Early Childhood Education

This career program is designed to prepare students for entry and advancement in the early childhood education profession. The program meets the TECTA (Tennessee Early Childhood Training Alliance) model which enhances the quality of early care and education of young children. Students can work for an associate of applied science degree or a technical certificate in early childhood education. Graduates of this degree program may also be able to transfer to a four year university and complete the baccalaureate degree in early childhood education.

Early Childhood Accelerated Program

A new accelerated format will guide students through a cohort-based program allowing students to complete the Early Childhood Technical Certificate by attending classes one night per week with online components; additional classes may be taken in the traditional 15-week format or totally online. This Certificate leads to an Associate of Applied Science Degree in Early Childhood Education. Upon approval of the Early Childhood Coordinator, committed students will join a cohort group who will complete eight courses (17 hours) in a fall and spring accelerated program delivered one night per week with an online component. The additional 6 hours required for the Certificate may be taken either online or on the traditional fifteen-week schedule on the other four nights. To enroll in the Accelerated Program contact the Early Childhood Coordinator, Dr. Susan Brandt 615 230-3380 or susan.brandt@volstate.edu, or the Social Science Division 615 230-3240.

Early Childhood Education Certificate Gainful Employment Information

What job(s) might I get with this degree?

How long will it take me to complete this program?

Normal Time to Completion Percent of 2010-2011 Graduates Completing in Normal Time

2 Semesters


Normal time is defined as the number of semesters that a student would be enrolled in a program if they attended on a full-time basis and enrolled in at least 15 hours per semester. The percentage of students completing on time does not take into consideration that some students take fewer than 15 hours during a semester.

What are the chances of getting a job when I graduate?

Number of 2010-2011 Graduates

Percent of 2010-2011 Graduates Employed in Field



(Note: Placement information is gathered in accordance with the standards of the Tennessee Board of Regents requirements. Placement data is gathered six months after graduation. Graduates are exempted from the placement rates in accordance with the standards of the Higher Education Authorization Act due to the following reasons: enrollment in further education, military service, a medical condition that prevents the graduate from working in his/her field of study, family or home responsibilities that prevent the graduate from working in his/her field of study.)

How much will this program cost?

In-State Out-of-State
Tuition and Fees $3224.50 $12447.50
Books and Supplies $1142.50 $1142.50
On-Campus Room and Board Not offered Not offered

What are my financing options to pay for the program?

Source of Funds Median Amount for 2010-2011 Graduates

Median Debt for 2009-2010 Graduates


Median Debt from Title IV Loans


Median Debt from Other Sources


Note: Median loan amounts reflect the total borrowed from entry at the institution to completion of this program.

Contact Us

For more information contact the Social Science and Education office at (615) 230 - 3231.