May 27, 2023  
2021-2022 Undergraduate Catalog 
2021-2022 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

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 or speak to an advisor for additional career opportunities, salary information and education requirements.  Salaries are not guaranteed.

Career Beginning Salary With Bachelor 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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