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              Certification Requirements for Elementary Education (1-6)
                                  Effective Fall, 2010
DESE Certification Requirement              Course     Hours      Description
                                               I. General Requirements:
                                                                       SPRINGFIELD & POST BAC
A. A baccalaureate degree from a college or university
having a teacher education program approved by the
Missouri State Department of Elementary and Secondary
Education or from a college or university having a teacher         Monitored by Degree Check or Certification Office
education program approved by the state education agency
in states other than Missouri.
B. Must have recommendation of designated official for
                                                                   Monitored by Degree Check or Certification Office
teacher education in the college or university.
C. Must have in the major area of study and an overall
grade point average of 2.50 on a 4.0 scale.                        Monitored by Degree Check or Certification Office

D. Must complete the content knowledge or specialty area
test approved by the Missouri State Board of Education with        Monitored by Degree Check or Certification Office
a score equal to the Missouri qualifying score.
E. Completion of professional requirements as determined
by the recommending college or university which may                Monitored by Degree Check or Certification Office
exceed these minimum requirements.
F. Individuals who completed their teacher education
program outside of the United States shall provide                 Monitored by Degree Check or Certification Office
documentation of completion of coursework in the following:
 1. English Composition, two (2) courses, each a minimum       ENG110           3    Writing I
of two (2) semester hours                                      ENG210           3    Writing II
 2. U.S. History, Three (3) Semester hours                     Choose One:
                                                               HST121                US History to 1877
                                                                                3
                                                               HST122                US History since 1877
 3. U.S. Government, Three (3) Semester hours                  PLS 101          3    American Dem. & Citizenship
 While the state of Missouri has removed all general education requirements from certification requirements,
Missouri State has chosen to continue requiring these courses to ensure appropriate content knowledge in core
                      These are required Requirements (Required by Missouri State)
            subjects. General Educationfor undergraduates, post bac and masters level students.
                                                                         SPRINGFIELD & POST BAC
Humanities: Must include at least one (1) course* from         Choose One:
two (2) of the following fields: Music, (excluding applied     MUS241                Language of Music
music), Art, Foreign Language, Western and Non-Western                          3
                                                               ART200                Art in Context
Cultures, Philosophy, Literature, Classical Studies, Theatre
                                                               HST104           3    World History after 1600
and Drama


                                                                             SPRINGFIELD & POST BAC
Communication Skills: Must include at least two (2)            ENG110           3    Writing I
courses* in English Composition and one (1) in Oral            ENG210           3    Writing II
Communications                                                 COM115           3    Fund. Of Public Speaking
Social Sciences: Must include courses* in U.S. History         HST122           3    US History since 1877
and U.S. Government, and one (1) additional course             PLS101           3    American Dem. & Citizenship
selected from the following areas: Geography, Economics,       PSY121           3    Intro. To Psychology
Sociology, Anthropology, and Psychology
                                                               GRY100           3    World Regional Geography
Natural Sciences: Must include at least two (2) courses*: BIO100                  4     Biological Sciences for Educators
One (1) course in a Physical or Earth Science and one (1)
course in a Biological Science with at least one (1) of those   PHY101            4     Physics by Inquiry
Mathematics: A college-level Mathematics course.*               MTH130      OR          Contemporary Mathematics
                                                                                  3
                                                                MTH135                  College Algebra
                                                                Hours            38



 II. Professional Requirements (Minimum Requirement - sixty (60) semester hours): Competency must
       be demonstrated in each topic listed to the satisfaction of the Teacher Education Institution.
                                        A. Professional Education
                1. Foundations for Teaching (Minimum requirement - ten (10) semester hours
                                                                SPRINGFIELD & POST BAC
Foundations of Education                                        EDC350            3     School and Society
School Organization and Management                                                      Introduction to Elementary
                                                                ELE302            3     Education and Clinical/Field
                                                                                        Experience
                                                                                        Teaching and Learning in the
                                                                ELE410           2(3)
                                                                                        Elementary Classroom
Personalized Teaching Strategies                                                        Introduction to Elementary
                                                                ELE302                  Education and Clinical/Field
                                                                                        Experience
                                                                                        Teaching and Learning in the
                                                                ELE410
                                                                                        Elementary Classroom
                                                                                        Current Issues and Applications in
                                                                ELE500
                                                                                        Elementary Education
                                                                ELE510            3     The Reflective Practitioner
Self Awareness and Human Relations                                                      Principles of Development in Middle
                                                                                        Childhood (age 6-12)
                                                                CFD257 or               Development of the Early Childhood
                                                                PSY385 or               and Elementary School Student
                                                                PSY360
                                                                                        Educational Psychology (K-12)

                                                                                        Teaching and Learning in the
                                                                ELE410
                                                                                        Elementary Classroom
                                                                ELE510                  The Reflective Practitioner




                                                                             SPRINGFIELD & POST BAC
Child Grown and Development*                                                            Principles of Development in Middle
                                                                CFD257 or               Childhood (age 6-12)
                                                                PSY385 or         3     Development of the Early Childhood
                                                                PSY360                  and Elementary School Student
                                                                                        Educational Psychology (K-12)
                                                                                        Teaching and Learning in the
                                                                ELE410
                                                                                        Elementary Classroom
                                                                                        Current Issues and Applications in
                                                                ELE500
                                                                                        Elementary Education
                                                                ELE510                  The Reflective Practitioner
Psychology of Learning                                                                  Principles of Development in Middle
                                                                                        Childhood (age 6-12)
                                                                CFD257 or
                                                                                        Development of the Early Childhood
                                                                PSY385 or
                                                                                        and Elementary School Student
                                                                PSY360
                                                                                        Educational Psychology (K-12)

                                                                                        Teaching and Learning in the
                                                                ELE410
                                                                                        Elementary Classroom
*Psychology and/or Education of the Exceptional Child,                      Introduction to Elementary
including the gifted                                      ELE302            Education and Clinical/Field
                                                                            Experience
                                                                            Current Issues and Applications in
                                                          ELE500            Elementary Education
                                                          SPE310      3     Introduction to Special Education
Behavior Management Techniques (Interpersonal                               Current Issues and Applications in
                                                          ELE500     3(4)
Relationships)                                                              Elementary Education
                                                                            Teaching and Learning in the
                                                          ELE410
                                                                            Elementary Classroom
                                                                            Methods of Teaching Mathematics
                                                          ELE429            in Elementary Schools

                                                                            Methods of Teaching Science in
                                                          ELE434
                                                                            Elementary Schools
                                                                            Methods of Teaching Social Studies
                                                          ELE438
                                                                            in Elementary Schools
                                                             Hours   20




          2. Teaching Methods (minimum fifteen (15) semester hours) which shall include at least:
                                                                SPRINGFIELD & POST BAC
Reading (3 courses required, minimum total of eight (8)                     Foundations of Literacy Instruction
                                                          RDG318      3
semester hours)
                                                                            Methods of Teaching Reading and
                                                          RDG420      3     Language Arts in Elementary
                                                                            Schools
                                                                            Practicum - Methods of Teaching
                                                          RDG421      2     Reading and Language Arts in
                                                                            Elementary Schools
Children's Literature                                     ENG334      3     Children's Literature
Language Arts                                                               Methods of Teaching Reading and
                                                          RDG420      3     Language Arts in Elementary
                                                                            Schools
Math                                                                        Methods of Teaching of
                                                          ELE429      3     Mathematics in Elementary Schools

Science                                                                     Methods of Teaching Science in
                                                          ELE434      3
                                                                            Elementary Schools
Social Science to include Geography and Economics                           Methods of Teaching Social Studies
                                                          ELE438      3
                                                                            in Elementary Schools
                                                          ECO318            Economics for Teachers
Art, Music, Physical Education                                              Current Issues and Applications in
                                                          ELE500     1(4)   Elementary Education

                                                                            Movement to enhance cognition:
                                                          PED400      1     Elementary Physical Education
                                                                            for Elementary Teachers
                                                                            Methods of Teaching Science in
                                                          ELE434
                                                                            Elementary Schools
Microcomputer Applications in Education                                     Instructional Applications of
                                                          IMT365      3
                                                                            Technology and Media
                                                          Hours      28
                           3. Clinical Experiences (minimum of 10 semester hours)
 A minimum of two (2) semester hours of field experiences prior to student teaching and a minimum of eight (8) semester
   hours of student teaching in elementary grades are required. Teachers meeting certification requirements for Early
     Childhood or Middle School teaching certificates will be exempt from this clinical experience requirement. A fully
 certificated secondary teacher with two (2) or more years of secondary teaching experience may satisfy this requirement
                                                                           SPRINGFIELD & POST BAC
Practicum's:                                                                         Introduction to Elementary
                                                            ELE302              3    Education and Clinical/Field
                                                                                     Experience


                                                                                     Current Issues and Applications
                                                            ELE500
                                                                                     in Elementary Schools


                                                                                     Practicum - Methods of Teaching
                                                            RDG421                   Reading and Language Arts in
                                                                                     Elementary Schools
Student Teaching:                                                                    Supervised Teaching (Elementary)
                                                            ELE495              6
                                                                                     Supervised Teaching (Elementary)
                                                            ELE496              6
                                                                 Hours         15

