Office of the Registrar

Undergraduate Catalog

2014-15 first edition, July 2014

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 Professional Education Committee (PEC) and numerous sub committees. 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, PEC, and the departments in administering the programs.

  • Educational Preparation Provider Head: Associate Provost Chris Craig, PhD, Carrington Hall, room 209, (417) 836-5215
  • Interim Secondary Education Director: Rebecca Woodard, PhD, McDonald Hall, room 116, (417) 836-5690
  • Educational Field Experiences Office Coordinator: Kim Dubree, BS, Hill Hall, room 200, (417) 836-5253
  • Office of Student Services. Director: Scott K. Fiedler, MS, Hill Hall, room 200, (417) 836-8772
  • Teacher Certification Office. Certification Officer: Scott K. Fiedler, MS, Hill Hall, room 200, (417) 836-8772
  • Professional Education Advisement Center: Hill Hall, room 202, (417) 836-5429
  • Secondary Professional Education Advisement: Rebecca Woodard, PhD, McDonald Hall, room 116, call (417) 836-5690 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 ($50 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 and professional portfolio component

All students desiring Missouri certification are required to meet a series of Transition Points that includes as one of the criteria submission of a professional portfolio. This portfolio will be assessed, evaluated, and monitored throughout the teacher education program with assistance and guidance from faculty. There are five distinct Transition Points that the student meets from entry to their education program to follow up post graduate training. Students meet three distinct portfolio checkpoints during the first three Transition Points: 1) culmination of the designated course: ELE 410, SEC 302, SPE 310, MUS 200, or KIN 200; 2) at the designated methods course(s) for each departmental major; and 3) at the culmination of supervised teaching.

Transfer credit

To apply transfer credit in educational methods courses on a Bachelor of Science in 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. Completed EDC 150 or met equivalent competencies with a grade of “Pass" or better. 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 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 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. Earn a passing score on all five 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. A student who fails to meet this criterion and who wishes to appeal may do so in writing. Such appeals shall be filed with the chairperson of the Professional Education Exceptions Committee.
    3. Completed SEC 302, ELE 302, SPE 310, MUS 200, or KIN 200 with a grade of “C” or higher.
    4. Passed portfolio first checkpoint (except for Early Childhood Education and Elementary Education majors)
    5. A Family Care Safety Registry report on file

Note: A student’s application for admission to the Program is considered by the Professional Education Committee 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 Professional Education Committee 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. 
    6. Passed portfolio second checkpoint
    7. "C" or better in all Professional Education courses.
    8. Current pre-professional liability insurance
    9. Been recommended by the student’s advisor. The recommendation shall be based upon the applicant’s character, personality, and potential for teaching.
    10. 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.
    11. Additional fees are assessed for supervised teaching. Refer to the Costs and Fees website for more information.
  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.
    7. Passed final portfolio requirement

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 degree are required to meet the following grade point average requirements: at least a 2.50 GPA on all course work attempted at all colleges attended; at least a 2.50 GPA in the certificate subject area (major field of study in Social Science requires a 2.75 GPA) which includes all courses listed under C; at least a 2.50 GPA in any additional certificate subject area; at least a 2.50 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 passing scores on all five sub-sets of the Missouri General Education Assessment (MoGEA) and successful completion of the Missouri Educator Gateway Assessments (MEGA).

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

  1. General Education Requirements - see “General Education Program" section of catalog (45-50 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. Prerequisites for professional education courses are PSY 121; and CIS/CSC 101 or CSC 111 or Computers for Learning waiver exam.
    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 (24-31 hours):
      1. SEC 302(3) General Methods of Instruction in the Middle and Secondary Schools
      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(2) Reading and Writing in the Content Fields
      6. 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.
      7. 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
        Note: For Agriculture Education, Music Education, and Physical Education majors, competency is covered in major requirements.
      2. EDC 350(3) School and Society
        Note: for Music Education and Physical Education majors, competency is covered in major requirements.
      3. EDT 365(3) Educational Applications of Technology and Media
        Note: For Agriculture Education, Mathematics, Music Education, Physical Education, and Technology Education majors, competency is covered in major requirements.
      4. PSY/SFR 486(3) Management and Assessment in the Middle and Secondary Classroom
        Note: For Mathematics, Music Education, Physical Education, and all science majors, competency is covered 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 listed by departments offering each major.
  6. General Baccalaureate Degree Requirements - see “General Baccalaureate Degree Requirements” section of catalog