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The child and youth development major prepares persons who want careers in early childhood education, working with children from birth through 17 years of age. The mission of the program is to prepare caring and reflecting professionals who integrate their Christian faith, social responsibility, and sound scholarship in order to contribute to a responsible and caring community.

Completion of the program prepares an individual for employment in a variety of settings including youth-serving organizations such as Boys and Girls Clubs, YMCAs, and military youth programs and private, governmental, and nonprofit early childhood programs such as Head Start, church preschools, military child development centers, and other settings that do not require public school licensure.

With the successful completion of the early childhood concentration and additional courses, the program can lead to licensure for persons who wish to teach in PreK-3 or K-5. The child and youth development program includes general education courses, core courses for the major, a concentration, and elective courses.

There are five concentrations to select from in this major:

  • Early Childhood Education
  • PreK-3 Licensure
  • K-5 Licensure
  • Middle Grades Licensure (Science or Math)

Course Requirements

View all details and course requirements for this program in the Milligan University Catalog (link below). The Milligan University academic catalog is the official, authoritative source for all academic requirements and policies. Any discrepancies in curricular requirements from other sources will default to the Catalog.

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Campus Minister; Adjunct Instructor of Education; Apartment Manager

Professor of Education; Paul Clark Chair of Teacher Education; Coordinator of Field Experience-Teacher Education; Director of Ed.D. and Ed.S. Programs

Associate Professor of Education

Assistant Professor of Education

Adjunct Instructor of Education

Associate Dean of the School of Social Sciences and Education; Associate Professor of Education; Area Chair of Education; Director of the M.Ed. Program; Director of Teacher Certification

The Paul Clark Chair Emerita of Teacher Education

Professor of Education

Karen Presnell
Office Manager and Certification Officer for Teacher Education

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