Office of the Registrar

Undergraduate Catalog

2014-15 second edition, November 2014

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 course work attempted at all colleges attended; at least a 3.00 GPA in the certificate subject area (major field of study) which includes all courses listed under B, D, and E; 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.

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 National Council for Accreditation of Teacher Education, all students seeking the Bachelor of Science in Education – Elementary (grades 1-6 certification) are required to enroll in a 7 credit hour block of courses in the semester preceding supervised teaching. This block of courses is taken two days per week and includes ELE 500(3-5) and 510(2). An extensive field experience in area public school classrooms is included in this block and students must commit to two full school days that semester which equates to 7:30 a.m. to 4:00 p.m. This time commitment may fall on Monday-Wednesday or Tuesday-Thursday, depending on scheduling for that particular semester.

  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)
    2. Focus on Quantitative Literacy: Completion of general education requirement with a grade of "C" or better. MTH 130(3) recommended.
    3. Focus on Oral Communication: COM 115(3)
    4. Focus on Life Sciences: BIO 100(4)
    5. Focus on Physical Sciences: PHY 101(4)
    6. Focus on Social and Behavioral Sciences: PSY 121(3) or CFD 155(3)
    7. Focus on Cultural Competence: GRY 100(3)
    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.
    9. Focus on Constitution of U.S. and Missouri and American History and Institutions: HST 122(3) recommended; and PLS 101(3)
  2. Degree Requirements for Teacher Certification (10 hours):
    1. Mathematics: MTH 320(3) and MTH 360(3)
    2. Earth Science: GRY 240(4)
  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 Emphasis or a Minor (minimum of 12 additional semester hours). Select at least one of the following program emphases or a minor:
    1. In consultation with an advisor, complete a minimum of 12 semester hours additional coursework in one of the following areas: Early Childhood Education, Middle School Education, Special Education, Reading Education, Communication Arts, Science, Mathematics, Social Studies, Cultural and Linguistic Diversity, Instructional Technology, Foreign Language, Psychology, Art, Music, or Physical Education. Courses may be selected only with advisor approval. At least one course must be taken at the upper-division level. No courses utilized to satisfy other requirements on this degree may be utilized to meet this option. This option will not necessarily meet requirements for an additional endorsement certification.
    2. In consultation with an advisor, earn a minor offered under the BSED degree in Biology, English, French, General Consumer and Family Studies, Geography, German, History, Linguistics, Mathematics, Music, Political Science, Psychology, Sociology, Spanish, Teaching English to Speakers of Other Languages, or Writing. Courses taken to satisfy requirements in A and B above may also be utilized to meet a portion of this option; however, a minimum of 12 new hours 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 necessarily meet requirements for an additional endorsement certification.
  5. Professional Education (62-64 hours): Note: A grade of "C" or better in each course is required for state certification.
    1. Foundations of Teaching: EDC 345(3), 350(3); ELE 302(3); PSY 385(3) or CFD 257(3); SPE 310(3)
    2. Teaching Methods: ECE 501(3); EDT 365(3); ELE 410(3), 429(3), 434(3), 438(3), 500(3-5), 510(2); ENG 334(3); KIN 400(1); RDG 318(3), 420(3), 421(2)
    3. Supervised Teaching: ELE 495(6), 496(6)
  6. Public Affairs Capstone Experience will be fulfilled by completion of ELE 500(3-5) and 510(2).

  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 degree in education, 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). See the Graduate Catalog or further 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 degree 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). See the Graduate Catalog or further 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.