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.

Back to Top

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.


To be admitted, you must already have completed at least 30 credits general education requirements earning at least a 2.5 grade point average (GPA). These hours must include a Human Lifespan Development course or equivalent.

For information about applying to this program, visit Mizzou Online.

Contact Information

Please contact the Human Environmental Sciences Student Services office at or Ehren Oncken, the undergraduate enrollment counselor at Mizzou Online, at (800) 609-3727, with questions about this program.

Back to Top

Semester Plan

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.

First Year
ENGLSH 100023H_D_FS 31503H_D_FS 34503
H_D_FS 160013H_D_FS 32503FINPLN 21833
H_D_FS 240013Social or Behavioral Science3 
MATH 110023Social or Behavioral Science3 
American History or Government3  
 15 12 6
Second Year
H_D_FS 30503H_D_FS 22003H_D_FS 42503
ESC_PS 41703H_D_FS 23003 
Lower Level Writing Intensive23H_D_FS 36503 
General Elective3H_D_FS 39503 
 12 12 3
Third Year
H_D_FS 35503H_D_FS 33503H_D_FS 37503
H_D_FS 41503H_D_FS 43503H_D_FS 46503
H_D_FS 445033000+ level Writing Intensive23 
Biological or Physical Science w/ lab3Science3 
 15 15 6
Fourth Year
H_D_FS 45503H_D_FS 4750 (may be offered as 6 credit hours Spring 2019)3 
Humanities3General Elective6 
General Elective6  
 12 9  
Total Credits: 117

Back to Top

Degree Audiit

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

Back to Top 

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.

Back to Top