2020-2021 Academic Catalog 
    Jul 15, 2024  
2020-2021 Academic Catalog [Archived Catalog]

Education, B.A. - Elementary (Grades 1-6) & Early Childhood (Grades PreK-3) Double Major with Bridge to M.A. in Early Childhood Education

This program provides a double major and is a comprehensive pathway for candidates to prepare for teacher certification in grades PreK-3 as well as Grades 1-6. Additional coursework focusing on early childhood education development leads to the Master’s degree. Some coursework taken during the senior year is taken at the master’s degree level, providing an accelerated path to completion of the master’s degree in Early Childhood Education.

General Education Requirements

(60 credits)


(2 courses)

  • Literature elective
  • Multicultural elective (Study Abroad, Foreign Language, etc.)


(7 courses)

Practicum Experiences

(21 credits)

Education majors spend a considerable amount of time in schools gaining firsthand classroom experience with students. Beginning in the sophomore year, all education students are required to complete a practicum experience each semester, with increasingly rigorous expectations regarding student interactions, lesson planning and delivery, and collaboration with professional educators in the field. These experiences build upon one another to provide teacher candidates with exposure to students from multiple grade levels in diverse schools and districts, as well as to a wide variety of teaching/learning opportunities in real-world settings. These practicum experiences culminate in student teaching experience in the final semester of the initial teacher preparation program.

Graduation Requirements

School of Education and Missouri Licensing Requirements

  • MoGEA with a passing score (220 or higher on all subsections)
  • MoCA with a passing score (220 or higher on all subsections)
  • 3.0 or higher professional GPA (includes content area and education coursework)
  • 2.75 Cumulative GPA (Please note: calculated from ALL college coursework, not just Maryville credits)

Maryville University Policies

  • 128 credit hours minimum (last 30 hours in residency)
  • A minimum half the major credit hours in residency
  • A minimum half the minor credit hours in residency
  • 60 credit hours must be completed at a 4-year institution