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Early Childhood , Birth-Grade 3 Option, Traditional Pathway, Bachelor of Science in Education Degree

Early Childhood Education majors in birth through grade 3 option will be certified to teach in any classroom from pre-kindergarten through the third grade. Students may be dual certified with this major and elementary childhood.

Why Choose Early Childhood Education at UCM?
Birth-Grade 3 option

  • According to the Missouri Department of Elementary and Secondary Education, UCM is "one of the premier teacher education institutions in the state" and has a reputation for preparing some of the finest teachers in the classroom today.
  • The program has full accreditation by the National Council for Accreditation of Teacher Education and the Missouri Department of Elementary and Secondary Education.
  • The program has national recognition by the National Association for the Education of Young Children and the Association for Childhood Education International.

What will I study?
Early childhood education majors study a core of education and liberal arts classes. Combined with a professional education semester that includes 16 weeks of student teaching at two different age levels.

Courses include:

  • Child Development
  • Children's Literature
  • Language Development
  • Student Teaching

Related areas of concentration:

  • Clinical Pathways
  • Traditional Pathways

What can I do with a degree in Elementary Education?

  • Department of Education
  • Private school teacher
  • Public school teacher
  • Social Services
  • Tutor

How can I get involved outside the classroom?
At UCM, we value an engaging learning experience that includes student involvement and service-learning projects.

In Early Childhood Education, there are several opportunities to be involved:

  • Kappa Delta Pi
  • Leading Educator Advocates for Diversity
  • Missouri National Educators Association
  • Student Missouri State Teachers Association

About our Faculty:
The student to faculty ratio at UCM is 20 to 1, which allows professors to get to know students and provide personalized attention.

Department faculty members all have public school or early childhood teaching experience and are qualified teachers who engage regularly in a variety of professional development opportunities and work closely with and in our public partner schools.

Learn more about Early Childhood Education at UCM:
Department of Elementary and Early Childhood Education

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