2022-2023 University Catalog 
    Aug 19, 2022  
2022-2023 University Catalog

Education Studies: Early Childhood Education: Teaching Young Children, B.S.E.

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Requirements For: B.S.E. Major - 55 Hours, 2.0 Cumulative, 2.75 Content GPA

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. Due to the uniqueness of the non-certification program, candidates should contact their faculty advisor for assistance in application for admission to the School of Education and placement in the practicum and internship.


Criteria for Admission to the School of Education— Early Childhood Education Teaching Young Children

The requirements listed below are the minimum application criteria. Meeting these requirements states that the applicant is eligible for admission consideration, but does not guarantee admission.

The above information is verified by the Office of the Registrar on the Application for Admission to the School of Education (form to be submitted electronically to the School of Education).


Procedure for Request for Admission to the School of Education—Early Childhood Education Teaching Young Children

Candidates must work with the appropriate School of Education FACULTY advisor when applying to the School of Education to ensure all materials are in place. Contact: Amy Wolf (amy.wolf@park.edu) who is the Faculty advisor.

Candidates must begin the application process no less than 2 semesters (4 terms) prior to requiring Education coursework listed as 350 or higher.

  • Application for Admission to the School of Education submitted electronically.
  • Two disposition evaluations completed by SOE faculty with dispositions rated “knows this & shows this.” Students will make the request of the faculty to complete the online assessment.
  • Self-disposition evaluation to be completed online
  • Digitally completed recommention completed by an employer OR a faculty member outside of the School of Education
  • FBI Fingerprint check
  • “Home State” required screenings


Availability of Courses

Although the coursework can be completed online, 95 percent of the education courses require interaction and/or observation with young children, educators and the community. Many of the online courses are only offered in a 16-week format. Practicums and internships take place in the field with young children, educators, and the community. There are specific courses tied to the practicums and the internship that are required to be completed within the same term/semester. Diversity of experiences is necessary for a well-rounded educator. As a result, some observations may be pre-approved at the student’s place of employment, while others will occur outside the student’s place of employment. Employment must be in a classroom with the proper ages of children (birth to 2 years old for infant and toddler practicum, three to five years old (excluding kindergarten) for pre-primary practicum and agency or classroom serving children five years and younger (excluding kindergarten) for the internship. Placements must meet standards such as NAEYC Accreditation or Head Start in order to qualify for placement. 

Candidates will select a minor or a leadership area of concentration.

Minors include:

Psychology, Minor

Psychology, Minor Locations  

Requirements For: Minor – 18 hours, 2.0 gpa

Electives 6 cr.

6 cr. of Psychology (PS) courses


Social Work, Minor

Social Work, Minor Locations  

Requirements For: Social Work Minor – 18 hours, C or better

40 hours of service learning in a human service agency.


All of the required courses for the Social Work minor must be completed with a grade of C or better prior to enrollment in SW450 , which is the capstone course for the SW minor.


Sociology, Minor

Sociology, Minor Locations  

Requirements For: Minor – 18 hours, 2.0 gpa

18 hours which must include SO 141 , SO 206  and at least two courses at the 300-400 levels (6 cr).


Spanish, Minor

Spanish, Minor Locations  

Requirements For: Minor – 18 hours, 2.5 gpa

The Spanish Minor is designed to assist students in gaining proficiency in oral and written communication in this world language, along with a solid understanding of Hispanic cultures. Students majoring in Early Childhood, Criminal Justice, Social Work, Nursing, Psychology or International Business concentration should consider the completion of this minor. Heritage speakers or near-native speakers are encouraged to consider test-out options for SP201 


**For those students wishing to teach K-12 Spanish: See also Bachelor of Science in Education .

B.S.E. in Secondary Education – MAJOR 53-55 Hours



Liberal Education Requirements 40 CR.

Writing Seminar 6 cr.

EN105  and EN106   

Math Requirement 3 cr.

Select one of the following:

MA120 MA135 , or higher math course excluding MA208   

Science with a lab Requirement 4 cr.

