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Director of Secondary Education

Missouri State University
901 South National Avenue
Springfield, Missouri 65897
Office: 417-836-5944
Fax: 417-836-4750

Career Preparation

These programs based in the respective academic departments at Missouri State are designed to prepare individuals for entry into the teaching profession and are approved by the Missouri State Board of Education and the Missouri Department of Elementary and Secondary Education. Secondary Education students may select from 27 majors and 39 minors. In most subjects, students are certificated for grades 9–12. Art, foreign languages, music and physical education students may elect certification for K-12. Certification programs also are available in Health Education, and TESOL.

Upon completion of the Bachelor of Science in Education degree, recommendation by the certification officer and meeting the criteria for the Praxis II Subject Assessment Specialty Area Tests, the student qualifies for a Missouri teaching certificate. The Teacher Education Program provides preparation in a variety of skills and techniques.

The job market for secondary-level teachers shows great variation between geographic regions as well as subject matter areas. Some shortages have been reported for mathematics and science teachers, as well as teachers of TESOL, Modern Foreign languages (Spanish, German, French, etc), Industrial Technology, Music, and Family and Consumer Sciences (DESE 2007-2008 shortages).

Secondary teachers' job growth is projected to increase through 2016, and the national average classroom teacher salary for K-12 teachers is $47, 602. A salary for beginning teachers is at more than $30,000 per year. Salaries for experienced teachers vary greatly; however, many Missouri districts have a maximum salary which exceeds $50,000 per year.

Academic Program

Prospective secondary education teachers are required to have preparation in three major areas: general education (courses required of all students), a subject-matter concentration (called a major) and professional education. Currently, about 47 credit hours required for a B.S. in Education degree are general education courses. Subject-matter preparation is from the field in which the student wishes to teach. The number of hours varies, depending upon department requirements. The requirements for an additional teaching field (minor) usually range from 21 to 30 hours. The professional education courses include introduction to teacher education, educational psychology, education of the exceptional child, philosophies of education, general teaching methods, reading methods, technology in the classes, specialty area teaching methods, and student teaching. Students need to check with their major academic department for complete program requirements. Each student is assigned an academic advisor in their major.

Admission to the Teacher Education Program at Missouri State requires completion of 45 college hours; a 2.50 overall GPA; a 2.50 major GPA (History requires a 2.75 major GPA); a valid ACT score; completion of EDC 150, SEC 302 and COM 115 with a C or higher; Highway Patrol Background Check; Portfolio Checkpoint I and a score of 265 on the state’s general competency test, the C-BASE, and approval by the Professional Education Committee (PEC).


The faculty is composed of professors holding doctoral degrees from various academic departments. To complement and enhance their teaching, faculty members engage in research and service activities. Faculty members have published in national journals and also serve as officers in national professional organizations. Students will work closely with the faculty of the departments in which they choose to major or minor.


Because of the university’s geographic location, Missouri State can offer teacher candidates field experience in both urban and rural schools.

The Missouri State University Greenwood Laboratory School, with 390 students enrolled in grades K-12, readily is accessible to provide observational and classroom experiences for prospective teachers. Those experiences are planned in a cooperative effort by education faculty and master teachers from the laboratory school.

The technology laboratories located in Hill Hall represent the most recent innovations in instructional technology available for use by Secondary Education majors.


Students are encouraged to become involved in student organizations at Missouri State. Among the organizations available to Secondary Education majors are the Student Missouri State Teachers Association, the Student National Education Association, the Student Council for Exceptional Children and Kappa Delta Pi, the honorary organization for Secondary Education majors. Students are prepared for a wide range of possible teaching positions. The Office of Career Services at Missouri State maintains an extensive listing of available jobs. The Missouri State annual teacher placement day has become known as the largest and most inclusive in Missouri.

Sample Schedule

Missouri State is committed to assisting students to graduate in four years--see sample graduation plans for this major.

The following is a sample schedule for this major--your actual schedule will vary.

First Semester Courses Hours
GEP 101 First-Year Foundations2
General Education Courses9
Major Course Work6
Second Semester Courses Hours
General Education Courses9
Major Course Work6

Sophomore Year

First Semester Courses Hours
EDC 150 Introduction to Teaching0
General Education Courses6
Major Course Work9
Second Semester Courses Hours
SEC 302 General Methods of Instruction in the Middle and Secondary Schools3
PSY 360 Educational Psychology3
General Ed or Major Courses9

Junior Year

First Semester Courses Hours
EDC 350 School and Society3
SPE 340 Educational Alternative for Exceptional Students2
General Ed or Major Courses12
Second Semester Courses Hours
RDG 474 Reading and Writing in the Content Fields2
EDT 365 Educational Applications of Technology and Media3
General Ed or Major Courses12

Senior Year

First Semester Courses Hours
SFR or PSY 486 Management and Assessment in the Middle and Secondary Classroom 3
401-518 Special Methods Course (Secondary - see major course code)3-4
Major Courses9
Second Semester Courses Hours
Block 1 Supervised Teaching 6
Block 2 Supervised Teaching 6