The Teacher Education Program and the Secondary Education programs are interdisciplinary in nature and are applicable to all students desiring teacher certification. These programs are overseen by the Educator Preparation Provider (EPP) with a Professional Education Committee (PEC) and numerous sub committees. All academic departments/schools with a teacher education program participate in these committees and administer their programs in accordance with approved policies and curriculum. The following offices assist the EPP, PEC, and the departments in administering the programs.
- Educational Preparation Provider Head: Associate Provost Chris Craig, PhD, Carrington Hall, room 209, 417-836-5215
- Interim Secondary Education Director: Rebecca Woodard, PhD, McDonald Hall, room 116, 417-836-5690
- Educational Field Experiences Office Coordinator: Kim Dubree, BS, Hill Hall, room 200, 417-836-5253
- Office of Student Services. Director: Scott K. Fiedler, MS, Hill Hall, room 200, 417-836-8772
- Teacher Certification Office. Certification Officer: Scott K. Fiedler, MS, Hill Hall, room 200, 417-836-8772
- Professional Education Advisement Center: Hill Hall, room 202, 417-836-5429
- Secondary Professional Education Advisement: Rebecca Woodard, PhD, McDonald Hall, room 116, call 417-836-5690 for appointment. Also contact the individual departments for assignment to a program faculty advisor.
Teacher education program
The professional education programs have received continuing accreditation by the Missouri Department of Elementary and Secondary Education for purposes of teacher preparation and certification. Admission to the University does not automatically qualify a student to participate in the professional component of the teacher education program. That participation is granted upon demonstration of a high level of academic and professional competence. Successful participation should result in the student’s achieving certification to teach in Missouri public schools.
Postbaccalaureate teacher certification
Students who have already obtained a bachelor's degree and are seeking Missouri state teacher certification should contact the Teacher Certification Office, Hill Hall, room 200, 417-836-8772. This office provides a program evaluation service for initial certificates ($50 fee required), advisement and assistance to gain certification and/or additional endorsements.
Diversity coursework is required through professional and program specific courses. Please consult with your program or department of major for specific program requirements that may meet this diversity component.
All candidates for professional education programs at Missouri State University are required to have professional liability insurance coverage before being placed in the initial practicum, and/or subsequent clinical and field experiences. Professional liability insurance may be obtained at a minimal cost through a personal insurance carrier or through one of many available professional student organizations that provide insurance as part of their membership package. The proof of coverage must accompany all other required documentation prior to placement. No exceptions may be granted.
Transition points and professional portfolio component
All students desiring Missouri certification are required to meet a series of Transition Points that includes as one of the criteria submission of a professional portfolio. This portfolio will be assessed, evaluated, and monitored throughout the teacher education program with assistance and guidance from faculty. There are five distinct Transition Points that the student meets from entry to their education program to follow up post graduate training. Students meet three distinct portfolio checkpoints during the first three Transition Points: 1) culmination of the designated course: ELE 410, SEC 302, SPE 310, MUS 200, or KIN 200; 2) at the designated methods course(s) for each departmental major; and 3) at the culmination of supervised teaching.
To apply transfer credit in educational methods courses on a Bachelor of Science in Education degree, a student enrolled at Missouri State should contact their academic advisor for assistance.
Certification eligibility requirements
Completion of certification requirements is a four-step process. Students who receive a certification recommendation must meet the standards for certification eligibility as outlined below:
Note: A student’s application for admission to the Program is considered by the Professional Education Committee when the requirements listed above are complete. A student’s qualifications for continuance in the Teacher Education Program is subject to review and change by the Professional Education Committee at any time while the student is enrolled. Students should check with their advisor or department head for any additional program specific requirements.
Requirements for Certification Recommendation (effective fall 2017 and after): To be recommended for an initial Missouri teaching certification, the student must have:
Successfully completed Supervised Teaching
Met all Missouri teacher certification requirements which are in effect at time of certification. These requirements are normally met by persons earning the Bachelor of Science in Education or Bachelor of Music Education degrees at Missouri State.
A combined (Missouri State and transfer) GPA of 2.75 or higher.
