Early Childhood Education


Early Childhood Education

Bachelor of Science in Education (Certifiable Birth-Grade 3)

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.

Admission Requirements

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 on all five sub-tests of the Missouri General Education Assessment (MoGEA) Missouri State Board of Education entry examination . 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.

Program Requirements

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 earn passing scores on all five sub-tests of the Missouri General Education Assessment (MoGEA) 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.

  1. General Education Requirements - see General Education Program and Requirements section of catalog (44-48 hours)
    Specific courses required for major and/or certification which may be used to satisfy General Education Requirements:
    1. Focus on Written Communication (6 hours): ENG 110(3) and ENG 210(3)
    2. Focus on Quantitative Literacy: Completion of general education requirement with a grade of "C" or better. MTH 130(3) recommended.
    3. Focus on Oral Communication: COM 115(3)
    4. Focus on Life Sciences: BIO 100(4)
    5. Focus on Physical Sciences: PHY 101(4)
    6. Focus on Social and Behavioral Sciences: PSY 121(3)
    7. Courses used to meet the Focus on Humanities and the Focus on the Arts must have two (2) different course codes to meet state certification requirements. ART 200 or MUS 241 recommended.
    8. Focus on Constitution of U.S. and Missouri and American History and Institutions: HST 121(3) or HST 122(3); and PLS 101(3)
  2. Other courses required for degree (4 hours): GRY 135(4) or GRY 142(4) or GRY 240(4)
  3. Degree Requirements for Teacher Certification (25 hours):
    1. Child Development: CFD 160(3), CSD 312(3); KIN 545(3)
    2. Home-School-Community Relationships: CFD 560(3)
    3. Program Management: BMS 130(3); CFD 260(4), 563(3)
    4. Mathematics: MTH 320(3)
  4. Professional Education (56 hours): Note: A grade of "C" or better in each course is required for state certification.
    1. Foundations of Teaching: EDC 345(3), 350(3); ELE 302(3); SPE 310(3)
    2. Teaching Methods: CFD 455(4); ECE 301(3), 302(2), 303(3), 304(1), 401(3), 402(2); EDT 365(3); ENG 334(3); RDG 318(3); 420(3), 421(2)
    3. Clinical Experiences: choose 2 of the following 3 courses: ECE 490(6), 491(6), or 492(6)
  5. Public Affairs Capstone Experience will be fulfilled by completion of ECE 401(3).

  6. This program also requires compliance with the Teacher Education Program requirements for eligibility to enroll in Professional Education courses; admission to and continuance in the Teacher Education Program; approval for supervised teaching; and recommendation for certification. Refer to the Teacher Education Program section of the catalog for requirements.
  7. General Baccalaureate Degree Requirements - see General Baccalaureate Degree Requirements section of catalog

Accelerated Master's Program in Early Childhood and Family Development

The Accelerated Masters Program option in Early Childhood and Family Development provides an opportunity for outstanding undergraduate child and family development majors, early childhood education majors, elementary education majors, and psychology majors to begin their graduate course work during their junior or senior year. If accepted into the accelerated program, up to a maximum of 12 hours of graduate courses taken after admission into the program may be given credit for both undergraduate and graduate programs (Mixed Credit). Refer to the Graduate Catalog for more 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.