Every child deserves to learn and reach their full potential. This philosophy has been at the heart of the University of Central Missouri’s teacher education programs since its founding as an experiential learning college for teachers. With welcoming campus environments in Warrensburg and Lee’s Summit, our teacher degrees, including undergraduate and graduate elementary education degrees, continue to be the cornerstone of the university.
Our graduates with a Bachelor of Science Elementary Education degree in Early Childhood Education experience a 95% job or graduate school placement rate, consistent job growth and rewarding career opportunities.
What is an Early Childhood Education degree?
Our Early Childhood Education program focuses on the principle of quality teacher education through clinical programming. This means as a teacher candidate you will spend ample time learning within real classrooms, while being guided by expert practitioners as you progress through your coursework. All early childhood courses are dedicated to offering relevant and meaningful experiences that prepare you for today’s classroom. You’ll find that our hands-on classes are engaging and intimate, enabling you to create long-lasting connections with expert-faculty, and master the art for teaching children today and in the future.
Early childhood education online opportunities
To meet the needs of today’s future educators, our Early Childhood Education program offers full-time and part-time degree plans, with online, face-to-face and hybrid options. Our focus on authentic, hands-on learning and real-life application means coursework is best experienced in person, but we do offer some flexible online options for early childhood courses as you pursue your teacher degree.
CAEP accredited since 1954
95% hiring rate by graduation
80% of alumni teach in Missouri schools
Student-centered approach to teaching
Part-time, online program options
The University of Central Missouri’s Elementary Education degree in Early Childhood Education (ECE) is designed to prepare teachers to engage the minds of early and young learners, birth to grade 3. Our ECE program includes hands-on experiences in diverse classroom settings, preparing you to earn your teacher degree and be successful as you launch your career. As a teaching professional, you will be well-grounded in theory, display competence in content knowledge and instructional strategies and possess the disposition to ensure success for all learners.
Check out some of the teaching and early childhood courses you can take on your path to earning your Bachelor of Science in Education.
What is an Early Childhood Education degree without learning by doing? As an ECE major at UCM, you’ll grow your skills through experiential learning opportunities within a clinical format.
Earning your Elementary Education degree in Early Childhood Education is the first step to a rewarding career. It lays the foundation for your work with young children and families and equips you with the skills to positively contribute to their future success. By pursuing any of our elementary teaching degrees, including the Early Childhood Education bachelor’s, at the University of Central Missouri, you’ll learn how to evaluate children’s needs, provide proper instruction and foster healthy learning environments.
A high demand for UCM Early Childhood Education graduates
Graduates of our Early Childhood Development program are highly sought after and often hired before graduation. In fact, approximately 95% of Early Childhood Development program graduates are employed by the time they walk across the stage and receive their diploma. Additionally, nearly 80% of College of Education alumni, including ECE majors, are teaching in Missouri schools, representing UCM in three out of four of the state’s school districts.
Take a moment to explore options for early childhood education teaching jobs using the interactive tool below. You can gain insights on teacher salaries, job outlooks and more.
In addition to our competitive tuition rates, scholarships are a critical resource for our hardworking ECE students and may be beneficial to you as you build a plan to pursue your teacher degree and finance your college education. Here are several scholarships specifically for Early Childhood Education majors:
Take your degree further.
We offer a variety of related master’s degrees and certificates in the College of Education to help you enhance your ECE teacher degree and advance your career.
Make yourself more marketable.
The Early Childhood Development program at UCM also offers three undergraduate certificate options designed to enhance teaching skills and further your professional development as an educator or caregiver.
Explore programs related to teacher degrees.
Want to learn more about programs similar to Elementary Teaching degrees? You may also be interested in the following undergraduate programs at UCM: