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 2021-22 catalog and Missouri State general education requirements.

First semester (fall)

GEP 101 First-Year Foundations 2
COM 115 Fundamentals of Public Speaking 3
PLS 101 American Democracy and Citizenship 3
Elementary Language I (101) 3
Life Sciences (lab) - General Education 4
Total hours15

Second semester (spring)

Elementary Language II (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
Quantitative Literacy - General Education 3
The Arts - General Education 3
ENG 110 Writing I 3
Total hours15

Third semester (fall)

Intermediate Language I (201) 3
Written Communication and Integrative and Applied Learning - General Education 3
Humanities - General Education 3
EDC 150 Transitional Pathway: Education 0
PSY 121 Introductory Psychology 3
SEC 302 General Methods of Instruction in the Middle and Secondary Schools 3
Total hours15

Fourth semester (spring)

Intermediate Language II (202) 3
Social and Behavioral Sciences - General Education 3
MCL 100 Language and Culture in Global Context
or IDS 297
Language conversation course (205 or 311) 3
PSY 360 Educational Psychology 3
Physical Sciences (no lab) - General Education 3
Total hours18

Fifth semester (fall)

Language composition 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)

Language elective (upper level) 3
Language elective (upper level) 3
Language elective (upper level) 3
SPE 340 Educational Alternative for Exceptional Students 2
MCL 413 Teaching of Foreign Languages 3
SFR 486 Management and Assessment in the Middle and Secondary Classroom 3
Total hours17

Seventh semester (fall)

Language elective (upper level) 3
Language elective (upper level) 3
MCL 414 Practice and Application in K-12 World Language Teaching 3
RDG 474 Reading and Writing in the Content Fields 3
MCL 495 Languages and Society Capstone 3
Total hours15

Eighth semester (spring)

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

Tips for success

  • Enrollment in MCL 413 and subsequent education courses requires Admit to Teacher Ed. status
  • Students must take at least one Language Upper-Division course in literature and one Language Upper-Division course in culture or history.
  • PSY 121 is required for teacher certification and also fulfills one of the Social and Behavioral Science requirements (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 placement tests results. 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 Teacher Certification with a concentration in Chinese, French, German, Japanese or Spanish. This 8-semester plan applies to all language concentrations. (Japanese and Chinese programs 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 Semester 5 above 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. In that case, SEC 302 would not be required. Students must meet with the departmental Program Coordinator to pursue this substitution.
  • The Sixth Semester course, MCL 413 and its companion course MCL 414 each contain a 45 contact-hour practicum in a K-12 school, so students should arrange schedules to have blocks of time to complete practicum between 8am and 3pm, 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. 33 hours of language beyond 101 and 102 are required.
  • Students may not take any coursework other than Student Teaching during their final semester; all coursework must be completed in order to be eligible for Student Teaching.
Degree plan last reviewed 04-07-2022.