898-5896

Cheryl Hitchcock
cheryl.hitchcock@mtsu.edu
615-904-8297

Robyn Ridgley
robyn.ridgley@mtsu.edu
615-898-5526

Who is My Advisor?

Transfers Students

Bryanna Licciardi
Bryanna.Licciardi@mtsu.edu
615-494-8969 | COE 313


Non-Transfer Students

Gerard McQueen
Gerard.McQueen@mtsu.edu 
615-898-2466 | COE 311

A.S.T. Degree Students 

Alicia Abney
Alicia.Abney@mtsu.edu
615-898-2344 | COE 315

Mailing Address

Department of Elementary and Special Education
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MTSU Box 69
1301 East Main Street
Murfreesboro, TN 37132

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