Early Childhood Education
Child & Youth Development Major
If you want to teach at the PreK-3 level in public or private schools OR serve in a leadership position in a child development center or church-related preschool, consider Milligan. In 18 -23 months you can complete the Child and Youth Development major, and even opt to certify to teach PreK-3 with an additional semester of full-time student teaching. Classes meet only one night per week. And tuition is affordable and within your reach.
The major is in Child and Youth Development and can be completed in 18 months. The curriculum includes courses in literacy, technology, assessment and intervention, psychology, teaching, administration, curriculum, media effects, and more. Certification to teach requires an additional full-time semester of student teaching, for a total of 23 months. Students must also complete the college’s general education requirements, but often these have been completed in a student’s prior coursework. We are happy to review your transcript and provide a degree plan.
You’ll progress through the program in small classes, giving you an opportunity to develop relationships, learn from diverse experiences and approaches, and benefit from a built-in support network. This also allows professors to interact closely with students for individual attention and supervision throughout the program. Milligan faculty are role models and mentors, and they will challenge you and stretch your mind and your spirit.
For many decades, Milligan has enjoyed a strong partnership with area school systems. The college's reputation for producing well-prepared, creative, commited teachers is unparalleled. School administrators consistently look to Milligan as a resource for both hiring and training, regularly calling on faculty to lead workshops for in-services and to collaborate on various education issues. Thousands of our graduates are serving as teachers, coaches, counselors, and administrators in schools across the United States.
Today’s schools are challenged as never before. Now more than ever, children need teachers and leaders who are committed to excellence in the classroom and Christian principles. Educators prepared in such a way can make a real difference in the school and community where they live and serve. Our primary goal at Milligan is to prepare caring and reflective educators who will affect the lives of children in a markedly positive manner.
If you decide to pursue PreK-3 licensure, you’ll get extensive field experience in teaching, assessment, and classroom management through a capstone course and semester-long student teaching experience in our community partner schools. You’ll work directly with master teachers as mentors. You’ll also complete a portfolio documenting mastery of program outcomes to prepare you for board certification by the National Board for Professional Teacher Standards (NBPTS).
By scheduling classes only one night per week with an on-line component running through the entire term, our degree completion program allows you to work toward your degree even if you’re working full-time. Campus resources, such as the bookstore, library, and computer labs, are available in the evening and parking is easy to find. We know that working full-time, caring for a family, and going to school can be hectic. Our competent and friendly staff are ready to help you with the administrative details of the program so you can focus on learning. Additional online courses and a new location (Walter's State Community College in Morristown, TN) offer even easier access to this opportunity. Also, you may begin the program during any term.
This program is offered both on the Milligan campus near Johnson City and in Kingsport at the Center for Higher Education.
Fully approved by the Tennessee Department of Education, Milligan’s teacher education program is accredited by the National Council for Accreditation of Teacher Education (NCATE) (2010 Massachusetts Ave. NW, Washington, DC 20036; 202-466-7496). This accreditation covers initial teacher and advanced educator preparation programs. That means your degree is instantly recognized in Tennessee and throughout the nation for its quality. We take care great care in seeing you gain the knowledge, skills, and disposition needed for success as a professional educator.