Educational Opportunities

The University recognizes the important role of continuing education and supports employee participation in university credit, noncredit, and Human Resources Training and Development programs for professional growth.   Educational programs are provided to improve employees' skill levels, knowledge, and abilities for maintenance and improvement of their professional level as a member of the University community.   Participation in educational programs is approved by the employee's supervisor and the proper administrative authorities.   The University provides three educational programs for employees, one of which is also available to spouses and eligible dependents.

Credit Course Fee Waivers

Full-time regular employees are eligible to enroll at Missouri State for a total of 15 credit hours of college-level courses in an academic year (12-month period beginning with the fall semester) and  have their required student fees paid by the University.  In order for the University to pay required student fees, employees must be employed by the University prior to the start of the semester for which they have enrolled and intend to use the fee waiver benefit.  If the employee terminates employment and his/her last day is prior to the start of the semester in which the University has paid the required student fees, the University will cancel the payment of those fees and will bill the person who received the fee waiver for the amount due the University. 

Credit course fee waiver requests are now automated and can be accessed by employees through the Profile tab at http://my.missouristate.edu/ under Employment Details - Benefits.  As an additional convenience, employees may also check the number of their credit course fee waiver hours used from the Profile tab as well.   Fee waiver requests that are approved are entered into the fee payment system and are automatically immediately applied to fees. 

Employees who have used their 15 credit hour benefit during a given academic year and who enroll in additional courses at Missouri State during the same academic year, must pay the required student fees for those additional courses.  This benefit is not applicable to book costs or any special fee pertaining to a specific class or private instruction. 

Employees may assign part or all of the 15-hour benefit to their spouse and/or their eligible dependent children.  For purposes of this policy, the Internal Revenue Code defines an eligible dependent child as an employee's son, stepson, daughter, or stepdaughter. Such children must be a dependent of the employee and must not have attained the age of 24 years at the start of the semester in which the credit hour fee waiver is applied.  In addition, children of divorced or separated parents are treated as a dependent of both parents where (1) the parents are divorced, legally separated, or separated under a written separation agreement; (2) the children receives over half of his/her support from his/her parents; and (3) the children are in the legal custody of one or both parents for more than half the calendar year.  The spouse and/or eligible dependent children must have been admitted to Missouri State or must qualify for the high school senior early admission program. 

Employees may assign the equivalent value of 7.5 undergraduate credit hours of the 15-hour benefit to their eligible dependent children who attend Greenwood Laboratory School toward payment of required student fees.

Per Course Faculty who teach at Missouri State University’s West Plains Campus are eligible to enroll in a total of 15 credit hours of college-level courses in an academic year (12-month period beginning with the fall semester) and have their required student fees paid by the University.  Per Course Faculty may assign part or all of the 15-hour benefit to their spouse and/or their eligible dependent children. The following restrictions apply:

  • The fee waiver is limited to associates degree credit courses offered on the West Plains Campus only;
  • Excludes courses for the Missouri Sheriffs’ Association Training Academy; and
  • Enrollment or assignment of the benefit applies only in the semester(s) in which the Per Course Faculty is actively teaching.

TAXABLE BENEFIT NOTE:  The tuition fee waiver benefit is only taxable to the employee if the fee waiver is used by the employee's spouse or dependent child to enroll in graduate courses at Missouri State.  The tuition fee waiver benefit is not taxable to the employee if the fee waiver is used by the employee to enroll in either undergraduate or graduate courses at Missouri State, or if the fee waiver is used by the employee's spouse or dependent child to enroll in undergraduate courses at Missouri State.

The purpose of offering financial assistance through the Employee Educational Opportunity Program is to (1) encourage overall employee improvement (2) encourage development of qualifications which may increase an employee's skill in his/her present job or lead to advancement through additional education, and/or (3) enhance the fringe benefit program by extending course enrollment benefits to spouses and eligible dependents. 