                                         B. Elementary School Courses:
                                                                           SPRINGFIELD & POST BAC
Mathematics (two courses, minimum total of 5 semester
hours)                                                      MTH320              3    Foundations of Math for Teachers

                                                                                     Foundations of Geometry for
                                                            MTH360              3
                                                                                     Teachers
Economics                                                                            Methods of Teaching Social Studies
                                                            ELE438
                                                                                     in Elementary Schools
                                                                                     Economics for Teachers
                                                            ECO318              3
Geography                                                   GRY100              3    World Regional Geography
Health                                                      PED400
                                                                                     Movement to enhance cognition:
                                                                                     Elementary Physical Education
                                                                                     for Elementary Teachers
                                                            ELE434                   Methods of Teaching Science in
                                                                                     Elementary Schools
                                                                                     Current Issues and Applications in
                                                            ELE500
                                                                                     Elementary Education
Art or Music                                                Choose One:
                                                            MUS241                   Language of Music
                                                                                3
                                                            ART200                   Art in Context
                                                               Hours           15


 The student must have a total of at least 21 semester hours in an area of concentration (courses taken
     as part of the general education and basic requirements may be counted as part of the area of
                                              concentration).
                                                                 SPRINGFIELD & POST BAC
Language Arts Concentration                                 ENG110              3    Writing I
                                                            ENG210              3    Writing II
                                                            ENG334              3    Children's Literature
                                                            COM115              3    Fund. Of Public Speaking
                                                                                     Foundations of Literacy Instruction
                                                            RDG318              3
                                                                                    Methods of Teaching Reading and
                                                            RDG420             3    Language Arts in Elementary
                                                                                    Schools
                                                            RDG421             2    Practicum - Methods of Teaching
                                                                                    Reading and Language Arts in
                                                                                    Elementary Schools
                                                                                    Teaching and Learning in the
                                                            ELE410             1
                                                                                    Elementary Classroom
                                                                 Hours         21



ECE501 (Home/School/Community Relationships with Young Chidren and their Families) does not meet any specific
Missouri Teacher Certification standard, but instead was added to the program in response to changes in ACEI standards.



*Denotes minimum of two (2) semester hours required
**Denotes minimum of eight (8) semester hours required
                                                                                                            Updated 9/11/2008

                                             Missouri State University
                 Certification Requirements for Elementary Education (1-6)
                                     Effective Fall, 2007
DESE Certification Requirement                    Course    Hours       Description
                                                   I. General Requirements:
A. A baccalaureate degree from a college or university having a
teacher education program approved by the Missouri Department of
Elementary and Secondary Education or from a college or university
having a teacher education program approved by the state                   Monitored by Degree Check or Certification Office
education agency in states other than Missouri.

B. Must have recommendation of designated official for teacher
                                                                           Monitored by Degree Check or Certification Office
education in the college or university.
C. Must have in the major area of study and an overall grade point
average of 2.50 on a 4.00 scale.                                           Monitored by Degree Check or Certification Office

D. Must complete the content knowledge or specialty area test
designated by the State Board of Education with a score equal to, or       Monitored by Degree Check or Certification Office
greater than, the Missouri qualifying score.
E. Completion of professional requirements as determined by the
recommending college or university which may exceed these                  Monitored by Degree Check or Certification Office
minimum requirements.
F. Individuals who completed their teacher education program
outside of the United States shall provide documentation of                Monitored by Degree Check or Certification Office
completion of coursework in the following:
 1. English Composition, two (2) courses, each a minimum of two        ENG110           3    Writing I
(2) semester hours                                                     ENG210           3    Writing II
 2. U.S. History, Three (3) Semester hours                             Choose One:
                                                                       HST121                US History to 1877
                                                                                        3
                                                                       HST122                US History since 1877
 3. U.S. Government, Three (3) Semester hours                          PLS 101          3    American Dem. & Citizenship
                         General Education Requirements (Required by Missouri State)
Humanities: Must include at least one (1) course* from two (2) of Choose One:
the following fields: Music, (excluding applied music), Art, Foreign   MUS241                Language of Music
Language, Western and Non-Western Cultures, Philosophy,                                 3
                                                                       ART200                Art in Context
Literature, Classical Studies, Theatre and Drama
                                                                       HST104           3    World History after 1600
Communication Skills: Must include at least two (2) courses* in ENG110                  3    Writing I
English Composition and one (1) in Oral Communications          ENG210                  3    Writing II
                                                                COM115                  3    Fund. Of Public Speaking
Social Sciences: Must include courses* in U.S. History and U.S. HST122                  3    US History since 1877
Government, and one (1) additional course selected from the     PLS101                  3    American Dem. & Citizenship
following areas: Geography, Economics, Sociology, Anthropology, PSY121                  3    Intro. To Psychology
and Psychology
                                                                                             Global Issues: Geographic
                                                                GRY100                  3
                                                                                             Perspectives
Natural Sciences: Must include at least two (2) courses*: One          BIO100           4    Biological Sciences for Educators
(1) course in a Physical or Earth Science and one (1) course in a
Biological Science with at least one (1) of those courses having a     PHY101           4    Physics by Inquiry
Mathematics: A college-level Mathematics course.*                      MTH130   OR           Contemporary Mathematics
                                                                                        3
                                                                       MTH135                College Algebra
                                                Total Hours                    38
While the state of Missouri has removed all general education requirements from certification requirements, Missouri
State has chosen to continue requiring these courses to ensure appropriate content knowledge in core subjects.
These are required for undergraduates, post bac and masters level students.
II. Professional Requirements (Minimum Requirement - sixty (60) semester hours): The lists follow the major
areas of professional studies are to be rewarded as areas of study and/or content and not necessarily as
course titles
A. Professional Education
1. Foundations for Teaching (Minimum requirement - ten (10) semester hours
Foundations of Education                                                                  Foundations of American Education
                                                                   EDC150           1
                                                                   EDC350           3     School and Society
School Organization and Management                                                        Introduction to Elementary
                                                                   ELE302
                                                                                          Education
                                                                                          Teaching and Learning in the
                                                                   ELE410           3
                                                                                          Elementary Classroom
Personalized Teaching Strategies                                                          Introduction to Elementary
                                                                   ELE302
                                                                                          Education
                                                                                          Teaching and Learning in the
                                                                   ELE410
                                                                                          Elementary Classroom
                                                                                          Issues and Applications in
                                                                   ELE500
                                                                                          Elementary Education
                                                                   ELE510           3     The Reflective Practitioner
Self Awareness and Human Relations                                                        Principles of Development in Middle
                                                                                          Childhood (age 6-12)
                                                                   CFD257 or              Development of the Early Childhood
                                                                   PSY385 or              and Elementary School Student
                                                                   PSY360
                                                                                          Educational Psychology (K-12)
                                                                                          Teaching and Learning in the
                                                                   ELE410
                                                                                          Elementary Classroom
                                                                   ELE510                 The Reflective Practitioner
Child Grown and Development*                                                              Principles of Development in Middle
                                                                   CFD257 or              Childhood (age 6-12)
                                                                   PSY385 or        3     Development of the Early Childhood
                                                                   PSY360                 and Elementary School Student
                                                                                          Educational Psychology (K-12)
                                                                                          Teaching and Learning in the
                                                                   ELE410
                                                                                          Elementary Classroom
                                                                                          Issues and Applications in
                                                                   ELE500
                                                                                          Elementary Education
                                                                   ELE510                 The Reflective Practitioner
Psychology of Learning                                                                    Principles of Development in Middle
                                                                   CFD257 or              Childhood (age 6-12)
                                                                   PSY385 or              Development of the Early Childhood
                                                                   PSY360                 and Elementary School Student
                                                                                          Educational Psychology (K-12)
                                                                                          Teaching and Learning in the
                                                                   ELE410
                                                                                          Elementary Classroom
Post Bac students only, can replace CFD 257 or PSY360 or                                  Human Growth & Development
                                                                   PSY603           (3)
PSY385 with:
*Psychology and/or Education of the Exceptional Child, including                          Introduction to Elementary
the gifted                                                         ELE302                 Education
                                                                                          Issues and Applications in
                                                                   ELE500                 Elementary Education
                                                                   SPE310           3     Introduction to Special Education
                                                                   Post Bac students only can also replace SPE310 with:
                                                                   SPE615           (3)   Introduction to Special Education
Behavior Management Techniques (Interpersonal Relationships)                            Issues and Applications in
                                                                   ELE500        3(4)
                                                                                        Elementary Schools
                                                                                        Teaching and Learning in the
                                                                   ELE410
                                                                                        Elementary Classroom
                                                                                        Methods of Teaching
                                                                   ELE425               Communcation Arts in Elementary
                                                                                        Schools
                                                                                        Methods of Teaching Mathematics
                                                                   ELE429               in Elementary Schools

