BSHES in Human Dev. & Family Studies with Emphasis in Early Childhood Education in a Mobile Society

Degree Program Descpription

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.

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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.

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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 where options are available.

First Year
H_D_FS 16003H_D_FS 2400W4
MATH 11003H_D_FS 34503
ENGLSH 10003SOCIOL 10003
PSYCH 10003Biological Science w/Lab5
General Elective3 
 15 15
Second Year
H_D_FS 30503H_D_FS 32503
H_D_FS 31503H_D_FS 35503
H_D_FS 33503H_D_FS 36503
FINPLN 21833American History/Government3
PSYCH 30103ESC_PS 41703
 15 15
Third Year
H_D_FS 39503H_D_FS 37503
H_D_FS 41503H_D_FS 42503
H_D_FS 43503H_D_FS 44503
Supporting Corsework3Humanities3
SOCIOL 3310W3Science1
 Supporting Coursework3
 15 16
Fourth Year
H_D_FS 33503H_D_FS 47506
H_D_FS 45503General Electives5
H_D_FS 46503Supporting Coursework3
Supporting Coursework3 
 15 14
Total Credits: 120

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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

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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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