BSEd in Early Childhood Education

Degree Program Description

The Bachelor of Science in Education in Early Childhood will prepare you to work with children from birth through third grade in public, private, and alternative school systems.  Students consider a degree in education if they enjoy working with children and/or adolescents, want to strengthen the future through education, and want to make a difference in the lives of others.  MU Students work closely with mentors, practicing teachers, administrators, and university faculty to develop the knowledge and skills to enhance learning outcomes for children and youth.  The coursework through the College of Education focuses on teachers’ roles in facilitating learning at all levels of development and considers the influences of cultural, political, historical, and economic factors on students, teachers, and schools.  Upon successful completion of the initial teacher certification process, the state grants you certification in early childhood education.  Practical and rewarding clinical experience in schools and agencies, which will enhance your teaching abilities and confidence, begins during the sophomore year, and continues each semester, culminating in a senior-level teaching internship.  Coursework within Early Childhood will challenge you to consider ways to support the development and learning of young children from birth through age eight.

Major Program Requirements

Students must complete all university, general education, and content requirements, in addition to degree requirements.  Please meet with an Academic Advisor to discuss degree requirements and to create a semester plan.

Teacher Education programs in the College of Education are accredited by the Missouri Department of Elementary and Secondary Education (DESE). Curriculum changes mandated to earn teacher certification may become effective at any point during your academic program. Therefore, it is extremely important that you DO NOT SELF ADVISE.

Degree Requirements Sample Program

Additional Subject/Concentration-Choose One of the following options:3
Child Development 4-8 (Early Childhood)
Child Development 4-8 (Early Childhood) - Writing Intensive
Early and Middle Childhood
Early and Middle Childhood - Writing Intensive
Developmental Psychology
Developmental Psychology - Honors
Phase I
LTC 1100Orientation1
or LTC 1120 Orientation: Math Education
or LTC 1130 Orientation: Middle School Education
or LTC 1155 Orientation: Science Education
or LTC 1160 Orientation: Special Education
or LTC 1170 Orientation: English/Language Arts
LTC 2200School Health and Student Wellbeing3
ESC_PS 2000Experiencing Cultural Diversity in the United States3
ESC_PS 2010Inquiry Into Learning I3
ESC_PS 2014Inquiry into Learning I - Field Experience1
LTC 2040Inquiring into Schools, Community and Society I3
LTC 2044Inquiry into Schools, Community and Society: Field1
IS_LT 2467Inquiry into Empowering Learners with Technology3
Phase II
LTC 4110Working with Infants and Toddlers3
LTC 4120WEarly Childhood Education Literacy Methods & Assessment I - Writing Intensive3
LTC 4124Emergent and Developing Literacy Early Childhood Field Experience3
LTC 4210Children's Language and Literature3
LTC 4250Music for Children2
LTC 4460Teaching English to Speakers of Other Languages3
LTC 4091Assessment and Family Collaboration in Early Childhood Education3
LTC 4130Teaching and Learning Math, Science and Social Studies w/ Young Children9
LTC 4134Teaching & Learning Math, Sci & Soc Studies w/Young Children Field Experience3
LTC 4150Early Childhood Education Literacy Teaching Methods and Assessment II3
ED_LPA 4060Inquiring into Schools, Community and Society II3
LTC 4140WCurriculum, Theory and Classroom Management in Early Childhood Education - Writing Intensive3
LTC 4170Program Management & Environmental Organization in PreKindergarten3
LTC 4240Art for Children2
SPC_ED 4020Teaching the Exceptional Learner3
LTC 4971Internship and Capstone Seminar3
Phase III
LTC 4971Internship and Capstone Seminar12

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Semester Plan

Below is a sample plan of study, semester by semester. A student’s actual plan may vary based on course choices and where options are available.    

First Year
LTC 1100, 1120, 1130, 1155, 1160, or 1170 (*LTC 1100 Preferred)1LTC 22003
ENGLSH 10003General Education Math Requirement3
American History or Government3Humanities3
ESC_PS 2000 (Social Science)3Elective3
 13 15
Second Year
ESC_PS 2010 or LTC 2040 (Social Science)3ESC_PS 2010 or LTC 2040 (Social Science)3
ESC_PS 2014 or LTC 20441ESC_PS 2014 or LTC 20441
IS_LT 24673Lab Science3
Biological, Physical, Mathematical Science3Humanities3
Biological, Physical, Mathematical Science3H_D_FS 3150W3
 13 15
Third Year
LTC 41103LTC 40913
LTC 41203LTC 41309
LTC 41243LTC 41343
LTC 42103LTC 41503
LTC 42502 
LTC 44603 
 17 18
Fourth Year
ED_LPA 40603LTC 497112
LTC 4140W3 
LTC 41703 
LTC 42402 
SPC_ED 40203 
LTC 49713 
 17 12
Total Credits: 120

*Must have a Minimum of 56 credit hours outside of Phase II and Phase III requirements to meet 120 minimum credit hours.

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Degree Audit

The degree audit is an automated report reflecting a student’s academic progress toward the completion of a degree.  Degree Audits are not available for all programs; however, please consult with the appropriate college or school for audit information.

MU students can request a degree audit by logging in to myDegreePlanner.  Students may also access myDegreePlanner via myZou, in the Student Center, by clicking on the Request Degree Audit link. The audit automatically pulls in the student’s MU course work, transfer courses and courses in progress.  This is available to current students, admitted students, and those who last attended less than three terms ago.

Past MU students can request a degree audit by contacting the Academic Advising Unit of the division in which they were last enrolled at MU. For contact information, go to

Prospective students, can access a preliminary MU degree audit via Information on the college credits already earned will have to be manually entered before it can be evaluated against current degree requirements.

For additional details on degree audits, go to

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Major and Career Exploration

The University of Missouri has many resources to assist you in exploring majors and career possibilities.  For guidance, visit the Majors and Careers website or view specific resources below.

  • If you would like to learn more about your career interests, abilities, values and talents, visit the MU Career Center in the lower level of the Student Success Center.  No appointment is necessary to explore career options with one of our staff members.

For additional major and career exploration resources, visit Major & Career Exploration in the catalog.

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