2021-2022 Catalog

Early Childhood Education

Through the development of pedagogical and content knowledge, personal dispositions, practical applications, professional teaching, and advanced academic coursework, the mission of the PreK-PreK-3 Endorsement (Early Childhood) is to prepare candidates to successfully meet the academic and developmental needs of all students grades PreK-3.

Individuals with a valid and current Tennessee elementary teacher's license may complete a subset of the courses below for an add-on endorsement in the following:

Early Childhood Ed PreK-3 (Endorsement code 467)
Early Dev/Learning PreK-K (Endorsement code 468)

Please contact an education faculty member or the Licensure Officer for information.

Candidates will complete the specific course requirements below.

Emphasis in Early Childhood Education

Program of Study

MAT 5012Early Childhood Curriculum & Assessment


MAT 5014Education for the Developing Learner


MAT 5015Support for Early Childhood Learning


MAT 5016Motor Learning & Development


MAT 5070Advanced Classroom Management


MAT 5080Diverse Populations


MAT 5180Education: The Profession & The Professional


MAT 5222Methods of Classroom Teaching


MAT 5250Building Literacy in the K-12 Classroom


MEd 5396/MAT 5396Evaluation and Remediation of Mathematics


MAT 5285Practicum



MAT 5286Student Teaching


MAT 5287Student Teaching Seminar


Traditional Student Teaching is completed in one semester with MAT 5286 and MAT 5287 as co-requisites.

Job Embedded Clinical Experience is completed in two semesters with MAT 5285 (first semester of employment) and MAT 5287 (second semester of employment).

36 minimum hours required for graduation.

Licensure: Candidates for a Tennessee teaching license must pass state-required exams to be qualified for a license. Exam requirements periodically change. Candidates must consult the Tennessee Department of Education and Educational Testing Service websites for a list of current licensure exams. Teacher licensure candidates are responsible for taking and passing the correct licensure examinations at specific times in their program of study as is detailed in the online Teacher Education Handbook.