• Course Delivery
    100% Online
  • Total Credits
    120
  • In-State Tuition Per Credit
    $401.23
  • Out of State Tuition Per Credit
    $401.23

A bachelors degree in early childhood education from MU will prepare you to work in educational settings with young children in civilian communities and on military installations. If you have a mobile lifestyle or live far from a college campus, but want to earn a degree in early childhood education, this may be the degree for you. 

This program will help you:

  • Understand young children's characteristics and needs, as well as the dynamics that influence their development and learning 
  • Create environments that are healthful, respectful, supportive and intellectually challenging for each child 
  • Understand how to create partnerships with children's families and other professionals in the community so as to nurture young children in developmentally appropriate ways
  • Apply child observation, documentation and other forms of assessment to positively influence the development of each child 
  • Design, implement and evaluate educational settings that promote positive development and learning for young children across all of early childhood 

Core course work covers:

  • Assessment 
  • Child development 
  • Classroom environments 
  • Curriculum development 
  • Working with families 

Note: This program does not provide basic teaching certification.This program is offered as part of Great Plains IDEA, which is a partnership of multiple public universities offering fully online degree programs. Students apply to and are admitted by one university, enroll in all of their courses through that university and graduate from that university. However, the online courses are taught by faculty in the discipline from several universities. All students pay one common price no matter where each of the classes is based. 

Learn more at https://www.gpidea.org/

Admissions & Requirements

To be accepted to this program, you must have:

  1. If applying as a transfer student: Completed at least 24 credit hours of applicable college course work, which must include either college algebra or the equivalent of ENGLSH 1000 with a grade of C- or better.
  2. If English is not your native language, please submit a TOEFL score of at least 80 (internet-based test) or an IELTS score of at least 6.5.
NOTE: This program is authorized, exempt, or not subject to state regulatory compliance and may enroll students from all 50 states, U.S. territories and the District of Columbia.

To apply to this program:

You may apply to the online bachelor of science program as a freshman or, if you have at least 24 credit hours of applicable college level course work, as a transfer student.

To apply as a freshman, please follow the freshman admission process: https://admissions.missouri.edu/apply-freshmen/admission-requirements/

To apply as a transfer student: 

https://admissions.missouri.edu/apply-transfers

Application Deadlines

Fall (freshmen)
June 15
Fall (transfer students)
July 1
Spring (freshmen)
November 15
Spring (transfer students)
December 1
Summer (freshmen)
May 15
Summer (transfer students)
June 1

Courses

Core
  • H_D_FS 3050Child Development: Birth to 3 (Infant/Toddler)3 Credits

    Child development from birth to age 3. Topics include growth patterns; influences of disabilities and risk factors; environmental factors and attachment; language acquisition; brain development; cognitive and social-emotional development; and perceptual and sensory motor skills. Some course content overlaps with H_D_FS 3500. Prerequisites: Some sections may be restricted to students admitted to the Great Plains IDEA Early Childhood Education Program (GPI-ECE). Some sections may be restricted to HDFS, Pre-HDFS, and Education majors during Early Registration.

  • H_D_FS 3150Child Development 4-8 (Early Childhood)3 Credits

    Physical, cognitive, social/emotional and personality growth and development during early childhood. Topics include major theories of development and current research and ideas in conjunction with historical approaches to examining growth and development in ages 4-8. Prerequisites: Some sections may be restricted to students admitted to the Great Plains IDEA Early Childhood Education Program (GPI-ECE). Some sections may be restricted to HDFS, Pre-HDFS, and Education majors during Early Registration.

  • H_D_FS 3250Introduction to Early Childhood Education in a Mobile Society3 Credits

    Role of a professional as a teacher, administrator, or advocate in early childhood programming. Topics include professionalism and ethics; identifying child abuse; the role of an early childhood educator; program models and working with children and professional colleagues. Prerequisites: enrollment restricted to students admitted to the Great Plains IDEA Early Childhood Education Program (GPI_ECE).

  • H_D_FS 3350Child Guidance and Classroom Environments3 Credits

    Examines developmentally appropriate practice in child guidance. Current guidance methods and programs will be covered. Students will develop their own approach to guidance based upon course content. Prerequisites: enrollment is restricted to students admitted to the Great Plains IDEA Early Childhood Education Program (GPI_ECE).

  • H_D_FS 3450Health, Safety and Nutrition3 Credits

    Topics include planning, promoting, and maintaining health and safe learning/care environments; understanding childhood illnesses and establishing healthy lifestyles; performing first aid; and maintaining care providers' health and safe relationships with others; identifying and reporting child abuse; nutrients for life; and safe food preparations. Prerequisites: enrollment is restricted to students admitted to the Great Plains Idea Early Childhood Education Program (GPI_ECE).

  • H_D_FS 3550Technology and Young Children3 Credits

    Students will learn how electronic technology impacts the development of young children in educational, home and community environments, and how technology can be used to enhance teaching and learning. Prerequisites: enrollment is restricted to students admitted to the Great Plains IDEA Early Childhood Education Program (GPI_ECE).