The following requirements must be met in order for an employee to participate in this program: 

  • The individual receiving the fee waiver must file an application for admission or readmission with the Office of Admissions and Records and must meet all admission academic requirements stipulated in the Missouri State Undergraduate Catalog or the Missouri State Graduate Catalog.  (See calendar in Catalog and Class Schedule for deadlines).
  • Courses taken by employees:
    1. must be taken outside assigned scheduled working hours, or
    2. an equivalent adjustment must be made in the employee's work schedule to make up the time away from work, or
    3. an equivalent adjustment must be made by requesting leave of absence without pay, or
    4. the time away from work must be requested as vacation leave.
  • Employees are expected to work 40 hours weekly.  Work schedule adjustments may be made within the department.  However, the adjustment must be approved by the department head or supervisor in advance and should not be considered if it interferes with the normal operations of the department.
  • Participation in the program is voluntary.  Responsibility for course work rests with the individual and work hours are not to be used for class preparation.
  • Credit course fee waiver requests are now automated and can be accessed by employees through the Profile tab at My.MissouriState.edu under Employment Details - Benefits

    As an additional convenience, employees may also check the number of their credit course fee waiver hours used from the Profile tab as well.
  • To ensure that the fee waiver has been applied, employees should not register or pay fees until they have checked the status of the approval of the request online on My Information.  Cash refunds will not be made to the employee.

MyBenefit - Noncredit Course Fees

Employees on a full-time regular appointment, both faculty and staff, may receive assistance with course fees to enroll for noncredit courses offered by Missouri State University through the following units:

  • College of Continuing Education and the Extended University
  • Management Development Institute in the Center for Business and Economic Development
  • Small Business Development Center in the Center for Business and Economic Development
  • Campus Recreation Fitness and Wellness Program
  • Academic Development Center sponsored courses and seminars
  • Human Resources Training and Development sponsored courses and seminars

The University will pay $150 per employee, per fiscal year (July 1 through June 30) for enrollment in noncredit courses sponsored through the units listed above. The fee benefit will be for course fees only and will not be applicable to special book fees, lab fees, or other special fees in addition to the course fees.   Participation in any noncredit course program and/or classes must be approved by the employee's supervisor.  The fee assistance is for the employee only.  It does not extend to members of the family.  

The University will comply with Internal Revenue Code regulations in regard to reporting benefits that are taxable income.  

The employee should register for the class through My Learning Connection. Please visit this site for more information on the MyBenefit and use of Noncredit Fee Waiver benefit. The amount to be paid by the University will be credited to the department offering the noncredit course.  A cash refund will not be made to the employee.

Training and Development Programs

Information on the professional and personal development courses available to employees are published online at http://www.missouristate.edu/human/training. Employees register online through My Learning Connection for attendance in these courses. Programs will normally be held during the regular workday; however, it is up to the employee to make arrangements with his/her supervisor for job coverage during program attendance. Those arrangements should be made prior to registration for training. There are compliance courses for which an employee's attendance is required in order for the University to meet legal mandates (example HIPAA, FERPA, CPR/AED, HazMat). The requirement to attend such training may be directed either by the University or the employee's department.

Employee job skill enhancement and professional development courses can be accomplished through online training, in class sessions, and University/Professional certification programs.Individual employee attendance at training will be recorded in his/her transcript in My Learning Connection.   The information in the My Learning Connection  will include University-sponsored training, documented education, and certified professional development. An employee's transcript is established at the time of employment. Questions about the My Learning Connection, training and development opportunities, and registration can be directed to hrtraining@missouristate.edu or HR Employee Development and Performance at 417-836-4592/5779.

Certified Professional Secretary (CPS) Designation (Recently changed to CAP - Certified Administrative Professional)

The University recognizes the attainment of the Certified Professional Secretary (CPS) rating by any full-time regular employee (as defined in Section 3.9.1) who is in a non-exempt, administrative support position, as categorized by the University's classification index.

In support of this recognized rating for administrative support professionals, the University will:

  1. pay for the fees for the noncredit classes offered by the University that provide a review for the CPS examination;
  2. reimburse the employee for the application processing and examination fees for the initial examination attempt; and
  3. increase the annual base salary by $600.00 for any administrative support employee achieving CPS status.

The University will not cover expenses for second or subsequent re-examination attempts or for any other charges incurred by the employee. 

For more information regarding the payment and reimbursement process contact the Office of Human Resources. Please visit http://www.missouristate.edu/human/training/capreview.htm to learn more about the certification and review course.