Program Requirements

Early Childhood Education

Bachelor of Science in Education

(Certifiable Birth - Grade 3)

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; a grade of “C” or higher in all courses listed under A, B and C below except C #4, which requires a grade of “B” or higher. All GPA requirements include both Missouri State and transfer grades. Students must maintain an overall GPA of 2.75 to continue in the Early Childhood Education program. If a student drops below the required 2.75 GPA, the student will be dismissed from the program and may reapply once the GPA requirement is once again met.

Additionally, students must earn passing scores on all four 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): Completion of general education requirement with a grade of "C" or better: 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: Completion of general education requirement with a grade of "C" or better: COM 115(3)
    4. Focus on Life Sciences: Completion of general education requirement with a grade of "C" or better: BIO 100(4)
    5. Focus on Physical Sciences: Completionof general education requirement with a grade of "C" or better: PHY 101(4)
    6. Focus on Social and Behavioral Sciences: Completion of general education requirement with a grade of "C" or better: PSY 121(3) and CFD 163(3) required.
    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. Completion of general education requirement with a grade of "C" or better: ART 200 or MUS 241 recommended.
    8. Focus on Constitution of U.S. and Missouri and American History and Institutions: Completion of general education requirement with a grade of "C" or better: HST 121(3) or HST 122(3); and PLS 101(3)
  2. Other courses required for degree (4 hours): Completion of general education requirement with a grade of "C" or better: GRY 135(4) or GRY 142(4) or GRY 240(4) or GLG 110(4) or GLG 171(4)
  3. Professional Education Degree Requirements for Teacher Certification (60 hours):
    1. Content Planning and Instruction. Completion of requirement with a grade of “C” or better: EDT 365(3), ECE 575(3), MTH 320(3), RDG 318(3).
    2. Individual Student Needs. Completion of requirement with a grade of “C” or better: CFD 160(3), SPE 310(3), SPE 523(3), ECE 315(3), EDC 345(3).
    3. Schools and the Teaching Profession. Completion of the requirement with a grade of “C” or better: ECE 304(3)
    4. Teaching and Supporting Learning of the Young Child (minimum of 30 hours). Completion of requirements with a grade of “B” or higher: CFD 260(4), CFD 455(4), CSD 312(3), ECE 301(3), ECE 302(2), ECE 303(3), ECE 401(3), ECE 402(2), ECE 403(1), RDG 420(3), RDG 421(2).
    5. Home-School-Community Relations (minimum of 6 hours). Completion of requirement with a grade of “C” or better: CFD 560(3), CFD 163(3) fulfilled by General Education #A6 above.
    6. Program Management (minimum of 6 hours). Completion of requirement with a grade of “C” or better: CFD 110(3), CFD 563(3).
    7. Field and Clinical Experiences (minimum of 12 hours). Completion of requirement with a grade of “C” or better: ECE 495(6), ECE 496(6).
    8. Public Affairs Capstone Experience will be fulfilled by completion of ECE 401(3).
  4. 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.
  5. General Baccalaureate Degree Requirements - see General Baccalaureate Degree Requirements section of catalog