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Early Childhood Program

The major in early childhood education (ECE) is a field-oriented program designed to prepare students for work with children in nursery schools, preschool programs, and primary grades (grades pre-K through grade 3). Beginning in the first year, students observe and participate in local schools and agencies and in experimental classrooms on campus, such as the Susan Gray School. Most Liberal Education Core courses are taken in the College of Arts and Science.

Students must combine a major in early childhood education with a second major in Child Studies offered by Peabody College. Course work beyond the standard 120-hour program may be required for this combination of dual majors.

Vanderbilt students seeking teacher licensure must apply through the Office of Teacher Licensure at Vanderbilt and must meet licensure requirements in effect at the time of their graduation, which may be different from licensure requirements in effect at the time they entered Vanderbilt. Licensure requirements are currently undergoing change. Each year, teacher licensure candidates should consult the current Vanderbilt Undergraduate Catalog and the Peabody College Undergraduate Handbook. For more information regarding teacher licensure, contact Amanda Van Doorn at (615) 322-8270.

For information about current programs, refer to the Undergraduate Handbook.

2016-17 Peabody Undergraduate Handbook