Select one of the following:

BI101 , BI111 , BI211 , BI212 , BI223 , BIO221 , BIO225 , BIO325 , BIO327 , BIO330 , BIO337L  and BIO337 , BIO350 , BIO400 , BIO410 , BIO411 , BIO417 , CH101 , CH105 , CH107L  and CH107 , CH108L  and CH108 , CH317L  and CH317 , CH318L  and CH318 , CH328 , CH329 , CH337L  and CH337 , CH405 , CH440 , GGP115 , GGP205 , GO130 , GO141 , GO151 , GO200 , GO310 , GO320 , GO330 , PY155 , PY156 , PY205 , or PY206 

Ethics Requirement 3 cr.

Select one of the following:

AC435 , CA302 , CS300 , EDU310 , MG495 , NS306 , PA380 , PH102 , PH221 , PH224 , PH308 , PS220 , SO220 , SW492 

Communications Requirement 3 cr.

Select one of the following:

CA103 CA105 , or TH105   

Citizenship Requirement 3 cr.

Select one of the following:

PO200 PO210 HIS111 HIS112 , or HIS113   

Humanities Requirement 6 cr.

Select one of the following Art or English: 

AR115 , AR215 , AR216 , EN201 , EN221 , EN232 , EN234 

And one of the following:

AR115 , AR215 , AR216 , EN201 , EN221 , EN232 , EN234 , CA104 , CA116 , CA235 , FR201 , ML235 , ML251 , PH101 , PC202 , PH205 , RE109 , SP110 , SP201 , SP202 , TH100 , TH101 , TH201 , TH216 

Natural Science Requirement 3 cr.

Select one of the following:

BI214 , CH101 , CH102 , CH105 , CH107  CH107L , CH108  CH108L , GGP115 , GGP120 , GGP205 , GO125 , GO130 , GO141 , GO151 , GO200 , NS220 , NS241 , PY101 , PY155 , PY156 , PY205 , or PY206 

*Computer Science and PE courses excluded.

Social Science Requirement 6 cr.

Select two of the following:

AN100 , CJ100 , CJ200 , EC141 , EC142 , EDU210 , FI201 , GGH110 , GGH200 , HIS104 , HIS105 , PO216 , PS101 , PS125 , PS205 , SO141 , SO206 , or SW205 

Seminar: Integrative & Interdisciplinary Learning 3 cr.

Select one of the topics for LE300*   

Graduation Requirements

Student Seminar 3 cr.

LE100 First-Year Seminar  (required for all incoming first-time freshman and highly encouraged for transfer students)

Upper Division Hours 36 cr.

36 hours upper division (300 - 400) level course work

Writing Across the Curriculum 9 cr.

3 credit hours of Professional Writing (EN306*  or equivalent from the list below) plus 6 credit hours of Writing Intensive coursework are required.

EN306A , EN306B , EN306C , EN307 , EDU300 , CJ450 , HIS455 , MG306 , NS306 , PA430 , PO405 , PS300 , PS406 , or SO310 


6 credit hours to fulfill the Writing Intensive requirement must be chosen from among the courses designated in the catalog as “WI” (Writing Intensive ), composed as follows:

  • 3 of the credit hours must come from a WI course outside the student’s major(s); that is, the course must be offered by a program other than the one(s) that house(s) the student’s major area of study at the time the course is taken.
  • 3 of the credit hours must come from a WI course that is offered by the student’s major program; that is, the course must be offered by the same program that houses the student’s major at the time the course is taken.

AR316 , AR498 , BIO498 , CA218 , CA318 , CH342 , CJ221 , CS300 , EDU310 , EN201 , EN221 , EN232 , EN234 , EN490 , FW190 , GGP350 , HIS261 , HIS453 , LE410 , MA301 , ML251 , MG495 , NUR460 , PA432 , PO210 , PS315 , SO141 , SP320 , SW325 

Additional Requirements

Park University grants the Bachelor of Science, Bachelor of Science in Business Administration, Bachelor of Public Administration, Bachelor of Science in Education, Bachelor of Fine Arts, and the Bachelor of Music Degree upon completion of the following requirements:

  • Completion of a minimum of 120 semester hours with a cumulative 2.0 GPA (or higher dependent on major).
  • A minor for Geography, B.S.  and Information Systems, B.S.  majors.
  • Satisfaction of all requirements for a major.
  • Completion of degree specific requirements.
  • Completion of Liberal Education requirements.
  • Completion of residency requirement, 30 hours of earned and graded (A, B, C, D) college hours at Park University. At least 15 of these 30 hours must be in the major.
  • Submission of an Application for Graduation.

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