Missouri State University

Four-Year Graduation Plan

This is a model four-year graduation 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
CIS/CSC 101 Computers for Learning2
CFD 160 Principles of Development in Early Childhood3
ENG 110 Writing I3
PSY 121 Introductory Psychology3
PLS 101 American Democracy and Citizenship3
Total hours15

Second semester (spring)

Second semester courses Credit hours
CFD 260 Supervised Experience in the Child Development Laboratories4
COM 115 Fundamentals of Public Speaking3
MTH 130 (145) Contemporary Mathematics recommended3
HST 121 or HST 122 Survey of History of US3
BIO 100 Biological Science for Educators4
Total hours17

Third semester (fall)

Third semester courses Credit hours
ELE 302 Introduction to Elementary Education and Clinical/Field Experience3
EDT 365 Educational Applications of Technology and Media3
GRY 135, 142 or 240 Earth Science for Teachers4
MTH 320 Foundations of Mathematics for Teachers3
ENG 210 Writing II: Writing Across the Disciplines3
Total hours16

Fourth semester (spring)

Fourth semester courses Credit hours
ENG 334 Literature for Children3
Culture and Society/Humanities3
KIN 210 Healthy Lifestyles: Preventive Approaches3
SOC 150 Introduction to Society3
CFS 130 Essentials of Nutrition3
PHY 101 Physics by Inquiry for Educators4
Total hours18

Fifth semester (fall)

Fifth semester courses Credit hours
EDC 350 School and Society3
Self-Understanding/Creativity and Vision3
CFD 560 Family Involvement in Early Childhood Programs3
CSD 312 Normal Language Acquisition3
SPE 310 Introduction to Special Education3
Total hours15

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
CFD 455 Infants and Toddlers: Development and Program Planning4
Total hours18

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 hours19

Eighth semester (spring)

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

GPA requirements include at least a 2.50 GPA on all courses attempted at all colleges attended; at least a 2.50 GPA in the certificate subject area (major field of study); at least a 2.50 GPA in any additional certificate subject area; at least a 2.50 GPA in the professional educational courses; and no grade lower than a C in all professional education courses.

EDC 350, ECE 301, ECE 302, ECE 303, RDG 318, ECE 401, ECE 402, RDG 420, and RDG 421 require admission to the Teacher Education Program.

During the seventh semester a student must take the PRAXIS II exam.

During the eighth semester, student teaching meetings are held each January for the coming academic year. Attendance is required. A passing score on the PRAXIS exam is a prerequisite for student teaching if admitted to Teacher Ed. fall 2003 or after.