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Early Childhood Education Diploma Programs in Nashville, TN

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

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Nashville, TN, Schools with Early Childhood Education Programs

Prospective early childhood educators can use the following summaries and statistical table to learn more about the three Nashville 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 the downtown, is the only school in the Nashville, TN, area that offers a diploma program in early childhood education. The school also has two certificate programs in the field. These programs are 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 program 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.

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Comparison of Schools

In addition to the cost of attendance, the following table includes key information about financial aid and graduation. Future students will be happy to learn that all three schools admitted all of their applicants in 2011.

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 (2014) 894* 10,044* 7,664*
Campus Setting Large city Large city Large suburb
Tuition and Fees (2015-2016) $3,855* $3,873 in-state; $15,273 out-of-state* $3,925 in-state; $15,325 out-of-state*
% of First-Year Students Receiving Any Form of Financial Aid (2014) 90%* 98%* 90%*
Acceptance Rate (2016) N/A - Open admissions N/A - Open admissions N/A - Open admissions
Retention Rate (2014) 73% for full-time students* 53% for full-time students* 54% for full-time students*
Graduation Rate (students began in 2011) 74%* 12%* 16%*

Source: *College Navigator, National Center for Education Statistics.

Tennessee College of Applied Technology at Nashville

This school's early childhood education programs are offered through its Human Services division. Students have three learning paths in which to choose, but all share the same courses. A clinical practicum is also included in all programs.

Child Care Leader Diploma

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

Child Care Assistant Certificate

This training options is two trimesters and is 864 contact hours. Students learn about subjects like play theories, developmental assessment and nutrition.

Child Care Attendant Certificate

The child care attendant program includes one trimester of study for 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 23 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 60 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 with an Emphasis in Early Childhood Education

This 60-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 creative development, math for elementary education, infant and toddler development, teaching foundations and the development of exceptional children.

Volunteer State Community College

Volunteer State's programs meet the model requirements established by the Tennessee Early Childhood Training Alliance. In addition to the training options below, students can also earn an early childhood technical certificate in an accelerated program that meets online or over 15 weeks.

Early Childhood Technical Certificate

Required classes in this 23-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 60-credit hour program complete classes in first aid and safety, toddler and child development, psychomotor development and healthy learning environments. Two supervised early childhood education practicums occur in the latter part of the program.

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