What will I learn?

As an early childhood educator, director or parent advocate, you can make a difference in the lives of children. Fontbonne's early childhood major includes coursework and practical experience in areas such as child development, early childhood education and administration, parenting and family relationships.

Early Childhood Program Highlights

Your interest in ensuring the youngest learners receive the positive encouragement, intellectual stimulation, and educational support necessary for success in school and life is at the heart of our early education program.

  • Early, hands-on experience outside the classroom
  • Optional Missouri teaching certification: early childhood (birth – third grade) or early childhood/special education (birth – third grade)
  • Development of creative, critical thinking and problem solving skills
  • Development of effective communication skills, ability to work both individually and as part of a team
  • Internship/practicum placements that encourage student’s individual professional interests
  • This program is approved by the Department of Elementary and Secondary Education (DESE). Fontbonne University meets rigorous national standards for educator preparation set by the Council for the Accreditation of Educator Preparation.

Which department am I in?

College of Education and Allied Health Professions

Study options

Full Time (A minimum of 120 credit hours)

Tuition fees
US$26,760.00 per year
Application deadline

Expected November 2021

Start date

Expected January, August 2022


College of Education and Allied Health Professions

6800 Wydown Boulevard,



63105, United States

Entry requirements

For students from United States

All undergraduate programs require a minimum GPA of 2.5 on a 4.0 scale from high school (equivalent to a 78% on a 100% scale). Other English Language Requirements: ELS: Completion of Level 112; Inlingua: Completion of ESL 300, 301, 302; Kaplan – Completion of Higher Intermediate level; Completion of English composition one at a US college or university; OR: COMPASS ESL Language Score 260+ (this option is only available for students in St. Louis who have applied to the university. The complimentary institutional test may only be taken one time for admission purposes).

For international students

First-year students those degree seeking students who are graduates of an accredited high school and who have not previously enrolled in a degree program at an accredited college or university with GPA of 2.5 or greater on a 4.0 scale as determined by Fontbonne. Completed the following recommended core, requirements: Four units of English, Three units of mathematics, Three units of social science, Three units of science (one must include a lab), One unit of visual/performing arts, One unit of practical arts, and One unit of physical education. English Language Requirements: TOEFL score 65(iBT), IELTS score 5.5

*There may be different IELTS requirements depending on your chosen course.