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Early Childhood Education

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In the Early Childhood Education program, you can explore various careers in working with infants, toddlers, preschoolers, and elementary-grade children. You will become immersed in the culture of teaching and learning to better understand how to educate young minds full of potential. Through course work and corresponding firsthand teaching experiences, you’ll learn to support the development and learning of children from birth through 3rd grade in a caring manner.

The Professional Semester – Early Childhood
For your Early Childhood Student Teaching III (EDU 462) course, taken during your senior year, you will assume the daily teaching schedule of the cooperating teacher.

Additionally, Seminar in Early Childhood Education and Human Relations (EDU 400) is taken concurrently with Early Childhood Student Teaching. A passing score on the appropriate Content Area Assessment is required before enrollment in Seminar in Early Childhood Education and Human Relations and Early Childhood Student Teaching III.

Course work during the professional education semester is usually limited to Seminar in Early Childhood Education and Human Relations and Early Childhood Student Teaching III. If you plan to enroll in additional course work, you must submit a petition to the Department of Education in the semester prior to Student Teaching.

All of Missouri Western’s teacher education programs are accredited by the National Council for Accreditation of Teacher Education (NCATE) and are approved by the Missouri State Department of Elementary and Secondary Education.

Early Childhood Education without Certification Option
Early Childhood Education majors lacking only EDU 400 Seminar in Early Childhood Education and Human Relations (3 credits) and EDU 462 Early Childhood Student Teaching III (9 credits) may choose a B.S.E. in Early Education Degree without certification option.

NOTE:

  • Passed Education courses may not be repeated.
  • Education courses must be passed at a C or higher.
  • Election of the B.S.E. in Early Childhood Education without certification option must be approved by the Department Chairperson.
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Major Requirements
EDU 202Introduction to Education3
EDU 203Participation in Teaching I1
EDU 225Educational Psychology3
EDU 300Introduction to Early Childhood Education3
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 316Organizing, Developing, and Managing Environments for Young Children3
EDU 332Teaching in the Integrated Areas3
EDU 333Science and Social Studies for Young Children3
EDU 334Play-Based Instruction3
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
PED 380Rhythms and Creative Movement for Elementary School3
PED 392Child Growth and Motor Development3
PSY 140Psychological Development of Children and Adolescents for Educators3
SWK 325Family and Child Welfare3
NOTE: In addition to the above major coursework, students may be required to take an Orientation Workshop, EDU 110. Also, upon Education Department determination, some students will be required to enroll in EDU 200 for state certification requirements.
 

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 120 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.
 
 
Are you ready to declare this major? Download, sign and submit the form(s) to the Education Department.

Mapping your degree plan is important. Consult with your academic advisor to create a plan and monitor it regularly.