                                                                                        Methods of Teaching Science in
                                                                   ELE434
                                                                                        Elementary Schools
                                                                                        Methods of Teaching Social Studies
                                                                   ELE438
                                                                                        in Elementary Schools
                                                             Total Hours        19-20
2. Teaching Methods (minimum fifteen (15) semester hours) which shall include at least:
Reading (3 courses required, minimum total of eight (8) semester                        Foundations of Reading Instruction
                                                                   RDG318         3
hours)
                                                                                        Assessing and Personalizing
                                                                   RDG420         3
                                                                                        Reading
                                                                   RDG421         2     Reading Practicum
                 Post Bac and Masters Students only may also choose the following graduate level options:
If they have taken RDG318                                                               Assessment and Instruction of
                                                                   RDG674 OR      6
                                                                                        Less Skilled Readers
                                                                                        Assessment and Instruction of
                                                                                  3
                                                                                        Less Skilled Readers
                                                                   RDG674 and
                                                                                        The Relationship of Language
                                                                   RDG675
                                                                                  3     to Reading and Intellectual
                                                                                        Development
If they have not taken RDG318                                                           Assessment and Instruction of
                                                                                  6
                                                                   RDG674 and
                                                                                        Less Skilled Readers
                                                                   RDG675
                                                                                        The Relationship of Language
                                                                                  3     to Reading and Intellectual
                                                                                        Development
Children's Literature                                              ENG334         3     Children's Literature
Language Arts                                                      ELE425         3     Developing Language Potentials
Math                                                                                 Teaching of Mathematics in
                                                                   ELE429         3
                                                                                     Elementary Schools
Science                                                                              Teaching Science in Elementary
                                                              ELE434            3
                                                                                     Schools
Social Science to include Geography and Economics                                    Teaching Social Studies in
                                                              ELE438            3
                                                                                     Elementary Schools
                                                              ECO318                 Economics for Teachers
Post Bac and Masters Students only may also choose the following graduate level option to replace ELE425, 429, 434,
438, ECO318:
Post-Bac MSED for ELE425,429,434,438                          EEM576                 Topical Issues in Education
Art, Music, Physical Education                                                       Issues and Applications in
                                                              ELE500          1(4)
                                                                                        Elementary Schools
                                                                                        Movement to enhance cognition:
                                                                   PED400         1     Elementary Physical Education
                                                                                        for Elementary Teachers
                                                                                        Teaching Science in Elementary
                                                                   ELE434
                                                                                        Schools
Post Bac and Masters Students only may also choose the following graduate level option to replace Art/Music/Physical
Education Competencies:
Post-Bac MSED for PED400                                      EEM576                 Topical Issues in Education
Microcomputer Applications in Education                                              Instructional Applications of
                                                              IMT365            3
                                                                                              Technology and Media
                Post Bac and Masters Students only may also choose the following graduate level options:
Microcomputer Applications in Education                                                       Educational Applications of
                                                                     IMT562              3
                                                                                              Computers in Teaching
Post-Bac MSED                                                        EEM576                   Topical Issues in Education
                                           Total Hours                                   28
3. Clinical Experiences (minimum of 10 semester hours)
A minimum of two (2) semester hours of field experiences prior to student teaching and a minimum of eight (8) semester hours of
student teaching in elementary grades are required. Teachers meeting certification requirements for Early Childhood or Middle
School teaching certificates will be exempt from this clinical experience requirement. A fully certificated secondary teacher with
two (2) or more years of secondary teaching experience may satisfy this requirement through the completion of a two (2) or more
semester hour practicum at the elementary level.
Practicums:                                                                                   Introduction to Elementary
                                                                     ELE302              3    Education and Clinical/Field
                                                                                              Experience
                                                                                              Issues and Applications in
                                                                     ELE500
                                                                                              Elementary Schools
                                                            RDG421                 Reading Practicum
              Post Bac and Masters Students only may also choose the following graduate level options:
Post-Bac MSED                                               EEM576                 Topical Issues in Education
Post -Bac/Masters Students will have a minimum of:                                            Introduction to Elementary
                                                                     ELE302             (3)   Education and Clinical/Field
                                                                                              Experience
Student Teaching:                                                                             Supervised Teaching (Elementary)
                                                                     ELE495              6
                                                                                              Supervised Teaching (Elementary)
                                                                     ELE496              6
                                                               Total Hours               15
B. Elementary School Courses:
Mathematics (two courses, minimum total of 5 semester hours)
                                                                     MTH320              3    Foundations of Math for Teachers

                                                                                              Foundations of Geometry for
                                                                     MTH360              3
                                                                                              Teachers
Economics                                                                                     Teaching Social Studies in
                                                                     ELE438
                                                                                              Elementary Schools
                                                                                              Economics for Teachers
                                                                     ECO318              3
Geography                                                            GRY240              4    Earth Science for Teachers
Health                                                               PED400
                                                                                              Movement to enhance cognition:
                                                                                              Elementary Physical Education
                                                                                              for Elementary Teachers
                                                                     ELE434                   Teaching Science in Elementary
                                                                                              Schools
                                                                                              Issues and Applications in
                                                                     ELE500
                                                                                              Elementary Schools
Art or Music                                                         Choose One:
                                                                     MUS241                   Language of Music
                                                                                         3
                                                                     ART200                   Art in Context
                                                               Total Hours               16
The student must have a total of at least 21 semester hours in an area of concentration (courses taken as part
of the general education and basic requirements may be counted as part of the area of concentration).

Language Arts Concentration                                      ENG110            3    Writing I
                                                                 ENG210            3    Writing II
                                                                 ENG334            3    Children's Literature
                                                                 COM115            3    Fund. Of Public Speaking
                                                                 RDG318            3    Foundations of Reading Instruction

                                                                 RDG420            3    Assessing and Personalizing
                                                                                        Reading
                                                                 RDG421             2   Reading Practicum
                                                                 ELE425             3   Developing Language Potentials
                                                           Total Hours             23



ECE501 (Home/School/Community Relationships with Young Chidren and their Families) does not meet any specific Missouri
Teacher Certification standard, but instead was added to the program in response to changes in ACEI standards.


*Denotes minimum of two (2) semester hours required
**Denotes minimum of eight (8) semester hours required

Changes to the program since the NCATE/DESE visit in Fall, 2003 are shown in red.
                                                                                                              Updated 6/8/2007

                                             Missouri State University
                 Certification Requirements for Elementary Education (1-6)
                                     Effective Fall, 2006
DESE Certification Requirement                    Course   Hours        Description
                                                   I. General Requirements:
A. A baccalaureate degree from a college or university having a
teacher education program approved by the Missouri State
Department of Elementary and Secondary Education or from a
college or university having a teacher education program approved          Monitored by Degree Check or Certification Office
by the state education agency in states other than Missouri.

B. Must have recommendation of designated official for teacher
                                                                           Monitored by Degree Check or Certification Office
education in the college or university.
C. Must have in the major area of study and an overall grade point
average of 2.50 on a 4.0 scale.                                            Monitored by Degree Check or Certification Office

D. Must complete the content knowledge or specialty area test
approved by the Missouri State Board of Education with a score             Monitored by Degree Check or Certification Office
equal to the Missouri qualifying score.
E. Completion of professional requirements as determined by the
recommending college or university which may exceed these                  Monitored by Degree Check or Certification Office
minimum requirements.
F. Individuals who completed their teacher education program
outside of the United States shall provide documentation of                Monitored by Degree Check or Certification Office
completion of coursework in the following:
 1. English Composition, two (2) courses, each a minimum of two        ENG110           3    Writing I
(2) semester hours                                                     ENG210           3    Writing II
 2. U.S. History, Three (3) Semester hours                             Choose One:
                                                                       HST121                US History to 1877
                                                                                        3
                                                                       HST122                US History since 1877
 3. U.S. Government, Three (3) Semester hours                          PLS 101          3    American Dem. & Citizenship
                                           General Education Requirements
Humanities: Must include at least one (1) course* from two (2) of Choose One:
the following fields: Music, (excluding applied music), Art, Foreign   MUS241                Language of Music
Language, Western and Non-Western Cultures, Philosophy,                                 3
                                                                       ART200                Art in Context
Literature, Classical Studies, Theatre and Drama
                                                                       HST104           3    World History after 1600
Communication Skills: Must include at least two (2) courses* in ENG110                  3    Writing I
English Composition and one (1) in Oral Communications          ENG210                  3    Writing II
                                                                COM115                  3    Fund. Of Public Speaking
Social Sciences: Must include courses* in U.S. History and U.S. HST121                  3    US History to 1877
Government, and one (1) additional course selected from the     PLS101                  3    American Dem. & Citizenship
following areas: Geography, Economics, Sociology, Anthropology, PSY121                  3    Intro. To Psychology
and Psychology
                                                                                             Global Issues: Geographic
                                                                GRY100                  3
                                                                                             Perspectives
Natural Sciences: Must include at least two (2) courses*: One          BIO100           4    Biological Sciences for Educators
(1) course in a Physical or Earth Science and one (1) course in a
Biological Science with at least one (1) of those courses having a     PHY101           4    Physics by Inquiry
Mathematics: A college-level Mathematics course.*                      MTH130   OR           Contemporary Mathematics
                                                                                        3
                                                                       MTH135                College Algebra
                                                      Total Hours                       50

