School and Ranking Information
Early childhood education programs in Memphis, TN, are found at three public and private colleges and universities located directly in the city. The following schools are considered the top institutions for early childhood education studies based on rankings, levels of study and program offerings:
- Winner: The University of Memphis is declared the winner as it is the only public and the largest school to provide early childhood education programs in the city. It is the only school in Memphis to award a doctoral degree in the field of study. Students can also pursue a bachelor's or master's degree in education and teaching.
- Runner Up #1: Christian Brothers University makes the first runner up spot due to its regional ranking and high graduation rates. It offers a bachelor's and master's in early childhood education.
- Runner Up #2: Coming in at third is LeMoyne-Owen College, because it awards the most bachelor's degrees in early childhood education in Memphis.
School Comparison Chart
|Category||University of Memphis||Christian Brothers University||LeMoyne-Owen College|
|Rankings (2013)||Graduate education program ranked #177 nationally*
Online graduate education program ranked 133rd best in the country*
|Ranked #25 among universities in the South*||N/A|
|Location||Memphis, TN||Memphis, TN||Memphis, TN|
|School Type||4-year, Public||4-year, Private not-for-profit||4-year, Private not-for-profit|
|Tuition & Fees (2012-2013)|| $7,904 (undergraduate, in-state);
$22,616 (undergraduate, out-of-state);
$9,092 (graduate, in-state);
$20,270 (graduate, out-of-state)**
| $27,290 (undergraduate);
|Early Childhood Education Degrees Offered||Bachelor's, master's, and doctoral degrees||Bachelor's and master's degrees||Bachelor's degrees|
|Early Childhood Education Degrees Awarded (All Levels) in 2011-2012||Not reported||2 (does not include master's degrees)**||4**|
|Undergraduate Graduation Rate (in 150% of normal degree time) for 2006 Entering Class||40% (16% transfer-out rate)**||60%**||8%**|
Sources: *U.S. News & World Report, **National Center for Education Statistics (NCES) College Navigator
Winner: University of Memphis
- Education was the school's second most popular major in 2011, according to USNWR
- Member school of the American Associate of Colleges for Teacher Education
- Over 95% of full-time, beginning undergraduates received financial aid in 2011-2012, according to NCES
The University of Memphis has undergraduate and graduate degrees that prepare candidates to become licensed in early childhood education. Students may pursue a Bachelor of Science in Education with a major in human development and learning. This degree program includes courses in early childhood development, special education, ESL, language development, and teaching methods. The Master of Arts in Teaching with a concentration in early childhood education requires similar courses, in addition to courses in education research, assessment, and literacy. Both programs require one semester of full-time student teaching for young children and early elementary school students. UM also offers a 33-credit Master of Science in Instruction and Curriculum with a concentration in early childhood education for licensed teachers and a Doctor of Education in Instruction and Curriculum Development with a concentration in early childhood education.
Runner-Up #1: Christian Brothers University
- 100% of full-time beginning undergraduates received financial aid in 2011-2012, according to NCES
Christian Brothers University is a Roman Catholic school with bachelor's and master's programs in early childhood education that prepare students for teacher licensure. Undergraduates take classes in classroom management and methods for teaching content to young children. They have the option to add a fifth year to complete a master's in teaching. The master's in teaching program includes courses in early childhood development, special education, classroom management, curriculum, and teaching methods. Both programs have a student teaching requirement, but graduate students who already have teaching experience may be able to waive that requirement.
Runner-Up #2: LeMoyne-Owen College
- Early childhood education and teaching was the school's third most popular major in 2011, according to USNWR
- The teacher education program is a member of the American Association of Colleges for Teacher Education
- Over 90% of full-time, beginning undergraduates received financial aid in 2011-2012, according to NCES
LeMoyne-Owen College is a Historically Black College and affiliated with the United Church of Christ. This school offers a Bachelor of Science in Education with a major in child development and family studies that prepares students to obtain a state license in early childhood education. This program is designed to prepare students to teach or become administrators in child care settings. Program courses include language development and literacy, teaching diverse students, children's literature, nutrition and safety, child development, and teaching content to young children. After completing the required general education and early childhood education courses, students complete one semester of student teaching.