Office of the Registrar

Undergraduate Catalog

2015-16 second edition, April 2015

Elementary Education

Major(s)

Elementary Education

Bachelor of Science in Education (Certifiable grades 1-6)

Admission Requirements

All students must be admitted to the Teacher Education Program and have successfully completed Supervised Teaching in order to earn this degree. Refer to application procedures in the Teacher Certification, Teacher Education Program section of the catalog. In addition to meeting all requirements for admission to the Teacher Education Program, those wishing to pursue a degree in Elementary Education must have a combined (Missouri State and transfer) GPA of 2.75 or higher.

Program Requirements

Candidates for the Bachelor of Science in Education degree in Elementary Education are required to meet the following grade point average requirements: at least a 2.75 GPA on all coursework attempted at all colleges attended; a grade of "C" or higher in all courses listed in A and B below; at least a 3.00 GPA and a grade of "B" or higher in all professional education courses; and at least a 2.75 GPA in the program focus area listed under D below. All GPA requirements include both Missouri State and transfer grades.

Additionally, students must earn passing scores on all five sub-tests of the Missouri General Education Assessment (MoGEA) and successfully complete the Missouri Educator Gateway Assessments (MEGA) as established by the Missouri Board of Education. 

The curriculum for elementary 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. Holders of this elementary certificate may be employed to teach in grades 1-6.

To assure an optimal pre-service teacher training experience and adhere to quality standards established by the Missouri State Department of Education and the Council for the Accreditation of Educator Preparation, all students seeking the Bachelor of Science in Education – Elementary (grades 1-6 certification) are required to enroll in a 13 credit hour block of courses in the semester preceding supervised teaching. This block of courses includes ELE 500(3), ELE 501(2), ELE 510(3), ELE 530(2), EDT 520(1) and KIN 400(1). An extensive field experience in area public school classrooms is included in this block and students must commit two full school days to the field experience that semester which equates to 7:30 a.m. to 4:00 p.m.

  1. General Education Requirements - see General Education Program and Requirements section of catalog (46-48 hours):
    Specific courses required for major and/or certification which may be used to satisfy General Education Requirements:
    1. Focus on Written Communication (6 hours): ENG 110(3) and ENG 210(3) with a grade of "C" or higher
    2. Focus on Quantitative Literacy: Completion of general education requirement with a grade of "C" or better. MTH 130(3) recommended with a grade of "C" or higher.
    3. Focus on Oral Communication: COM 115(3) with a grade of "C" or higher
    4. Focus on Life Sciences: BIO 100(4) with a grade of "C" or higher
    5. Focus on Physical Sciences: PHY 101(4) with a grade of "C" or higher
    6. Focus on Social and Behavioral Sciences: PSY 121(3) or CFD 155(3) with a grade of "C" or higher
    7. Focus on Cultural Competence: GRY 100(3) with a grade of "C" or higher
    8. Courses used to meet the Focus on Humanities and the Focus on the Arts must have two (2) different course codes to meet state certification requirements with one (1) course from either Art or Music to meet state certification requirements. ART 200 or MUS 241 recommended with a grade of "C" or higher.
    9. Focus on Constitution of U.S. and Missouri and American History and Institutions: HST 121(3) or HST 122(3) recommended; and PLS 101(3) with a grade of "C" or higher
  2. Degree Requirements for Teacher Certification (10 hours):
    1. Mathematics: MTH 320(3) and MTH 360(3) with a grade of "C" or higher
    2. Earth Science: GRY 240(4) with a grade of "C" or higher
  3. Area of Concentration (minimum 21 hours):
    Elementary education majors are required by DESE to have a 21 hour area of concentration. The elementary education program has been structured to include an area of concentration with a minimum of 21 hours in communication arts. Therefore, no additional hours will be required to meet the area of concentration.
  4. Program Focus (minimum of 6+ hours, varies by selection). Select one of the following program focus areas from 1, 2 or 3 below.
    1. Accelerated Master’s, 6+ hours (recommended): In consultation with an advisor, select one of the following accelerated master’s programs and complete a minimum of 6 hours with a GPA of 2.75 or higher in the accelerated master’s courses: accelerated master’s in Elementary Education, accelerated master’s in Early Childhood and Family Development, accelerated master’s in Special Education with option in Autism Spectrum Disorders, accelerated master’s in Literacy.

