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.

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.

Semester 1

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

Semester 2 (Take the MoGEA)

CFD 260 Observing, Assessing, and Creating Activities for Young Children 4
MTH 320 Foundations of Mathematics for Teachers 3
PHY 101 Physics by Inquiry for Educators 4
ENG 110 Writing I 3
PSY 121 Introductory Psychology 3
Total hours17

Semester 3

GEC 111 Human Cultures Humanities 3
SPE 310 Introduction to Special Education 3
RDG 318 Foundations of Literacy Instruction 3
EDC 345 Introduction to Multicultural Education and Diversity 3
ENG 210 Writing II: Writing Across the Disciplines 3
Total hours16

Semester 4 (Apply to Early Childhood program)

EDT 365 Educational Applications of Technology and Media 3
GEC 115 Public Affairs - Cultural Competence 3
PSY 360 Educational Psychology 3
GEC 112 Human Cultures - The Arts 3
CFD 163 Relationships in Today's Families 3
PLS 101 American Democracy and Citizenship 3
Total hours18

Semester 5

ECE 304 The Early Childhood Education Professional 3
ECE 575 Working with Culturally and Linguistically Diverse Children and Families in Early Childhood 3
CFD 560 Family Engagement 3
CFD 455 Infants and Toddlers: Development and Program Planning 4
CSD 312 Normal Language Acquisition 3
GEC 116 Public Affairs - Public Issues 3
Total hours19

Semester 6 (Take ECE 301, 302, 303 concurrently)

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 315 Classroom Management and Positive Guidance in the Early Childhood Classroom 3
SPE 523 Curriculum and Methods in Early Childhood Special Education 3
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
Total hours17

Semester 7

EDT 520 Technologies in a Contemporary School Setting 1
ECE 401 Curriculum For Early Childhood Education 3
ECE 402 Assessing Young Children 2
ECE 403 Integrated Arts in the Early Childhood Curriculum 1
RDG 420 Methods of Assessing and Personalizing Reading and Writing 3
RDG 421 Practicum-Methods of Assessing and Personalizing Reading and Writing 2
CFD 563 Administration of Programs for Children and Families 3
CFD 110 Health, Safety and Nutrition 3
Total hours18

Semester 8 - Student Teaching

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

Some courses require admission to Teacher Education to enroll.

Requirements for admission to Teacher Education include: Completion of 30+ credit hours, passing all sections of the Missouri State Board of Education entry examinations, completion of the Missouri Educator Profile (MEP), COM 115 completed with a C >, ECE 304 completed with a C >, a 2.75 GPA, Family Care Safety Registry on file, an active Taskstream account, signed Student Contract and signed Dispositions Checklist. When requirements are met, the Educator Preparation Provider Committee (EPPC) will evaluate your credentials for admission to Teacher Education. 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)

The Early Childhood Program at MSU is selective. Applications may be submitted upon successful completion of 45 credit hours, passing of all sections of the  Missouri General Education Assessment (MoGEA), completion of the Missouri Educator Profile (MEP), earned a minimum of a 2.75 GPA AND completion of or concurrent enrollment of CFD 160 Principles of Development in Early Childhood. Applications are due  October 1st each fall semester and March 15th each spring semester. Early Childhood candidates are classified as Early Childhood Pre-majors until they are accepted into the Early Childhood Program and an advisor has filed a degree program while enrolled in ECE 304 The Early Childhood Professional.