All students must be admitted to the Teacher Education Program and to Supervised Teaching in order to earn this degree. Refer to application procedures in the Teacher Certification, Teacher Education Program 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) which includes all courses listed under B and 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.
Additionally, State Board of Education certification rules require a passing score on each portion of the College Basic Academic Subject Examination (CBASE) and successful completion of the appropriate Praxis II Examination Specialty Area Test with a score equal to Missouri's qualifying score. Missouri State further requires CBASE minimum scores of 265.
The curriculum for special education teaching leads to the degree of Bachelor of Science in Education and carries with it an initial professional certificate (IPC) to teach in the state of Missouri. Recipients of this special education certificate may be employed to teach in grades K-12 in Cross Categorical settings and other mild/moderate special education settings.
The Department of Counseling, Leadership, and Special Education reserves the right to refuse enrollment or program continuation to any student for whom the special education faculty feel does not possess the ability to successfully complete the required classes and/or required practica.
All special education undergraduate students and post-baccalaureate students seeking special education certification are expected to display professional behaviors and dispositions consistent with the National Council for Exceptional Children’s Code of Ethics for Educators of Persons with Exceptionalities. Periodic structured assessments of professional behaviors and dispositions will be completed on all students during selected classes and will also be completed in additional classes on an as needed basis. If a student does not display the required professional behaviors and dispositions as determined by the special education faculty and the Department Head of Counseling, Leadership, and Special Education, the student may be dismissed from the program or may be prevented from taking additional special education certification classes.