Missouri State University

Office of the Registrar

Undergraduate Catalog

2014-15 first edition, July 2014

Middle School Education

Major(s)

Middle School Education

Bachelor of Science in Education
(Certifiable grades 5-9)

The curriculum for middle school 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 middle school certificate may be employed to teach in grades 5-9.

Candidates for the Bachelor of Science in Education degree 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 and C; at least a 3.00 GPA in any additional certificate subject area; 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. 

All students must be admitted to the Teacher Education Program and have successfully completed Supervised Teaching in order to earn this degree (see application procedures in the "Teacher Certification, Teacher Education Program" section of catalog.)

  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). Note: ECO 155 cannot be double-counted if Social Science is chosen as an area of Subject Matter Emphasis.
    7. Focus on Cultural Competence: GRY 100 is required if Social Science is chosen as an area of Subject Matter Emphasis.
    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. ART 200 or MUS 241 recommended.
    9. Focus on Constitution of U.S. and Missouri and American History and Institutions: HST 121(3) and PLS 101(3)
  2. Area of Subject Matter Options (42-48 hours):
    Students must complete one of the following program options consisting of two separate content areas. Each option will total 42-48 hours. This requirements is met by combining 18 hours of coursework required for General Education (section A) and 24-30 additional hours in one of the six option areas. Following are the lists of courses identified for each of the six options areas. Note that each option contains 18 hours of General Education and/or degree requirements (bolded courses). Courses noted with an asterisk are those that cannot be double-counted toward both General Education requirements and the program option.
    1. Language Arts and Social Sciences Option:
      1. Language Arts (21 hours total): ENG 110(3), 210(3); 338(3); 390(3), 520(3); THE 505(3); and one of the following courses: ENG 351(3), 354(3), 380(3), 533(3), 534(3), 536(3)
      2. Social Sciences (24 hours total): HST 121(3), 122(3); PLS 101(3); HST 103(3)*, 104(3)*; ECO 155(3)*; GRY 100(3); and one of the following courses: HST 335(3), 350(3), 380(3), 381(3)

        *Cannot be double-counted toward both General Education requirements and the program option.
    2. Language Arts and Mathematics Option:
      1. Language Arts (21 hours total): ENG 110(3), 210(3); 338(3); 390(3), 520(3); THE 505(3); and one of the following courses: ENG 351(3), 354(3), 380(3), 533(3), 534(3), 536(3)
      2. Mathematics (21 hours total): MTH 130(3), 320(3), 343(3), 479(3); one of the following courses: MTH 135(3), 138(5), 261(5), 280(5), 315(3), 575(3); one of the following courses: MTH 360(3), 460(3); and one of the following courses: MTH 377(3), 261(5) (if not used previously)
    3. Language Arts and Science Option:
      1. Language Arts (21 hours total): ENG 110(3), 210(3); 338(3); 390(3), 520(3); THE 505(3); and one of the following courses: ENG 351(3), 354(3), 380(3), 533(3), 534(3), 536(3)
      2. Science (24 hours total): BIO 100(4); PHY 101(4); GRY 240(4) required in degree requirements for this subject matter emphasis and also counted in 24 hours total; CHM 116(4) and 117(1); BIO 205(2); GRY 108(3); PHY 501(2)
    4. Mathematics and Social Sciences Option:
      1. Mathematics (21 hours total): MTH 130(3), 320(3), 343(3), 479(3); one of the following courses: MTH 135(3), 138(5), 261(5), 280(5), 315(3), 575(3); one of the following courses: MTH 360(3), 460(3); and one of the following courses: MTH 377(3), 261(5) (if not used previously)
      2. Social Sciences (24 hours total): HST 121(3), 122(3); PLS 101(3); HST 103(3)*, 104(3)*; ECO 155(3)*; GRY 100(3); and one of the following courses: HST 335(3), 350(3), 380(3), 381(3)

        *Cannot be double-counted toward both General Education requirements and the program option.
    5. Mathematics and Science Option:
      1. Mathematics (21 hours total): MTH 130(3), 320(3), 343(3), 479(3); one of the following courses: MTH 135(3), 138(5), 261(5), 280(5), 315(3), 575(3); one of the following courses: MTH 360(3), 460(3); and one of the following courses: MTH 377(3), 261(5) (if not used previously)
      2. Science (24 hours total): BIO 100(4); PHY 101(4); GRY 240(4) required in degree requirements for this subject matter emphasis and also counted in 24 hours total; CHM 116(4) and 117(1); BIO 205(2); GRY 108(3); PHY 501(2)
    6. Science and Social Sciences Option:
      1. Science (24 hours total): BIO 100(4); PHY 101(4); GRY 240(4) required in degree requirements for this subject matter emphasis and also counted in 24 hours total; CHM 116(4) and 117(1); BIO 205(2); GRY 108(3); PHY 501(2)
      2. Social Sciences (24 hours total): HST 121(3), 122(3); PLS 101(3); HST 103(3)*, 104(3)*; ECO 155(3)*; GRY 100(3); and one of the following courses: HST 335(3), 350(3), 380(3), 381(3)

        *Cannot be double-counted toward both General Education requirements and the program option.
  3. Professional Education (46-48 hours): Note: A grade of "C" or better in each course is required for state certification, with the exception of a "P" grade in EDC 150 for state certification.
    1. Foundations of Teaching: EDC 150(0), 345(3), 350(3); EDT 365(3); PSY 360(3); SPE 340(2)
    2. Teaching Methods: MID 400(3) or [MID 421(2) and 425(2)]; MID 439(3); RDG 318(3), 474(2)
    3. Choose two of the following, per Areas of Subject Matter Option chosen:
      1. ENG 405(3), for Language Arts Content Area
      2. MTH 409(3), for Mathematics Content Area
      3. SCI 404(3), for Science Content Area
      4. HST 418(4), for Social Sciences Content Area
    4. Clinical Experiences: SEC 302(3); MID 493(6), 494(6)
  4. Public Affairs Capstone Experience will be fulfilled by completion of MID 493(6) and 494(6).
  5. 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.
  6. General Baccalaureate Degree Requirements - see General Baccalaureate Degree Requirements section of catalog

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.