While the state of Missouri has removed all general education requirements from certification requirements, Missouri
State has chosen to continue requiring these courses to ensure appropriate content knowledge in core subjects.
These are required for undergraduates, post bac and masters level students.
III. Professional Requirements (Minimum Requirement - sixty (60) semester hours): The lists follow the major
areas of professional studies are to be rewarded as areas of study and/or content and not necessarily as
course titles
A. Professional Education
1. Foundations for Teaching (Minimum requirement - ten (10) semester hours
Foundations of Education                                                                   Foundations of American Education
                                                                   EDC150           1
                                                                   EDC350           3      School and Society
School Organization and Management                                                         Introduction to Elementary
Personalized Teaching Strategies                                   ELE302           3      Education

Self Awareness and Human Relations                                                         Development of the Early
                                                                   PSY385 or               Child/Student (Grades 1-6)
                                                                                   (3-4)
Child Grown and Development*                                       PSY360                  Educational Psychology (K-12)

Psychology of Learning                                             Post Bac students only can also replace PSY385 or
                                                                   PSY360 with:
                                                                   PSY603           3      Human Growth & Development
*Psychology and/or Education of the Exceptional Child, including                           Introduction to Elementary
the gifted                                                         ELE302                  Education
                                                                   SPE310           3      Introduction to Special Education
                                                                   Post Bac students only can also replace SPE310 with:
                                                                   SPE610           3      Problems in Special Education
Behavior Management Techniques (Interpersonal Relationships)                               Classroom Management and
                                                                   ELE440           3      Assessment in the Elementary
                                                                                           Classroom
                                                                                           Methods of Teaching
                                                                   ELE425                  Communcation Arts in Elementary
                                                                                           Schools
                                                                                           Methods of Teaching Mathematics
                                                                   ELE429                  in Elementary Schools

                                                                                           Methods of Teaching Science in
                                                                   ELE434
                                                                                           Elementary Schools
                                                                                           Methods of Teaching Social Studies
                                                                   ELE438
                                                                                           in Elementary Schools
                                                              Total Hours         16-17


2. Teaching Methods (minimum fifteen (15) semester hours) which shall include at least:
Reading (3 courses required, minimum total of eight (8) semester                           Foundations of Reading Instruction
                                                                   RDG318           3
hours)
                                                                                           Assessing and Personalizing
                                                                   RDG420           3
                                                                                           Reading
                                                                   RDG421           2      Reading Practicum
                Post Bac and Masters Students only may also choose the following graduate level options:
If they have taken RDG318                                                                  Assessment and Instruction of
                                                                   RDG674 OR        6
                                                                                           Less Skilled Readers
                                                                                           Assessment and Instruction of
                                                                                    3
                                                                   RDG674 and
                                                                                           Less Skilled Readers
                                                                   RDG675
                                                                                           The Relationship of Language
                                                                                    3      to Reading and Intellectual
                                                                                           Development
If they have not taken RDG318                                                              Assessment and Instruction of
                                                                                    6
                                                                   RDG674 and
                                                                                           Less Skilled Readers
                                                                   RDG675
If they have not taken RDG318

                                                                     RDG674 and
                                                                     RDG675
                                                                                              The Relationship of Language
                                                                                         3    to Reading and Intellectual
                                                                                              Development

Children's Literature                                                ENG334              3    Children's Literature
Language Arts                                                        ELE425              3    Developing Language Potentials
Math                                                                                 Teaching of Mathematics in
                                                                     ELE429              3
                                                                                     Elementary Schools
Science                                                                              Teaching Science in Elementary
                                                              ELE434            3
                                                                                     Schools
Social Science to include Geography and Economics                                    Teaching Social Studies in
                                                              ELE438            3
                                                                                     Elementary Schools
                Post Bac and Masters Students only may also choose the following graduate level options:
Post-Bac MSED to replace ELE425, 429, 434, 438                EEM576                 Topical Issues in Education

Art                                                                                           Elementary Integrated Methods
Music                                                                ELE400              3
                                                                                              and Practicum
Physical Education
                                                                                                   OR
                                                                                              Elementary Integrated Methods
                                                                     ELE400              2
                                                                                              and Practicum
                                                                                              Movement to enhance cognition:
                                                                     PED400              1    Elementary Physical Education
                                                                                              for Elementary Teachers
Microcomputer Applications in Education                                                       Instructional Applications of
                                                                     IMT365              3
                                                                                              Technology and Media
                 Post Bac and Masters Students only may also choose the following graduate level options:
Microcomputer Applications in Education                                                       Educational Applications of
                                                                     IMT562              3
                                                                                              Computers in Teaching
Post-Bac MSED to replace ELE400/PED400                               EEM576                   Topical Issues in Education
                                                     Total Hours                         26

3. Clinical Experiences (minimum of 10 semester hours)
A minimum of two (2) semester hours of field experiences prior to student teaching and a minimum of eight (8) semester hours of
student teaching in elementary grades are required. Teachers meeting certification requirements for Early Childhood or Middle
School teaching certificates will be exempt from this clinical experience requirement. A fully certificated secondary teacher with
two (2) or more years of secondary teaching experience may satisfy this requirement through the completion of a two (2) or more
semester hour practicum at the elementary level.
Practicum's:                                                                       Introduction to Elementary
                                                                     ELE302        Education and Clinical/Field
                                                                                   Experience
                                                            ELE425            3    Developing Language Potentials
                                                                                   Teaching of Mathematics in
                                                            ELE429            3
                                                                                   Elementary Schools
                                                                                   Teaching Science in Elementary
                                                            ELE434            3
                                                                                   Schools
                                                                                   Teaching Social Studies in
                                                            ELE438            3
                                                                                   Elementary Schools
                                                                                   Assessing and Personalizing
                                                            RDG420            3
                                                                                   Reading (3)
                                                            RDG421            2    Reading Practicum
              Post Bac and Masters Students only may also choose the following graduate level options:
Post-Bac MSED                                               EEM576                 Topical Issues in Education
Post -Bac/Masters Students will have a minimum of:                                            Introduction to Elementary
                                                                     ELE302              3    Education and Clinical/Field
                                                                                              Experience
Student Teaching:                                                                             Supervised Teaching (Elementary)
                                                                     ELE495              6
Student Teaching:

                                                                                    Supervised Teaching (Elementary)
                                                                ELE496        6
                                                           Total Hours        32

B. Elementary School Courses:
Mathematics (two courses, minimum total of 5 semester hours)
                                                                MTH320        3     Foundations of Math for Teachers

                                                                                    Foundations of Geometry for
                                                                MTH360        3
                                                                                    Teachers
Economics                                                                           Teaching Social Studies in
                                                                ELE438        3
                                                                                    Elementary Schools
Geography                                                       GRY240        3     Earth Science for Teachers
Health                                                          PED358        3     Health Education Methods
Art or Music                                                    Choose One:
                                                                 MUS241             Language of Music
                                                                              3
                                                                 ART200             Art in Context
                                                           Total Hours        18

The student must have a total of at least 21 semester hours in an area of concentration (courses taken as part
of the general education and basic requirements may be counted as part of the area of concentration).

Language Arts Concentration                                     ENG110        3     Writing I
                                                                ENG210        3     Writing II
                                                                ENG334        3     Children's Literature
                                                                COM115        3     Fund. Of Public Speaking
                                                                RDG318        3     Foundations of Reading Instruction

                                                                RDG420        3     Assessing and Personalizing
                                                                                    Reading
                                                                 RDG421        2    Reading Practicum
                                                                 ELE425        3    Developing Language Potentials
                                                           Total Hours        23

Social Studies Concentration (Post Bac Students only earn the    HST121       3     US History to 1877
Language Arts Concentration. GEP397 is not required for Post-Bac HST122       3     US History since 1877
Students)                                                        HST104       3     World History after 1600
                                                                 PLS101       3     American Dem. & Citizenship
                                                                 PSY121       3     Intro. To Psychology
                                                                 GRY100       3     Global Issues: Geographic
                                                                                    Perspectives
                                                                 GEP397        3    Public Affairs Issues
                                                           Total Hours        21



*Denotes minimum of two (2) semester hours required
**Denotes minimum of eight (8) semester hours required

Changes to the program since the NCATE/DESE visit in Fall, 2003 are shown in red.
                                                                                                                Updated 6/13/07

                                   Southwest Missouri State University
                 Certification Requirements for Elementary Education (1-6)
                                    Beginning Fall 2005
DESE Certification Requirement                   Course    Hours        Description
                                                   I. General Requirements:
A. A baccalaureate degree from a college or university having a
teacher education program approved by the Missouri State
Department of Elementary and Secondary Education or from a
college or university having a teacher education program approved           Monitored by Degree Check or Certification Office
by the state education agency in states other than Missouri.