    2. Program Emphasis, 12 hours: In consultation with an advisor, select one of the following emphasis areas and complete a minimum of 12 hours additional coursework with an overall GPA of 2.75 or higher in the emphasis courses area: Child Development, Middle School Education, Special Education, Science/Discover Nature, Mathematics, Social Studies, Diversity, Teaching English to Speakers of Other Languages (TESOL), Foreign Language, Psychology, or Literacy. Courses may be selected only with advisor approval. At least one course must be taken at the 300 level or higher. No courses utilized to satisfy other requirements on this degree may be utilized to meet this option. This option will not meet requirements for an additional endorsement certification.

    3. Minor, 15+ hours: In consultation with an advisor, select one of the following minors offered under the BSEd degree and complete the minor with a GPA of 2.75 or higher: Biology, Disabilities Studies, Diversity Studies, English, French, General Family and Consumer Sciences, Geography, German, History, Linguistics, Literacy, Mathematics, Political Science, Psychology, Religious Studies, Sociology, Spanish, Teaching English to Speakers of Other Languages (TESOL), or Writing. Courses taken to satisfy requirements in A and B above may also be utilized to meet a part of this option; however, a minimum of 12 hours of new, additional coursework must be completed to meet the program option. At least one course must be taken at the upper-division level. An earned minor will not meet requirements for an additional endorsement certification.

  5. Professional Education (64 hours): Note: A grade of "B" or higher in each course is required.
    1. Foundations of Teaching: EDC 345(3), ELE 302(3); PSY 385(3) or CFD 257(3); SPE 310(3)
    2. Teaching Methods: EDT 365(3), EDT 520(1), ELE 410(3), ELE 425(2), ELE 429(3), ELE 434(3), ELE 438(3), ELE 500(3), ELE 501(2), ELE 510(3), ELE 530(2), ENG 334(3), KIN 400(1), RDG 318(3), RDG 420(3), RDG 421(2)
    3. Supervised Teaching: ELE 495(6), ELE 496(6)
  6. Public Affairs Capstone Experience will be fulfilled by completion of ELE 500(3) and ELE 510(3).

  7. This program also requires compliance with the Teacher Education Program requirements for eligibility to enroll in Professional Education courses; admission to and continuance in the Teacher Education Program; approval for supervised teaching; and recommendation for certification. Refer to the Teacher Education Program section of the catalog for requirements.
  8. General Baccalaureate Degree Requirements - see General Baccalaureate Degree Requirements section of catalog

Accelerated Master's Program in Elementary Education

Eligible Missouri State undergraduate BSEd majors may apply for preliminary acceptance into the Elementary Education program after admission requirements for the accelerated master's option have been satisfied. Once accepted, students will be able to take 6-12 hours of graduate level education courses that apply to both their undergraduate and graduate programs (Mixed Credit). Refer to the Graduate Catalog for more information.

For courses to be designated as Mixed Credit, the graduate advisor, undergraduate department head, and Graduate College dean must approve by signing the Permission for Mixed Credit form. This form must be provided to the Office of the Registrar in Carrington Hall 320 no later than the end of the Change of Schedule Period for the semester.

Accelerated Master's Program in Early Childhood and Family Development

The Accelerated Masters Program option in Early Childhood and Family Development provides an opportunity for outstanding undergraduate child and family development majors, early childhood education majors, elementary education majors, and psychology majors to begin their graduate course work during their junior or senior year. If accepted into the accelerated program, up to a maximum of 12 hours of graduate courses taken after admission into the program may be given credit for both undergraduate and graduate programs (Mixed Credit). Refer to the Graduate Catalog for more information.

For courses to be designated as Mixed Credit, the graduate advisor, undergraduate department head, and Graduate College dean must approve by signing the Permission for Mixed Credit form. This form must be provided to the Office of the Registrar in Carrington Hall 320 no later than the end of the Change of Schedule Period for the semester.

Accelerated Master's Program in Literacy

Eligible Missouri State undergraduate BSEd majors may apply for preliminary acceptance into the Literacy program after admission requirements for the accelerated master's option have been satisfied. Once accepted, students will be able to take up to 12 hours of graduate-level Literacy courses that apply to both their undergraduate and graduate programs (Mixed Credit). Refer to the Graduate Catalog or more information.

For courses to be designated as Mixed Credit, the graduate advisor, undergraduate department head, and Graduate College dean must approve by signing the Permission for Mixed Credit form. This form must be provided to the Office of the Registrar in Carrington Hall 320 no later than the end of the Change of Schedule Period for the semester.