BSEd Four-Year Degree Plan: Early Childhood Education

The following is a sample schedule for this major – your actual schedule may vary.

Meet with your advisor and review the class schedule before confirming your schedule.

Missouri State is committed to helping you graduate in four years.

The following degree plan is based on the 2020-21 catalog and Missouri State general education requirements.

First semester (fall)

GEP 101 First-Year Foundations 2
CFD 160 Principles of Development in Early Childhood 3
COM 115 Fundamentals of Public Speaking 3
MTH 130 Contemporary Mathematics 3
BIO 100 Biological Science for Educators 4
Total hours15

Second semester (spring)

CFD 260 Observing, Assessing, and Creating Activities for Young Children 4
HST 121 Survey of the History of the United States to 1877
or HST 122 Survey of the History of the United States since 1877
PHY 101 Physics by Inquiry for Educators 4
ENG 110 Writing I 3
PSY 121 Introductory Psychology 3
Total hours17

Third semester (fall)

SPE 310 Introduction to Special Education 3
RDG 318 Foundations of Literacy Instruction 3
GEC112 Human Cultures - The Arts 3
ENG 210 Writing II: Writing Across the Disciplines 3
GEC111 Human Cultures - Humanities 3
PLS 101 American Democracy and Citizenship 3
Total hours18

Fourth semester (spring)

EDC 345 Introduction to Multicultural Education and Diversity 3
GEC116 Public Affairs - Public Issues 3
GEC115 Public Affairs - Cultural Competence 3
PSY 360 Educational Psychology 3
CFD 163 Relationships in Today's Families 3
MTH320 Foundations of Math for Teachers (Recommended FA20) 3
Total hours18

Fifth semester (fall)

ECE 304 Introduction to Early Childhood Education 3
CFD 455 Infants and Toddlers: Development and Program Planning 4
CFD 563 Administration of Programs for Children and Families 3
RDG 420 Methods of Assessing and Personalizing Reading and Writing 3
RDG 421 Practicum-Methods of Assessing and Personalizing Reading and Writing 2
CFD 110 Health, Safety and Nutrition 3
Total hours18

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
ECE 501 Home/School/Community Relationships with Young Children and Their Families 3
SPE 523 Curriculum and Methods in Early Childhood Special Education 3
CSD 312 Normal Language Acquisition 3
Total hours17

Seventh semester (fall)

ECE 401 Curriculum For Early Childhood Education 3
ECE 402 Assessing Young Children 2
ECE 403 Integrated Arts in the Early Childhood Curriculum 1
ECE 315 Classroom Management and Positive Guidance in the Early Childhood Classroom 3
CFD 560 Family Engagement 3
Total hours12

Eighth semester (spring)

Student teaching applications are due February 1 for those student teaching in the upcoming fall and August 1 if student teaching in the upcoming Spring semester.
ECE 495 Supervised Teaching in Early Childhood Education 6
ECE 496 Supervised Teaching in Early Childhood Education 6
Total hours12

Admission to Teacher Education Requirements

  • 30 completed hours
  • A 2.75 Overall GPA
  • COM 115 completed with a "C" or higher
  • ECE304 completed with a "C" or higher
  • Pass all sections of MOGEA or a composite score of 20 on the ACT
  • MOVECHS Fingerprinting
  • Signed student contract
  • Signed dispositions checklist
  • Active Taskstream account

When requirements are met, the Educator Preparation Provider Committee (EPPC) will evaluate your credentials for admission into the teacher education program. There is no application to be completed.

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)
Degree plan last reviewed 08-10-2020.