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The Early Childhood Education (PreK-3) and English as a Second Language/ESL (PreK-12) degree introduces students to the fundamentals of teaching in Early Childhood and English as a Second Language (ESL) 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 Christian schools.