Program Matrix - All Certification Programs

This page contains the updated program matrix for all certifiable programs for teachers, counselors and administrators at Missouri State University. If you would like to view a matrix for a particular Teacher Education program at Missouri State University, please click on the appropriate link below. The matrix will download as a Microsoft Excel file. For those programs that have provided previous versions of a matrix, you will see several tabs on the bottom of the document. Each tab indicates the year that matrix was in effect.

Updated program matrix for all programs are currently under development. If your program does not have an active link, the matrix is under development and is not currently available. Please contact the Teacher Certification Office for more information.

DESE Certification Matrix

If you would like to review the Compendium of Missouri Certification Requirements, they are available on the DESE website. A template for the updated DESE Certification Matrix available for each program below. Matrix templates for Student Services and School Leader certificates are not yet available from DESE. Once a program completes any program changes and completes their DESE Certification Matrix, it should be emailed to to be included on this website.

MoSPE Matrix - Missouri Teaching Standards

Current MoSPE Missouri Teaching Standards can be found on the following website:

Currently Missouri State is in the process of transitioning from MoSTEP to the new Missouri Teaching Standards under MoSPE. Each faculty member should download the MoSPE matrix template and identify the competencies met only in the education courses they teach. Once completed, please email the matrix to . The staff in the Teacher Certification Office will then put each education course on a master template and post it on this website so it can be viewed by faculty in other programs. This will be very helpful as programs work on revisions. Once all education courses have been completed, the staff will then build a program matrix for each program using the individual courses submitted.

A template for the current MoSPE Missouri Teaching Standards matrix can be downloaded by clicking here.

Subject Specific Competencies

For information on the specific subject area competencies required for each program, please visit the Subject Specific Competencies for Beginning Teachers website

If you have any questions regarding your program matrix, please contact the Teacher Certification Office at 417-836-8772.

Undergraduate - Initial Certification Programs

Early Childhood (Birth - Grade 3)

Elementary Education (1-6)

Middle School (5-9)

To include the following program options:

  • Language Arts
  • Social Studies
  • Mathematics
  • Science

Also included are additional add-on areas of certification:

Special Education - Cross Categorical (K-12)

Alternative/Innovative Certification Programs

Masters of Arts in Teaching (MAT)

This analysis is for the core only. Please refer to the individual content area matrix's for content area coursework.

The MAT program also allows students to add certification in Middle School in the same content area they are pursuing in Secondary education.

Special Education - Blind and Partially Sighted

Special Education - Alternative Certification Track (SEACT)

Severely Developmentally Disabled (B-12)


Advanced Programs

These programs are offered at the graduate level, and can only be offered to students who possess a valid teaching certificate in another area (or have met specific competencies):

Deaf and Hard of Hearing

Education Administration - Principal

Education Administration - Superintendent

Gifted Education (K-12)

School Counselor Certification

School Psychological Examiner Certification

Special Education Director (K-12)

Special Reading

Additional Certificate Programs

These programs are only offered to students who have earned or are pursuing certification in another area:

Health Education: (K-12)

Driver's Education (9-12)

Teaching English for Speakers of Other Languages (K-12) (ESOL)

Secondary Education

Agriculture (9-12)

Art (K-12)

Biology - Categorical (9-12)

Chemistry - Categorical (9-12)

Chinese Education (K-12)

Earth Science - Categorical (9-12)

English (9-12)

Family and Consumer Sciences (B-12)

French Education (K-12)

German Education (K-12)

Latin Education (K-12)

Mathematics (9-12)

Music - Instrumental (K-12)

Music - Vocal/Choral (K-12)

Physical Education (K-12)

Physics - Categorical (9-12)

Social Studies (9-12)

Spanish Education (K-12)

Speech/Theatre (9-12)

Unified Science - Biology (9-12)

Unified Science - Chemistry (9-12)

Unified Science - Earth Science (9-12)