Child and Youth Development
(Early Childhood Education)
Adult Degree Completion Program

Admission Policies & Financial Information

Updated Fall 2013

Admission Criteria

  1. Completion of 52 or more semester hours, confirmed by official transcripts
  2. At least 21 years of age at time of application
  3. Two years of documented full-time employment or its part-time equivalent
  4. Good standing at previously attended institutions with a cumulative GPA of 2.0 (on 4.0) scale
  5. Submission of two positive references – one character and one professional
  6. Acceptance of a lifestyle statement as evidenced by completing and signing the application form
  7. Submission of completed application and payment of the non-refundable application fee ($30)

Probationary Admission

The Admissions Committee has the option of admitting on academic probation any student with a cumulative GPA slightly below 2.0. Probationary status continues until the 2.0 is achieved. Failure to achieve the minimum grade-point average by the end of the term may result in dismissal.

Enrollment Confirmation

Confirmed admission to the program is granted on the date the enrollment confirmation form is received by the Office of Graduate and Professional Studies.


  1. At least one term of work must be completed at Milligan College before credit earned by testing will be recorded on the transcript.
  2. No credit by exam will be allowed after a student has finished two terms in the Milligan College ADCP program.
  3. A maximum of 32 semester hours can be earned by testing.
  4. A recording fee of $10.00 per hour will be charged.

Admission to the Teacher Education Program

ADCP students who intend to pursue professional teaching licensure should file a statement of “Intent to Pursue Teaching Licensure” in the Center for Assistance to Students in Education (CASE). For full admission to the professional level of the teacher education program, students must have at least a 2.5 overall grade point average on a minimum of 30 credit hours. A minimum 2.5 overall grade point average will be required for subsequent approval to student teach. Students also must complete the Pre-Professional Skills Test (PPST) with Tennessee approved scores, submit two letters of reference, submit a TBI background check indicating no areas of concern, and be accepted following an interview by the teacher education faculty, serving as an Admissions and Retention Board. Students with an Enhanced ACT score of 22 or an enhanced SAT score of 1020 are exempt from taking the PPST. Admission decisions will be made once each term. Completing all requirements for full admission to teacher education is the responsibility of the student. Students not yet admitted to teacher education or those admitted in either provisional or probationary status may not be allowed to enroll in professional level course work.

Admission to the program does not guarantee continuance or completion. The teacher education faculty may recommend that a candidate not continue in the program if determined that such action is in the interest of Milligan College, the teacher candidate, or the profession. The candidate will then be administratively withdrawn from the program.

Returning Students

A student who has withdrawn in good social and academic standing should address a letter to the Director of Graduate and Professional Studies requesting permission for readmission. A student who has been academically or socially dismissed may reapply for readmission by observing the following procedure:

  1. The student’s letter requesting readmission shall be addressed to the Director of Graduate and Professional Studies.
  2. The Director will examine, in consultation with the registrar and the area chair for education, the student’s original academic records and any courses completed since the suspension.
  3. Social dismissal is reviewed with the vice president for student development.
  4. If there is reason to believe that the student will profit from another opportunity to do undergraduate work, he/she will be permitted to enroll with probationary status following at last one ADCP term out of class.
  5. In the event that it is necessary to suspend the student a second time, he or she will not be eligible for readmission.

Second Bachelor’s Degree

A student who holds the bachelor’s degree in another field may elect to earn a second bachelor’s degree in order to have a major in child and youth development with or without early childhood education licensure. Students seeking a second degree must complete all of the hours in the major at Milligan College and meet all the college’s general education requirements (See General Education Requirements). Students seeking licensure must meet all the required State of Tennessee licensure requirements including successful completion of required Praxis tests and specific general education requirements. Students who seek a second bachelor’s degree may be eligible for financial aid. Questions regarding financial aid for a second degree should be directed to the Financial Aid Office (423.461.8949) or 800.447.4880.

Students who must complete courses in addition to the major may register for additional courses at Milligan College. Tuition charges are based on the current rate multiplied by the number of semester hours credit attached to the course(s).

Student Accounts and Scholarships

Students whose accounts are placed on hold by the student accounts coordinator due to lack of sufficient payment will not be able to register. Students who are not registered may not attend class or earn a grade. Those students must contact the student account coordinator to work out a payment arrangement before continuing in class.

ADCP students are eligible to apply for state and federal grant and loan programs by completing the Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA), for employer reimbursement when applicable, and any other outside scholarship programs. Institutional scholarships are not available for this program of study.