alt=" "Today, children and families are increasingly mobile. This is especially true for military families, immigrant families, families who must travel to make a living, homeless families and families living in poverty. Young children and their families need professional support from individuals who are interested in working with them in a society that is always "on the go." That person could be you.

Early Care and Education for a Mobile Society (ECEMS) is an online undergraduate program provided by seven universities working in collaboration. This bachelor's degree program will prepare you to work in early childhood settings with young children, especially those whose family members are highly mobile. When you complete the program you will be qualified to work in a variety of programs that offer early care and education in the community and on military installations. Some of these programs are:

  • Childcare centers and homes
  • Infant/toddler and preschool programs
  • Head Start programs
  • Before and after-school programs for children ages birth to eight.

Upon successful completion of the ECEMS bachelor's degree program, you will be able to:

  • use your understanding of young children's characteristics and needs, and of multiple interacting influences on children's development and learning, to create environments that are healthy, respectful, supportive, and challenging for each child;
  • understand how successful early childhood education depends upon partnerships with children’s families and communities and value the importance and complex characteristics of children’s families and communities;
  • use child observation, documentation, and other forms of assessment, in partnership with families and other professionals, to positively influence the development of every child;
  • use your knowledge of academic disciplines to design, implement, and evaluate experiences that promote positive development and learning for every young child;
  • identify and conduct yourself as a member of the early childhood profession, using ethical guidelines and other professional standards related to early childhood practice; and
  • demonstrate, through sequential practicum experiences and clinical practice the knowledge, skills and professional dispositions necessary to promote the development and learning of young children across the entire developmental period of early childhood.

Great Plains IDEA Student Handbook

Practicum I Cooperating Teacher Handbook (PDF)

Practicum II Cooperating Teacher Handbook (PDF)

Practicum III Cooperating Teacher Handbook (PDF)

Curriculum

30 credit hours must be previously completed.

51 credit hours will be completed in the program.

There are three practicum experiences.

This degree program does not lead to licensure.

Program Summary
Cost per credit hour:

2017-2018: $405
2018-2019: $415

51 Hours

University Contact
These campus coordinators can help you navigate Great Plains IDEA. Click on the university name to learn more about how Great Plains IDEA works at that campus. Karen Smidt
Meagan Mitin
Theresa Ireland
Leslie McClure Myatt
University of Missouri
Nita Smarr
Kelsey Sims
University Members
Members of the Great Plains IDEA are universities accredited by a regional accrediting agency recognized by the U.S. Department of Education. Member universities recruit, admit and graduate students, teach in an academic program and contribute to the leadership and maintenance of the alliance. Membership in the alliance is a selective process that engages institutional leadership at all levels.

– – Jacy Phillips, University of Nebraska-Lincoln