Teacher Certification, Teacher Education Program and Secondary Education Requirements

The Teacher Education Program and the Secondary Education programs are interdisciplinary in nature and are applicable to all students desiring teacher certification. These programs are overseen by the Educator Preparation Provider (EPP) with a Educator Preparation Provider Council (EPPC) and numerous subcommittees. All academic departments/schools with a teacher education program participate in these committees and administer their programs in accordance with approved policies and curriculum. The following offices assist the EPP, EPPC, and the departments in administering the programs.

  • Educator Preparation Provider Head: Dr. Chris Craig, Associate Provost-Faculty and Academic Affairs, Carrington Hall, room 209, 417-836-5022
  • Interim Secondary Education Director: Dr. Debra Price, Park Central Office Building, room 117, 417-836-8995
  • Educational Field Experiences Office Coordinator: Kim Dubree, Hill Hall, room 200, 417-836-5253
  • Office of Student Services. Director: Scott Fiedler, Hill Hall, room 200, 417-836-8772
  • Teacher Certification Office. Certification Officer: Scott Fiedler, Hill Hall, room 200, 417-836-8772
  • Education Advisement Center: Hill Hall, room 202, 417-836-5429
  • Secondary Professional Education Advisement: Dr. Debra Price, Hill Hall, room 203, call 417-836-5944 for appointment. Also, contact the individual departments for assignment to a program faculty advisor.

Teacher education program

The professional education programs have received continuing accreditation by the Missouri Department of Elementary and Secondary Education for purposes of teacher preparation and certification. Admission to the University does not automatically qualify a student to participate in the professional component of the teacher education program. That participation is granted upon demonstration of a high level of academic and professional competence. Successful participation should result in the student’s achieving certification to teach in Missouri public schools.

Postbaccalaureate teacher certification

Students who have already obtained a bachelor's degree and are seeking Missouri state teacher certification should contact the Teacher Certification Office, Hill Hall, room 200, 417-836-8772. This office provides a program evaluation service for initial certificates ($25 fee required), advisement and assistance to gain certification and/or additional endorsements.

Diversity component

Diversity coursework is required through professional and program specific courses. Please consult with your program or department of major for specific program requirements that may meet this diversity component.

Professional liability

All candidates for professional education programs at Missouri State University are required to have professional liability insurance coverage before being placed in the initial practicum, and/or subsequent clinical and field experiences. Professional liability insurance may be obtained at a minimal cost through a personal insurance carrier or through one of many available professional student organizations that provide insurance as part of their membership package. The proof of coverage must accompany all other required documentation prior to placement. No exceptions may be granted.

Transition points

All students desiring Missouri certification are required to meet a series of Transition Points. There are five distinct Transition Points that the student meets from entry to their education program to follow up post graduate training.

Transfer credit

To apply transfer credit in educational methods courses on a Bachelor of Science in Education or Bachelor of Music Education degree, a student enrolled at Missouri State should contact their academic advisor for assistance.

Certification eligibility requirements

Completion of certification requirements is a four-step process. Students who receive a certification recommendation must meet the standards for certification eligibility as outlined below:

  1. Requirements for Eligibility to Enroll in Professional Education Courses: Before a student can enroll in the introductory methods courses (ELE 302, SEC 302, SPE 310, MUS 200, or KIN 200), the student must have:
    1. A valid ACT score on file if required by the University for admission purposes and/or Missouri Department of Elementary and Secondary Education and a combined (Missouri State and transfer) GPA of 2.50 or higher. Note: A 2.75 or higher combined GPA is required for Elementary Education majors. 
    2. Meet with academic advisor to determine whether completion of EDC 150 transfer section is required. Note: For Agriculture Education, Early Childhood Education, Elementary Education, Music Education, and Physical Education majors, competency is covered in major requirements.
    3. Family Care Safety Registry report on file prior to any clinical experience placement (fee required). Contact College of Education Student Services Office, 200 Hill Hall. A small fee is charged for this report.

