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Early Childhood Education

The Hardest Job You’ll Ever Love

A degree 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 children. You’ll have extensive experience in early childhood classrooms in a variety of settings and grade levels. These experiences will make you look and act differently than other future teachers who’ve spent less time in the classroom. You’ll stand out!

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 settings well before you graduate. In fact our goal is for you to have classroom placements in every grade in which 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 students 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, an 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.

Undergraduate Majors

Undergraduate Minors

Undergraduate Certificates

Graduate Degrees

Program Coordinator

Natalie Tye
Assistant Professor
Lovinger 3182
Tel: (660) 543-4787


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