BS Four-Year Degree Plan: Teacher Certification Track

Sample schedule

The below schedule is only one example of a possible degree plan and is provided for informational purposes only. Meet with an advisor early to develop a degree plan that best suits your needs.

The following degree plan is based on the general education program instituted in fall 2014. For the previous general education requirements, please access these Student Transition Resources.

First semester (fall)

CoursesHours
GEP 101 First-Year Foundations 2
COM 115 Fundamentals of Public Speaking 3
PLS 101 American Democracy and Citizenship 3
Elementary course for 1st language (course 101) 3
Life Sciences (lab) - General Education 4
Total hours15

Second semester (spring)

CoursesHours
Elementary course for 1st language (course 102) 3
HST 121 Survey of the History of the United States to 1877
or HST 122 Survey of the History of the United States since 1877
3
Quantitative Literacy - General Education 3
The Arts - General Education 3
ENG 110 Writing I 3
Total hours15

Third semester (fall)

CoursesHours
Intermediate course for 1st language (course 201) 3
Written Communication and Integrative and Applied Learning - General Education 3
Humanities - General Education 3
EDC 150 Introduction to Teaching 0
PSY 121 Introductory Psychology 3
SEC 302 General Methods of Instruction in the Middle and Secondary Schools 3
Social and Behavioral Sciences - General Education 3
Total hours18

Fourth semester (spring)

CoursesHours
Intermediate course for 1st language (course 202) 3
Social and Behavioral Sciences - General Education 3
MCL 200 Global Perspectives on Languages and Cultures in Society
or IDS 297 International Culture and Study Abroad
3
Conversation course for 1st language (course 311 or 205) 3
PSY 360 Educational Psychology 3
Physical Sciences (no lab) - General Education 3
Total hours18

Fifth semester (fall)

CoursesHours
Composition course for 1st language (course 312) 3
Public Issues - General Education 3
Language elective (upper level) 3
Language elective (upper level) 3
EDC 345 Introduction to Multicultural Education and Diversity 3
EDT 365 Educational Applications of Technology and Media 3
Total hours18

Sixth semester (spring)

CoursesHours
Language elective (upper level) 3
Language elective (upper level) 3
Language elective (upper level) 3
SPE 340 Educational Alternative for Exceptional Students 2
EDC 350 School and Society 3
SFR 486 Management and Assessment in the Middle and Secondary Classroom 3
Total hours17

Seventh semester (fall)

CoursesHours
Language elective (upper level) 3
Language elective (upper level) 3
Language elective (upper level) 3
MCL 413 Teaching of Foreign Languages 3
RDG 474 Reading and Writing in the Content Fields 3
MCL 495 Languages and Society Capstone 3
Total hours18

Eighth semester (spring)

CoursesHours
MCL 493 Supervised Teaching Seminar 2
MCL 496 Supervised Teaching 10
Total hours12

Tips for success

  • Enrollment in EDC 350 and subsequent education courses requires Admission to Teacher Education status.
  • PSY 121 is required for teacher certification and also fulfills the Social and Behavioral Science requirement (GEC 110) of General Education.
  • Students with prior language experience may be eligible to begin at a more advanced level based on dual-credit transfers and/or results from placement tests. Students who test out of lower-level courses may receive retroactive credit upon successful completion of more advanced courses.
  • Students may complete the Bachelor of Science in Modern Language with a concentration in Chinese, French, German or Spanish. This eight-semester plan applies to all language concentrations. (Chinese program requires at least a semester abroad.)
  • Students must meet with an advisor in their language area to design an advised course list.
  • The language composition course (312) represented in the fifth semester is a prerequisite for all language courses after it and should be taken as early as possible. Students wishing to earn a Bachelor of Arts degree in a modern language may pursue an individualized major.
  • EDC 150 is required of transfer students bringing in credit for SEC 302.
  • The seventh semester course, MCL 413, contains a 45 contact-hour practicum in a K-12 school, so students should arrange schedules to have blocks of time to complete practicum between 8 a.m. to 3 p.m., approximately.
  • All teacher certification program candidates must take the Missouri Content Assessment for the language of concentration prior to being approved for student teaching. Since the testing windows available by language vary, students are advised to consult the state website a year prior to the planned student teaching semester.
  • The variable hour semesters make allowances for pre-requisites and electives. Thirty-three (33) hours of language beyond 101 and 102 are required.
  • Students may not take any course work other than student teaching during their final semester; all course work must be completed in order to be eligible for student teaching.
Degree plan last reviewed 08-27-2019.