Early Childhood Education Undergraduate Program

Alumnae Jessica Ridder and Laura Snelson teaching students at Sherwood Elementary

Teach kids and spark a love of learning

Earn a Missouri teaching certificate for birth up to 3rd grade. Work as a teacher or instructor in early childhood settings.

Have confidence, comfort and expertise in your teaching career.

Degree options

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Degree plan

Review a sample degree plan that details your path to graduation.

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Degree plan

Explore resources that help you transfer to Missouri State.

Consider an accelerated master’s degree

Apply credit from your bachelor’s degree toward your master’s degree. Graduate with two degrees, sooner.

Why major in early childhood education at Missouri State?

  • Join the only program in the state that has family development in the same department. Receive a well-rounded experience and education.
  • Discover the theory and practice of teaching. Gain insight into student development.
  • Practice for your future. Take part in field placement and hands-on experiences before you even begin student teaching.
Jessica Ridder with students
Careers and outcomes

Care for kids' education right from the start.

Approval and accreditation

Reach your full potential in a program that’s held in high regard throughout the state and nationally.


  • Missouri State Board of Education


  • Department of Elementary and Secondary Education
  • National Association for the Education of Young Children
  • National Council for Accreditation of Teacher Education

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