BS in Human Development and Family Science with Emphasis in Early Childhood Education in a Mobile Society
Degree Program Description
This online bachelor's of science degree prepares students to work in the field of early childhood education. This program emphasizes the following areas: Child development, growth, and learning; Early education curricula and frameworks; Learning activities, technology use, and other experiences for young children; Family and community influences on children; Challenges facing families in today’s world; Assessment of children and environments; Professional and ethical standards; Hands-on experiences and clinical practice. Upon completion of the program, students are qualified to work in various early education and care settings serving children from birth through eight years in a wide variety of community and military settings, including early education centers and preschools, family and home care settings, Head Start and Early Head Start programs, and before/after school programs.
Major Program Requirements
The program is offered by Human Development and Family Science faculty in conjunction with other university partners as part of the Great Plains IDEA. Interested applicants will apply for admission to this program through the undergraduate admissions office at the University of Missouri and to the Department of Human Development and Family Science. Courses will be taught by University of Missouri faculty and by scholars from other Great Plains IDEA institutions, including Iowa State University, Michigan State University, Oklahoma State University, South Dakota State University, Texas Tech University, and University of Nebraska-Lincoln. Your degree will be awarded by the University of Missouri. Students in the Early Childhood Education in a Mobile Society program have amended College of Education course requirements due to the availability of online course options.
Students must complete all university requirements, including general education, in addition to the degree requirements below, and must achieve a grade of C (2.0) in all HDFS courses taken to meet degree requirements.
A. Requirements in HDFS
|H_D_FS 1600||Foundations of Family Science 1||3|
|H_D_FS 2200||Research Methods in Human Development and Family Science 2||3|
|H_D_FS 2300||Multicultural Study of Children and Families||3|
|H_D_FS 2400||Principles of Human Development||3|
|H_D_FS 3050||Child Development: Birth to 3 (Infant/Toddler)||3|
|H_D_FS 3150||Child Development 4-8 (Early Childhood)||3|
|H_D_FS 3250||Introduction to Early Childhood Education in a Mobile Society||3|
|H_D_FS 3350||Child Guidance and Classroom Environments||3|
|H_D_FS 3450||Health, Safety and Nutrition||3|
|H_D_FS 3550||Technology and Young Children||3|
|H_D_FS 3650||Diversity in the Lives of Young Children and Families||3|
|H_D_FS 3750||Working with Families||3|
|H_D_FS 3950||Practicum I: Child Observations in Classroom Environment||3|
|H_D_FS 4150||Development of Curriculum for Children Ages Birth to 3||3|
|H_D_FS 4250||Development of Curriculum for Children 4-8||3|
|H_D_FS 4350||Assessing Young Children and their Environments||3|
|H_D_FS 4450||Understanding and Adapting for Developmental Differences||3|
|H_D_FS 4550||Practicum II: Curriculum Development and Implementation||3|
|H_D_FS 4650||Administration/Supervision in Early Childhood Settings||3|
|H_D_FS 4750||Practicum III: Capstone Experience||6|
B. Requirements in Related Areas
|FINPLN 2183||Personal and Family Finance||3|
|Upper- Level (3000+) Writing Intensive Course - see HDFS advisor for list of approved courses||3|
2Statistics is recommended prior to H_D_FS 2200. Consult with advisor for appropriate course options.
Below is a sample plan of study, semester by semester. A student's actual plan may vary based on course choices where options are available.
|ENGLSH 10001||3||H_D_FS 2300||3||FINPLN 2183||3|
|H_D_FS 1600||3||Gen ED Science||3|
|American History or Government||3||General Elective||3|
|H_D_FS 2200||3||H_D_FS 3150||3||H_D_FS 3450||3|
|H_D_FS 3050||3||H_D_FS 3650||3||H_D_FS 3750||3|
|Lower Level Writing Intensive1||3||Gen Ed PHYS or MATH Science||3|
|H_D_FS 3950||3||H_D_FS 3350||3||H_D_FS 4250||3|
|H_D_FS 4150||3||H_D_FS 4350||3||H_D_FS 4650||3|
|H_D_FS 4450||3||3000+ level Writing Intensive1||3|
|Gen Ed BIO or PHYS Science w/ lab||3||General Elective||3|
|H_D_FS 4550||3||H_D_FS 4750||6|
|General Elective||3||General Elective||3|
|General Elective||3||General Elective||3|
|Total Credits: 120|
To be eligible for enrollment in the 3000-level program requirements, students must earn a 2.5 GPA in at least 30 credit hours and complete H_D_FS 2400 or an equivalent lifespan development course.
For information about applying to this program, visit Missouri Online.
Please contact the Human Development and Family Science Office or Ehren Oncken, the undergraduate enrollment counselor at Missouri Online, at (800) 609-3727, with questions about this program.
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