Special Education/Cross Categorical

Major(s)

Special Education/Cross Categorical

Bachelor of Science in Education (Certifiable grades K-12)

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.

Admission and Retention Requirements

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.

XF Policy

High standards of professional conduct are required for admission to the Bachelor of Science in Education Special Education/Cross Categorical program and all special education programs of study. Prospective students who have been assigned a grade of XF (failure due to academic dishonesty) at Missouri State University (MSU), or the equivalent at another institution of higher education, may be denied admission to the Bachelor of Science in Education Special Education/Cross Categorical program and the affiliated Accelerated Masters degree options, including Accelerated MSED: Special Education/Autism Spectrum Disorders and Accelerated MSED: Early Childhood Special Education. Students who have been assigned a grade of XF at MSU, or the equivalent at another institution of higher education, are required to inform the Department Head of such grade at the time of application, even if the X was subsequently removed. Failure to inform the Department Head of this previous XF or equivalent grade will result in removal from the BSED Special Education/Cross Categorical program. A student assigned a grade of XF while studying toward completion of the BSED Special Education/Cross Categorical program, or the affiliated Accelerated Masters degree programs (i.e., Accelerated MSED: SPE/ASD and Accelerated MSED: ECSE), will be immediately removed from the program(s).

Degree Requirements

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. All GPA requirements are a combination of Missouri State and transfer grades.

  1. a combined (Missouri State and transfer) GPA of 2.75 or higher
  2. a combined (Missouri State and transfer) GPA of 3.00 or higher across all courses listed under B and C
  3. a combined (Missouri State and transfer) GPA of 3.00 or higher across all courses listed under B and C; and a grade of "C" or higher in all courses listed under C
  4. a combined (Missouri State and transfer) Content GPA of 3.00 or higher across State of Missouri designated courses for Special Educators: SPE 310 (3), SPE 320 (3), SPE 450 (3), SPE 497 (4), SPE 517 (3), SPE 519 (3), SPE 521 (3), SPE 560 (3), SPE 579 (3), RDG 318 (3), RDG 420 (3), RDG 421 (2), EDT 365 (3), ENG 334 (3), and MTH 320 (3)

Additionally, students must earn passing scores on all four 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. Refer to Teacher Education Program for application procedures.

Program Requirements       

  1. General Education Program and Requirements (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 and Information Literacy: ENG 110(3)
    2. Focus on Written Communication and Integrative and Applied Learning: ENG 210(3)
    3. Focus on Quantitative Literacy: Completion of general education requirement with a grade of "C" or better. MTH 130(3) recommended.
    4. Focus on Oral Communication: COM 115(3)
    5. Focus on Life Sciences: BIO 100(4)
    6. Focus on Physical Sciences: PHY 101(4)
    7. Focus on Social and Behavioral Sciences: PSY 121(3)
    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 (6 hours):

    1. Mathematics: MTH 320(3)
    2. English: ENG 334(3)
  3. Professional Education (78 hours): Note: A grade of "C" or better in each course is required for program approval of coursework toward degree and certification.

    1. Foundations of Teaching: EDC 345(3); PSY 360(3); SPE 310(3), 320(3), 345(4), 346(2), 525(3)

    2. Teaching Methods: EDT 365(3); RDG 318(3), 420(3), 421(2); SPE 450(3), 515(3), 516(3), 517(3), 519(3), 521(3), 550(3), 560(3), 579(3), 584(2)

    3. Field and Clinical Experiences: SPE 322(1), 497(4), 495(9), 496(3)

  4. Public Affairs Capstone Experience will be fulfilled by completion of SPE 495(9).
  5. This program also requires compliance with the Teacher Education Program 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.

  6. General Baccalaureate Degree Requirements

Accelerated graduate program in Special Education/Autism Spectrum Disorders

Eligible Missouri State undergraduate students may apply for admission to the Special Education/Autism Spectrum Disorders program and begin taking graduate course work as they complete the work for a bachelor’s degree. A maximum of 12 hours of graduate credit may be counted toward both the undergraduate and graduate degree (Mixed Credit). Refer to the Graduate Catalog for specific admission requirements.

Refer to Undergraduate Students Taking Graduate Classes for additional information and procedures for obtaining permission for Mixed Credit.

Accelerated graduate program in Early Childhood Special Education

Eligible Missouri State undergraduate students may apply for admission to the Early Childhood Special Education program and begin taking graduate course work as they complete the work for a bachelor’s degree. A maximum of 12 hours of graduate credit may be counted toward both the undergraduate and graduate degree (Mixed Credit). Refer to the Graduate Catalog for specific admission requirements.

Refer to Undergraduate Students Taking Graduate Classes for additional information and procedures for obtaining permission for Mixed Credit.