Bachelor of Science in Education

Early Childhood - 3rd Grade

This degree is offered through a competency-based education (CBE) format and qualifies as part of the Texas Affordable Baccalaureate (TAB) program. 

Students may complete the last 60 hours through the CBE format which provides an instructional coach in a 'self-paced' program.

No books! All courses are online!


TOTAL COST             $15,000

(not included first 60 hours)


FALL 2020

  • EDUC 3193 Classroom Mgmt for EC-3
  • EDUC 3183 Assessment
  • ECED 3113 Foundations of Early Childhood Education and Early Care
  • READ 3023 Word Study
  • GNMT 3003 Concepts of Math


  • EPSY 3153 Educational Psychology


  • EDUC 4303 Teaching Social Studies in EC-3
  • EDUC 4403 Teaching Math in EC-3
  • EDUC 4503 Teaching Science in EC-3
  • ETEC Advanced Technology


  • SOST 3003 Concepts of Social Studies
  • SPED 3622 Teaching Students with Special Needs in Inclusive Settings

FALL 2021 (16 weeks)

  • READ 4213 ED-3 Reading Language/Arts
  • READ 4203 EC-3 Develop. Reading
  • READ 4223 Diagnosis and Correction
  • First 8 Weeks
    • ECED 4123 Early Child Development: Language & Literature
  • Second 8 Weeks
    • ECED 4133 Early Childhood and Curriculum


  • ECED 3173 ESL Methods and Materials for EC-3

SPRING 2022 

  • EDUC 4173 Clinical Teaching
  • EDUC 4233 Action Research


Academic Foundations and Core Curriculum - 60 hours

Communication - 6 hours

ENGL 143 Academic Research and Writing

Elective (3 hours)

Life/Physical Science - 8 hours

GSCN 1104 Life/Physical Science

GNSC 1204 Physical Science

Language, Philosophy and Culture - 3 hours


Creative Arts - 3 hours


CAO Cultural & Global Understanding - 3 hours

EDUC 2013 School and Society

Mathematics - 9 hours

MATH 1233 College Algebra

MATH 2033 Structure of the Number System l

MATH 2043 Structure of the Number System ll

American History - 6 hours

HIST 1133 American History to 1865

HIST 1233 American History since 1865

Government/Political Science - 6 hours

POLS 1333 American Government

POLS 1433 American Government

Social and Behavioral Science - 3 hours 


CAO Undergraduate Inquiry & Creativity - 3 hours 

COUN 2143 Human Diversity

Other Requirements - 10 hours


EC-3 Courses - 60 hours


DEGREE TOTAL                  120 HOURS


Dr. Matthew Capps, Dean


PHONE: 940-397-4138 or 940-397-4313

What is Competency Based Education?

  • Online, fully developed class, primarily self-paced.
  • Students must show 80% mastery to earn credit.
  • Students may qualify for this level of mastery during the pre-assessment and receive full credit. If not, students will work with an instructional coach through the course the course material.
  • Field based experience is still required (video evidence).

For whom is the program intended?

The program is designed for people who want to complete a Bachelor's degree, earn a teaching certificate, while continuing to work. Although this is normally a non-traditional student, anyone may benefit from this format.

What is the Texas Affordable Baccalaureate program?

  • The MSU Texas EC3/CBE degree qualifies for this discounted program. 
  • There are no books.
  • Each of the CBE courses qualifies for this discount, $750 per course. 

How long does the program take?

A student should be able to complete the entire degree in 3 years. However, this requires taking course in part of term sections and mini-sessions (in between semesters).

Do the other courses prior to the 60 hours in CBE qualify for TAB?

  • Only the courses in the CBE portion (last 60 hours on College of Education coursework) count. 
  • Whether you take the courses prior to CBE at MSU Texas or some other location, those costs are based upon full tuition.

How do I get into the program?

The Teacher Education Committee expects all teacher education students to be above average scholars; therefore, to be considered for admission to the Teacher Certification program, the applicant must have:

  • an application on file (instructions available in Education Office);
  • satisfactory scores on the SAT, ACT, TSI Assessment, or equivalent, in reading, writing, and mathematics;
  • at lease 45 semester hours of credit*;
  • a cumulative grade point of 2.75;
  • a grade point of 3.0 in the Communication Core (excluding any developmental courses);
  • satisfactory completion of an interview (TAC 227.10); and
  • completed a minimum of 12 semester credit hours in the subject-area content coursework for the certification sought unless the certification is sought in mathematics or science which requires 15 semester credit hours of subject-area content coursework (TAC 227.10).

Do I have to quit my job?

If you are a paraprofessional, you may continue that position while you are completing the CBE. This includes hours and observations required for clinical teaching. 

If you work outside of a school setting, you do not have to quit your job to complete the coursework BUT you will need to submit video observations and complete field experience in a school setting including a 15 week clinical teaching experience. 

What does the asterisk mean next to the 45 hours of credit requirement?

Students need to have core classes complete to enter the program.

A student should have completed the following courses as part of the 45 hour requirement:

  • Communication core (6 hours)
  • Life/Physical Science core (8 hours)
  • Math core (9 hours; College Algebra, Structure l and ll)
  • American History (6 hours)
  • Government/Political Science (6 hours)
  • Approved elective (4 hour science course or GNSC 3104 from MSU)