This degree introduces students to the fundamentals of teaching in early childhood classrooms. This program includes general education courses and professional studies in early childhood development, child psychology, educational philosophy, and specialized teaching methodologies. Students receive instruction in lesson preparation and presentation, classroom management, integration of a biblical worldview and application of biblical knowledge to the teaching profession, development and implementation of curriculum, and current trends in education. They develop their own philosophy of education based on these insights, and they demonstrate their skills and knowledge through an electronic portfolio using the InTASC (Interstate Teacher Assessment and Support Consortium) Standards. Field experiences expose students to the full range of early childhood education in Tennessee, including public and private schools.

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This degree does not include any concentrations.


Courses may include:

  • Early Childhood Methods
  • History and Philosophy of Christian Education
  • Introduction to Teaching: Elementary Education
  • Introduction to Educational Technology

For more details on this program, check out our academic catalog.


Graduates with this degree are prepared to teach in a variety of preschool and elementary settings. Students may also pursue graduate studies in the Templar School of Education.