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Early Childhood Education (Minor for BSE)

Increase Your Options

Already pursuing a Bachelor of Science in Education degree? Are you interested in having many options when you are looking for a teaching degree? Adding a minor in Early Childhood Education will lead to additional teaching certification in Pre-K through grade 3. A minor in Early Childhood Education from the University of Central Missouri prepares you assess children’s developmental needs, provide developmentally appropriate instruction, and provide positive and healthy learning environments for young children.


Early Learner Block

As part of the Early Childhood Education minor, you will complete the Early Learner Block. The Early Learner Block is a set of courses that focus on teaching and learning in Pre-K and Kindergarten. You’ll also spend about 100 hours in a Pre-K or Kindergarten classroom. You’ll work with small groups of students - you will teach them, interview them, assess them, read with them, play games with them. You’ll learn how important early childhood teachers are!

Experiential Learning

At UCM, we believe you learn best by doing. That’s why you’ll receive extensive classroom teaching opportunities in multiple grade levels and setting well before you graduate. In fact, our goal is for you to have classroom placements in every grade you will be certified to teach.

Engaged Faculty

Our faculty are all experienced former elementary teachers with the knowledge and skills to help you develop as an educator. Your professors are with you in your field placements to provide support. Working alongside elementary teachers and students ensures we stay current and are preparing you well for the reality of today’s classrooms.

Find Your Place

UCM offers many ways for you to be involved. Education students may choose to join student chapters of the Missouri State Teachers Association or the National Education Association. Members of Kappa Delta Pi, our education honor society, sponsor a variety of projects designed to support area schools and organizations. If visiting other countries is appealing, our department sponsors two Study Abroad trips each year.



UCM is the longest continuously CAEP accredited public institution in Missouri

Early Childhood Education Information:

Natalie Tye
Assistant Professor
Lovinger 3182
Tel: 660-543-4235


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