B. Must have recommendation of designated official for teacher
                                                                            Monitored by Degree Check or Certification Office
education in the college or university.
C. Must have in the major area of study and an overall grade point
average of 2.50 on a 4.0 scale.                                             Monitored by Degree Check or Certification Office

D. Must complete the content knowledge or specialty area test
approved by the Missouri State Board of Education with a score              Monitored by Degree Check or Certification Office
equal to the Missouri qualifying score.
E. Completion of general education and professional requirements
as determined by the recommending college or university which               Monitored by Degree Check or Certification Office
may exceed these minimum requirements.
F. Individuals who completed their teacher education program
outside of the United States shall provide documentation of                 Monitored by Degree Check or Certification Office
completion of coursework in the following:
 1. English Composition, two (2) courses, each a minimum of two        ENG110            3    Writing I
(2) semester hours                                                     ENG210            3    Writing II
 2. U.S. History, Three (3) Semester hours                             Choose One:
                                                                       HST121                 US History to 1877
                                                                                         3
                                                                       HST122                 US History since 1877
 3. U.S. Government, Three (3) Semester hours                          PLS 101           3    American Dem. & Citizenship
                                           General Education Requirements
Humanities: Must include at least one (1) course* from two (2) of Choose One:
the following fields: Music, (excluding applied music), Art, Foreign   MUS241                  Language of Music
Language, Western and Non-Western Cultures, Philosophy,                                   3
                                                                       ART200                  Art in Context
Literature, Classical Studies, Theatre and Drama
                                                                       See Current SMSU General Education Requirements under
                                                                       Culture and Society or Self-Understanding for the second
                                                                       Humanities course 3 hours
Communication Skills: Must include at least two (2) courses* in ENG110                   3    Writing I
English Composition and one (1) in Oral Communications          ENG210                   3    Writing II
                                                                COM115                   3    Fund. Of Public Speaking
Social Sciences: Must include courses* in U.S. History and U.S. HST121                   3    US History to 1877
Government, and one (1) additional course selected from the     PLS101                   3    American Dem. & Citizenship
following areas: Geography, Economics, Sociology, Anthropology, PSY121                   3    Intro. To Psychology
and Psychology
                                                                                              Global Issues: Geographic
                                                                GRY100                   3
                                                                                              Perspectives
Natural Sciences: Must include at least two (2) courses*: One          BIO100            4    Biological Sciences for Educators
(1) course in a Physical or Earth Science and one (1) course in a
Biological Science with at least one (1) of those courses having a     PHY101            4    Physics by Inquiry
Mathematics: A college-level Mathematics course.*                      MTH130     OR          Contemporary Mathematics
                                                                                         3
                                                                       MTH135                 College Algebra
                                                      Total Hours                        38

While the state of Missouri has removed all general education requirements from certification requirements, SMSU
has chosen to continue requiring these courses to ensure appropriate content knowledge in core subjects.
III. Professional Requirements (Minimum Requirement - sixty (60) semester hours): The lists follow the major
areas of professional studies are to be rewarded as areas of study and/or content and not necessarily as
course titles
A. Professional Education
1. Foundations for Teaching (Minimum requirement - ten (10) semester hours
Foundations of Education                                                                   Foundations of American Education
                                                                   EDC150           1
                                                                   EDC350           3      School and Society
School Organization and Management                                                         Introduction to Elementary
Personalized Teaching Strategies                                   ELE302           3      Education

Self Awareness and Human Relations                                                         Development of the Early
                                                                   PSY385 or               Child/Student (Grades 1-6)
                                                                                   (3-4)
Child Grown and Development*                                       PSY360                  Educational Psychology (K-12)

Psychology of Learning                                             Post Bac students only can also replace PSY385 or
                                                                   PSY360 with:
                                                                   PSY603           3      Human Growth & Development
Behavior Management Techniques (Interpersonal Relationships)                               Classroom Management and
                                                                   ELE440           2      Assessment in the Elementary
                                                                                           Classroom
                                                                   ELE425                  Developing Language Potentials
                                                                                           Teaching of Mathematics in
                                                                   ELE429
                                                                                           Elementary Schools
                                                                                           Teaching Science in Elementary
                                                                   ELE434
                                                                                           Schools
                                                                                           Teaching Social Studies in
                                                                   ELE438
                                                                                           Elementary Schools
*Psychology and/or Education of the Exceptional Child, including                           Introduction to Elementary
the gifted                                                         ELE302                  Education
                                                                   SPE310           3      Introduction to Special Education
                                                                   Post Bac students only can also replace SPE310 with:
                                                                    SPE610          3      Problems in Special Education
                                                              Total Hours         14-15


2. Teaching Methods (minimum fifteen (15) semester hours) which shall include at least:
Reading (3 courses required, minimum total of eight (8) semester                           Foundations of Reading Instruction
                                                                   RDG318           3
hours)
                                                                                           Assessing and Personalizing
                                                                   RDG420           3
                                                                                           Reading
                                                                   RDG421           2      Reading Practicum
                         Post Bac Students only may also choose the following graduate level options:
If they have taken RDG318                                                                  Assessment and Instruction of
                                                                   RDG674 OR        6
                                                                                           Less Skilled Readers
                                                                                           Assessment and Instruction of
                                                                                    3
                                                                   RDG674 and
                                                                                           Less Skilled Readers
                                                                   RDG675
                                                                                           The Relationship of Language
                                                                                    3      to Reading and Intellectual
                                                                                           Development
If they have not taken RDG318                                                              Assessment and Instruction of
                                                                                    6
                                                                   RDG674 and
                                                                                           Less Skilled Readers
                                                                   RDG675
                                                                                           The Relationship of Language
                                                                                    3      to Reading and Intellectual
                                                                                           Development
Children's Literature                                                ENG334              3     Children's Literature
Language Arts                                                        ELE425              3     Developing Language Potentials
Math                                                                                    Teaching of Mathematics in
                                                                     ELE429              2
                                                                                        Elementary Schools
Science                                                                                 Teaching Science in Elementary
                                                                ELE434            2
                                                                                        Schools
Social Science to include Geography and Economics                                       Teaching Social Studies in
                                                                ELE438            2
                                                                                        Elementary Schools
                        Post Bac Students only may also choose the following graduate level options:
Language Arts and Social Studies                                                               Topical Issues in Education
                                                                     EEM576              4     Language Arts and Social Studies

Math And Science                                                                               Topical Issues in Education
                                                                     EEM576              4
                                                                                               Math and Science

Art                                                                                            Elementary Integrated Methods
Music                                                                ELE400            (2-3)
                                                                                               and Practicum
Physical Education
                                                                                               Movement to enhance cognition:
                                                                     PED400              1     Elementary Physical Education
                                                                                               for Elementary Teachers
                        Post Bac Students only may also choose the following graduate level options:
Art/Music/Physical Education                                         EEM576                    Topical Issues in Education


Microcomputer Applications in Education                                                        Instructional Applications of
                                                                     IMT365              3
                                                                                               Technology and Media
                        Post Bac Students only may also choose the following graduate level options:
Microcomputer Applications in Education                                                        Educational Applications of
                                                                     IMT562              3
                                                                                               Computers in Teaching
                                                     Total Hours                         28

3. Clinical Experiences (minimum of 10 semester hours)
A minimum of two (2) semester hours of field experiences prior to student teaching and a minimum of eight (8) semester hours of
student teaching in elementary grades are required. Teachers meeting certification requirements for Early Childhood or Middle
School teaching certificates will be exempt from this clinical experience requirement. A fully certificated secondary teacher with
two (2) or more years of secondary teaching experience may satisfy this requirement through the completion of a two (2) or more
semester hour practicum at the elementary level.
Practicum's:                                                                                   Introduction to Elementary
                                                                     ELE302              3     Education and Clinical/Field
                                                                                               Experience
                                                                     ELE425              3     Developing Language Potentials
                                                                                               Teaching of Mathematics in
                                                                     ELE429              2
                                                                                               Elementary Schools
                                                                                               Teaching Science in Elementary
                                                                     ELE434              2
                                                                                               Schools
                                                                                               Teaching Social Studies in
                                                                     ELE438              2
                                                                                               Elementary Schools
                                                                                               Assessing and Personalizing
                                                                     RDG420              3
                                                                                               Reading (3)
                                                                     RDG421              2     Reading Practicum
Post -Bac Students will have a minimum of:                                                     Introduction to Elementary
                                                                     ELE302              3     Education and Clinical/Field
                                                                                               Experience
Student Teaching:                                                                              Supervised Teaching (Elementary)
                                                                     ELE495              6
                                                                                               Supervised Teaching (Elementary)
                                                                     ELE496              6
Total Hours   29
B. Elementary School Courses: Within, or in addition to, the General Education Requirements above, the
following courses appropriate for Elementary grades must be included:
Mathematics (two courses, minimum total of 5 semester hours)
Note: 2 or 3 hours of this requirement may be met by a Math course MTH320      3    Foundations of Math for Teachers
under General Education if this course is in the development of the                 Foundations of Geometry for
real number system.                                                 MTH360     3
                                                                                    Teachers
Economics                                                        ECO155        3    Principles of Macroeconomics
Geography                                                        GRY240        3    Earth Science for Teachers
Health                                                           PED358        3    Health Education Methods
Art or Music                                                     Choose One:
                                                                 MUS241             Language of Music
                                                                               3
                                                                 ART200             Art in Context
The student must have a total of at least 21 semester hours in an area of concentration (courses taken as part
of the general education and basic requirements may be counted as part of the area of concentration).

