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Early Childhood/Elementary

EARLY CHILDHOOD (PreK – 3rd grade) / ELEMENTARY EDUCATION (Kindergarten - 5th grade)

There has never been a more important or a more exciting time to consider a career as an early childhood or elementary school educator. After many years of debate, there is consensus on the brain science that children’s most formative years are their youngest years. That places the teachers of our youngest learners at the most critical point of students’ academic careers. At ground zero for learning, early childhood and elementary educators teach, nurture, support, and love students as they grow and develop academically, socially, and emotionally. School of Education faculty place great emphasis on advocacy for families and children, particularly children from traditionally underserved populations.

Belmont’s School of Education offers two undergraduate degree programs for preparing early childhood and elementary educators:

  • Early Childhood Education, B.A./B.S. (PreK-3 Licensure)
  • Elementary Education: Interdisciplinary Studies in Education, B.A./B.S. (K-5 Licensure)

Both programs are approved by the Tennessee Department of Education as educator preparation programs leading to teacher licensure, and both programs are accredited by the Council on Accreditation of Educator Preparation (CAEP). Special program features include:

  • Nationally recognized and locally respected education faculty members with terminal degrees, many years of experience as classroom teachers, teacher leaders, administrators, and teacher educators
  • An interdisciplinary academic foundation across content areas you will draw from as a teacher of multiple subject areas.
  • Opportunities to engage with children and educators in school and classroom settings from your very first education courses taken as a freshman
  • Preparation for supporting the whole child, including children’s academic, social, and emotional needs
  • Preparation for effectively integrating technology into your planning, instruction, and assessment practices
  • Preparation and practice with designing and delivering engaging, academic standards-aligned lessons
  • Preparation and support for using culturally responsive approaches to instruction and classroom management
  • An academic minor in an area of your choosing, including English as a Second Language (ESL) which prepares students for the add-on ESL teaching endorsement
  • Targeted and individual support with preparing for state-required teacher licensure examinations
  • A student teaching experience in the final semester of study which includes mentoring and profession support from your mentor teacher, your School of Education faculty, and a clinical teaching supervisor