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.

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

 General Education Requirements 

B.S.Ed. degree candidates must complete the following General Education courses required by the College of Education and the Missouri Department of Elementary and Secondary Education..

Core Areas:
First Year Writing
ENGL 1100First-Year Writing (MOTR ENGL 200)3
or HIST 1111 Reacting to the Past
Math Proficiency
MATH 1030College Algebra (MOTR MATH 130)3
Communication Proficiency
EDUC 2222Interpretation: Connecting Audiences and Meaning3
or COMM 1040 Introduction to Public Speaking (MOTR COMM 110)
Information Literacy
ED TECH 2230Information Literacy3
American History and Government
POL SCI 1100Introduction to American Politics (MOTR POSC 101)3
Explore Areas:
Humanities and Fine Arts
ART ED 2179Visual Art Activities for Elementary School3
MUS ED 2770An Introduction to Music for the Elementary School Teacher3
Additional Course in Humanities or Fine Arts3
Social Science
ED PSY 2212Child and Adolescent Development3
GEOG 1001Introduction to Geography (MOTR GEOG 101)3
or GEOG 1002 World Regions (MOTR GEOG 101)
HIST 1001American Civilization to 1865 (MOTR HIST 101)3
or HIST 1002 American Civilization 1865 to Present (MOTR HIST 102)
Math and Life/Natural Sciences
BIOL 1012General Biology (MOTR BIOL 100)3
GEOL 1001General Geology4
Additional course in Chemistry OR Physics OR combines Chemistry/Physics3

 Related Area Requirements

MATH 1150Structure of Mathematical Systems I3
MATH 2510Structure of Mathematical Systems II3
ECON 1052Microeconomics for the School Curriculum3
ATM SCI 1001Elementary Meteorology4
or ASTRON 1001 Cosmic Evolution Introductory Astronomy (MOTR ASTR 100)
HLTH PE 3432Teaching Health and Physical Education in Elementary Schools3
ENGL 3100Junior-Level Writing3

Program Requirements

All students must complete the program requirements as well as the emphasis area courses.

Professional education courses must be completed with a grade point average of 3.0 and no grade lower than a C.

Note: Beginning with those students graduating in May, 2017 and receiving teacher certification, the Missouri Department of Elementary and Secondary Education requires a 3.0 GPA in professional education courses, a 3.0 GPA in the teaching content field, and a 2.75 overall GPA.

Students must pass the relevant exit test to receive the B.S.Ed. degree.

Introduction to Education
TCH ED 1000Building Community, Culture, and Learning in Education1
TCH ED 1001Early Clinical Experience: Community Agency1
Level I: Education in Community Contexts
TCH ED 2000Becoming a Professional Educator1
TCH ED 2001Early Clinical Experience: Schools1
TCH ED 2209Foundations of Teaching in American Schools2
Level II: Teaching and Learning Across Context and Clinical Experiences
ED PSY 3312Psychology of Learning, Instruction, and Assessment3
ELE ED 3338Teaching Elementary Literacy in Inclusive Settings: Literacy Assessment and Learning3
SPEC ED 3318Inclusive Classrooms3
TCH ED 3001Mid-Level Clinical Experience: Diverse Learners1
TCH ED 3212Sociolinguistics and Communication in the Classroom3
ECH ED 3302Introduction to Inclusive Early Childhood Education3
ECH ED 3332Literacy, Learning and Instruction for the Young Child3
ECH ED 3350Family and Professional Partnerships within School/Community3
Level III: Instructional Application in Studio Schools
ELE ED 3339Teaching Elementary Literacy in Inclusive Settings: Literacy Instruction and Learning4
ELE ED 4246Teaching Elementary Mathematics in Inclusive Settings I3
ELE ED 4342Teaching Elementary Mathematics in Inclusive Settings II3
SPEC ED 4323Classroom Management and Positive Behavioral Supports in Inclusive Educational Settings3

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 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 4317Implementation, Evaluation, and Assessment in Early Childhood Education3
ECH ED 4348The Acquisition of Mathematical and Science Concepts3
SPEC ED 4315Language and Communication of Children with Special Needs3
ECH ED 4989Practicum I: Early Childhood Education/Early Childhood Special Education Site Based Experience3
ECH ED 4990Practicum II: Early Childhood Education/Early Childhood Special Education Site Based Experience12

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.