Language Arts Concentration                                      ENG110        3    Writing I
                                                                 ENG210        3    Writing II
                                                                 ENG334        3    Children's Literature
                                                                 COM115        3    Fund. Of Public Speaking
                                                                 RDG318        3    Foundations of Reading Instruction

                                                                 RDG420        3    Assessing and Personalizing
                                                                                    Reading
                                                                 RDG421         2   Reading Practicum
                                                                 ELE425         3   Developing Language Potentials
                                                           Total Hours         23

Social Studies Concentration (Post Bac Students only earn the    HST121        3    US History to 1877
Language Arts Concentration. GEP397 is not required for Post-Bac HST122        3    US History since 1877
Students)                                                        ECO155        3    Principles of Macroeconomics
                                                                 PLS101        3    American Dem. & Citizenship
                                                                 PSY121        3    Intro. To Psychology
                                                                 GRY100        3    Global Issues: Geographic
                                                                                    Perspectives
                                                                 GEP397         3   Public Affairs Issues
                                                           Total Hours         21

Additional Courses Required for the BSED Degree at Southwest Missouri State. SMSU Elementary Ed. Emphasis
Options: Choose One Option (all are non-certifiable).
Early Childhood (12 hours)                                   CFS130            3  Essentials of Nutrition
                                                                                  Principles of Development in Early
                                                             CFD160            3
                                                                                  Childhood
                                                                                  Supervised Experience in the Child
                                                             CFD260            3
                                                                                  Development Centers
                                                                                  Family Involvement in Child
                                                             CFD560            3
                                                                                  Development Programs
Middle School (13 hours)                                     MID421            2  Teaching Middle School
                                                             MID425            2  Middle School Curriculum
                                                             MID439            3  The Middle School Teacher
                                                             ENG338            3  Literature for Young Adults
                                                                                  Reading and Writing in the Content
                                                             RDG474            2
                                                                                  Fields
Special Education (14 hours)                                                      Teaching Cross-Categorical Special
                                                             SPE320            3
                                                                                  Education
                                                                                  Teaching Cross-Categorical Special
                                                             SPE321            2
                                                                                  Education Lab
                                                             SPE488            3  Classroom Mgt. - BD
Special Education (14 hours) (cont.)                                                Career/Vocation Education &
                                                            SPE550 or               Transition
                                                                             3
                                                            SPE560                  Working with Families of
                                                                                    Exceptional Children
                                                                                    Analysis & Correction Reading
                                                            RDG574           3
                                                                                    Difficulties
Special Reading Teacher (12 hours)                          ENG338           3      Literature for Young Adults
                                                            RDG474           3      Reading in the Content Fields
                                                                                    Analysis & Correction of Reading
                                                            RDG574           3
                                                                                    Difficulties
                                                                                    Practicum—Foundations of Reading
                                                            RDG319           1
                                                                                    Instruction
                                                            PSY331 or               Psychology of Childhood
                                                            PSY441 or        3      Psychology of Adolescence
                                                            CSD312                  Normal Language Acquisition

*Denotes minimum of two (2) semester hours required
**Denotes minimum of eight (8) semester hours required

Changes to the program since the NCATE/DESE visit in Fall, 2003 are shown in red.
                                                                                                                 Updated 7/1/04

                                   Southwest Missouri State University
                 Certification Requirements for Elementary Education (1-6)
                                     Beginning Fall 2004
DESE Certification Requirement                   Course    Hours        Description
                                                  I. General Requirements:
A. A baccalaureate degree from a college or university having a
teacher education program approved by the Missouri Dept. of
                                                                           Monitored by Degree Check or Certification Office
Elementary and Secondary Education.

B. Must have recommendation of designated official for teacher        Monitored by Degree Check or Certification Office. Signed by
education in the college or university.                                                    Dr. David Hough
C. Must have an overall grade point average of 2.50 on a 4.0 scale
overall and in the major area of study                                     Monitored by Degree Check or Certification Office

D. Must complete the the content knowledge or speciality area test
designated by the State Board of Education with a score equal to or        Monitored by Degree Check or Certification Office
greater than the Missouri qualifying score. If no content knowledge
or specialty area test is designated for the area of concentration,
E. Completion of professional requirements as determined by the
recommending college or university which may exceed these                  Monitored by Degree Check or Certification Office
minimum requirements.
F. Individuals who completed their teacher education program
outside of the United States shall provide documentation of
completion of course work in the following: English composition (2
courses, each a minimum of 2 semester hours), U.S. History (3              Monitored by Degree Check or Certification Office
semester hours), and U.S. Government (3 semester hours)




II. Professional Requirements (Minimum Requirement - sixty (60) semester hours): The lists follow the major
areas of professional studies are to be rewarded as areas of study and/or content and not necessarily as
course titles
A. Professional Education
1. Foundations for Teaching (Minimum requirement - ten (10) semester hours
Foundations of Education                                              EDC150             1    Introduction to Teaching
                                                                      EDC350             3    School and Society
School Organization and Management                                                            Introduction to Elementary Education
                                                                      ELE302             3
Personalized Teaching Strategies
Self Awareness and Human Relations                                                            Development of the Early
                                                                      PSY385             3
Child Grown and Development*                                                                  Child/Student (Grades 1-6)
Psychology of Learning                                                For K-12 Post Bac students only can also replace PSY385
                                                                      with:
                                                                      PSY603             3    Human Growth & Development
Behavior Management Techniques (Interpersonal Relationships)                                  Classroom Management and
                                                                      ELE440             2    Assessment in the Elementary
                                                                                              Classroom
                                                                      ELE425                  Developing Language Potentials
                                                                                              Teaching of Mathematics in
                                                                      ELE429
                                                                                              Elementary Schools
                                                                                              Teaching Science in Elementary
                                                                      ELE434
                                                                                              Schools
                                                                                              Teaching Social Studies in
                                                                      ELE438
                                                                                              Elementary Schools
*Psychology and/or Education of the Exceptional Child, including the                          Introduction to Elementary Education
gifted                                                               ELE302

                                                                      SPE310             3    Introduction to Special Education
                                                                      Post Bac students only can also replace SPE310 with:
                                                                     SPE610              3    Problems in Special Education
                                                               Total Hours            14-15
2. Teaching Methods (minimum fifteen (15) semester hours) which shall include at least:
Reading (3 courses required, minimum total of eight (8) semester                        Foundations of Reading Instruction
                                                                   RDG318          3
hours)
                                                                                        Assessing and Personalizing
                                                                   RDG420          3
                                                                                        Reading
                                                                   RDG421          2    Reading Practicum
                        Post Bac Students only may also choose the following graduate level options:
If they have taken RDG318                                                               Assessment and Instruction of
                                                                   RDG674 OR       6
                                                                                        Less Skilled Readers
                                                                                        Assessment and Instruction of
                                                                                   3
                                                                   RDG674 and
                                                                                        Less Skilled Readers
                                                                   RDG675
                                                                                        The Relationship of Language
                                                                                   3    to Reading and Intellectual
                                                                                        Development
If they have not taken RDG318                                                           Assessment and Instruction of
                                                                                   6
                                                                   RDG674 and
                                                                                        Less Skilled Readers
                                                                   RDG675
                                                                                        The Relationship of Language
                                                                                   3    to Reading and Intellectual
                                                                                        Development

Children's Literature                                              ENG334          3    Children's Literature

Language Arts                                                      ELE425          3    Developing Language Potentials
Math                                                                                    Teaching of Mathematics in
                                                                   ELE429          2
                                                                                        Elementary Schools
Science                                                                                 Teaching Science in Elementary
                                                                ELE434            2
                                                                                        Schools
Social Science to include Geography and Economics                                       Teaching Social Studies in
                                                                ELE438            2
                                                                                        Elementary Schools
                        Post Bac Students only may also choose the following graduate level options:
Language Arts and Social Studies                                                        Topical Issues in Education
                                                                   EEM576          4    Language Arts and Social Studies

Math And Science                                                                        Topical Issues in Education
                                                                   EEM576          4
                                                                                        Math and Science

Art                                                                                    Choose One:
                                                                   ART306 or
Music                                                              DAN306 or
                                                                                   3    Interrelated and Integrated Arts
                                                                   MUS306 or
                                                                   THE306
Physical Education                                                                      Physical Education for Elementary
                                                                   PED341          2
                                                                                        Teachers

