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Child and Family Studies and Early Childhood Education


Mission of Child and Family Studies: To provide a strong, quality undergraduate experience with education about children and families, preparing the individual to serve in a diverse and global marketplace while embracing academic excellence and professional Christian integrity.

Mission of Early Childhood Education: To provide a strong, quality undergraduate experience with education about children and families, preparing professionals for teaching in early childhood education, grades prekindergarten through third, in a diverse and global marketplace while embracing academic excellence and professional Christian integrity.



Our CFS general major offers a well-rounded education for students wanting to work with children and families in various settings. Graduates of this program may hold careers in fields such as Department of Children’s Services, Extension, family/parent education, adoption/foster care agencies, children and youth ministry, home visiting services, and preschool administration.

Our ECE emphasis is a teacher licensure program preparing students to work in a school setting with children from Pre-K through 3rd grade. Students may be interested in teaching or administration of such programs.

Both our CFS and ECE programs offer hands-on experience catered towards our students’ individual needs. These experiences include numerous practicum courses allowing students to work with their populations of interest. Additionally, students have opportunities to work with our Child Development Laboratory observing classroom activities, collaborating with peers, and teaching young children.

Curriculum map for CFS

Curriculum map for ECE 

For more information or to visit the department, contact:
Lisa Connor, PhD
Assistant Professor, Family and Consumer Sciences
865-471-3299
lconnor@cn.edu

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