I was short one class to graduate. I was overjoyed I could use T.E.A.C.H. MISSOURI to complete the class without financial stress.
– Assistant Teacher, Southeast Missouri

One Semester Scholarship

One Semester Scholarship may best suit your needs if you are:

  • Wanting to take one three credit hour class in early childhood education to gain more knowledge in the field.
  • Seeking an introduction into the field and want to ease into college and want to take one class to start the process.
  • Needing a few college credit hours for a work mandate.
  • Working to complete an Associate or Bachelor’s degree and need only 3 credit hours to finish.

*  This scholarship can be taken for only the designated semester and is not renewable.

Eligibility – All applicants must:

  • Have the desire to earn college credit in early childhood education.
  • Be at least 18 years old and have a high school or equivalency diploma.
  • Work directly with children birth to 5 years old daily in a licensed or license-exempt child care program.
  • Work directly with children at least 30 hours a week in a child care program.
  • Make under $26.00/hour.
  • Work in Missouri and be authorized to work in the U.S.

Once awarded a CDA Scholarship, you will:

  • Be assigned a T.E.A.C.H. MISSOURI Scholarship Counselor to assist you through the process.
  • Enroll in the Missouri-based 2 or 4-year college to earn 3 early childhood college credit hours within one semester.
  • Pay only 10% of your tuition and books, e.g., for a $300 class, your 10% portion would be only $30! Your sponsoring employer pays a 10% co-pay.
  • Commit to staying at your sponsoring child care program for 6 consecutive months of continued employment at sponsoring child care program.


  • Pay 80% – 90% of the tuition and books for your 3 or 6 early childhood college credit hours.
  • Pay you an Accessibility Stipend of $55 while class is being attended.
  • Pay you $200 (in two installments of $100) after you complete the one semester and 6 months of commitment time to your current child care program.

T.E.A.C.H. Early Childhood® Missouri is a licensed program of Child Care Services Association.
The project described was supported by the Preschool Development Grant Birth through Five Initiative (PDG B-5), Grant Number 90TP0048-01-00, from the Office of Child Care, Administration for Children and Families, U.S. Department of Health and Human Services. Its contents are solely the responsibility of the authors and do not necessarily represent the official views of the Office of Child Care, the Administration for Children and Families, or the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services.