COE: BS Ed: Early Childhood | Early Childhood/Early Childhood Special Education (B-3)
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Ensure the Youngest Children get a Head Start

The impact of early learning experiences for children from birth through grade three is far reaching and the need for passionate qualified educators in Early Childhood Education and Early Childhood Special Education is growing. The Early Childhood undergraduate program is designed for students who are interested in obtaining Missouri teacher certification in both Early Childhood Education and Early Childhood Special Education. This degree prepares educators to work in the early childhood field in a variety of roles and a variety of contexts (i.e. classroom teachers in regular and inclusive settings, Center directors, and children’s organizations) and other positions that require certification within the public and private school systems.

The Early Childhood program prepares educators through a program based upon knowledge of what constitutes best practices for teaching young children within inclusive settings and supporting their families. The program addresses the areas of child development, curriculum emergence and development, developmentally appropriate practice, differentiated learning, diversity, advocacy and family partnerships. Students have opportunities to apply their acquired knowledge in a variety of field and community based experiences offered as part of their professional course work from the very first courses. These experiences take place in a variety of community agencies including United Way organizations, St. Louis educational and cultural institutions, studio schools, the University Child Development Center (UCDC), and preschools and elementary schools in the metropolitan St. Louis area.

Our teacher programs offer unique capstone experiences, two practica in “Studio Schools.” These are schools and districts where design happens, using a “differentiated staffing” plan. Specifically, teacher candidates will work in the school site as a faculty member, planning and teaching to provide in-depth support, flexibility, and intervention for pre K–12 students where it’s needed. The focus of this model is on K–12 student learning. Teacher candidates, supported by the supervisor and school site mentor, will impact Pre K–12 students in multiple, varied and wide ranging grade level, achievement and subject specific contexts. These can include small group settings, whole class lessons, enrichment and support lessons all focused learning experiences.

From your first course, “Effective Career Decision Making for Educators,” where you explore educational opportunities at all levels, to your courses directly connected to real world learning in youth serving agencies and content focused organizations and then throughout your practica as you participate in faculty roles and responsibilities, you will be excellently prepared. As a College of Education teacher candidate, you will have state of the art opportunities to make positive impacts on student learning and growth as you become a community educator for all learners.

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Bachelor of Science in Education (BS Ed)

Contact Advisor:

Ellen Meadows

201 South Campus Classroom Building (SCCB)
p: (314) 516-7697

mon-fri: 9a – 5p

The Bachelor’s of Science in Early Childhood Education degree prepares candidates to teach in early childhood and preschool settings. Candidates who complete this program are eligible for Missouri teacher certification in Early Childhood (Birth-Grade 3).

University General Education and Graduation Requirements 

Education majors must complete all General Education requirements and Graduation Requirements of the University as outlined in this Bulletin.

The courses listed below fulfill General Education requirements and best prepare students for advanced education coursework and licensure exams.

First Year Writing
ENGL 11003
Communication Proficiency
EDUC 22223
or COMM 1040
Mathematics Proficiency
MATH 1020undefined
or MATH 1030
Information Literacy
ED TECH 22303
US History and Government
POL SCI 11003
or HIST 1001
Humanities and Fine Arts
Choose any 9 hours from approved fields.9
Social Sciences
Choose any 9 hours. At least one course must meet the cultural diversity requirement. 9
Math and Life/Natural Sciences
Choose any 9 hours.9
Junior Level Writing
ENGL 3100undefined
Total Hours39

Program Requirements

All candidates in the B.S.Ed. Early Childhood Education program are required to successfully complete the following Teacher Education courses as well as the required Missouri Department of Elementary and Secondary Education (DESE) performance assessment.

Professional Education courses must be completed with a grade of C or better (a grade of C- or below must be retaken).

To be recommended for certification, candidates must satisfy all DESE requirements for grade point average and for certification-specific assessments.

Preparing for the Teacher Education Program

The following courses must be completed prior to applying for admission to the teacher education program:

TCH ED 1000undefined
TCH ED 1001undefined
TCH ED 2000undefined
TCH ED 2001undefined
TCH ED 2209undefined
ED PSY 2212undefined
Total Hours0

Teacher Education Program

The following courses are completed after acceptance into the teacher education program:

ART ED 2179undefined
MUS ED 27703
HLTH PE 3432undefined
TCH ED 3001undefined
TCH ED 3212undefined
ED PSY 3312undefined
ELE ED 3339undefined
ELE ED 4246undefined
ELE ED 4342undefined
SPEC ED 33183
SPEC ED 4323undefined
Total Hours6

Emphasis Area Requirements

In addition to the above courses, students must complete all required coursework for the emphasis area in Early Childhood Special Education:

ECH ED 3302undefined
ECH ED 3303undefined
ECH ED 3304undefined
ECH ED 3313undefined
ECH ED 3314undefined
ECH ED 3332undefined
ECH ED 3350undefined
SPEC ED 4315undefined
ECH ED 4317undefined
ECH ED 4348undefined
Total Hours0

The program will culminate in the completion of two sequential site-based practicum experience courses.

ECH ED 49893
ECH ED 4990undefined
Total Hours3

Total Credit Hours: 126

Emphasis Area Requirements

All candidates must enroll in a program that includes levels I, II, and III course work above in the College of Education. In addition, students must complete the following Early Childhood/Early Childhood Special Education courses:

ECH ED 33031
ECH ED 33041
ECH ED 33132
ECH ED 33142
ECH ED 43173
ECH ED 43483
SPEC ED 43153
ECH ED 49893
ECH ED 499012

Total for the B.S.Ed. in Early Childhood: minimum of 132 hours

Slide 1 The Explorers with their harvest corn from the COE's community garden. Nature experiences are a featured part of the Early Childhood Education curriculum in the Child Development Center.
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Lynn Navin, Ph.D.
Director of the University Child Development Center

Lynn Navin earned her Bachelor of Science in Elementary and Early Childhood Education from Bowling Green State University in 1984. She earned a Master of Arts in Child Development from Michigan State University in 1991. Infant Mental Health was an area of emphasis.  She recently finished a PhD in Teaching and Learning Processes. Her dissertation topic was on using sel...
DESE Early Childhood (Birth - Grade 3) Certification
The College of Education will recommend you to the Missouri Department of Elementary/Secondary Education for teacher certification in Early Childhood B-3 at the completion of this program if you have met all state requirements. To ensure that you have met all state requirements, please contact your advisor.
DESE Early Childhood Special Education (Birth - Grade 3) Certification
Early Childhood students who have obtained their initial certification can add the Special Education endorsement by passing the appropriate content area exam. The candidate contacts the Department of Elementary/Secondary to add this endorsement.