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    Aug 20, 2022  
2009-2010 Graduate Catalog 
2009-2010 Graduate Catalog [ARCHIVED CATALOG]

Child and Family Studies Major, MS

The Master of Science degree with a major in child and family studies provides a broad foundation for understanding how children develop and how families function in today’s society. All master’s candidates enroll in foundation courses which include theoretical and empirical surveys of the human development, child development, and family science literatures, plus a survey of methods of discovery used in child and family research. All MS students are expected to engage in productive research culminating in a thesis or project. Students choose to concentrate either in general-emphasis, leading to doctoral study or careers in community agencies serving children and families, or teacher-licensure (PreK-3), leading to an educator career in early childhood or school settings. The teacher-licensure (PreK-3) concentration is ordinarily restricted to students currently enrolled in the undergraduate teacher-licensure program at the University of Tennessee, Knoxville.

General Emphasis Concentration

The general-emphasis concentration requires a minimum of 36 hours of course work – 12 hours in foundation course work and 24 hours in specialization. The specialization credit hours are elected with guidance of the student’s master’s committee. Students seeking the MS with a major in child and family studies (general emphasis concentration) must select a master’s committee chair and file a plan of study with the department head after 12 hours of graduate credit.

Teacher-Licensure (PreK-3) Concentration

The teacher-licensure (PreK-3) concentration is designed for students seeking a MS along with initial teacher licensure in early childhood education (PreK through Grade 3). At the University of Tennessee, Knoxville, students interested in the MS with a major in child and family studies [teacher-licensure (PreK-3) concentration] must apply for admission to graduate study through the procedures outlined above. Application for admission to teacher licensure (PreK-3) is a part of the application process to the graduate program and is described in the Undergraduate Catalog. Admission to teacher-licensure (PreK-3) is concurrent with admission to the child and family studies master’s program. The teacher-licensure (PreK-3) concentration requires 36 hours of course work and a written comprehensive exam.


  Hours Credit
1 Child and Family Studies Foundation Courses 9
2 Childhood Education Core (includes licensure) 24
3 Childhood Education Specialization Elective 3
  Total 36

1 Child and Family Studies CFS 510 , CFS 511 , CFS 550 .
2 Child and Family Studies CFS 512  (3), CFS 569  (3) CFS 574  (2), CFS 575  (12),  CFS 591  (4). Students complete an action research project in Child and Family Studies CFS 569 .
3 Elected from list of courses with prior committee approval.