BSEd Four-Year Degree Plan: Early Childhood Education

Sample schedule

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 2018-19 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
PLS 101 American Democracy and Citizenship 3
Total hours18

Second semester (spring)

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

Third semester (fall)

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
Humanities - General Education 3
Total hours15

Fourth semester (spring)

EDT 365 Educational Applications of Technology and Media 3
Cultural Competence - General Education 3
PSY 360 Educational Psychology 3
The Arts - General Education 3
CFD 163 Relationships in Today's Families 3
CFD 110 Health, Safety and Nutrition 3
Total hours18

Fifth semester (fall)

ECE 304 The Early Childhood Education Professional 3
CFD 455 Infants and Toddlers: Development and Program Planning 4
CFD 560 Family Engagement 3
CSD 312 Normal Language Acquisition 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
Public Issues - General Education 3
Total hours19

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 420 Methods of Assessing and Personalizing Reading and Writing 3
RDG 421 Practicum-Methods of Assessing and Personalizing Reading and Writing 2
SPE 523 Curriculum and Methods in Early Childhood Special Education 3
CFD 563 Administration of Programs for Children and Families 3
Total hours19

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
ECE 575 Working with Culturally and Linguistically Diverse Children and Families in Early Childhood 3
EDT 520 Technologies in a Contemporary School Setting 1
Total hours13

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

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 General Education Assessment (MOGEA), COM 115 completed with a C >, SPE 310 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), earned a minimum of a 2.75 GPA and completion of or concurrent enrollment of CFD 160 Principles of Development in Early Childhood. Applications must be completed and 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.

Degree plan last reviewed 07-30-2018.