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Missouri State University
901 South National Avenue
Springfield, Missouri 65897
Office: 417-836-5254
Fax: 417-836-4884
Email: CollegeofEducation@


College Introduction

The College of Education (COE) prepares professional educators (teachers, administrators, educational specialists, counselors and librarians) under the motto “Creating a Legacy of Learning.” As one of the six academic colleges at Missouri State University, COE maintains a close working relationship with many schools, industries and community agencies to prepare educators who are capable of meeting the needs of students in a changing 21st century. Today, Missouri State University is Missouri’s largest producer of professional educators.

The Missouri State University professional education program is one of the five major emphasis areas in the university’s public affairs mission. The College of Education works collaboratively with other colleges at Missouri State University to help prepare professional educators. A university-wide Professional Education Unit (PEU), headed by the dean of the College of Education, provides governance and oversight for the preparation of professional educators. The program provides special educational experiences necessary for preparing educators at both the graduate and undergraduate levels.

The College of Education at Missouri State University provides students with a variety of degrees and certification options. The COE and the Professional Education Unit are accredited by the National Council for Accreditation of Teacher Education (NCATE). All certification areas are approved and accredited by the Missouri Department of Elementary and Secondary Education (MoDESE).

Departments and Majors

Department of Childhood Education and Family Studies

  • Undergraduate Programs
  • Graduate Programs
  • B.S. in Early Childhood Education (Birth - Grade 3)
  • M.S.E.D. in Elementary Education 
  • B.S. in Child and Family Development
  • M.S in Early Childhood
  • B.S. in Education/Elementary (Grades 1-6)

Early Childhood (Birth-Grade 3)
Elementary (Grades 1-6)

Department of Reading, Foundations and Technology

Undergraduate Programs
B.S. in Middle School Education (Grades 5-9) (Language Arts, Social Studies, Math, Science)

Graduate Programs
M.S.E.D. in Reading
Special Reading Certification
Educational Technology
Master of Arts in Teaching (MAT)

Secondary Education

  • Undergraduate Programs
  • Agriculture Education (9-12)
  • Foreign Languages (K-12) French, German, Latin, Spanish
  • Art Education (K-12)
  • Mathematics Education (9-12)
  • Biology Education (9-12)
  • Music Education (K-12) Instrumental, Vocal/Choral
  • Business Education (9-12)
  • Physical Education (K-12)
  • Chemistry Education (9-12)
  • Physics Education (K-12)
  • Earth Science Education (9-12)
  • Social Sciences Education (9-12)
  • English Education (9-12)
  • Technology Education (9-12)
  • Family and Consumer Sciences (K-12)
  • Unified Science (9-12) Biology, Chemistry, Earth Science

Graduate Program
M.S.E.D. in Secondary Education

Department of Counseling, Leadership and Special Education

  • Graduate Programs
  • Cooperative Doctorate
  • M.S. in Education
  • A cooperative doctorate (Ed.D.) in Educational Leadership
  • Elementary, and Secondary Principal
  •    and Policy Analysis is offered in collaboration with the
  • Specialist in Education (Ed.S.)
  •    University of Missouri-Columbia.
  • Elementary, and Secondary Principal
  • Superintendent
  • M.S. in Education/Special Education


  • Certifications
  • Blind and Partially Sighted
  • Special Education/Cross Categorical (K-12)
  • Early Childhood Special Education (P-K)
  • Elementary Principal (K-8)
  • Middle School Principal (5-9)
  • Secondary Principal (9-12)
  • Vocational School Director (VOC)
  • Special Education Director (K-12)
  • Superintendent (K-12)


  • Graduate Programs
  • Certifications
  • M.S. in Guidance and Counseling
  • Elementary School Counseling (K-8)
  • Elementary School Counseling
  • Secondary School Counseling (7-12)
  • Secondary School Counseling
  • School Psychological Examiner (K-12)
  • Community Agency Counseling

College of Education Support Units

Student Services

The Student Services Office consists of three distinct departments with separate purposes, all which support teacher education students throughout Missouri State.  Those offices include Educational Field Experiences, the Professional Education Advisement Center and the Teacher Certification Office.  Staff within these departments are also involved in student recruitment activities and sponsorship of student organizations in education.

Educational Field Experiences:  This department coordinates the placement of all practicum and student teaching assignments for teacher education students at Missouri State.  They also coordinate and monitor student Professional Liability Insurance, TB Skin Tests and background checks required prior to entering practicum or student teaching experiences. 

Professional Education Advisement Center:  This department is responsible for the advisement of all Early Childhood, Elementary, Middle School and Special Education students.  They also assist transfer students who wish to enter education programs at Missouri State make a smooth transition, and offer additional support to students pursuing secondary education programs.  Staff in this department coordinate the admission to Teacher Education process and the “exceptions and appeals” process for education majors. 

Teacher Certification Office:  This department is responsible for the development and articulation of the university’s post bac and graduate-level teacher certification programs for students who have a degree from an accredited college or university and desire to earn an initial teaching certificate.  Staff in this office are responsible for the recruitment, admission, advisement and certification of all post bac and graduate-level teacher certification students.  In addition, staff in this office are responsible for maintaining program approval with the Department of Elementary and Secondary Education (DESE) and for certifying all students who complete certifiable programs at Missouri State.

Greenwood Laboratory School

Greenwood Laboratory School (K-12) is a department with the College of Education with the dual mission of supporting MSU by helping train future teachers and providing a site for professors to implement research related to the education, health or safety of students in kindergarten through twelfth grades.  The second part of its mission is to educate Greenwood students to be knowledgeable, creative, caring and engaged citizens.  Greenwood is fully accredited by the international accreditation organization AdvancED (formerly known as North Central Association).  Greenwood students have been known for one hundred and two years for their academic, musical and athletic success with one hundred percent graduating and attending college.  

About the College

Education students at Missouri State work with faculty who excel in teaching, research and service to professional organizations and public schools. Faculty members keep abreast of the latest research, innovations and practices in their specialty areas. Many faculty members hold national offices in professional education organizations, write books and articles, and speak at national and international educational conferences.

The Professional Education Unit (PEU) at Missouri State consists of faculty and staff from across the University that work with Teacher Education programs.  The PEU is the governing body for programs consisting of over 3,000 students at the undergraduate, graduate and post bac levels.  These programs include initial teacher certification in over  30 different areas, student services certifications in 9 different areas, and added certificate programs at the post bac level.  Also included are three programs designated as “Alternative Certification Programs” by the Department of Elementary and Secondary Education (DESE) and a Cooperative Doctorate in Educational Leadership and Policy Development in conjunction with the University of Missouri.  

Professional education graduates comprise approximately 20 percent of the total number of Missouri State graduates each year.  These prospective teacher educators receive job-seeking assistance through the Missouri State Career Center, which hosts an education job fair each year.  Approximately 200 school districts from across the nation participate in the education job fair on the Missouri State campus.  


Missouri State’s teacher education programs are accredited by the National Council for Accreditation of Teacher Education (NCATE) and the Missouri Department of Elementary and Secondary Education (DESE).