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.

The following degree plan is based on the general education program instituted in fall 2014. For the previous general education requirements, please access these Student Transition Resources.

First semester (fall)

GEP 101 First-Year Foundations 2
CFD 160 Principles of Development in Early Childhood 3
ENG 110 Writing I 3
PSY 121 Introductory Psychology 3
GEC 111 Human Cultures Humanities 3
PLS 101 American Democracy and Citizenship 3
Total hours17

Second semester (spring) - Take the MoGEA

CFD 260 Observing, Assessing, and Creating Activities for Young Children 4
COM 115 Fundamentals of Public Speaking 3
MTH 130 Contemporary Mathematics 3
HST 121 or HST 122 Survey of History of US 3
BIO 100 Biological Science for Educators 4
Total hours17

Third Semester (fall) - Take the MEP

ELE 302 Introduction to Elementary Education and Clinical/Field Experience 3
PHY 101 Physics by Inquiry for Educators 4
MTH 320 Foundations of Mathematics for Teachers 3
ENG 210 Writing II: Writing Across the Disciplines 3
GEC 110 Social & Behavioral Sciences 3
Total hours16

Fourth semester (spring)

ENG 334 Literature for Children 3
SPE 310 Introduction to Special Education 3
EDT 365 Educational Applications of Technology and Media 3
GEC 115 Public Affairs - Cultural Competence 3
GRY 240 Earth Science for Teachers 4
CFD 563 Administration of Programs for Children and Families 3
Total hours19

Fifth semester (fall)

ECE 304 The Early Childhood Education Professional 3
CFD 455 Infants and Toddlers: Development and Program Planning 4
EDC 350 School and Society 3
GEC 112 Human Cultures - The Arts 3
CFD 560 Family Engagement 3
CSD 312 Normal Language Acquisition 3
Total hours17

Sixth semester (spring)

ECE 301 Emerging Literacy and Communication Arts 3
ECE 302 Social Studies and Sociomoral Development 2
ECE 303 Mathematics and Science for Young Children 3
RDG 318 Foundations of Literacy Instruction 3
GEC 116 Public Affairs - Public Issues 3
BMS 130 Essentials of Nutrition 3
Total hours17

Seventh semester (fall)

ECE 401 Curriculum For Early Childhood Education 3
ECE 402 Assessing Young Children 2
RDG 420 Methods of Teaching Reading and Language Arts in Elementary Schools 3
RDG 421 Practicum-Methods of Teaching Reading and Language Arts in the Elementary Schools 2
EDC 345 Introduction to Multicultural Education and Diversity 3
KIN 545 Perceptual and Motor Development 3
Total hours16

Eighth semester (spring) - Student Teaching

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.