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Milligan announces partnership with Walters State

Staff reports • Nov 1, 2012 at 5:01 PM

MILLIGAN COLLEGE — Residents of Morristown and surrounding communities will soon have a closer option for completing a bachelor’s degree in early childhood education.

Thursday, Milligan College and Walters State Community College announced an articulation agreement that will enable Milligan to offer its Bachelor of Science degree in child and youth development on Walters State’s Morristown campus. Walters State offers an associate’s degree in early childhood education.

“Throughout the years, many well-prepared Walters State graduates have enrolled at Milligan to complete a bachelor’s degree, so we are pleased to be able to partner with them to provide this new, convenient opportunity for those wanting to teach pre-K through third grade,” Milligan President Bill Greer said in a news release.

Milligan will offer its degree completion in early childhood education program on Walters State’s Morristown campus, 500 South Davy Crockett Parkway, starting in January.

“This articulation agreement enables Walters State students planning to transfer to Milligan to complete the bachelor’s degree in child and youth development without leaving Morristown,” said Walters State President Dr. Wade B. McCamey. “Walters State and Milligan have several existing articulation agreements and the two colleges have worked together in previous partnerships to expand the opportunities for higher education in East Tennessee. I look forward to watching this program grow.”

Milligan’s early childhood program allows adults who have already completed at least two years of work experience and about two years of college—either at Walters State or elsewhere—to complete the child and youth development major in 18 months. Students can certify to teach at the early childhood (PreK-3) level with additional courses and a semester of full-time student teaching. To earn their bachelor’s degree, students must also complete the college’s general education requirements, but often these have been met in a student’s prior coursework.

Classes will meet one night a week at the Walters State Morristown campus. The program is cohort-based and will be taught in conjunction with Milligan’s on-campus program. Courses will be delivered to Morristown using interactive televideo technology. The technology allows students to interact with other students and teachers on Milligan’s main campus. The cohort that begins in January will meet on Thursday evenings.

To share more details about the program, Milligan will host an information session on Tuesday, Nov. 27, from 4:30-6:30 p.m. on Walters State’s Morristown campus. The information session will be held in the Foundations Room, located in the Dr. Jack E. Campbell College Center Building. No pre-registration is required to attend.

Interested individuals may also contact Melissa Harkleroad, Milligan’s teacher education admissions coordinator, at 800.262.8337 or mharkleroad@milligan.edu to review previous transcripts and discuss a degree plan. Additional information is also available online at HYPERLINK “http://www.milligan.edu/ECE” www.milligan.edu/ECE.

For information on Walters State’s College Express for Early Childhood Education degree, contact Cathy Woods, executive director of distance education, at 423.585.2661.

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