Early Childhood Education BSEd, Special Education Emphasis

 General Education Requirements 

B.S.Ed. degree candidates must complete the following General Education courses required by the College of Education and the Missouri Department of Elementary and Secondary Education..

Core Areas:
First Year Writing
ENGL 1100First-Year Writing (MOTR ENGL 200)3
or HIST 1111 Reacting to the Past
Math Proficiency
MATH 1030College Algebra (MOTR MATH 130)3
Communication Proficiency
EDUC 2222Interpretation: Connecting Audiences and Meaning3
or COMM 1040 Introduction to Public Speaking (MOTR COMM 110)
Information Literacy
ED TECH 2230Information Literacy3
American History and Government
POL SCI 1100Introduction to American Politics (MOTR POSC 101)3
Explore Areas:
Humanities and Fine Arts
ART ED 2179Visual Art Activities for Elementary School3
MUS ED 2770An Introduction to Music for the Elementary School Teacher3
Additional Course in Humanities or Fine Arts3
Social Science
ED PSY 2212Child and Adolescent Development3
GEOG 1001Introduction to Geography (MOTR GEOG 101)3
or GEOG 1002 World Regions (MOTR GEOG 101)
HIST 1001American Civilization to 1865 (MOTR HIST 101)3
or HIST 1002 American Civilization 1865 to Present (MOTR HIST 102)
Math and Life/Natural Sciences
BIOL 1012General Biology (MOTR BIOL 100)3
GEOL 1001General Geology4
Additional course in Chemistry OR Physics OR combines Chemistry/Physics3

 Related Area Requirements

MATH 1150Structure of Mathematical Systems I3
MATH 2510Structure of Mathematical Systems II3
ECON 1052Microeconomics for the School Curriculum3
ATM SCI 1001Elementary Meteorology4
or ASTRON 1001 Cosmic Evolution Introductory Astronomy (MOTR ASTR 100)
HLTH PE 3432Teaching Health and Physical Education in Elementary Schools3
ENGL 3100Junior-Level Writing3

Program Requirements

All students must complete the program requirements as well as the emphasis area courses.

Professional education courses must be completed with a grade point average of 3.0 and no grade lower than a C.

Note: Beginning with those students graduating in May, 2017 and receiving teacher certification, the Missouri Department of Elementary and Secondary Education requires a 3.0 GPA in professional education courses, a 3.0 GPA in the teaching content field, and a 2.75 overall GPA.

Students must pass the relevant exit test to receive the B.S.Ed. degree.

Introduction to Education
TCH ED 1000Building Community, Culture, and Learning in Education1
TCH ED 1001Early Clinical Experience: Community Agency1
Level I: Education in Community Contexts
TCH ED 2000Becoming a Professional Educator1
TCH ED 2001Early Clinical Experience: Schools1
TCH ED 2209Foundations of Teaching in American Schools2
Level II: Teaching and Learning Across Context and Clinical Experiences
ED PSY 3312Psychology of Learning, Instruction, and Assessment3
ELE ED 3338Teaching Elementary Literacy in Inclusive Settings: Literacy Assessment and Learning3
SPEC ED 3318Inclusive Classrooms3
TCH ED 3001Mid-Level Clinical Experience: Diverse Learners1
TCH ED 3212Sociolinguistics and Communication in the Classroom3
ECH ED 3302Introduction to Inclusive Early Childhood Education3
ECH ED 3332Literacy, Learning and Instruction for the Young Child3
ECH ED 3350Family and Professional Partnerships within School/Community3
Level III: Instructional Application in Studio Schools
ELE ED 3339Teaching Elementary Literacy in Inclusive Settings: Literacy Instruction and Learning4
ELE ED 4246Teaching Elementary Mathematics in Inclusive Settings I3
ELE ED 4342Teaching Elementary Mathematics in Inclusive Settings II3
SPEC ED 4323Classroom Management and Positive Behavioral Supports in Inclusive Educational Settings3

Emphasis Area Requirements

All candidates must enroll in a program that includes levels I, II, and III course work above in the College of Education. In addition, students must complete the following Early Childhood/Early Childhood Special Education courses:

ECH ED 3303Curriculum and Practice Laboratory: Infant/Toddler1
ECH ED 3304Curriculum and Practice Laboratory: Preschool1
ECH ED 3313Curriculum and Practice: Infant/Toddler2
ECH ED 3314Curriculum and Practice: Preschool Education2
ECH ED 4317Implementation, Evaluation, and Assessment in Early Childhood Education3
ECH ED 4348The Acquisition of Mathematical and Science Concepts3
SPEC ED 4315Language and Communication of Children with Special Needs3
ECH ED 4989Practicum I: Early Childhood Education/Early Childhood Special Education Site Based Experience3
ECH ED 4990Practicum II: Early Childhood Education/Early Childhood Special Education Site Based Experience12

Total for the B.S.Ed. in Early Childhood: minimum of 132 hours

Learning Outcomes

Upon completion of the program, graduates will be able to: 

  • Continually reflect on professional growth to improve student learning outcomes/enhance student learning.
  • Integrate technology to create meaningful student learning within the context of a global digital society.
  • Apply content and pedagogical knowledge to create authentic and deep learning experiences.
  • Use learning science principles to design, implement, and evaluate curriculum based on learning standards.
  • Foster effective working relationships with students, school colleagues, families, and community members to enhance student learning and well-being.
  • Design and establish a safe, inclusive, and respectful learning environment that nurtures the intellectual, social, and personal development of all students.
  • Use equitable frameworks and inclusive practices to create a variety of instructional and assessment opportunities adapted to diverse learners to encourage all students’ critical thinking, problem solving, and performance skills.