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2024-2025 Undergraduate Catalog 
2024-2025 Undergraduate Catalog

Elementary Education - Option Early Childhood Birth-Grade 3, BSE (41-286) (120-121 hours)

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Major, Bachelor of Science in Education Degree

Teacher Education programs in the Department of Early, Elementary, Middle and Physical Education  are accredited by the Council for the Accreditation of Educator Preparation (CAEP) and the Missouri Department of Elementary and Secondary Education (DESE). The BSE in Elementary Education includes two options. The Early Childhood Education option leads to Missouri teaching certification for Birth-Grade 3. The Elementary Education Grades 1 -6 option leads to Missouri teaching certification for grades 1 - 6.

The junior and senior levels in the program are field-based blocks which integrate core content (language arts/literacy, mathematics, science, and social studies). All courses are listed as corequisites and are embedded within the context of practice in a UCM Partner School. Students who need to fulfill a part of a block need to consult with a faculty advisor.

Students must earn at least a C grade in all Professional Education courses.

Certification to teach early childhood education, Birth-Grade 3.

Elementary Education - Early Childhood Birth-Grade 3, BSE (41-286) (4 Year Guide)  

The graduate with a Bachelor of Science in Elementary Education, Early Childhood Birth-Grade 3 option will apply knowledge and skills obtained in the program to:

  • Promote child development and learning while building family and community relationships.
  • Observe, document, and assess to support young children and families.
  • Apply content knowledge to build and implement developmentally appropriate curriculum.

Major Requirements Clinical Pathway: 55 Semester Hours

General Education Requirements: 36-39 Semester Hours

All students must complete a minimum of 42 credit hours in general education. See The General Education Program Requirements  for the full listing of requirements. The following general education courses are required by this major:

Free Electives: 0-2 Semester Hours

Minimum Total: 120-121 Semester Hours

+ Course requires a grade of C or better.

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