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College of Human Environmental Sciences

Early Childhood Education in a Mobile Society

We are currently accepting applications for this online degree program!

For information about applying to this program, visit Mizzou Online.

Read 12/4/14 Mizzou Online press release regarding this program.

teacher and toddlers


This online bachelor's of science degree prepares students to work in the field of early childhood education. Upon completion of the program, you will be qualified to work in various early education and care settings serving children from birth through eight years in a wide variety of community and military settings, including early education centers and preschools, family and home care settings, Head Start and Early Head Start programs, and before/after school programs, to name a few.

This program emphasizes the following areas:

  • Child development, growth, and learning
  • Early education curricula and frameworks
  • Learning activities, technology use, and other experiences for young children
  • Family and community influences on children
  • Challenges facing families in today‚Äôs world
  • Assessment of children and environments
  • Professional and ethical standards
  • Hands-on experiences and clinical practice

This new online BS HES degree program is offered by Human Development and Family Science faculty in conjunction with other university partners as part of the Great Plains IDEA. Interested applicants will apply for admission to this program through the undergraduate admissions office at the University of Missouri and to the Department of Human Development and Family Science. Courses will be taught by University of Missouri faculty and by scholars from other Great Plains IDEA institutions, including Iowa State University, Michigan State University, Oklahoma State University, South Dakota State University, Texas Tech University, and University of Nebraska-Lincoln. Your degree will be awarded by the University of Missouri.

Degree Requirements and Sample Program (pdf)

Courses Available by Semester (pdf)

Great Plains IDEA website (access student handbook, Student Success Center portal, course availability matrix, course information and descriptions)


Students who meet admission requirements for the University of Missouri may declare a major in Human Development and Family Science and take Early Childhood Education in a Mobile Society Professional Development and Pre-Practicum One courses. However, admission to Pre-Practicum Two courses is contingent upon completion of 30 credit hours with a minimum GPA of 2.5 and successful completion of a course in lifespan human development (HDFS 2400 or equivalent), all Pre-Practicum One courses, and Practicum I.

For information about applying to this program, visit Mizzou Online.

Contact Information:

Please contact the Human Environmental Sciences Student Services office at or Ehren Oncken, the undergraduate enrollment counselor at Mizzou Online, at (800) 609-3727, with questions about this program.

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