A strong early education provides a foundation upon which children will continue to build all their lives. At the University of Central Missouri, we know how vital it is to encourage a thirst for learning in young students. To meet this need, we created a birth–grade 3 minor to enhance our Bachelor of Science in Education degree.
In alignment with the National Association for the Education of Young Children (NAEYC), we promote and guide thinking toward high-quality early learning for all children by connecting practice, policy and research. UCM’s Early Childhood Education minor for BSE, which can be completed in just one semester, gives you a competitive edge in the marketplace.
A pathway to grad school
If you’re interested in pursuing leadership positions in early childhood education, you can apply all your credits from the birth–grade 3 ECE minor for BSE to UCM’s graduate certificates and Master of Science in Education.
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As an Early Childhood Education minor, you’ll become well-grounded in theory and have a strong command of content knowledge and instructional strategies. Your minor, along with the BSE in Early Childhood Education, will ensure that you’re prepared to teach children from birth to grade 3.
Courses you may take include:
UCM embodies a constructionist approach. We believe the best educators are those who are exposed to multiple sources of information and methods of teaching.
The Early Childhood Education minor for BSE program offers:
Adding an Early Childhood Education minor to your BSE degree helps lay the foundation for work with young children and their families. You’ll build the skills you need to positively contribute to their future success.
The content area expertise you’ll gain with your ECE minor is excellent preparation for an advanced degree, including UCM’s new, innovative certificate options:
Some BSE graduates who also completed this minor now teach in public schools and preschools. Others teach in charter and private preschools, early childhood centers and religious community programs.
Careers for early childhood educators
Plan for your future in early childhood teaching using the interactive tool below. You can gain insights into salary potential, job outlooks and more.
The University of Central Missouri’s tuition is lower than that of many colleges in the state — and the national average. Plus, 94% of UCM undergraduate students receive financial aid.
Financial aid is available in the form of grants, loans and scholarships. Many scholarship opportunities specific to early childhood education are available for undergraduate students, including ECE minors. For example, you could qualify for:
Learn more about program-specific scholarships by using the UCM Scholarship Finder.
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