The Teacher Education Program and the Secondary Education programs are interdisciplinary in nature and applicable to all students pursuing teacher certification. These programs are overseen by the Educator Preparation Provider (EPP) with a Educator Preparation Provider Council (EPPC) and numerous subcommittees. 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, EPPC, and the departments in administering the programs.
- Educator Preparation Provider Head: Dr. Chris Craig, Deputy Provost, Carrington Hall, room 209, 417-836-5022
- Professional Education Certification: Kim Dubree, Director, 417-836-8772
- Education Advisement: Juli Panza, Coordinator, 417-836-5429
- Secondary Education Advisement: Dr. Karen Engler, Director, 417-836-6204
Teacher education program
The professional education programs have received continuing accreditation by the Missouri Department of Elementary and Secondary Education for 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. A high level of academic and professional competence is required for admission to and continuation in the teacher education program. Completion of the program is designed to lead to 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, 417-836-8772. This office provides a program evaluation service for initial certificates ($25 fee required), advisement and assistance to gain certification and/or additional endorsements.
Diversity coursework is required through professional and program-specific courses. Students must consult with the 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. The proof of coverage must accompany all other required documentation prior to placement. No exceptions may be granted. For more information, refer to Professional Liability Insurance.
All students pursuing Missouri certification are required to meet a series of Transition Points that will be assessed, evaluated, and monitored throughout the teacher education program with assistance and guidance from faculty. There are five distinct Transition Points students meet from entry to their education program to follow up post graduate training.
To apply transfer credit in educational methods courses to the degrees of Bachelor of Science in Education, Bachelor of Music Education, or Bachelor of Science – Modern Language with an option in Teacher Certification, 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:
- Requirements for Eligibility to Enroll in Professional Education Courses: Before a student can enroll in the introductory methods courses (ECE 304, ELE 302, KIN 200, MUS 200, SEC 302, or SPE 310), the student must have:
- A combined (Missouri State and transfer) GPA of 2.50 or higher.
- Meet with academic advisor to determine whether completion of EDC 150 transfer section is required. Note: For Agriculture Education, Early Childhood Education, Elementary Education, Music Education, Physical Education, and Special Education majors, competency is covered in major requirements.
- Completion of Missouri Volunteer and Employee Criminal History Service (MOVECHS) FBI Fingerprinting Background Check prior to any clinical experience placement. For more information, refer to Compliance Documents Required for Practicum, Internship or Student Teaching.
Upon completion of the above requirements, a student’s record is reviewed and submitted to the Educator Preparation Provider Council (EPPC) for admission to Teacher Education. A student’s qualifications for continuance in the Teacher Education Program is subject to review and change by the EPPC 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 degrees of Bachelor of Science in Education, Bachelor of Music Education, or Bachelor of Science – Modern Language with an option in Teacher Certification.
A combined (Missouri State and transfer) GPA of 2.75 or higher.
Completed all Professional Education courses with a combined (Missouri State and transfer) GPA of 3.00 or higher and no grade lower than “C” (Elementary Education majors require no grade lower than “B”).
A combined (Missouri State and transfer) GPA of 3.00 or higher in the major (certificate subject area) and for each additional area of endorsement.
- Successful completion of the Missouri Educator Gateway Assessments (MEGA) as established by the Missouri Board of Education.
- Completed Transition Point #3.
The Missouri Department of Elementary and Secondary Education (DESE) will require a current and valid FBI background check prior to issuing a certificate.
(Certifiable grades 9-12 and K-12)
All students must be admitted to the Teacher Education Program and to Supervised Teaching. Refer to procedures stated above.
In order to meet Missouri state teacher certification requirements, candidates for the degrees of Bachelor of Science in Education, Bachelor of Music Education, or Bachelor of Science – Modern Languages with an option in Teacher Certification are required to meet the following GPA requirements. All GPA requirements include both Missouri State and transfer grades.
- at least a 2.75 GPA on all course work attempted at all colleges attended
- at least a 3.00 GPA in the major (certificate subject area) which includes all courses listed under C below
- 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 “C” in all Professional Education courses
Additional State Board of Education certification rules require successful completion of the Missouri Educator Gateway Assessments (MEGA) as established by the Missouri Board of Education.
The curriculum for secondary (9-12 and K-12) teaching leads to the degree of Bachelor of Science in Education, Bachelor of Music Education, or Bachelor of Science – Modern Languages with an option in Teacher Certification and carries with it an Initial Professional Certificate (IPC) 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.
Prerequisite for Professional Education courses is PSY 121.
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 higher.
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 prepare teachers and to meet the requirements for Missouri state teacher certification. Note: A grade of “C” or higher is required in each course.
Required Core (25-35 hours):
SEC 302(3) General Methods of Instruction in the Middle and Secondary Schools. Note: Music Education majors satisfy this requirement by completion of MUS 200(3); Physical Education majors satisfy this requirement by completion of KIN 200(3).
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(3) Reading and Writing in the Content Fields
- RDG 574(3) Analysis and Correction of Difficulties in Literacy. Note: B-12 and K-12 (Art and Design, Family and Consumer Sciences, Music, Physical Education and Modern Language) majors are not required to complete this course.
Teaching Methods Course (3-6). 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. EDC 150 is required for students who completed a beginning teaching methods/field experience course at another institution and who wish to apply course credit toward completion of the SEC 302 requirement. Note: Agriculture Education, Music Education, and Physical Education majors cover competencies in major requirements.
- EDC 350(3) School and Society. Note: Family and Consumer Sciences Education, Music Education, and Physical Education majors cover competencies in major requirements.
- EDT 365(3) Educational Applications of Technology and Media. Note: Agriculture Education, English Education, Family and Consumer Sciences Education, History (Social Science) Education, Mathematics Education, Music Education, and Physical Education majors cover competencies in major requirements.
- SFR 486(3) Management and Assessment in the Middle and Secondary Classroom. Note: English Education, Mathematics Education, Music Education, and Physical Education majors cover competencies in major requirements.
Most programs leading to teacher certification require more than the University minimum of 120 hours for graduation. It is the student’s responsibility to meet all degree requirements for the Bachelor of Science in Education-Secondary in specific subject area major areas. Refer to the program requirements for each major.