Program Summary
Cost per credit hour:

2018-2019: $415
2018-2019: $415

51 Hours

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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.

ECEMS
Student Handbook
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for Teachers

How does this program work?

Early Care and Education for a Mobile Society (ECEMS) is a completely 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. 

Still have questions? Visit our How It Works webpage to learn more, or watch this short video.

Ready to get started?  Visit our Getting Started page to learn what to do next.  The ECEMS Student Handbook also has information about the two-step process for admission.

What can I do with this degree?

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. This degree program does not lead to licensure.  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

Faculty in the ECEMS program have put together informational briefs with best practices and activity ideas to use in early childhood settings.

Great ideas to try today!

Listen to Jacy explain how this program allowed her to balance all of her responsibilities.

What will I learn in this program?

You will learn to:

  • Create environments that are healthy, respectful, supportive and challenging for each child.
  • Recognize and value the importance and complex characteristics of children’s families and communities.
  • Use child observation, documentation and other forms of assessment to positively influence the development of every child.
  • Design, implement and evaluate experiences that promote positive development and learning for every young child.
  • Identify and use ethical guidelines and other professional standards related to early childhood practice.
  • Participate in practicum experiences that provide hands-on opportunities.

Great Plains IDEA Student Handbook

Tell me more about the practicum experiences.

The ECEMS program requires three (3) practicum experiences.  These placements need to be:

  • In at least three (3) different settings
  • With three (3) different age groups and
  • With three (3) different Cooperating Teachers

Visit the course planner to see how the practicum experiences fit within the coursework.

Practicum 1 Waiver:  A Practicum 1 waiver is available for those with qualifying work experience.  To qualify you must:

  • Be a full-time, paid lead teacher, instructional assistant, or paraprofessional
  • Have one (1) or more years of experience in an early childhood setting in the last three (3) years
  • Have approval of your academic advisor at your home university
  • Submit forms at least 8 weeks prior to the semester in which Practicum 1 is to be completed

Contact Practicum Coordinator, Dr. Linda Sheeran, to learn more about the waiver.

The decision will be based on the supporting documentation and is made by a committee of faculty members.

 

Practicum I Cooperating Teacher Handbook (PDF)

Practicum II Cooperating Teacher Handbook (PDF)

Practicum III Cooperating Teacher Handbook (PDF)

Program highlights:

  • 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.

Course List for Bachelor's Degree

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. Trisha Ritland
Meagan Mitin
Karla Sisco
Aimee Maher
Tristin Campbell
University of Missouri
Hannah Portwood
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.

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