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 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.
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.
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.
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:
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.
Requirements for Certification Recommendation (effective fall 2017 and after): To be recommended for an initial Missouri teaching certification, the student must have:
Successfully completed Supervised Teaching
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.
A combined (Missouri State and transfer) GPA of 2.75 or higher.
Completed professional education courses with a combined (Missouri State and transfer) GPA of 3.00 or higher and no grade lower than “C”.
A combined (Missouri State and transfer) GPA of 3.00 or higher in the certificate subject area and for each additional area of endorsement.
- 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.
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.
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.
Prerequisite for professional education courses is PSY 121.
International students must provide documentation of completion of coursework in the following:
English Composition, two (2) courses, each a minimum of two (2) semester hours;
U.S. History, three (3) semester hours; and
U.S. Government, three (3) semester hours
Admission to the Teacher Education Program requires completion of COM 115 with a grade of “C” or better
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.
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.
Required Core (25-35 hours):
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).
PSY 360(3) Educational Psychology
EDC 345(3) Introduction to Multicultural Education and Diversity
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).
RDG 474(3) Reading and Writing in the Content Fields
- RDG 574(3) Analysis and Correction of Difficulties in Literacy. Note: required for grades 9-12 certification programs only.
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.
Supervised Teaching (8-12). Courses are specified within the Professional Education section of the major requirements.
Additional required competencies or equivalent course(s) required for major
- EDC 150(0) Introduction to Teaching Transfer section only.
Note: Agriculture Education, Music Education, and Physical Education majors cover competencies in major requirements.
- 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.
- 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.
- 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.
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.