Microcomputer Applications in Education                                                 Instructional Applications of
                                                                   IMT365          3
                                                                                        Technology and Media
                        Post Bac Students only may also choose the following graduate level options:
Microcomputer Applications in Education                                                 Selection and Utilization of
                                                                   IMT565          3
                                                                                        Instructional Technology
                                                    Total Hours                   28
3. Clinical Experiences (minimum of 10 semester hours)
A minimum of two (2) semester hours of field experiences prior to student teaching and a minimum of eight (8) semester hours of
student teaching in elementary grades are required. Teachers meeting certification requirements for Early Childhood or Middle
School teaching certificates will be exempt from this clinical experience requirement. A fully certificated secondary teacher with two
(2) or more years of secondary teaching experience may satisfy this requirement through the completion of a two (2) or more
semester hour practicum at the elementary level.
Practicum's:                                                                                     Introduction to Elementary Education
                                                                       ELE302              3     and Clinical/Field Experience

                                                                       ELE425              3     Developing Language Potentials
                                                                                                 Teaching of Mathematics in
                                                                       ELE429              2
                                                                                                 Elementary Schools
                                                                                                 Teaching Science in Elementary
                                                                       ELE434              2
                                                                                                 Schools
                                                                                                 Teaching Social Studies in
                                                                       ELE438              2
                                                                                                 Elementary Schools
                                                                                                 Assessing and Personalizing
                                                                       RDG420              3
                                                                                                 Reading (3)
                                                                       RDG421              2     Reading Practicum
Post -Bac Students will have a minimum of:                                                       Introduction to Elementary
                                                                       ELE302              3     Education and Clinical/Field
                                                                                                 Experience
Student Teaching:                                                                                Supervised Teaching (Elementary)
                                                                       ELE495              6
                                                                                                 Supervised Teaching (Elementary)
                                                                       ELE496              6
                                                                 Total Hours               29

B. Elementary School Courses: Within, or in addition to, the General Education Requirements above, the
following courses appropriate for Elementary grades must be included:
Mathematics (two courses, minimum total of 5 semester hours)
Note: 2 or 3 hours of this requirement may be met by a Math course MTH320                  3     Foundations of Math for Teachers
under General Education if this course is in the development of the                              Foundations of Geometry for
real number system.                                                 MTH360                 3
                                                                                                 Teachers
Economics                                                              ECO155              3     Principles of Macroeconomics
Geography                                                              GRY240              3     Earth Science for Teachers
Health                                                                 PED358              3     Health Education Methods
Art or Music                                                           Choose One:
                                                                       MUS241                    Language of Music
                                                                                           3
                                                                       ART200                    Art in Context
The student must have a total of at least 21 semester hours in an area of concentration (courses taken as
part of the general education and basic requirements may be counted as part of the area of concentration).

Language Arts Concentration                                            ENG110              3     Writing I
                                                                       ENG210              3     Writing II
                                                                       ENG334              3     Children's Literature
                                                                       COM115              3     Fund. Of Public Speaking
                                                                       RDG318              3     Foundations of Reading Instruction

                                                                       RDG420              3     Assessing and Personalizing
                                                                                                 Reading
                                                                       RDG421               2    Reading Practicum
                                                                       ELE425               3    Developing Language Potentials
                                                                 Total Hours               23
Social Studies Concentration (Post Bac Students only earn the    HST121          3   US History to 1877
Language Arts Concentration. GEP397 is not required for Post-Bac HST122          3   US History since 1877
Students)                                                        ECO155          3   Principles of Macroeconomics
                                                                 PLS101          3   American Dem. & Citizenship
                                                                 PSY121          3   Intro. To Psychology
                                                                 GRY100          3   Global Issues: Geographic
                                                                                     Perspectives
                                                               GEP397            3   Public Affairs Issues
                                                         Total Hours            21

Additional Courses Required for the BSED Degree at Southwest Missouri State. SMSU Elementary Ed. Emphasis Options:
Choose One Option (all are non-certifiable).
Early Childhood (12 hours)                                   CFS130            3   Essentials of Nutrition
                                                                                   Principles of Development in Early
                                                             CFD160            3
                                                                                   Childhood
                                                                                   Supervised Experience in the Child
                                                             CFD260            3
                                                                                   Development Centers
                                                                                   Parent Involvement in Child
                                                             CFD560            3
                                                                                   Development Programs
Middle School (13 hours)                                     MID421            2   Teaching Middle School
                                                             MID425            2   Middle School Curriculum
                                                             MID439            3   The Middle School Teacher
                                                             ENG338            3   Literature for Young Adults
                                                                                   Reading and Writing in the Content
                                                             RDG474            2
                                                                                   Fields
Special Education (14 hours)                                                       Teaching Cross-Categorical Special
                                                             SPE320            3
                                                                                   Education
                                                                                   Teaching Cross-Categorical Special
                                                             SPE321            2
                                                                                   Education Lab
                                                             SPE488            3   Classroom Mgt. - BD
                                                                                   Career/Vocation Education &
                                                             SPE550 or             Transition
                                                                               3
                                                             SPE560                Working with Families of Exceptional
                                                                                   Children
                                                                                   Analysis & Correction Reading
                                                             RDG574            3
                                                                                   Difficulties
Special Reading Teacher (12 hours)                           ENG338            3   Literature for Young Adults
                                                             RDG474            3   Reading in the Content Fields
                                                                                   Analysis & Correction of Reading
                                                             RDG574            3
                                                                                   Difficulties
                                                                                   Practicum—Foundations of Reading
                                                             RDG319            1
                                                                                   Instruction
                                                             PSY331 or             Psychology of Childhood
                                                             PSY441 or         3   Psychology of Adolescence
                                                             CSD312                Normal Language Acquisition

*Denotes minimum of two (2) semester hours required
**Denotes minimum of eight (8) semester hours required

Courses in Red indicate changes since the DESE/NCATE visit Fall, 2003
                                                                                                                   Updated 6/2/03

                                    Southwest Missouri State University
                 Certification Requirements for Elementary Education (1-6)
                                      Prior to Fall, 2003
DESE Certification Requirement                     Course  Hours        Description
                                                   I. General Requirements:
A. A baccalaureate degree from a college or university having a
teacher education program approved by the Missouri State
Department of Elementary and Secondary Education or from a
college or university having a teacher education program approved           Monitored by Degree Check or Certification Office
by the state education agency in states other than Missouri.

B. Must have recommendation of designated official for teacher
                                                                            Monitored by Degree Check or Certification Office
education in the college or university.
C. Must have in the major area of study and an overall grade point
average of 2.50 on a 4.0 scale.                                             Monitored by Degree Check or Certification Office

D. Must complete the content knowledge or specialty area test
approved by the Missouri State Board of Education with a score              Monitored by Degree Check or Certification Office
equal to the Missouri qualifying score.
E. Completion of general education and professional requirements
as determined by the recommending college or university which may           Monitored by Degree Check or Certification Office
exceed these minimum requirements.


                                         II. General Education Requirements
Humanities: Must include at least one (1) course* from two (2) of Choose One:
the following fields: Music, (excluding applied music), Art, Foreign   MUS241                 Language of Music
Language, Western and Non-Western Cultures, Philosophy,                                  3
                                                                       ART200                 Art in Context
Literature, Classical Studies, Theatre and Drama
                                                                       See Current SMSU General Education Requirements under
                                                                       Culture and Society or Self-Understanding for the second
                                                                       Humanities course 3 hours
Communication Skills: Must include at least two (2) courses* in ENG110                   3    Writing I
English Composition and one (1) in Oral Communications          ENG210                   3    Writing II
                                                                COM115                   3    Fund. Of Public Speaking
Social Sciences: Must include courses* in U.S. History and U.S. HST121                   3    US History to 1877
Government, and one (1) additional course selected from the     PLS101                   3    American Dem. & Citizenship
following areas: Geography, Economics, Sociology, Anthropology, PSY121                   3    Intro. To Psychology
and Psychology
                                                                                              Global Issues: Geographic
                                                                GRY100                   3
                                                                                              Perspectives
Natural Sciences: Must include at least two (2) courses*: One
(1) course in a Physical or Earth Science and one (1) course in a      BIO100            4    Biological Sciences for Educators
Biological Science with at least one (1) of those courses having a
laboratory component.                                                  PHY101            4    Physics by Inquiry

Mathematics: A college-level Mathematics course.*                      MTH135                 College Algebra
                                                                                         3
                                                                       OR MTH145              Contemporary Mathematics
                                                      Total Hours                        38
III. Professional Requirements (Minimum Requirement - sixty (60) semester hours): The lists follow the
major areas of professional studies are to be rewarded as areas of study and/or content and not necessarily
as course titles
A. Professional Education
1. Foundations for Teaching (Minimum requirement - ten (10) semester hours
Foundations of Education                                                                  Foundations of American Education
                                                                   SFR250           3
School Organization and Management                                                        Introduction to Elementary Education
Personalized Teaching Strategies                                   ELE302           3

