The curriculum for early childhood teaching leads to the degree of Bachelor of Science in Education and carries with it an initial professional certificate (PCI) to teach in the state of Missouri. Holders of this early childhood certificate may be employed to teach from birth through grade 3.
The Early Childhood Education program has a selective admission policy. In addition to meeting all requirements for admission to the Teacher Education Program, those wishing to pursue a degree in Early Childhood Education must complete a separate application while enrolled in ELE 302. In addition to the application form, students will write a one-page essay describing their interest in a career in Early Childhood Education. More details are available on the application form itself which is available in the Education Advisement Center, Hill Hall 202, and in the department office in Hill Hall 301A. Students must have passed all sections of the Missouri State Board of Education entry examination before applying to the Early Childhood Education Program. Applications for the program must be submitted during the semester of enrollment in ELE 302 by October 1 for fall semesters and March 15 for spring semesters. As this is a competitive program, admission is not guaranteed.
Transfer students and post-baccalaureate students must also apply for admission to the Early Childhood Education program. Transfer students must meet with advisors in the Education Advisement Center and post-baccalaureate students must meet with staff from the Teacher Certification Office in Hill Hall 203 to determine when they are eligible to complete the application and essay. All students must adhere to the deadlines stated above.
The application and essay will be reviewed by a committee appointed by the Department Head. Criteria for selection will be based on GPA, written essay, and passing scores (see above) on the C-BASE Exam. Students will be notified of the decision in writing by November 1 for fall semesters and April 1 for spring semesters. Students who are not accepted into the program may reapply in the following semester.
In order to meet Missouri state teacher certification requirements, candidates for the Bachelor of Science in Education degree are required to meet the following grade point average requirements: at least a 2.75 GPA on all course work attempted at all colleges attended; at least a 3.00 GPA in the certificate subject area (major field of study) which includes all courses listed under B and C; at least a 3.00 GPA in any additional certificate subject area; at least a 3.00 GPA in the professional education courses; and no grade lower than a "C" in all professional education courses. All GPA requirements include both Missouri State and transfer grades.
Additionally, students must pass all sections of the Missouri State Board of Education entry examination and successfully complete the Missouri Educator Gateway Assessments (MEGA) as established by the Missouri Board of Education.
All students must be admitted to the Teacher Education Program and have successfully completed Supervised Teaching in order to earn this degree. Refer to application procedures in the Teacher Certification, Teacher Education Program and Secondary Education Requirements section of catalog.
Eligible Missouri State undergraduate students majoring in Child and Family Development and Early Childhood Education may apply for preliminary acceptance into the Early Childhood and Family Studies program after admission requirements for the accelerated master's option have been satisfied. Once accepted, students will be able to take 10 hours of graduate-level courses that apply to both their undergraduate and graduate programs (Mixed Credit). Only three hours of 600-level courses can be applied to the graduate program. See the Graduate Catalog or further information.
For courses to be designated as Mixed Credit, the graduate advisor, undergraduate department head, and Graduate College dean must approve by signing the Permission for Mixed Credit form. This form must be provided to the Office of the Registrar in Carrington Hall 320 no later than the end of the Change of Schedule Period for the semester.