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Why should I study Early Childhood Education?
Dedication. Love. Inspiration.
There is no substitute for a great teacher, especially during the early years when
children are learning how to learn and when so many of their attitudes about school
and education are formed. There is no more important time than now for students like
you to commit themselves to this profession as we play our part in building the future.
Our Early Childhood Education majors work in a variety of settings such as teachers in public schools (PreK-4th grade), teachers and directors in preschools and child care centers, or as teachers and administrators in Head Start. Others have followed opportunities with the state in positions such as evaluators in the Tennessee Three-Star Rating System. Some graduates have gone to work with children and their families within organizations such as the YMCA, Boys and Girls Clubs, Make-A-Wish Foundation, and others.
Early Childhood Education is about caring; being committed to children and helping them grasp life's opportunities through education. Your dedication is their inspiration.
For more information on opportunities in early childhood education, visit the Department of Early Childhood Education (ECE) website.