Missouri State University

Elementary Certification Programs

Students who are interested in working as a teacher in a public or accredited private elementary school in grades 1-6 should consider Elementary Certification.  Elementary Education certification does NOT allow you to teach Kindergarten.  Those who want to teach Kindergarten should consider pursuing Early Childhood certification. 

Post - Baccalaureate Teacher Certification

The Elementary Education, post baccalaureate teacher certification program allows candidates with a 2.75 minimum GPA and a bachelor's degree from an accredited college or university to pursue certification at the undergraduate, non-degree seeking level.  This program offers a flexible schedule, and most courses are offered both during the day and in the evening.   Students will be required to complete up to 3 semesters of coursework as a full-time day student toward the end of their program. 

The Elementary Education Certification Program is currently available on the Missouri State campus in Springfield, the Missouri State - West Plains campus and the Crowder College campus in Neosho, MO.

Students can work at their own pace, attending classes part time or full time.  Post bac students complete the same courses as our undergraduate BSED majors, but the certification program may be streamlined to allow post bac students to complete the program in the shortest time possible.   The average amount of time to complete a post bac certification program if the student attends full time is 2 - 2 1/2 years.   Please click here to review the Post Baccalaureate Teacher Certification admission criteria.

What courses will you need to take?

For a list of courses required for certification in Elementary Education at the Post Bac level on the Springfield campus West Plains campus or the Crowder College campus in Neosho, you can view the
Elementary Education Academic Program Guide

How do you apply for the Post-Bac program?  Getting started couldn't be easier!  Just go to our Application Process website and follow the detailed instructions on that page.

Elementary Education/Master of Science in Education (MSED)

Certification in Elementary Education can be earned in combination with the Master of Science in Education (MSED) in Elementary Education.  This program allows students to earn certification in Elementary Education and apply up to 12 hours of certification coursework taken at the Graduate level toward the MSED Degree.  After being recommended for certification, students will then complete an additional 18 hours of graduate-level coursework to complete the MSED degree.  The minimum GPA requirement to apply for this program option is a 2.75 overall cumulative, or a 3.00 in the last 60 hours.

This program offers a flexible schedule, and most courses are offered both during the day and in the evening.  Students will be required to complete up to 3 semesters of coursework as a day student toward the end of their certification program, but can finish the MSED as an evening student. 

What courses will you need to take:

For a list of courses required for certification in Elementary Education in the combined certification/MSED program, please schedule a visit with an Academic Advisor in the Teacher Certification Office.