Department of Childhood Education and Family Studies


  • Missouri Department of Elementary and Secondary Education – Elementary Education (MSEd), and Secondary Education/Family and Consumer Sciences (MSEd)
  • Council for the Accreditation of Educator Preparation – Elementary Education (MSEd), and Secondary Education/Family and Consumer Sciences (MSEd)

Program Description

The graduate program in Early Childhood and Family Development is designed for individuals who work with, or who are interested in working with, young children and/or families. This degree is appropriate for a large number of persons working with children and families in a variety of settings. In addition to a core of required courses, students will choose electives that best meet their professional needs. This flexibility allows students to develop a program of study to meet their needs. Although it is not a certification program, some of the courses may be able to be taken for certification credit. This will be done individually for each student. The program has a core set of courses that provide a strong early childhood and child development background. There are also a wide variety of electives that can be taken to round out he degree according to the individual needs of the student.

The graduate program in Elementary Education is designed for teachers who desire to develop advanced knowledge and skills related to successful teaching in the elementary school. Within the program there are opportunities for the student to complete the Masters degree either on campus or online. The Teaching and Learning track has a research/practitioner focus specializing in hands-on experiences and is delivered on campus. The Curriculum and Instruction track has a theoretical/research focus emphasizing diverse approaches to instructional practices and is delivered through online coursework. Additionally, there is a special option for post baccalaureate students to apply graduate courses to Missouri certification.