Teacher Certification, Teacher Education Program and Secondary Education Requirements

The Teacher Education Program and the Secondary Education programs are interdisciplinary in nature and applicable to all students pursuing 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, Deputy Provost, Carrington Hall, room 209, 417-836-5022
  • Secondary Education Director:  Karen Engler, EdD, Hill Hall, room 203, 417-836-6204
  • Educational Field Experiences Office Coordinator: Kim Dubree, MS, Hill Hall, room 200, 417-836-5253
  • Office of Student ServicesHill Hall, room 200, 417-836-8772
  • Teacher Certification Office: Hill Hall, room 200, 417-836-8772
  • Education Advisement Center: Juli Panza, MS, Hill Hall, room 202, 417-836-5429
  • Secondary Professional Education Advisement:  Karen Engler, EdD, Hill Hall, room 203, 417-836-6204. 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 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. A high level of academic and professional competence is required for admission to and continuation in the teacher education program. Completion of the program is designed to lead to certification to teach in Missouri public schools.

Post-baccalaureate 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. Students must consult with the 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 pursuing Missouri certification are required to meet a series of Transition Points that will be assessed, evaluated, and monitored throughout the teacher education program with assistance and guidance from faculty. There are five distinct Transition Points students meet from entry to their education program to follow up post graduate training.

Transfer credit

To apply transfer credit in educational methods courses to the degrees of Bachelor of Science in Education, Bachelor of Music Education, or Bachelor of Science – Modern Language with an option in Teacher Certification, 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 (ECE 304, ELE 302, KIN 200, MUS 200, SEC 302, or SPE 310), the student must have:
    1. A combined (Missouri State and transfer) GPA of 2.50 or higher. 
    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, Physical Education, and Special Education majors, competency is covered in major requirements.
    3. Family Care Safety Registry report on file prior to any clinical experience placement. Contact College of Education Student Services Office, 200 Hill Hall. A small fee is charged for this report.
  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. Eligibility is automatically monitored when enrolling in EDC 150 transfer section, ECE 304, ELE 302, KIN 200, MUS 200, SEC 302, or SPE 310. 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 EDC 345, ELE 302, SEC 302, or SPE 310).

    The criteria used to determine admission 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. Earned a combined (both Missouri State and transfer) GPA of 2.75 or higher. A major (certificate subject area) GPA of 2.75 or higher is also required for students in History (Social Science), and a major (certificate subject area) GPA of 3.00 and passing score on the piano proficiency exam are also required for all students in Music education.
    2. Earned a passing score on all four sub-tests of the Missouri General Education Assessment (MoGEA) examination and completed the Missouri Educator Profile (MEP). Refer to the MoGEA website for details.
    3. Earned a grade of “C” or higher in COM 115.
    4. Purchased a subscription to Taskstream (comprehensive portfolio system).

    5. Completed ECE 304, ELE 302, KIN 200, MUS 200, SEC 302, or SPE 310, with a grade of “C” or higher. Note: A grade of "B" or higher is required in ELE 302 or transfer equivalent for Elementary Education majors. 

    6. Registration with the Family Care Safety Registry (FCSR).
    7. Completed Disposition Checklist and Student Contract.

Upon completion of the above requirements, a student’s record is reviewed and submitted to the Educator Preparation Provider Council (EPPC) for admission to Teacher Education. 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 and completed Transition Point #1 and Transition Point #2.
    2. Current and valid TB skin test.
    3. Current and valid Liability Insurance.
    4. Current and valid Family Care and Safety Registry (FCSR) and FBI Background checks.
    5. A combined (both Missouri State and transfer) GPA of 2.75 or higher for all college level coursework completed. 
    6. Completed at least 15 hours at Missouri State.
    7. Completed all courses in the major (certificate subject area) with a combined (both Missouri State and transfer) GPA of 3.00 or higher.
    8. Completed all Professional Education courses with a grade of "C" or higher (Elementary Education majors are required to have a grade of “B” or higher).
    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.

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 degrees of Bachelor of Science in Education, Bachelor of Music Education, or Bachelor of Science – Modern Language with an option in Teacher Certification.
    3. A combined (Missouri State and transfer) GPA of 2.75 or higher.
    4. Completed all Professional Education courses with a combined (Missouri State and transfer) GPA of 3.00 or higher and no grade lower than “C” (Elementary Education majors require no grade lower than “B”).
    5. A combined (Missouri State and transfer) GPA of 3.00 or higher in the major (certificate subject area) and for each additional area of endorsement.
    6. Successful completion of the Missouri Educator Gateway Assessments (MEGA) as established by the Missouri Board of Education. Refer to the MEGA website for details.
    7. Completed Transition Point #3.

The Missouri Department of Elementary and Secondary Education (DESE) will require a current and valid FBI background check prior to issuing a certificate.

Secondary Education
(Certifiable grades 9-12 and K-12)

All students must be admitted to the Teacher Education Program and to Supervised Teaching. Refer to procedures stated above.

In order to meet Missouri state teacher certification requirements, candidates for the degrees of Bachelor of Science in Education, Bachelor of Music Education, or Bachelor of Science – Modern Languages with an option in Teacher Certification are required to meet the following GPA requirements. All GPA requirements include both Missouri State and transfer grades.

  1. at least a 2.75 GPA on all course work attempted at all colleges attended
  2. at least a 3.00 GPA in the major (certificate subject area) which includes all courses listed under C below
  3. at least a 3.00 GPA in any additional certificate subject area
  4. at least a 3.00 GPA in the Professional Education courses and no grade lower than “C” in all Professional Education courses

Additional State Board of Education certification rules require successful completion of the Missouri Educator Gateway Assessments (MEGA) as established by the Missouri Board of Education. Refer to the MEGA website for details.

The curriculum for secondary (9-12 and K-12) teaching leads to the degree of Bachelor of Science in Education, Bachelor of Music Education, or Bachelor of Science – Modern Languages with an option in Teacher Certification 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 higher.
  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 prepare teachers and to meet the requirements for Missouri state teacher certification. Note: A grade of “C” or higher is required in each course.
    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: B-12 and K-12 (Art and Design, Family and Consumer Sciences, Music, Physical Education and Modern Language) majors are not required to complete this course.
      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. EDC 150 is required for students who completed a beginning teaching methods/field experience course at another institution and who wish to apply course credit toward completion of the SEC 302 requirement. Note: Agriculture Education, Music Education, and Physical Education majors cover competencies in major requirements.
      2. EDC 350(3) School and Society. Note: 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 than the University minimum of 125 hours for graduation. It is the student’s responsibility to meet all degree requirements for the Bachelor of Science in Education-Secondary in specific subject area major areas. Refer to the program requirements for each major.
  6. General Baccalaureate Degree Requirements - see “General Baccalaureate Degree Requirements” section of catalog