The University of Missouri – informally called Mizzou – is the largest public university in Missouri and the most significant of three campuses in the University of Missouri system. Founded in 1839, Mizzou was the first public university west of the Mississippi River, and holds the distinction of being the first university to celebrate Homecoming. Ranked in the top 100 national universities by US News and World Report, Mizzou has enlarged its scope with its online degree programs.

Mizzou Online offers an Early Childhood Education Master’s degree for students with experience teaching pre-schoolers to increase their knowledge of educational theory and practice for children 3-8 years old. The program requires 33 credit hours: 24 credit hours in early childhood education courses, and 9 credit hours in core courses such as learning theory, leadership, and research. Students may begin taking courses while applying to the program. Students must obtain teaching certification for the state in which they plan to teach.

Applicants will need:

• Completed bachelor’s degree (from a regionally accredited institution)
• Undergraduate GPA of 3.0
• Letters of recommendation
• Graduate Record Exam (GRE) scores
• Statement of purpose
• No prior certification required

Online tuition is charged at the in-state tuition rate of $326 per credit hour. Students may qualify for federal loans and grants, as well as competitive scholarships.