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Graduate Students


One of the primary purposes of the ELC is to prepare undergraduate and graduate child development and early childhood education professionals with a foundation for work with young children and their families. Practicum and assistantship experiences are available as part of the academic programs of study in the Child and Family Studies department. The ELC also supports graduate student research and coursework by providing a site for study or observation. To have access to the ELC for coursework or research, students should complete a Use of the ELC form.

What about students from other majors?

Participation in our Early Learning Center classrooms is a designed component for some CFS majors. We also, however, encourage students and faculty from other degree programs to feel free to contact us with ideas concerning ELC-based learning experiences for non-CFS majors. To date, we have been fortunate to have students from Nursing, Speech and Language, Social Work, Kinesiology, Art, and other majors conduct projects ranging from outdoor playhouse design to early education in dental hygiene. Many students utilize the ELC as a site for thesis and dissertation research projects. One example can be found in the fall 2015 issue of Accolades magazine.

Current Graduate Assistants

Katie Hampton

Katie completed her B.S. in Education, Health, and Human Sciences from the University of Tennessee. After graduating, Katie worked with children with special needs for 3 years and was dedicated to helping them reach their full potential. Currently, she is a first years master’s student in the Department of Child and Family Studies and is interested in working with children and families in a variety of contexts. She is eager to see what direction her master’s program will lead her in next and is excited to be a part of UT’s Early Learning Center!

Madison McMahan
Megan Chaney Megan completed her B.S. in psychology and minored in psychology of human development at Ball State University in Muncie, Indiana. Currently enrolled in the master’s program in the Department of Child and Family Studies, Megan’s research areas are focused on early child development within the context of outdoor education and nature based play. After completing her studies here at UT, she aspires to move back to her hometown, Fort Loramie, Ohio, to open her own Forest School. In her free time, Megan enjoys participating in almost any sport, hiking, and babysitting.