The mission of the Teacher Education Department of East Central College is to be a teaching and learning community committed to providing educational experiences in partnership with the local schools that prepare students with the knowledge base and specialized skills to become a reflective practitioner. The program is offered at the ECC Union and Rolla locations.

Students who complete the initial admission into the College declare their program of study as either an AAS-Early Childhood, or Pre-Admit Teaching. After Pre-Admit Teaching majors are enrolled in and scheduled to complete the first semester coursework (all general education courses) on the AAT degree plan they are eligible to apply for admission into the AAT Degree Program.

AAS – Early Childhood – The Associate of Applied Science degree in early childhood education includes coursework in general education plus an additional sequence of coursework in child development, educational strategies, technology, and related academic disciplines. Students completing the coursework in the early childhood program are prepared to enter the workforce as trained early childhood educators.

AAT – Associate of Arts in Teaching (transfer degree for Early Childhood, Elementary, Middle, Secondary and Special Education) The Associate of Arts in Teaching degree is an articulated transfer degree with Missouri public and private colleges and universities. The ECC curriculum includes the first two-year of standard teacher education courses along with general education coursework. Student beginning the degree are considered Pre-Admit Teaching students until they have applied and received admittance into the AAT program

AAT Student Handbook – Spring 2019

Department Chair – Social Science & Education
Dr. William Cunningham
Office: BH216

Teacher Education Coordinator
Gregory Stotler, MILS, Ed. S.
Office: HH257

 Office Clerk
Brenda Driemeyer
Office: HH251

Our Most Common Transfer Partners:
(For colleges not listed please contact Mr. Stotler)

Central Methodist University
Campus Contact: Tim Willard

Missouri Baptist University
Campus Contact: Lynne Rinne

Missouri S&T
Campus Contact: Terra Kneeland

Missouri State University
Campus Contact: Juli Panza

Drury University
Campus Contact: Sarah Thornton

University of Missouri – St. Louis
Campus Contact: Terri Furlow

University of Missouri – Columbia
Campus Contact: Kelly Benson

University of Central Missouri
Campus Contact: Ann McCoy

Southeast Missouri State University
Campus Contact: Julie Ray

Southwest Baptist University
Moutainview Campus Contact:
Donna Depee (pronounced duh-pay) – Center Director
Sarah Russback, 417-934-2999,

SBU – Salem Location
Salem Campus Contact:
Linda Armer, Center Director –

Northwest Missouri State University

Campus Contact: Dr. Sue Wood 


The CDA credential process for students to demonstrate knowledge mastery in Early Childhood Education is becoming one of the most widely utilized credentials in the early childhood field.  It is the result of the combination of both the NAEYC standards and the Council for Professional Recognition competencies.  ECC has encompassed the required competencies and standards within the coursework of the AAS  – Early Childhood Degree as well as the Child Development Certificate of Specialization.  It is an excellent starting point for anyone entering the Early Childhood field.

The Child Development Associate (CDA) Informational Link

Child Development Certificate of Specialization

Student MSTA is the pre-professional organization for education majors on Missouri college and university campuses.

The ECC Chapter of S-MSTA particpates in select community outreach programs each semester.  In the past we have hosted the Merit Badge University for the Osage Boy Scouts Troops and assisted with the Earth Day Celebration on campus.

State S-MSTA Page

(Meetings, Events, Guest Speakers)

Current S-MSTA President:
Dylan Maune