Special Education/Cross Categorical

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 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 2.75 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.

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 postbaccalaureate 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.

Special Education/Cross Categorical

Bachelor of Science in Education (Certifiable grades K-12)
  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: ECO 155(3) and PSY 121(3)
    7. 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.
    8. Focus on Constitution of U.S. and Missouri and American History and Institutions: HST 121(3) or HST 122(3); and PLS 101(3)
  2. Degree Requirements for Teacher Certification (9 hours):

    1. Mathematics: MTH 320(3)
    2. English: ENG 334(3)
    3. Geography: GRY 100(3) Note: may also count toward General Education Focus on Cultural Competence.
  3. Professional Education (76-78 hours): Note: A grade of "C" or better in each course ("P" grade in EDC 150) is required for state certification.

    1. Foundations of Teaching: EDC 150(0), 345(3), 350(3); PSY 360(3); SPE 310(3), 320(3), 345(4), 346(2)

    2. Teaching Methods: CSD 312(3); EDT 365(3); KIN 545(3); RDG 318(3), 420(3), 421(2); SPE 515(3), 516(3), 517(4), 519(4), 521(4), 550(3), 560(3)

    3. Clinical Experiences: SPE 520(2), 522(2), 495(5-6), 496(5-6)

  4. Public Affairs Capstone Experience will be fulfilled by completion of SPE 495(5-6).
  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 Program in Special Education/Autism Spectrum Disorders

Eligible Missouri State undergraduate students majoring in Special Education may apply for preliminary acceptance into the Special Education/Autism Spectrum Disorders 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 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.