Early Childhood Education

Instill a lifetime love of learning as an early childhood educator.

This degree is designed for aspiring teachers, administrators and educational advocates who seek a career in early education. We are dedicated to your growth as an educational professional who can address the challenges and possibilities of our modern world.

Locations & Learning Options

This 93-credit-hour degree is offered online to meet the needs of adult learners. Although all coursework is available online, all candidates will spend practical time in classrooms and organizations supporting young children.

Parkville, MO

The Bachelor of Science Education Studies degree with Emphasis in Early Childhood Education Teaching Young Children is designed to prepare graduates for positions of teaching curriculum coordination, program directors, consultants and leadership positions in early childhood programs. The degree program combines knowledge of child development and learning; family and community relationships; observation, documentation, and assessment; concepts and tools of inquiry in the content areas; curriculum development; effective teaching strategies; guidance; and professionalism. The Degree does not result in Missouri Teacher certification.

B.S.E. MAJOR – 57 HOURS, 2.75 CUMULATIVE

No grade lower than a “C” in education core.

Professional Curriculum
EDU 207 Technology in Education ……………………… 3 cr.
EDC 220 Child Growth & Development for Early
Childhood & Elementary Teachers ………… 3 cr.
EDC 222 Early Childhood Principles …………………… 3 cr.
EDU 310 Issues in Diversity & World Cultures……… 3 cr.
EDU 315 Children and Young Adult Literature…….. 3 cr.
EDC 325 Education of Exceptional Children ………… 3 cr.
EDC 337 Development and Learning Through Play.. 3 cr.
EDC 340 Language and Literacy Development
in Early Childhood ……………………………… 3 cr.
EDC 348 Family Involvement in
Early Childhood Education…………………… 3 cr.
EDC 342 Early Childhood Program Management….. 2 cr.
SO 302 The Study of the Family……………………….. 3 cr.
BI 214 Personal and Community Health…………… 3 cr.

Admission to the School of Education—Early Childhood
Education Teaching Young Children Program required for
enrollment in the following EDC courses

EDC 354 Observation, Assessment, & Screening
in Early Childhood Education ………………. 3 cr.
EDC 355 Social and Emotional Learning
in Early Childhood Education ………………. 3 cr.
EDC 362 Infants and Toddlers…………………………….. 3 cr.
EDC 363 Integrating the Curriculum: Pre-primary…. 3 cr.
EDC 372 Infant and Toddler Practicum ……………….. 1 cr.
EDC 373 Pre-primary Practicum…………………………. 1 cr.
EDC 415 Internship in Early Childhood Leadership
-OR-…………………………………………………. 6 cr.
EDC 420 Internship in Early Childhood Teaching
EDC 425 Seminar for Internship …………………………. 2 cr.
TOTAL……………………………………………. 57 cr.

All students must apply for admission and meet admission requirements of the School of Education Early Childhood Teaching Young Children program one semester prior to education coursework numbered as 350 or higher.

School of Education Admission Requirements and Procedures

Practicum

What is a practicum?

A practicum is a course that is tied to other related courses.

Within a practicum, candidates are able to directly apply concepts and ideas presented in the college classroom into a classroom with children.

Sometimes candidates consider practicum a “pre-student teaching experience”.

How many practicum are required?

There are two practicum required.

EDC 372: Infant and Toddler practicum: working 1 full day per week in an approved infant or toddler classroom (children aged 2 and under) during weeks 2-7.

EDC 373: Pre-primary practicum: working ½ day per week in an approved pre-primary (children aged 3-5-but prior to kindergarten) during weeks 3-15.

Determining practicum placement

Candidates will work with the faculty advisor to secure a practicum placement. If a candidate is near a campus center, there may already be practicum designed to meet the candidate’s and University’s needs.

Candidates should first review the NAEYC accredited programs to determine if there is a program near them.

Candidates may also suggest Early Head Start (infant/toddler) or Head Start (pre-primary) programs that are near them.

Once a potential site is identified, the candidate should notify the faculty advisor for further instruction. If candidates are unable to identify an accredited, Head Start, or Early Head Start program, the faculty advisor will work with the candidate to determine other options.

 

Internships

Once an internship placement is secured, the candidate will begin working in the placement one week after classes have begun.

Candidates will spend the equivalent of six weeks full-time in the internship experience.

Candidates will co-enroll in the seminar where they will work with other candidates engaging in the internship and a university faculty.

Internship Possibilities

  • Student teaching
  • Shadowing a director
  • Organizations benefiting children and families
  • Office of Head Start/Early Head Start
  • Resource and Referral Agencies
  • Education outreach (zoos, libraries, etc.)
  • Parents as Teachers
  • Licensing or Accreditation offices

Applying for Internship

One semester prior to the internship, candidates should work with their Faculty Advisor to determine possible placements for the internship.

Once the type of internship is determined, candidates will complete the application for internship and submit to Faculty Advisor.

The candidate and Faculty Advisor will work in collaboration to arrange the internship.

A mentor for the candidate will be identified by the program/agency and vetted through the Faculty Advisor. A university supervisor will be assigned to the candidate as well.

Dr. Timothy Westcott

Interim Dean
tim.westcott@park.edu

Dr. Amy Wolf

Program Coordinator
amy.wolf@park.edu

Our Early Childhood Education bachelor’s degree program provides instruction in the education of children from birth through pre-kindergarten. Programming is specialized and geared toward the individual career aspirations of our candidates.

When selecting early childhood – teaching young children as a major, you will select a minor that interests you. All minors were vetted with community programs and agencies ensuring a good fit for your choice of career in early childhood education.

Careers

  • Early Childhood Teacher
  • Head Start Teacher
  • Early Childhood Director
  • Early Childhood Consultant
  • Family Advocate
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Program Highlights

The path to career in early childhood education

Park University’s Early Childhood program is closely tied to the National Association for the Education of Young Children’s standards for teachers. All program assessments are analyzed regularly with the standards to ensure candidates graduate with knowledge required. Program faculty work closely with early childhood programs and agencies to ensure candidates have hands on experiences in programs that interest them.

All candidates will apply to the School of Education one semester prior to their first practicum experience. Application includes FBI fingerprinting and state required background checks in addition to a number of other requirements.


Prepare for careers everywhere

Our graduates are prepared for all early education environments through diverse placements in rural, suburban and urban settings. Our graduates have their choice of internships in a variety of settings that are of interest that benefit children.

Faculty

Early Childhood Education faculty members are passionate about sharing their pedagogical expertise. They will help you become a teacher who makes a lasting impact in the classroom, benefitting young children and their families’ lives.


 

Dr. Amy Wolf

Associate Professor of Education
amy.wolf@park.edu

Dr. Donna (Dong) Choi

Professor of Early Childhood Education
dong.choi@park.edu

Park University’s degree programs are accredited by the Higher Learning Commission.

Park University is a private, non-profit, institution of higher learning since 1875.