COE: BES: Early Childhood
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Ensure the Youngest Children get a Head Start

Are you excited about educating young children outside of a formal classroom setting? If so, then UMSL’s BES with the Early Childhood emphasis is designed exactly for you. In UMSL’s BES program, students gain skill and insights that can be applied as innovative educators, as managers and directors, as program planners, and as curriculum developers. Students will find employment opportunities in both public and private institutions with missions that focus on the youngest learners or in any organization interested in young children and their learning. As part of the BES program, students have the opportunity to earn specific credentials, as needed, and to pursue academic minors related to their individual career goals. Traditional state teacher certification is not required for this emphasis area.

The Early Childhood BES program is based on current research of best practices for effective teaching of young children and their families outside of the classroom setting. The program addresses child development theories and practice, curriculum emergence and development in informal education, developmentally appropriate practice, diversity, advocacy, and family partnerships for education.

UMSL BES students have opportunities to apply their knowledge and skills in a variety of field and community based experiences offered as part of their professional course work throughout the program. These internship experiences take place in a variety of settings in the St. Louis region. Internships at signature organizations such as the Saint Louis Science Center. Beyond Housing, the St. Louis ARC, and Kids Play offer authentic work site experiences with suburban, urban and special populations. Built into the BES program is the flexibility for students to have a tailor-made culminating experience related to their professional goals and future career needs.

Bachelor of Educational Studies (BES)

Contact Advisor:

Ellen Duncan

201 South Campus Classroom Building (SCCB)
p: (314) 516-5932


Slide 1 Community College Student Makes Seamless Transition to a Career
Claire Eschen is the Lead Toddler Teacher at the University Child Development Center. Additionally, she has been a full-time student in the Bachelor of Educational Studies program for the last two years.

Students in UMSL’s BES program with the Early Childhood emphasis have some of their courses in common with other BES students, and specific courses in early childhood. The program includes 24 credit hours in Early Childhood for the specific courses, see the emphasis area for Early Childhood in the Requirements below.

General Education Requirements

Students follow the University's General Education Requirements, Mathematical Skills, Advanced Expository Writing, American History and Government, and Cultural Diversity Requirements. Due to prerequisites of required courses all students must take PSYCH 1003 and POL SCI 1100. Students pursuing the Exercise Science emphasis area must take BIOL 1012BIOL 1013, and MATH 1030.

Foundations (Required Courses)

TCH ED 1001Early Clinical Experience: Community Agency1
TCH ED 2000Becoming a Professional Educator1
EDUC 2002Social Entrepreneurship3
EDUC 2222Interpretation: Connecting Audiences and Meaning3
ED PSY 2212Child and Adolescent Development3
or CNS ED 3200 Interpersonal Skills in Helping Relationships
PHY ED 2136Facilities Management3
EDUC 3170Grant Proposal Writing for Educators3.0
ED FND 3251Black Americans in Education3
THEATR 3362Storytelling3
MKTG 3721Introduction to Digital Marketing Strategies3
ED TECH 4302Educational Technology Instruction in Educational Agencies3
or ED TECH 4436 Computer-Mediated Teaching and Learning in Education
ED FND 4330History of American Education through the Lens of Social Justice3
Total Hours32
Required Courses
ECH ED 3302Introduction to Inclusive Early Childhood Education3
ECH ED 3303Curriculum and Practice Laboratory: Infant/Toddler1
ECH ED 3304Curriculum and Practice Laboratory: Preschool1
ECH ED 3313Curriculum and Practice: Infant/Toddler2
ECH ED 3314Curriculum and Practice: Preschool Education2
ECH ED 3332Literacy, Learning, and Instruction For The Young Child3
ECH ED 3350Family and Professional Partnerships within School/Community3
ECH ED 4317Implementation, Evaluation, and Assessment in Early Childhood Education3
SPEC ED 3318Inclusive Classrooms3
Total Hours21
Clinical Experiences
EDUC 4989Internship I3
EDUC 4990Internship II6
EDUC 4991Internship III6
Suggested Courses
MEDIA ST 2211Introduction to Digital Multimedia Production3
MEDIA ST 2222Convergence and Digital Media3
MGMT 3600Management and Organizational Behavior3
or SOC 3600 Management and Organizational Behavior
SOC WK 2000Social Work and Social Issues3
HLTH PE 3380Introduction to Nutrition for Health and Performance3
Total Hours15
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 Early Childhood Education

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 dissertati...