  • H_D_FS 3650Diversity in the Lives of Young Children and Families3 Credits

    In this course, students will explore cultural diversity in daily life and beliefs in families with young children. The focus is on U.S. families, with attention to the multiple cultures from which they come. Prerequisites: Restricted to students admitted to the Great Plains IDEA Early Childhood Education Program (GPI-ECE), or by instructor consent.

  • H_D_FS 3750Working with Families3 Credits

    This course focuses on application of an ecological model to the understanding of variation in parental roles, perspectives, approaches, and challenges. The course also provides an overview of effective communication strategies and parent education programs. Course content overlaps with H_D_FS 3600 thus students may not enroll in both courses. Students will NOT receive credit for both H_D_FS 3600 and H_D_FS 3750. Prerequisites: Restricted to students admitted to the Great Plains IDEA Early Childhood Education Program (GPI-ECE) or by instructor consent.

  • H_D_FS 3950Practicum I: Child Observations in Classroom Environment3 Credits

    Opportunity for Early Childhood Education teacher candidates to have a guided learning experience in a professional agency that provides services to children and families. Some course content overlaps with LTC 4110. Prerequisites: restricted to students admitted to the Great Plains IDEA Early Childhood Education Program (GPI-ECE); H_D_FS 3050, H_D_FS 3150, H_D_FS 3250, H_D_FS 3350 and H_D_FS 3450.

  • H_D_FS 4150Development of Curriculum for Children Ages Birth to 33 Credits

    Students will learn and use assessment and documentation to inform curriculum; plan and evaluate developmentally appropriate activities; and learn about effective ways to share curriculum information with families. Focus is on children ages birth to 3. Prerequisites: enrollment is restricted to students admitted to the Great Plains IDEA Early Childhood Education Program (GPI_ECE).

  • H_D_FS 4250Development of Curriculum for Children 4-83 Credits

    Students will learn and use assessment and documentation to inform curriculum, plan and evaluate developmentally appropriate activities; and learn about effective ways to share curriculum information with families. Focus is on children ages 4-8. Prerequisites: enrollment is restricted to students admitted to the Great Plains IDEA Early Childhood Education Program (GPI_ECE).

  • H_D_FS 4350Assessing Young Children and their Environments3 Credits

    Use of appropriate assessment tools for children birth to 8. Using data to inform decisions about teaching and intervention. Emphasis on the ethical use of assessments, validity of assessments, multicultural sensitivity and assessment for children with special needs. Prerequisites: enrollment is restricted to students admitted to the Great Plains IDEA Early Childhood Education Program (GPI_ECE).

  • H_D_FS 4450Understanding and Adapting for Developmental Differences3 Credits

    This course focuses on knowledge of disability conditions, assessment and identification, interventions in inclusive environments, and collaborations among service providers. Prerequisites: enrollment is restricted to students admitted to the Great Plains IDEA Early Childhood Education Program (GPI_ECE).

  • H_D_FS 4550Practicum II: Child Observations in Classroom Environments 3 Credits

    Practicum in ECE is an opportunity for teacher candidates to have a guided learning experience in a professional agency that provides services to children and families, and allows teacher candidates to have the opportunity to use and implement theories and practices. Course content overlaps with LTC 4110. Not recommended for students to enroll in both courses. Prerequisites: restricted to students admitted to the Great Plains IDEA Early Childhood Education Program (GPI-ECE).

  • H_D_FS 4650Administration/Supervision in Early Childhood Settings3 Credits

    Exploration of issues surrounding the administration of ECE programs including identification of community needs, analysis of business opportunities, evaluation and appropriate use of quality programming, consideration of policy and equal responsibilities, and professionalism. Course content overlaps with H_D_FS 4750.  Students may NOT enroll in both courses. Students will not receive credit for both H_D_FS 4650 and H_D_FS 4750. Prerequisites: Restricted to students admitted to the Great Plains IDEA Early Childhood Education Program (GPI-ECE).

  • H_D_FS 4750Practicum III: Capstone Experience (6 credit hours)6 Credits

    This is a 15-week experience allowing the student to demonstrate practical application of developmentally appropriate early childhood teaching techniques and skills, teaching experience and developmental feedback. Includes observation and evaluation of classroom experience. Course content overlaps with H_D_FS 3700 and LTC 4170. Not recommended for students to enroll in both courses. Students will not receive credit for both H_D_FS 4750 and H_D_FS 3700 or H_D_FS 4750 and LTC 4170. Prerequisites: restricted to students admitted to the Great Plains IDEA Early Childhood Education Program (GPI-ECE). H_D_FS 3950, H_D_FS 4150, H_D_FS 4250, H_D_FS 4350, H_D_FS 4450 and H_D_FS 4550.

Tuition & Fees

Missouri Resident Fee Rates
  • Per Credit Hour
  • Tuition: $401.23
  • Fees: $339.37
  • Total: $740.60
  • 3 Credit Hours
  • Tuition: $1203.69
  • Fees: $1018.11
  • Total: $2221.80
Missouri Non-Resident Fee Rates
  • Per Credit Hour
  • Tuition: $401.23
  • Fees: $339.37
  • Total: $740.60
  • 3 Credit Hours
  • Tuition: $1203.69
  • Fees: $1018.11
  • Total: $2221.80
Tuition rates are subject to change.

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