      Note: The state of Missouri Department of Elementary and Secondary Education will require a FBI background check prior to issuing a certificate.
  1. Requirements for Admission to and Continuance in the Teacher Education Program: Students who plan to complete teacher certification requirements must be admitted to the Teacher Education Program. Application is automatically made when enrolling in EDC 150 transfer section, SEC 302, ELE 302, SPE 310, MUS 200, or KIN 200. Admission to the Program is required before students are allowed to begin additional courses in the professional education component (with the exception of EDT 365 which may be taken concurrently with ELE 302, SPE 310, or SEC 302).

    The criteria used to determine admission or rejection to the Teacher Education Program are outlined below. In addition to having completed at least 45 semester hours (secondary and middle school majors) or 30 semester hours (early childhood, elementary, and special education majors) of university coursework, the student must have:

    1. A combined (both Missouri State and transfer) GPA of 2.75 or higher.  
    2. Earned a passing score on all four sub-tests of the Missouri General Education Assessment (MoGEA) examination and attained a minimum grade of “C” in COM 115. Refer to the MoGEA website for details. 
    3. Purchased a subscription to Taskstream (comprehensive portfolio system).

    4. Completed SEC 302, ELE 302, SPE 310, MUS 200, or KIN 200 with a grade of “C” or higher.

    5. A Family Care Safety Registry report on file

Note: A student’s application for admission to the Program is considered by the Educator Preparation Provider Council (EPPC) when the requirements listed above are complete. A student’s qualifications for continuance in the Teacher Education Program is subject to review and change by the EPPC at any time while the student is enrolled. Students should check with their advisor or department head for any additional program specific requirements.

  1. Requirements for Assignment to Supervised Teaching (effective fall 2017 and after): Successful completion of supervised teaching is a requirement for teacher certification. The criteria used to determine eligibility for Supervised Teaching are outlined below. The student must have:
    1. Been admitted to the Teacher Education Program
    2. A statement from the Director of Taylor Health and Wellness Center that a tuberculin test or chest x-ray has been completed and that the student has not been identified as infected with a communicable disease
    3. A combined (both Missouri State and transfer) GPA of 2.75 or higher for all college level coursework completed. 
    4. Completed at least 15 hours, with a GPA of 2.50 or higher, at Missouri State.
    5. A combined (both Missouri State and transfer) GPA of 3.00 or higher in major (certificate subject area). 
    6. "C" or better in all Professional Education courses.
    7. Current pre-professional liability insurance
    8. Been recommended by the student’s advisor. The recommendation shall be based upon the applicant’s character, personality, and potential for teaching.
    9. Been recommended by the department in which the student is completing an undergraduate major or seeking certification. For those students completing a degree which involves significant work in more than one department (i.e., Speech and Theatre Education) the departmental recommendation will come from the department in which the greatest number of hours is completed. For those students who have already completed a degree, the departmental recommendation will come from the department which would normally provide the majority of the course work for that certification.
    10. Additional Supplemental Course Fees are assessed for supervised teaching.
  1. Requirements for Certification Recommendation (effective fall 2017 and after): To be recommended for an initial Missouri teaching certification, the student must have:
    1. Successfully completed Supervised Teaching
    2. Met all Missouri teacher certification requirements which are in effect at time of certification. These requirements are normally met by persons earning the Bachelor of Science in Education or Bachelor of Music Education degrees at Missouri State.
    3. A combined (Missouri State and transfer) GPA of 2.75 or higher.
    4. Completed professional education courses with a combined (Missouri State and transfer) GPA of 3.00 or higher and no grade lower than “C”.
    5. A combined (Missouri State and transfer) GPA of 3.00 or higher in the certificate subject area and for each additional area of endorsement.
    6. Successful completion of Missouri Educator Gateway Assessments (MEGA) as established by the Missouri Board of Education. Refer to the MEGA website for details.

Note: The Department of Elementary and Secondary Education will require a FBI background check prior to issuing a certificate.

Secondary Education
Bachelor of Science in Education
(Certifiable grades 9-12 and K-12)

All students must be admitted to the Teacher Education Program and to Supervised Teaching in order to earn this degree. See application procedures at the beginning of this section of catalog.

