2431 Director of Secondary Education


TITLE Director of Secondary Education


GRADE Unclassified


IMMEDIATE SUPERVISOR Head of the Educator Preparation Provider (EPP)



The Director of Secondary Education coordinates and facilitates undergraduate and graduate degree programs leading to initial Missouri certification(s) to teach K-12 or high school students, including those with disabilities, in a variety of areas. The Director of Secondary Education works with University academic departments offering advanced graduate level training leading to a Master of Science in Secondary Education. The Director of Secondary Education, under the supervision of the Head of the Educator Preparation Provider (EPP) works collaboratively with the Academic Deans, Department Heads, Program Chairs or Coordinators, and other faculty to promote high quality secondary and K-12 education programs. This is an EPP position which requires the Director of Secondary Education to work with the Office of the Provost and the Graduate College to strengthen the communications between the colleges relevant to teacher education.


Education: A terminal degree in the field of education with a focus on K-12 or secondary education is preferred. Eligibility for graduate faculty status is preferred.

Experience: At least one year of successful secondary level teaching experience is required. Experience working with students, staff, and parents of diverse backgrounds is required. Five years of school experience at the secondary level is preferred. College or university teaching experience is preferred. School district-level administrative experience is preferred.

Skills: Knowledge of multiple programs and institutional systems is required. An understanding of the accreditation and certification process is required. Effective verbal and written communication skills are required. The ability to develop knowledge of, respect for, and skills to engage with those of other cultures or backgrounds is required.


1. Facilitates the effective operation of the Bachelor of Science in Education (BSED) and the Master of Science in Education (MSED) Oversight Committees and other governance committee structures focusing on PK-12 and secondary programs by facilitating meetings and serving as a non-voting, ex-officio member of the BSED and MSED committees as prescribed in the bylaws of the EPP.

2. Collaborates with the College of Education (COE) Associate Dean for Assessment and Accreditation with the monitoring and evaluation of secondary education programs by facilitating the collection of K-12 and secondary education data for the Council for the Accreditation of Educator Preparation (CAEP), Missouri Department of Secondary and Elementary Education (DESE), and Specialized Professional Associations (SPAs) and supporting individual programs for both internal and external review of their respective programs, including oversight of the secondary education DESE certification process and programs.

3. Collaborates with the appropriate Missouri State University offices, administrators, and faculty to initiate, coordinate, and participate in a variety of recruitment activities and events representing K-12 and secondary education programs.

4. Communicates with area school administrators to solicit feedback regarding the effectiveness of teacher education graduates and programs on K-12 and secondary education student learning.

5. Collaborates with the COE Professional Advisement Office and the various departments on campus with the BSED and MSED programs to facilitate student success by monitoring student progress and prerequisites, assisting with K-12 and secondary education advisement, coordinating the scheduling of “common core” classes to best meet the needs of students and minimize scheduling conflicts, collaborating to resolve student inquiries, problems, and questions relating to common degree program elements, and serving as a contact point for visitors to connect them to appropriate advisors and/or offices.

6. Generates curricular forms for the BSED core and MSED core.

7. Represents the interests of all students in the secondary education and MSED programs.

8. Helps to resolve issues of course offerings, advising conflicts, program requirements, accreditation requirements, works closely with the EPPC, and assists the chair and chair-elect.

9. Facilitates a learning environment that encourages knowledge of, respect for, and development of skills to engage with those of other cultures or backgrounds.

10. Remains competent and current through self-directed professional reading, developing professional contacts with colleagues, attending professional development courses, and attending training and/or courses as required.

11. Supports the overall successes of the EPP by overseeing student workers and collaborating with staff related to the EPP secondary education office.

12. Performs other duties as assigned by the head of the EPP.


The Director of Secondary Education reports to the head of the EPP with input from the Associate Provosts.