The Child Development Center serves as a clinical experience and practice site for pre-service teachers. Our College of Education is one of only 100 in the nation that maintains a laboratory school.( National Association of Lab Schools, nd) Our center is accredited by the National Association for the Education of Young Children (NAEYC) and has earned Tennessee's highest 3-Star quality rating for our facility from the Tennessee Department of Human Services (DHS). Our site also provides an environment in which research and development activities may be conducted.
Our teaching staff use multiple instructional approaches to optimize children's opportunities for learning. We use reciprocal communication with families with sensitivity to cultural contexts to assess children's developmental needs and progress. Teachers' knowledge of each child helps to plan appropriately challenging activities that respond to each child's strengths and needs.
We believe that children are active learners and unique individuals. We value the contributions that cultural, racial, and socioeconomic diversity, and gender differences bring to the program. We encourage attitudes of acceptance and understanding. We encourage the acquisition of competencies in language, cognitive, social, emotional, and physical skills.
Our program employs and supports a teaching staff that has the educational qualifications, knowledge, and professional commitment necessary to promote children's learning and development and to support families' diverse needs and interests.