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Annual Early Childhood Conference

Center of Excellence in Early Childhood Learning & Development

Conference Overview

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On behalf of the Center of Excellence in Early Childhood Learning and Development at the East Tennessee State University, we would like to extend a warm welcome to the 58th ETSU Annual Early Childhood Conference at the Meadowview Conference Resort & Convention Center in Kingsport, TN!

Our conference focuses on professional development for educators and professionals working with young children birth to age 8. We serve an average of 800 to 1000 registrants from 10-12 states primarily in the southeast. In 2017, we moved to a new conference facility offering expanded professional spaces for workshops, networking, research poster session, demonstration room, and a large exhibit hall for participants to visit. This year's conference will return once again to the scenic Meadowview Mariott, including the all-day Pre-Conference on Thursday, July 12th. Complimentary lunch will be provided for all attendees and presenters, prepared exclusively by the on-site chef at the renowned JW Marriott resort hotel.

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Continuing Education and Academic Credit

Continuing Education Units (CEUs):

Participants can register for CEUs when they register for the conference. CEUs will be available for the preconference, one day, two day, and full three day conference. Certificates must be picked up by the participant on the last day they attend (for example, if someone attends the preconference and Friday, they would pick up the certificate after the last session on Friday). The only certificates that will be mailed are for anyone attending Saturday only that registers on Saturday and we do not have time to print the certificates. The certificates are based upon hours of attendance. If you are receiving CEUs, you need to plan to be available to pick them up at the end of the conference day. You may not leave early and expect that your certificate will be mailed.

Academic Credit:

To earn one (1) hour of academic credit, you must pre-register for the course and pay appropriate university fees. Those wanting academic credit should not register for the conference. Currently enrolled ETSU students should register for the course through Goldlink. New and returning students should contact Dr. Jane Broderick.

Dr. Jane Broderick will teach the Special Topics course ECED—4957 for undergraduate credit and ECED–5957 for graduate credit. In addition to attending the entire two-day conference there will be a class meeting session on Thursday evening (July 13) from 4:30 p.m. to 6:30 p.m. and Saturday afternoon (July 15) from 4:30 p.m. to 5:30 p.m. Direct questions about academic credit to: Dr. Jane Broderick E-mail: , Phone: 423-439-7695



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