In order to meet Missouri state teacher certification requirements, candidates for the Bachelor of Science in Education or Bachelor of Music Education degrees are required to meet the following grade point average requirements:

  • at least a 2.75 GPA on all course work attempted at all colleges attended
  • at least a 3.00 GPA in the major (certificate subject area) which includes all courses listed under C below
  • at least a 3.00 GPA in any additional certificate subject area
  • at least a 3.00 GPA in the professional education courses and no grade lower than a “C” in all professional education courses

All GPA requirements include both Missouri State and transfer grades. Additional State Board of Education certification rules require successful completion of Missouri Educator Gateway Assessments (MEGA) as established by the Missouri Board of Education. Refer to the MEGA website for details.

The curriculum for secondary teaching leads to the degree of Bachelor of Science in Education or Bachelor of Music Education and carries with it an initial professional certificate (IPC) to teach in the state of Missouri.

  1. General Education Requirements - see “General Education Program" section of catalog (45-49 hours)
  2. Specific major requirements may also meet General Education Requirements. See the content discipline department for course listing. Students must also satisfy the following requirements which may be met through General Education coursework.
    1. Prerequisite for professional education courses is PSY 121.
    2. International students must provide documentation of completion of coursework in the following:
      1. English Composition, two (2) courses, each a minimum of two (2) semester hours;
      2. U.S. History, three (3) semester hours; and
      3. U.S. Government, three (3) semester hours
    3. Admission to the Teacher Education Program requires completion of COM 115 with a grade of “C” or better
  3. Complete a subject area major not less than 30 hours or a comprehensive major of not less than 50 hours. See discipline department for major requirements. Although not required, minors must be no less than 15 hours. Note: Students who wish to be certified in an additional area of certification should check the state and departmental requirements in that area.
  4. Professional Education Courses (Music Education and Physical Education majors must refer to the department section of the catalog for admission to Teacher Education Program and degree requirements.) The program outlined below has been designed to provide the preparation of Bachelor of Science in Education students and to meet the requirements for Missouri state teacher certification. Note: A grade of “C” or better in each course is required for state certification.
    1. Required Core (25-35 hours):
      1. SEC 302(3) General Methods of Instruction in the Middle and Secondary Schools. Note: Music Education majors satisfy this requirement by completion of MUS 200(3); Physical Education majors satisfy this requirement by completion of KIN 200(3).
      2. PSY 360(3) Educational Psychology
      3. EDC 345(3) Introduction to Multicultural Education and Diversity
      4. SPE 340(2) Educational Alternative for Exceptional Students. Note: Music Education majors satisfy this requirement by completion of MUS 340(2); Physical Education majors satisfy this requirement by completion of KIN 468(4).
      5. RDG 474(3) Reading and Writing in the Content Fields
      6. RDG 574(3) Analysis and Correction of Difficulties in Literacy. Note: required for grades 9-12 certification programs only.
      7. Teaching Methods Course (3-4). Courses are specified within the Professional Education section of the major requirements. Note: A teaching methods course is required for each area of certification.
      8. Supervised Teaching (8-12). Courses are specified within the Professional Education section of the major requirements.
    2. Additional required competencies or equivalent course(s) required for major
      1. EDC 150(0) Introduction to Teaching Transfer section only.
        Note: Agriculture Education, Music Education, and Physical Education majors cover competencies in major requirements.
      2. EDC 350(3) School and Society
        Note: Agriculture Education, Family and Consumer Sciences Education, Music Education, and Physical Education majors cover competencies in major requirements.
      3. EDT 365(3) Educational Applications of Technology and Media
        Note: Agriculture Education, English Education, Family and Consumer Sciences Education, History (Social Science) Education, Mathematics Education, Music Education, Physical Education, and all Science Education majors cover competencies in major requirements.
      4. SFR 486(3) Management and Assessment in the Middle and Secondary Classroom
        Note: Agriculture Education, English Education, Mathematics Education, Music Education, Physical Education, and all Science Education majors cover competencies in major requirements.
  5. Most programs leading to teacher certification require more credits than the 125 University minimum for graduation. It is the student’s responsibility to meet the degree requirements for the Bachelor of Science in Education-Secondary in specific subject area major areas. See the program requirements for each major.
  6. General Baccalaureate Degree Requirements - see “General Baccalaureate Degree Requirements” section of catalog