Early Childhood Education Diploma Programs in Nashville, TN

Dec 25, 2018

There are nine schools within 25 miles of Nashville, TN, that have early childhood education programs. Read an overview of three of these schools' programs, requirements and admission info and find out which school is the right one for you.

Nashville, TN, Schools with Early Childhood Education Programs

Prospective early childhood educators can use the following summaries and statistical table to learn more about three Nashville-area schools that offer certificate, degree or diploma programs in this field of study. All three of the schools profiled below are public institutions with affordable tuition rates for in-state students.

  • The Tennessee College of Applied Technology at Nashville, located about 5.5 miles from downtown, offers an early childhood education program. It includes a diploma and two certificates in the field. The program is designed to prepare graduates to work as teacher assistants, child care leaders or child care attendants.
  • At Nashville State Community College, students can find a certificate and associate's degree programs in early childhood education. In addition to preparing students to transfer to 4-year schools, Nashville State's programs prepare graduates to work as teachers, administrators and caregivers in family, community or academic-focused environments. This college is also located about 5.5 miles from downtown Nashville.
  • Volunteer State Community College also offers a certificate and an associate's degree program in early childhood education. At roughly 25 miles, the college is the furthest away from downtown Nashville.

Comparison of Schools

In addition to the cost of attendance, the following table includes key information about financial aid and graduation.

Tennessee College of Applied Technology at Nashville Nashville State Community College Volunteer State Community College
School Type 2-year; public 2-year; public 2-year; public
Total Enrollment (2017) 806* 8,197* 8,838*
Campus Setting Large city Large city Large suburb
Tuition and Fees (2017-2018) $3,843 for early childhood program (2018-2019)** $4,065 in-state; $16,041 out-of-state* $4,133 in-state; $16,109 out-of-state*
% of First-Year Students Receiving Any Form of Financial Aid (2016-2017) 80%* 95%* 94%*
Acceptance Rate (2017) N/A - Open admissions N/A - Open admissions N/A - Open admissions
Retention Rate (2016-2017) 71% for full-time students* 49% for full-time students* 52% for full-time students*
Graduation Rate 72% (for students who began 2014-2015)* 18% (for students who began Fall 2014)* 23% (for students who began Fall 2014)*

Sources: *College Navigator, National Center for Education Statistics, **Tennessee College of Applied Technology at Nashville

Tennessee College of Applied Technology at Nashville

This school's early childhood education program is offered through its Human Services division. Students can earn a diploma and two certificates.

Child Care Leader Diploma

Students in this program complete 1,296 interaction hours. Required courses address topics such as child development, professionalism and family dynamics.

Teacher Assistant Certificate

This training option includes 864 contact hours. Students learn about subjects like play theories, developmental assessment and nutrition.

Child Development Associate Certificate

The child development associate program includes a total of 432 interaction hours. Health and safety, parent involvement and behavior are some topics covered in this program.

Nashville State Community College

Nashville State's early childhood education programs provide opportunities to complete training requirements to earn the state's child development credential. The school's associate's degree programs are accredited by the National Association for the Education of Young Children.

Early Childhood Education Certificate

This technical certificate program includes 24 course credit hours of study. Required classes focus on safe and healthy learning environments, math and science in early childhood, early childhood curricula and family dynamics. Elective classes are available in infant and toddler care, creative development and child care center administration.

Associate of Applied Science in Early Childhood Education

Students in this program must complete 62 credit hours. They gain knowledge in areas such as exceptional children development, child development and language, community involvement and literacy in early childhood education. Two practicums are also required.

Associate of Science in Teaching with an Emphasis in Early Childhood Education

This 63-credit hour program is designed for students intending to transfer to a 4-year school and earn a bachelor's degree. Classes in the emphasis include educational psychology, math for elementary education, infant and toddler development, teaching foundations and family dynamics.

Volunteer State Community College

Volunteer State's programs meet the model requirements established by the Tennessee Early Childhood Training Alliance. In addition to the programs outlined below, a 2-year program for those seeking to pursue a bachelor's degree in early childhood education is also available.

Early Childhood Education Technical Certificate

Required classes in this 24-credit hour program include math and science in early childhood, early childhood curriculum, language and literacy in early childhood and family dynamics. A practicum is also included.

Associate of Applied Science in Early Childhood Education

Students in this 61-credit hour program complete classes in safety, toddler and child development, developmental assessment and healthy learning environments. Two supervised early childhood education practicums occur in the latter part of the program.

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