Self Awareness and Human Relations                                                       Development of the Student (Grades
                                                                   PSY380 or             K-12)
                                                                                   (3-4)
Child Grown and Development*                                       PSY385                Development of the Early
                                                                                         Child/Student (Grades 1-6)
Psychology of Learning                                             Post Bac students only can also replace PSY380 or 385
                                                                   with:
                                                                   PSY603           3     Human Growth & Development
Behavior Management Techniques (Interpersonal Relationships)                              Introduction to Elementary Education
                                                                   ELE302           2
                                                                   ELE425                 Developing Language Potentials
                                                                                          Teaching of Mathematics in
                                                                   ELE429
                                                                                          Elementary Schools
                                                                                          Teaching Science in Elementary
                                                                   ELE434
                                                                                          Schools
                                                                                          Teaching Social Studies in
                                                                   ELE438
                                                                                          Elementary Schools
*Psychology and/or Education of the Exceptional Child, including the                      Introduction to Elementary Education
gifted                                                               ELE302

                                                                   SPE310           3     Introduction to Special Education
                                                                   Post Bac students only can also replace SPE310 with:
                                                                    SPE610          3     Problems in Special Education
                                                              Total Hours         15-16


2. Teaching Methods (minimum fifteen (15) semester hours) which shall include at least:
Reading (3 courses required, minimum total of eight (8) semester                          Foundations of Reading Instruction
                                                                   RDG318           3
hours)
                                                                                          Assessing and Personalizing
                                                                   RDG420           3
                                                                                          Reading (3)
                                                                   RDG421           2     Reading Practicum
                         Post Bac Students only may also choose the following graduate level options:
If they have taken RDG318                                                                 Assessment and Instruction of
                                                                   RDG674 OR        6
                                                                                          Less Skilled Readers
                                                                                          Assessment and Instruction of
                                                                                    3
                                                                   RDG674 and
                                                                                          Less Skilled Readers
                                                                   RDG675
                                                                                          The Relationship of Language
                                                                                    3     to Reading and Intellectual
                                                                                          Development
If they have not taken RDG318                                                             Assessment and Instruction of
                                                                                    6
                                                                   RDG674 and
                                                                                          Less Skilled Readers
                                                                   RDG675
                                                                                          The Relationship of Language
                                                                                    3     to Reading and Intellectual
                                                                                          Development

Children's Literature                                              ENG334           3     Children's Literature

Language Arts                                                      ELE425           3     Developing Language Potentials
Math                                                                                      Teaching of Mathematics in
                                                                   ELE429           2
                                                                                          Elementary Schools
Science                                                                                          Teaching Science in Elementary
                                                                       ELE434              2
                                                                                                 Schools
Social Science to include Geography and Economics                                                Teaching Social Studies in
                                                                       ELE438              2
                                                                                                 Elementary Schools
                        Post Bac Students only may also choose the following graduate level options:
Language Arts and Social Studies                                                                 Topical Issues in Education
                                                                       EEM576              4     Language Arts and Social Studies

Math And Science                                                                                 Topical Issues in Education
                                                                       EEM576              4
                                                                                                 Math and Science

Art                                                                                             Choose One:
                                                                       ART306 or
Music                                                                  DAN306 or
                                                                                           3     Interrelated and Integrated Arts
                                                                       MUS306 or
                                                                       THE306
Physical Education                                                                               Physical Education for Elementary
                                                                       PED341              2
                                                                                                 Teachers

Microcomputer Applications in Education                                                          Instructional Applications of
                                                                       IMT365              3
                                                                                                 Technology and Media
                        Post Bac Students only may also choose the following graduate level options:
Microcomputer Applications in Education                                                          Selection and Utilization of
                                                                       IMT565              3
                                                                                                 Instructional Technology
                                                       Total Hours                         28

3. Clinical Experiences (minimum of 10 semester hours)
A minimum of two (2) semester hours of field experiences prior to student teaching and a minimum of eight (8) semester hours of
student teaching in elementary grades are required. Teachers meeting certification requirements for Early Childhood or Middle
School teaching certificates will be exempt from this clinical experience requirement. A fully certificated secondary teacher with two
(2) or more years of secondary teaching experience may satisfy this requirement through the completion of a two (2) or more
semester hour practicum at the elementary level.
Practicum's:                                                                                     Introduction to Elementary Education
                                                                       ELE302              3     and Clinical/Field Experience

                                                                       ELE425              3     Developing Language Potentials
                                                                                                 Teaching of Mathematics in
                                                                       ELE429              2
                                                                                                 Elementary Schools
                                                                                                 Teaching Science in Elementary
                                                                       ELE434              2
                                                                                                 Schools
                                                                                                 Teaching Social Studies in
                                                                       ELE438              2
                                                                                                 Elementary Schools
                                                                                                 Assessing and Personalizing
                                                                       RDG420              3
                                                                                                 Reading (3)
                                                                       RDG421              2     Reading Practicum
Post -Bac Students will have a minimum of:                                                       Introduction to Elementary
                                                                       ELE302              3     Education and Clinical/Field
                                                                                                 Experience
Student Teaching:                                                                                Supervised Teaching (Elementary)
                                                                       ELE495              6
                                                                                                 Supervised Teaching (Elementary)
                                                                       ELE496              6
                                                                 Total Hours               29
B. Elementary School Courses: Within, or in addition to, the General Education Requirements above, the
following courses appropriate for Elementary grades must be included:
Mathematics (two courses, minimum total of 5 semester hours)
Note: 2 or 3 hours of this requirement may be met by a Math course    MTH320        3     Foundations of Math for Teachers
under General Education if this course is in the development of the                       Foundations of Geometry for
real number system.                                                   MTH360        3
                                                                                          Teachers
Economics                                                             ECO155        3     Principles of Macroeconomics
Geography                                                             GRY240        3     Earth Science for Teachers
Health                                                                PED358        3     Health Education
Art or Music                                                          Choose One:
                                                                      MUS241              Language of Music
                                                                                    3
                                                                      ART200              Art in Context
The student must have a total of at least 21 semester hours in an area of concentration (courses taken as
part of the general education and basic requirements may be counted as part of the area of concentration).

Language Arts Concentration                                           ENG110        3     Writing I
                                                                      ENG210        3     Writing II
                                                                      ENG334        3     Children's Literature
                                                                      COM115        3     Fund. Of Public Speaking
                                                                      RDG318        3     Foundations of Reading Instruction

                                                                      RDG420        3     Assessing and Personalizing
                                                                                          Reading
                                                                    RDG421          2     Reading Practicum
                                                                    ELE425          3     Developing Language Potentials
                                                              Total Hours           23

Social Studies Concentration                                          HST121        3     US History to 1877
                                                                      HST122        3     US History since 1877
                                                                      ECO155        3     Principles of Macroeconomics
                                                                      SOC150        3     Introduction to Sociology
                                                                      PLS101        3     American Dem. & Citizenship
                                                                      PSY121        3     Introduction to Psychology
                                                                      GRY100        3     Global Issues: Geographic
                                                                                          Perspectives
                                                                    GEP397          3     Public Affairs Issues
                                                              Total Hours           23

Additional Courses Required for the BSED Degree at Southwest Missouri State

SMSU Elementary Ed. Additional Degree Requirements:                   HST122        3     US History Since 1877
                                                                                         Choose One:
                                                          ANT 125              3          The Human Story
                                                          ANT226               3          Cultural Anthropology
                                                          SOC150               3          Introduction to Sociology
SMSU Elementary Ed. Emphasis Options: Choose One Option (all are non-certifiable)
Early Childhood (12 hours)                                CFS130               3          Essentials of Nutrition
                                                                                          Principles of Development in Early
                                                                      CFD160        3
                                                                                          Childhood
                                                                                          Supervised Experience in the Child
                                                                      CFD260        3
                                                                                          Development Centers
                                                                                          Parent Involvement in Child
                                                                      CFD560        3
                                                                                          Development Programs
Middle School (12 hours)                                              MID421        2     Teaching Middle School
                                                                      MID425        2     Middle School Curriculum
                                                                      MID439        3     The Middle School Teacher
                                                                      SFR442        2     Techniques of Classroom MGT.
                                                                                          Reading and Writing in the Content
                                                                      RDG474        3
                                                                                          Fields
Special Education (14 hours)                                             Teaching Cross-Categorical Special
                                                         SPE320      3
                                                                         Education
                                                                         Teaching Cross-Categorical Special
                                                         SPE321      2
                                                                         Education Lab
                                                         SPE488      3   Classroom Mgt. - BD
                                                                         Career/Vocation Education &
                                                         SPE550 or       Transition
                                                                     3
                                                         SPE560          Working with Families of Exceptional
                                                                         Children
                                                                         Analysis & Correction Reading
                                                         RDG574      3
                                                                         Difficulties
Special Reading Teacher (12 hours)                       ENG338      3   Literature for Young Adults
                                                         RDG474      3   Reading in the Content Fields
                                                                         Analysis & Correction of Reading
                                                         RDG574      3
                                                                         Difficulties
                                                                         Practicum—Foundations of
                                                         RDG319      1
                                                                         Reading Instruction
                                                         PSY331 or       Psychology of Childhood
                                                         PSY441 or   3   Psychology of Adolescence
                                                         CSD312          Normal Language Acquisition

*Denotes minimum of two (2) semester hours required
**Denotes minimum of eight (8) semester hours required

				
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