Four-Year Degree Plan

This is a model four-year degree plan. Your path to graduation may vary slightly based on factors such as college credit you earned while in high school, your choice of general education electives and placement in English and mathematics.

The early childhood education degree program can be completed in eight semesters and one or two summers.

Check out the course rotation before scheduling your classes.

First semester (fall)

First semester courses Credit hours
GEP 101 First-Year Foundations2
CFD 160 Principles of Development in Early Childhood3
ENG 110 Writing I3
PSY 121 Introductory Psychology3
GEC 111 Human Cultures Humanities3
PLS 101 American Democracy and Citizenship3
Total hours17

Second semester (spring) - Take the MoGEA

Second semester courses Credit hours
CFD 260 Observing, Assessing, and Creating Activities for Young Children4
COM 115 Fundamentals of Public Speaking3
MTH 130 Contemporary Mathematics3
HST 121 or HST 122 Survey of History of US3
BIO 100 Biological Science for Educators4
Total hours17

Third Semester (fall) - Take the MEP

Third semester courses Credit hours
ELE 302 Introduction to Elementary Education and Clinical/Field Experience3
PHY 101 Physics by Inquiry for Educators4
MTH 320 Foundations of Mathematics for Teachers3
ENG 210 Writing II: Writing Across the Disciplines3
GEC 110 Social & Behavioral Sciences3
Total hours16

Fourth semester (spring)

Fourth semester courses Credit hours
ENG 334 Literature for Children3
SPE 310 Introduction to Special Education3
EDT 365 Educational Applications of Technology and Media3
GEC 115 Public Affairs - Cultural Competence3
GRY 240 Earth Science for Teachers4
CFD 563 Administration of Programs for Children and Families3
Total hours19

Fifth semester (fall)

Fifth semester courses Credit hours
ECE 304 The Early Childhood Education Professional1
CFD 455 Infants and Toddlers: Development and Program Planning4
EDC 350 School and Society3
GEC 112 Human Cultures - The Arts3
CFD 560 Family Involvement in Early Childhood Programs3
CSD 312 Normal Language Acquisition3
Total hours17

Sixth semester (spring)

Sixth semester courses Credit hours
ECE 301 Emerging Literacy and Communication Arts3
ECE 302 Social Studies and Sociomoral Development2
ECE 303 Mathematics and Science for Young Children3
RDG 318 Foundations of Literacy Instruction3
GEC 116 Public Affairs - Public Issues3
BMS 130 Essentials of Nutrition3
Total hours17

Seventh semester (fall)

Seventh semester courses Credit hours
ECE 401 Curriculum For Early Childhood Education3
ECE 402 Assessing Young Children2
RDG 420 Methods of Teaching Reading and Language Arts in Elementary Schools3
RDG 421 Practicum-Methods of Teaching Reading and Language Arts in the Elementary Schools2
EDC 345 Introduction to Multicultural Education and Diversity3
KIN 545 Perceptual and Motor Development3
Total hours16

Eighth semester (spring) - Student Teaching

Eighth semester courses Credit hours
Choose 2 of the 3
ECE 490 Supervised Teaching (Infant/Toddler Settings)6
ECE 491 Supervised Teaching (Preschool/Kindergarten Settings)6
ECE 492 Supervised Teaching (Primary Settings)6
Total hours12

Requirements for admission to Teacher Education include: Passing all sections of the Missouri State Board of Education entry examination, completion of the Missouri Educator Profile (MEP), COM 115 completed “C”>, ELE 302 completed “C”>, a 2.75 GPA and Family Care Safety Registry on file. When requirements are met, the PEC will evaluate your credentials for admission to T.E. There is no application to fill out.

As per DESE directives, GPA requirements listed below are effective fall 2013:

2.75 overall GPA for admission to the Teacher Education program

2.75 overall GPA and 3.00 content (major) GPA for assignment to supervised teaching

2.75 overall GPA, 3.00 content (major) GPA and 3.00 GPA in Professional Education for graduation &
certification recommendation
(Individual programs will determine at what point in the program content GPA applies)

The Early Childhood Program at MSU is selective. Applications may be submitted upon successful completion of the Missouri State Board of Education entry examination AND enrollment (or past enrollment) in ELE 302 or an equivalent field experience course (transferred as PEU 015). Applications are due October 1st each fall semester and March 15th each spring semester.