Focus on children's care and learning

Quick facts

  • Program type: Bachelor’s degree
  • Academic home: College of Human Environmental Sciences | Department of Human Development and Family Science
  • Accreditation: Higher Learning Commission
  • Delivery mode: 100 percent online
  • Total credit hours: 120
  • Typical transfer student needs: 85 credit hours
  • Typical program cost: $33,280.22*

*This cost is for illustrative purposes only. A bachelor’s degree requires 120 credit hours, but the typical transfer student admitted to this program needs only 85 credit hours to complete this bachelor’s degree. Your hours and costs will differ, depending on your transfer hours, residency, course choices at Mizzou and your academic progress. See more about tuition and financial aid.

Get the credit you deserve

A bachelor’s degree in early childhood education from MU will prepare you to work in educational settings with young children in civilian communities and on military installations. If you have a mobile lifestyle or live far from a college campus, but want to earn a degree in early childhood education, this may be the degree for you.

Career prospects

Salary increase

Source: Median earnings and unemployment rates of full-time wage and salary workers with bachelor’s degrees compared to those with some college but no degree. Source: U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics, Current Population Survey (2015)

This program will help you

  • Understand young children's characteristics and needs, as well as the dynamics that influence their development and learning
  • Create environments that are healthful, respectful, supportive and intellectually challenging for each child
  • Understand how to create partnerships with children's families and other professionals in the community so as to nurture young children in developmentally appropriate ways
  • Apply child observation, documentation and other forms of assessment to positively influence the development of each child
  • Design, implement and evaluate educational settings that promote positive development and learning for young children across all of early childhood

Program structure and topics

This program is 100 percent online: no campus visits are required. You may meet your course work requirement with both semester-based and self-paced courses. Practicum courses are completed with face-to-face observation hours required.

Courses are offered by multiple universities taking part in the Great Plains Interactive Distance Education Alliance. Depending on which university is teaching your course that semester, your courses may have different start and finish dates.

Core course work covers

  • Assessment
  • Child development
  • Classroom environments
  • Curriculum development
  • Working with families

Note This program does not provide basic teaching certification.

Great Plains Interactive Distance Education Alliance (IDEA)

Great Plains IDEA is a partnership of multiple public universities offering fully online degree programs. Students apply to and are admitted by one university, enroll in all of their courses through that university and graduate from that university. However, the online courses are taught by faculty in the discipline from several universities. All students pay one common price no matter where each of the classes is based. Learn more

Ask us about this program

This program is administered by the Department of Human Development and Family Science.