2020-2021 Undergraduate Catalog 
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2020-2021 Undergraduate Catalog [ARCHIVED CATALOG]

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

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Requirements for B.S.E. Major - 58 Hours, 2.5 Cumulative 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.

  • Cumulative 2.50 GPA including transfer courses
  • 2.75 GPA in core courses
  • Successful completion of EDC 220  , EDC 222  , MA 120   or MA 135   or equivalent, EN 105   and EN 106  

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. 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 each disposition rated “target” or “acceptable.” Students will make the request of the faculty to complete the online assessment.
  • Self-disposition evaluation to be completed online
  • Letter of recommendation from a professional outside of the School of Education
  • Evidence of purchase of electronic portfolio
  • 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. Practicum courses and internships are “hybrids.” Seminars are online but the coursework takes place in the field with young children, educators and the community. 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.

Total 58 cr.

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 SW 450 , 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 Business Administration with an International Business emphasis and English with a Language and Literature concentration should consider the completion of this minor.


**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
2.75 Cum G.P.A.
2.75 Core G.P.A.



Liberal Education Requirements

Student Seminar 3 cr.

LE 100 First-Year Seminar  

Writing Seminar 6 cr.

EN 105  and EN 106  

Math Requirement 3 cr.

Select one of the following:

MA 120 MA 135 , or higher math course excluding MA 208  

Ethics Requirement 3 cr.

Select one of the following:

CA 302 CS 300 EDU 310 MG 495 NS 306 PA 380 PH 102 PH 221 PH 308 PS 220 SO 220  or SW 492   

Humanities Requirement 6 cr.

Select one of the following Art or English: 

AR 115 AR 215 AR 216 EN 201 EN 221 EN 232 EN 234  

And one of the following:

AR 115 AR 215 AR 216 EN 201 EN 221 EN 232 EN 234 CA 104  , CA 116 CA 235 , FR 201 ML 235 ,ML 251 PH 101 PC 202  ,PH 205 RE 109 SP 110 , SP 201 , SP 202 TH 100 TH 101 TH 201 TH 216   

Natural Science Requirement 3 cr.

Select one of the following:

BI 214 CH 101 CH 102 CH 107  and CH 107L CH 108  and CH 108L GGP 115 GGP 120 GGP 205 GO 125 GO 130 GO 141 GO 151 GO 200 NS 220 NS 241 PY 101 PY 155 PY 156 PY 205 , or PY 206  

*Computer Science and PE courses excluded.

Science with a lab Requirement 4 cr.

Select one of the following:

BI 101 BI 111 BI 223 BI 211 BI 212 BIO 221 BIO 225 BIO 325 BIO 327 BIO 330 BIO 337L  and BIO 337 BIO 350 BIO 378 BIO 400 BIO 410 BIO 411 BIO 417 CH 107L  and CH 107 CH 108L  and CH 108 CH 317L  and CH 317 CH 318L  and CH 318 CH 328 CH 329 CH 337L  and CH 337 CH 405 CH 440 GGP 115 GGP 205 GO 130 GO 141 GO 151 GO 200 GO 310 GO 320 GO 330 PY 155 PY 156 PY 205 , or PY 206    

Citizenship Requirement 3 cr.

Select one of the following:

PO 200 PO 210 HIS 111 HIS 112 , or HIS 113  

Communications Requirement 3 cr.

Select one of the following:

CA 103 CA 105 , or TH 105  

Social Science Requirement 6 cr.

Select two of the following:

AN 100 CJ 100 CJ 200 EC 141 EC 142  , EDU 210 FI 201 ,  GGH 110 GGH 200 HIS 104 HIS 105 PO 216 PS 101 PS 125 PS 205 SO 141 SO 206 , or SW 205  

Seminar: Integrative & Interdisciplinary Learning 3 cr.

Select one of the topics for LE 300*  

Graduation Requirements

Upper Division Hours 36 cr.

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

Professional Writing Requirement 3 cr.

EN 306A  , EN 306B EN 306C EN 307 EDU 300 CJ 450 , HIS 306 HIS 452 HIS 453 HIS 454 HIS 455 MG 306 NS 306 PA 430 PO 405 PS 300 PS 406 , or SO 300  

Additional Requirements

Park University grants the Bachelor of Science, 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 and Information Systems 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.

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