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Program Structure

The Education licensure coursework is divided into three phases: the Education Core, the Curriculum and Instruction courses, and the semester of Clinical Practice. Between each is a GATEWAY assessment in which our candidates demonstrate their knowledge from each phase. In addition, because our candidates are liberal arts education candidates with a second content major the total program includes the EDU courses, the BELL Core General Education courses, and the content major courses.

Early Childhood (PreK-3): EDU Courses of 42 hrs. + BELL Core + Major

Elementary (K-5): EDU Courses of 39 hrs. + BELL Core + Major


• EDU 2100 Foundations of Education
• EDU 2110 Educational Psychology
• EDU 2221 Child Development
• EDU 3800 Meeting Needs of Diverse Learners

GATEWAY II ASSESSMENT | CURRICULUM and INSTRUCTION (Early Childhood 18 hrs. / Elementary 15 hrs.)

• EDU 3030 Literacy I
• EDU 3040 Math Methods
• EDU 4230 Literacy II
• EDU 4250 Science Methods
• EDU 4260 Social Studies Methods
• EDU 4221 Methods and Materials for Early Childhood Education*
*required only for those seeking Early Childhood Education licensure


Student Teaching (Undergraduate): 15 weeks in two placements (1st placement in MNPS, 2nd placement of choice)

• EDU 4201 Classroom Management and Teaching Early Childhood/Elementary Education
• EDU 4401 Student Teaching (PreK-3) OR EDU 4404 Student Teaching Elementary
• EDU 4110 Reflective Teaching Seminar

Tennessee Licensure and Reciprocity with other states

While more than 70 percent of all students enrolled at Belmont come from outside the state of Tennessee, our candidates are licensed in Tennessee and use the Tennessee reciprocity agreement to transfer their license back to another state, should they choose to leave Tennessee. The majority of our candidates are employed in Tennessee schools upon graduation.