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2020-2021 Undergraduate Catalog 
2020-2021 Undergraduate Catalog [ARCHIVED CATALOG]

Early Childhood Education (Pre K-3) - A.S.T. (TTP)

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For more information on this program, contact the Social Science and Education division at 615-230-3231.

The Early Childhood Education (Pre K-3) program emphasis is a two-year program for students planning to complete a bachelor’s degree in Early Childhood Education.  Students pursuing careers in early childhood education with a 4-year bachelor’s degree may follow the career of a preschool teacher as well as a teacher in grades K-3.

Transfer Options

The Tennessee Transfer Pathway (TTP) degree is designed to create a smooth transition to all public universities offering a Baccalaureate degree in this major by guaranteeing the transferability of all courses. For transfer to other four-year institutions, contact an advisor at the senior institution.  Note:  There are to be no course substitutions in this program. 

All students graduating with a degree from VSCC are required to take the PRAXIS Exam and the Educational Testing Service Proficiency Profile (ETSP) to meet graduation requirements. More information can be found at https://www.volstate.edu/testing.

Additional AST Degree Requirements:
1. Attainment of a 2.75 cumulative grade point average.
2. Minimum ACT cumulative score of 21 (SAT 1020) or successful completion of approved standardized examination (Praxis Core). MTSU requires a minimum ACT score of 22.
3. Submission of three Disposition Assessment Forms with satisfactory ratings on an index of suitability for the teaching profession to the Social Science & Education Division. 
Note: Students transferring to a public university in Tennessee may need to meet additional requirements to gain admittance to the university.

General Education Requirements - Credits (41)

Additional Degree Requirements

Attainment of 2.75 cumulative GPA; successful completion of Praxis Core exams or ACT Composite Score of 22, and satisfactory ratings on three disposition assessments.

Total Degree Requirements - Credits (62)

Career and Salary Information

The following is a list of some of the career choices that may be obtained upon completion of this program. Please visit the following website http://www.onetonline.org or speak to an advisor for additional career opportunities, salary information and education requirements.  Salaries are not guaranteed.

Career Beginning Salary With Bachelor’s Degree Experienced Salary Median
Elementary Teacher $36,250 $49,110
Teacher Assistant $16,500 $21,590
Childcare Worker $16,470 $19,290

Recommended Schedule

This is a recommended schedule. Learning Support, pre-requisites and other academic factors may impact this schedule.

See your advisor to create a degree plan.DegreeWorks, along with the correct catalog, should be utilized by students for all of their educational planning.  Students can monitor their progress toward a degree or certificate and view missing requirements with the DegreeWorks audit, which is accessible through My Volstate.

First Year - Spring Semester - Credits (16)

  • Natural Science (Choose any BIOL general education course) Credits: (4) 

Second Year - Fall Semester - Credits (16)


¹ For transfer to APSU, ETSU, UM, UTC and UTK, Math 1530 is required. At UTM and TSU, Math 1130: College Algebra is required.
² Neither University of Memphis nor UT Knoxville has Development of Exceptional Children in its Pre-K-3 curriculum and students transferring to the University of Memphis or UT Knoxville will have to take one other course, which must be approved by a course substitution.
3 Students who plan to transfer to UT Knoxville should take an intermediate foreign language instead of Math 1410; University of Memphis does not require completion of Math 1410.
4 Students who plan to transfer to ETSU should take EDUC 2210 instead of Math 1420.

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