Overview

The Major in Child Development & Learning is an option for those students who are interested in working with children and adolescents outside the teaching profession. Students in the Child Development and Learning major build a strong foundation in the theory and practice of child development, from conception through adolescence. Various hands-on opportunities are embedded throughout the curriculum for students to provide direct service to children, engage in developmental research, and advance child welfare initiatives and policy. Factors such as economics, family, education, and culture are explored to understand the ecological contexts in which children develop. Close to the Great Smoky Mountain National Park, the college is uniquely situated for students to also explore the influence of nature on children’s development. 

Other special areas of interest for Child Development students include children with special needs, child advocacy, and international child welfare. Child Development majors often go on to graduate studies or professions within education, social services, special education, or child/family intervention and prevention. Students interested in teaching in elementary grades pursue the Child Development and Learning for Teacher Licensure major.

Teacher Licensure

Students in the Child Development & Learning for Teacher Licensure Major are prepared to become highly qualified teachers in elementary education (grades K-6), following collaborative, supportive, and stimulating learning experiences and successful completion of the Praxis exam required by the State of Tennessee. This major draws upon the strengths of the broad study of the liberal arts, specialized courses in psychology and education, and the professional application of skills through a semester-long student teaching experience. Child Development with Licensure majors develop a strong understanding of child development, the learning process, and the skills to design, implement, and assess instruction appropriate for diverse student populations.

Grounded in a commitment to personal and professional growth, students gain skills to solve the many theoretical, practical, and ethical problems associated with what to teach and how to teach, as well as the ability to effectively integrate technology into the instructional process. Various screening criteria, including a minimum GPA, are required for admission to and completion of this major.

Students interested in middle or high school education (grades 7-12) should pursue a major in the subject area in which they plan to teach. A major in Teaching English as a Second Language is another teacher licensure option. 

 

Course Offerings

The Major in Child Development and Learning consists of 42 credit hours, 32 credit hours in psychology and 10 hours in related fields.

Required courses include:
PSY 101: Introductory Psychology (3 hrs.)
PSY 211: Child Development (3 hrs.)
PSY 218: Psychology of Adolescence (3 hrs.)
PSY 299: Contemporary and Professional Issues in Psychology (2 hrs.)
PSY 306: Language Development (3 hrs.)
PSY 315: Human Thought and Learning (3 hrs.)
PSY 334: Culturally Diverse and Exceptional Children (3 hrs.)

Either of the following courses:
PSY 331: Abnormal Psychology (3 hrs.)
        or
PSY 333: Counseling (3 hrs.)

PSY 351-352: Senior Study (6 hrs.)
PHR 236: Health Issues in Education (2 hrs.)
PHR 331: Physical Education for Children (2 hrs.)
SOC 215: Sociology of Marriage and Family (3 hrs.)
BUS 201: Principles of Management (3 hrs.)

 

And three additional credit hours in psychology

Standard First Aid and Community CPR certifications as offered by the American Red Cross are required for graduation in this major.

A double major in Psychology and Child Development and Learning is not permitted.

Child Development and Psychology majors may obtain certification through the national Child Life Council by completing the council's required coursework in child development, psychology, and related fields; a 480-hour internship under the supervision of certified Child Life Specialists; and passing the Child Life Professional Certification Examination. The Child Life Council also requires the completion of a Child Life course taught by a certified Child Life Specialist. Maryville College does not offer this course. To fulfill the council’s requirements for certification, students can complete this Child Life course online at a cost determined by those who provide the course. Careful planning of one's degree program is necessary; internship placements are highly competitive and not guaranteed.

The Major in Child Development and Learning for Teacher Licensure is designed for students who plan to teach in the elementary grades and consists of 42 credit hours, 29 credit hours in psychology, 13 credits in liberal studies, and 13 credit hours in related fields.

Required courses in Psychology include:

PSY 101: Introductory Psychology (3 hrs.)
PSY 211: Child Development (3 hrs.)
PSY 218: Psychology of Adolescence (3 hrs.)
PSY 299: Contemporary and Professional Issues in Psychology (2 hrs.)
PSY 306: Language Development (3 hrs.)
PSY 315: Human Thought and Learning (3 hrs.)
PSY 334: Culturally Diverse and Exceptional Children (3 hrs.)
PSY 351-352: Senior Study (6 hrs.)
Three additional credit hours in psychology

Required related courses include:
PHR 236: Health Issues in Education (2 hrs.)
PHR 331: Physical Education for Children (2 hrs.)
SOC 215: Sociology of Marriage and Family (3 hrs.)
MTH 307: Mathematics and Instructional Strategies for K-6 and 4-8 Teachers I (3 hrs.)
MTH 308: Mathematics and Instructional Strategies for K-6 and 4-8 Teachers I (3 hrs.)

Additional 13 credit hours in liberal studies include:
ENG 212: Children’s Literature (3 hrs.)

One of the following courses:
HIS 111: Colonial and Revolutionary American (3 hrs.)
HIS 112: History of the United States in the19th Century (3 hrs.)
HIS 203: History of the United States in the 20th Century (3 hrs.)
SOC 271: Sociology of Education (3 hrs.)
BIO 311: Natural History of the Southern Appalachians (4 hrs.)

 

Students pursuing this major must complete 26 hours of professional courses in teacher education. The professional courses are listed below and in the Education section of this catalog. They include:

EDU 302: Educational Technology (2 hrs.)
EDU 303: Models of Classroom Instruction (2 hrs.)
EDU 305: Strategies for Classroom Management (2 hrs.)
EDU 321: Reading and Writing in the Content Classrooms (2 hrs.)
EDU 322: Instructional Strategies for Science and Social Studies (3 hrs.)
EDU 323: Reading and Writing K-4 (3 hrs.)
EDU 401: Student Teaching (9 hrs.)
EDU 402: Professional Seminar on Teaching (3 hrs.)

Standard First Aid and Community CPR certifications as offered by the American Red Cross are required for graduation in this major.