Early Childhood Education (Bachelor of Science in Education, B.S.E.)

The Department of Education faculty is committed to the professional preparation of teachers for employment in elementary education programs. The goals are to prepare teachers who are:

  • Classroom leaders, professionally prepared to accept responsibility for student learning (MWSU Conceptual Framework);
  • Highly knowledgeable in their cognitive areas (MoSPE/MWSU/INTASC Standards);
  • Skilled in the techniques and methods of teaching across a diverse student population (MoSPE/MWSU/INTASC Standards);
  • Practiced in the application of six domains of positive teacher dispositions (MWSU Disposition);
  • Proven in the demonstration of ten essential professional behaviors (MWSU Professional Behaviors).
General Studies
Students must complete General Studies courses42-47
Major Requirements
EDU 202Introduction to Education3
EDU 203Participation in Teaching I1
EDU 225Educational Psychology3
EDU 300Introduction to Early Childhood Education2
EDU 308Multicultural Education3
EDU 310Introduction to Reading3
EDU 313Family, Community, and Schools: Partnering for Young Children3
EDU 314Issues & Trends in the Education of Young Children and the Management of Programs for Young Children3
EDU 315Psychology and Education of the Exceptional Child3
EDU 332Teaching in the Integrated Areas3
EDU 333Science and Social Studies for Young Children3
EDU 344Early Childhood Assessment3
EDU 348Language Development for Educators3
EDU 351Mathematics Methods for Early Childhood and Elementary Educators3
EDU 360Assessing and Individualizing Reading3
EDU 370Behavior Management2
EDU 374Literacy Development in Early Childhood3
EDU 391Curriculum Methods and Materials in Early Childhood Education3
EDU 392Experience in Early Childhood Education2
EDU 400Seminar in Early Childhood Education and Human Relations3
EDU 462Early Childhood Student Teaching III9
MGT 350Organizational Behavior3
PED 380Rhythms and Creative Movement for Elementary School3
PED 392Child Growth and Motor Dev3
PSY 101General Psychology3
SWK 325Family and Child Welfare3
THR 113Introduction to Theatre3

The Professional Semester - Early Childhood

A student enrolled in Early Childhood Student Teaching will assume the daily teaching schedule of the cooperating teacher.

Early Childhood Student Teaching (EDU 462 Early Childhood Student Teaching III) is to be taken during the student’s senior year. Seminar in Early Childhood Education & Human Relations (EDU 400 Seminar in Early Childhood Education and Human Relations) is to be taken concurrently with Early Childhood Student Teaching. A passing score on the appropriate Content Area Assessment is required before enrollment in EDU 400 Seminar in Early Childhood Education and Human Relations and EDU 462 Early Childhood Student Teaching III.

Course work during the professional education semester is usually limited to EDU 400 Seminar in Early Childhood Education and Human Relations and EDU 462 Early Childhood Student Teaching III. Petition for any additional course work must be submitted to the Education Department in the semester prior to Student Teaching.

Graduation Requirements

  1. Earn a minimum of 124 credit hours, (100 level and higher, maximum of 6 CED credit hours applicable).
  2. Earn a minimum of 30 credit hours in upper-division courses.  Lower-division transfer courses accepted as meeting upper-division departmental course requirements cannot be used to fulfill this requirement.
  3. Earn 30 of the last 45 credit hours at MWSU in institutional coursework (exclusive of credit by examination).
  4. Participate in required departmental and campus wide assessments.
  5. Earn a grade of C or higher in all major coursework.
  6. Earn an overall GPA of at least 2.75, a major GPA of 3.0 and a minimum 3.0 GPA in Education coursework.
  7. Fulfill the Missouri Constitution requirement.