2431 Director of Secondary Education


TITLE Director of Secondary Education


GRADE Unclassified


IMMEDIATE SUPERVISOR Dean, College of Education      



The Director of Secondary Education coordinates and facilitates undergraduate degree programs leading to initial Missouri certification(s) to teach K-12 or high school students in a variety of areas.  The Director of Secondary Education works with University academic departments offering advanced graduate level training leading to a Master of Science in Secondary Education.  The Director of Secondary Education, under the supervision of the Head of the Professional Education Unit (Dean, College of Education) works collaboratively with the Academic Deans, Department Heads, Program Chairs or Coordinators, and other faculty to promote high quality secondary and K-12 education programs.  This is a Professional Education Unit (PEU) position which requires the Director of Secondary Education to work with the undergraduate and graduate Associate Provosts to strengthen the communications between the colleges relevant to teacher education.


Education: A terminal degree in K-12 or secondary education or a secondary education-related field is required.

Experience: At least one year of successful secondary level teaching experience is required.  Experience working with students, staff, and parents of diverse backgrounds is required.  Five years of school experience at the secondary level is preferred.  College or university teaching experience is preferred.  School district-level administrative experience is preferred.

Skills: Effective verbal and written communication skills are required.


1. Facilitates the effective operation of the Bachelor of Science in Education (BSED) and the Master of Science in Education (MSED) Oversight Committees and other governance committee structures focusing on PK-12 and secondary programs by facilitating meetings and serving as a non-voting, ex-officio member of the BSED and  MSED committees as prescribed in the bylaws of the Professional Education Committee (PEC) .

2. Collaborates with the College of Education (COE) Assistant Dean for Assessment and Accreditation with the monitoring and evaluation of secondary education programs by facilitating the collection of secondary education data for accreditation (National Accreditation for Accreditation of Teacher Education [NCATE], Missouri Department of Secondary and Elementary Education [DESE], and Specialized Professional Associations [SPAs]) and supporting individual programs for both internal and external review of their respective programs, including oversight of the secondary education DESE certification process and programs.

3. Collaborates with the appropriate Missouri State University offices, administrators, and faculty to initiate, coordinate, and participate in a variety of recruitment activities and events representing K-12 and secondary education programs.

4. Communicates with area school administrators to solicit feedback regarding the effectiveness of teacher education graduates and programs on K-12 and secondary education student learning.

5. Collaborates with the COE Professional Advisement Office and the various departments on campus with the BSED and MSED programs to facilitate student success by monitoring student progress and prerequisites, assisting with K-12 and secondary education advisement, coordinating the scheduling of “common core” classes to best meet the needs of students and minimize scheduling conflicts, collaborating to resolve student inquiries, problems, and questions relating to common degree program elements, and serving as a contact point for visitors to connect them to appropriate advisors and/or offices.

6. Remains competent and current through self-directed professional reading, developing professional contacts with colleagues, attending professional development courses, and attending training and/or courses as required.

7. Supports the overall successes of the Professional Education Unit by overseeing student workers and collaborating with staff related to the PEC secondary education office.

8. Performs other duties as assigned by the head of the PEU.


The Director of Secondary Education reports to the head of the Professional Education Unit (Dean of the College of Education) with input from the Associate Provosts for undergraduate and graduate education. 




Factor 1: Professional Knowledge, Skill, and Technical Mastery

Level 5 - 3300 Points: Knowledge of the principles and methods of an administrative, managerial, or professional field such as accounting or auditing, financial management, information technology, business administration, human resources, engineering, law, social sciences, communications, education, or medicine. Knowledge permits employee to supervise projects and/or departments using standard methods to improve administrative and/or line operations. Knowledge also permits employee to plan steps and carry out multi-phase projects requiring problem definition and modified techniques, to coordinate work with others, and to modify methods and procedures to solve a wide variety of problems. Knowledge at this level requires a Bachelor's or Master's degree with substantial related work experience, including up to two years of administrative or supervisory experience. Alternatively, this level may require a professional or clinical degree beyond the Bachelor's degree with moderate related work experience; knowledge requirements include significant levels of related work experience.

Factor 2: Supervisory Responsibility

Level 2 - 130 Points: Regular, but limited, supervision, training, or directing the work assignments of (a) small numbers of student, part-time or temporary workers, or (b) one or more permanent, full-time employees. The nature of supervision is largely confined to scheduling work and assigning tasks. Supervision at this level typically does not include a full range of supervisory responsibilities, and supervisory duties typically do not consume a large portion of the work day.

Factor 3: Interactions with Others

Level 3 - 250 Points: The purpose of interactions is to advise or counsel others to solve recurring and structured problems, and/or to plan or coordinate work efforts with other employees who are working toward common goals in situations where relationships are generally cooperative. Interactions are moderately structured and routine and may involve employees in different functions, students, and/or the general public. These types of interactions require normal interpersonal skills.

Factor 4: Job Controls and Guidelines

Level 3 - 500 Points: The employee operates under general supervision expressed in terms of program goals and objectives, priorities, and deadlines. Administrative supervision is given through statements of overall program or project objectives and available resources. Administrative guidelines are relatively comprehensive and the employee need only to fill in gaps in interpretation and adapt established methods to perform recurring activities. In unforeseen situations, the employee must interpret inadequate or incomplete guidelines, develop plans, and initiate new methods to complete assignments based on those interpretations. Assignments are normally related in function, but the work requires many different processes and methods applied to an established administrative or professional field. Problems are typically the result of unusual circumstances, variations in approach, or incomplete or conflicting data. The employee must interpret and refine methods to complete assignments. Characteristic jobs at this level may involve directing single-purpose programs or performing complex, but precedented, technical or professional work.

Factor 5: Managerial Responsibility

Level 3 - 850 Points: Work involves providing significant support services to others both within and outside of the department that substantially influences decision-making processes. Work activities are complex and others rely on the accuracy and reliability of the information, analysis, or advice to make decisions. Work activities have a direct, but shared, impact on further processes or services, affect the overall efficiency and image of the department, and may have material impact on costs or service quality within the cost center. Incumbents may be responsible for identifying areas of need and for developing proposals that request funding to fulfill those needs.