Completed professional education courses with a combined (Missouri State and transfer) GPA of 3.00 or higher and no grade lower than “C”.
A combined (Missouri State and transfer) GPA of 3.00 or higher in the certificate subject area and for each additional area of endorsement.
- Successful completion of Missouri Educator Gateway Assessments (MEGA) as established by the Missouri Board of Education. Refer to the MEGA website for details.
Passed final portfolio requirement
Note: The Department of Elementary and Secondary Education will require a FBI background check prior to issuing a certificate.
Bachelor of Science in Education
(Certifiable grades 9-12 and K-12)
All students must be admitted to the Teacher Education Program and to Supervised Teaching in order to earn this degree. See application procedures at the beginning of this 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 2.50 GPA on all course work attempted at all colleges attended; at least a 2.50 GPA in the certificate subject area (major field of study in Social Science requires a 2.75 GPA) which includes all courses listed under C; at least a 2.50 GPA in any additional certificate subject area; at least a 2.50 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. Additional State Board of Education certification rules require passing scores on all five sub-sets of the Missouri General Education Assessment (MoGEA) and successful completion of the Missouri Educator Gateway Assessments (MEGA).
The curriculum for secondary teaching leads to the degree of Bachelor of Science in Education and carries with it an initial professional certificate (PCI) to teach in the state of Missouri.
Specific major requirements may also meet General Education Requirements. See the content discipline department for course listing. Students must also satisfy the following requirements which may be met through General Education coursework.
Prerequisites for professional education courses are PSY 121; and CIS/CSC 101 or CSC 111 or Computers for Learning waiver exam.
International students must provide documentation of completion of coursework in the following:
English Composition, two (2) courses, each a minimum of two (2) semester hours;
U.S. History, three (3) semester hours; and
U.S. Government, three (3) semester hours
Admission to the Teacher Education Program requires completion of COM 115 with a grade of “C” or better
Complete a subject area major not less than 30 hours or a comprehensive major of not less than 50 hours. See discipline department for major requirements. Although not required, minors must be no less than 15 hours. Note: Students who wish to be certified in an additional area of certification should check the state and departmental requirements in that area.
Professional Education Courses (Music Education and Physical Education majors must refer to the department section of the catalog for admission to Teacher Education Program and degree requirements.) The program outlined below has been designed to provide the preparation of Bachelor of Science in Education students and to meet the requirements for Missouri state teacher certification. Note: A grade of “C” or better in each course is required for state certification.
Required Core (24-31 hours):
SEC 302(3) General Methods of Instruction in the Middle and Secondary Schools
PSY 360(3) Educational Psychology
EDC 345(3) Introduction to Multicultural Education and Diversity
SPE 340(2) Educational Alternative for Exceptional Students
Note: Music Education majors satisfy this requirement by completion of MUS 340(2); Physical Education majors satisfy this requirement by completion of KIN 468(4).
RDG 474(2) Reading and Writing in the Content Fields
Teaching Methods Course (3-4). Courses are specified within the Professional Education section of the major requirements.
Note: A teaching methods course is required for each area of certification.
Supervised Teaching (8-12). Courses are specified within the Professional Education section of the major requirements.
Additional required competencies or equivalent course(s) required for major
- EDC 150(0) Introduction to Teaching
Note: For Agriculture Education, Music Education, and Physical Education majors, competency is covered in major requirements.
- EDC 350(3) School and Society
Note: for Music Education and Physical Education majors, competency is covered in major requirements.
- EDT 365(3) Educational Applications of Technology and Media
Note: For Agriculture Education, Mathematics, Music Education, Physical Education, and Technology Education majors, competency is covered in major requirements.
- PSY/SFR 486(3) Management and Assessment in the Middle and Secondary Classroom
Note: For Mathematics, Music Education, Physical Education, and all science majors, competency is covered in major requirements.
Most programs leading to teacher certification require more credits than the 125 University minimum for graduation. It is the student’s responsibility to meet the degree requirements for the Bachelor of Science in Education-Secondary in specific subject area major areas. See the program requirements listed by departments offering each major.