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          Pre-School and Child Care Administration

          Careers in the administration of early childhood programs including child care centers, both for-profit and non-profit; private and public pre-kindergarten programs; Head Start; pre-schools; parents' day out programs; before and after school care; and centers for children with special needs.

          Also served by these guidelines are persons with experience in childcare settings from a variety of backgrounds, including childcare volunteers and aides as well as teachers and directors.

          Please note: This program DOES NOT lead to teacher licensure. Students interested in pursuing a teaching license should contact the College of Education at 901-678-2728.

          Admission to the Program

          Undergraduate students admitted to University of Memphis may pursue a degree in the College of Professional and Liberal Studies by completing Declaration of Major form

          Once accepted, students must seek academic advising prior to the start of each semester. Advisors will provide guidance in developing a meaningful educational plan that is compatible with the student's abilities, values, interests and career goals. Academic advising is available in-person, by phone and web conference. 

          Fees and Scholarships

          Students are encouraged to visit University and Student Business Services regularly to review fee charts, deadlines and other important details as they are subject to change. 

          The College of Professional and Liberal Studies offers several scholarships for students meeting the stated requirements. Students may apply for scholarships through Tiger Scholarship Manager.

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          Degree Requirements

          In addition to core content in early childhood professional knowledge, there is coursework to develop skills in fiscal management, recruiting and hiring personal, health and safety management, board relations, marketing and public relations, and liaison with professional associations and regulatory agencies. Requirements for this program include general education, a coordinated study, internship, thematic studies, senior project and general electives. Students should seek guidance from their advisor every semester and follow the assigned degree plan.  Please note this degree does not lead to licensure. A minor may be pursued with this degree through the submission of a completed minor application. Approval must be granted from the graduation analyst of the minor they are seeking as well as the College of Professional and Liberal Studies graduation analyst. 

          Thematic Studies

          Thematic studies focus on significant themes in social, political, and religious history. All College of Professional and Liberal Studies students must complete 6 credit hours of thematic studies courses. These courses are offered on campus and online in many interdisciplinary topics.

          Internships

          All students pursuing the Pre-School and Child Care Administration concentration will be required to secure an internship as part of their degree requirements. Successful internships provide valuable learning experiences related to coursework and areas of study under the supervision of a faculty member and an employer in the community.

          Prior Learning Assessment

          Students who wish to accelerate the completion of their degree may be eligible to earn credit through Prior Learning Assessment (PLA) which includes credit earned by CLEP or DSST standardized exams, Experiential Learning Credit, or departmental credit by examination.

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          File for Graduation

          Undergraduate students who are within two semesters of graduation should review the required process to file for graduation. All parts must be completed by the posted deadline. 

          Career Development

          Students interested in learning more about career options in Pre-School and Child Care Administration should review information and set an appointment to meet with a Career Specialist in our Career Services Office.

          Local and National Organizations

          National Association for Family Child Care
          Association for Early Learning Leaders

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