Elementary Education

Major(s)

Elementary Education

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

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.

Admission Requirements

All students must be admitted to the Teacher Education Program. Refer to Teacher Education Program for application procedures. 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.

Degree requirements

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. All GPA requirements are a combination of Missouri State and transfer grades.

  1. a combined (Missouri State and transfer) GPA of 2.75 or higher
  2. a grade of “C” or higher in all courses listed under A and B below
  3. a combined (Missouri State and transfer) GPA of 2.75 or higher in the program focus area listed under D below.
  4. a combined (Missouri State and transfer) GPA of 3.00 or higher across all courses and a grade of "B" or higher in each course listed under E below 

Additionally, students must earn passing scores on all four 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.

All students must be admitted to the Teacher Education Program and have successfully completed Supervised Teaching in order to earn this degree. Refer to Teacher Education Program for application procedures.

Pre-service teacher training experience (the 500's)

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 Education (grades 1-6 certification) are required to enroll in a 12 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.

Program requirements

  1. General Education Requirements
    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 graduate 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, or 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): A grade of "B" or higher in each course is required.
    1. Foundations of Teaching: EDC 345(3), ELE 302(3); PSY 360(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 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.
  8. General Baccalaureate Degree Requirements

Accelerated graduate program in Elementary Education

Eligible Missouri State undergraduate students may apply for admission to the Elementary Education program and begin taking graduate course work as they complete the work for a bachelor’s degree. A maximum of 12 hours of graduate credit may be counted toward both the undergraduate and graduate degree (Mixed Credit). Refer to the Graduate Catalog for specific admission requirements.

Refer to Undergraduate Students Taking Graduate Classes for additional information and procedures for obtaining permission for Mixed Credit.

Accelerated graduate program in Early Childhood and Family Development

Eligible Missouri State undergraduate students may apply for admission to the Early Childhood and Family Development program and begin taking graduate course work as they complete the work for a bachelor’s degree. A maximum of 10 hours of graduate credit may be counted toward both the undergraduate and graduate degree (Mixed Credit). Refer to the Graduate Catalog for specific admission requirements.

Refer to Undergraduate Students Taking Graduate Classes for additional information and procedures for obtaining permission for Mixed Credit.

Accelerated graduate program in Educational Technology

Eligible Missouri State undergraduate students may apply for admission to the Educational Technology program and begin taking graduate course work as they complete the work for a bachelor’s degree. A maximum of 12 hours of graduate credit may be counted toward both the undergraduate and graduate degree (Mixed Credit). Refer to the Graduate Catalog for specific admission requirements.

Refer to Undergraduate Students Taking Graduate Classes for additional information and procedures for obtaining permission for Mixed Credit.

Accelerated graduate program in Literacy

Eligible Missouri State undergraduate students may apply for admission to the Literacy program and begin taking graduate course work as they complete the work for a bachelor’s degree. A maximum of 12 hours of graduate credit may be counted toward both the undergraduate and graduate degree (Mixed Credit). Refer to the Graduate Catalog for specific admission requirements.

Refer to Undergraduate Students Taking Graduate Classes for additional information and procedures for obtaining permission for Mixed Credit.