Early Childhood Education

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It’s almost become a cliché, “not all heroes wear capes.” Most of them teach!

Teachers pour their heart and soul into the development of young people, and for those that want to work with the youngest of these, a degree in Early Childhood Education from Tennessee Wesleyan is the first step.


Program Description

The early childhood education degree at TWU is intended for those who want to teach students from birth to approximately eight years old, with licensure opportunity in preschool-3rd grade. 


Students will learn how to use classroom management procedures, develop lesson plans, use researched-based programs to teach children how to read, understand and use math strategies for Pre-K-3rd grade and incorporate instructional technology. 


It’s more than just learning to teach, however, as students see how family, school, and community working together effect and develop children.


Career Opportunities

Early childhood majors with licensure will be able to teach in the state of Tennessee any grades between PreK and 3rd grade. 


If a student obtains the Early Childhood Degree without licensure, there can be job opportunities for places such as day care programs.



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Activities for Children

The knowledge of rules, equipment, safety, physical skills, and attitudes of fair play in fitness, rhythm movement, gymnastics, games, and sports appropriate to the developmental level of children 5-14 years of age.

Teaching Math and Science

Teaching Mathematics and Science in Grades K-6 includes methods and materials for teaching mathematics and science. The emphasis is on developing children’s problem-solving strategies, skills, and abilities, and on promoting active science and mathematics investigation. Multiple perspectives and approaches to planning, teaching, and assessing science and mathematics in the elementary classroom are explored and practiced. Fifteen (15) hours of field experience, including work with computer technology, is required. 

Child, Family and Community Studies

The class assists the student in understanding the community relationship to the school. Nurturing parent and family relationships is essential to the classroom teacher. Methods and procedures for organizing and providing public school relations will be emphasized.


State-Recognized Partnerships

Tennessee Wesleyan University’s Educator Preparation Program (EPP) holds partnership agreements with the following districts.
Anderson County Schools
Athens City Schools
Bradley County Schools
Cleveland City Schools
Etowah City Schools
Johnson County Schools
Lenoir City Schools
Loudon County Schools
McMinn County Schools
Meigs County Schools
Metro Nashville Schools
Monroe County Schools
Oak Ridge Schools
Polk County Schools
Sequatchie County Schools
Sweetwater City School District
Warren County Schools
Williamson County Schools
Questions about State Recognized Partnership Agreements may be directed to:

Melanie Amburn, Ed.S.