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.
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.
Please contact the Human Environmental Sciences Student Services office at HESstudentservices@missouri.edu or Ehren Oncken, the undergraduate enrollment counselor at Mizzou Online, at (800) 609-3727, with questions about this program.
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 10002||3||H_D_FS 3150||3||H_D_FS 3450||3|
|H_D_FS 16001||3||H_D_FS 3250||3||FINPLN 2183||3|
|H_D_FS 24001||3||Social or Behavioral Science||3|
|MATH 11002||3||Social or Behavioral Science||3|
|American History or Government||3|
|H_D_FS 3050||3||H_D_FS 2200||3||H_D_FS 4250||3|
|ESC_PS 4170||3||H_D_FS 2300||3|
|Lower Level Writing Intensive2||3||H_D_FS 3650||3|
|General Elective||3||H_D_FS 3950||3|
|H_D_FS 3550||3||H_D_FS 3350||3||H_D_FS 3750||3|
|H_D_FS 4150||3||H_D_FS 4350||3||H_D_FS 4650||3|
|H_D_FS 4450||3||3000+ level Writing Intensive2||3|
|Biological or Physical Science w/ lab||3||Science||3|
|H_D_FS 4550||3||H_D_FS 4750 (may be offered as 6 credit hours Spring 2019)||3|
|Total Credits: 117|
Course requires a C or higher per department policy
Course requires a C- or higher per university policy
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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 http://advising.missouri.edu/contact/.
Prospective students, can access a preliminary MU degree audit via http://www.transfer.org. 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 http://registrar.missouri.edu/degree-audits/index.php.
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 are considering a change of major or are exploring multiple majors, schedule an appointment with an advisor in Academic Exploration and Advising Services (AEAS) by calling (573)884-9700.
- 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.
- If you would like information about MU majors and degree programs, visit:
- the Degrees, Majors (Degree Programs), Emphasis Areas, Minors and Certificates page in the catalog,
- the MU Majors website.
For additional major and career exploration resources, visit Major & Career Exploration in the catalog.