Missouri State University

Four-Year Graduation Plan

Our four-year graduation plan allows you the opportunity to become eligible for certification to teach grades 1-6 in four years.

Suggested course sequencing

15-17 hours each semester is recommended; however, in order to complete this program in four years, summer school or high school dual enrollment credit hours are necessary.

All statements in this document concerning requirements, prerequisites, conditions or other matters are for informational purposes and are subject to change. Effective academic advisement is a partnership, with advisees sharing in the responsibility.

Check out the course rotation before scheduling your classes.

First semester (fall)

First semester courses Credit hours
GEP 101 First-Year Foundations2
CIS/CSC 101 - Computers for Learning2
Culture & Society/Humanities Perspective3
ENG 110 Writing I3
PSY 121 or CFD 155 - Humanities - Soc. Behav. Persp.3
PLS 101 American Democracy and Citizenship3
KIN 210 Healthy Lifestyles: Preventive Approaches3
Total hours17

Second semester (spring)

Second semester courses Credit hours
ART 200 Art in Context3
COM 115 Fundamentals of Public Speaking3
MTH 130 Contemporary Mathematics3
MUS 241 The Language of Music3
HST 121 or 122 Survey of U.S. History I or II (HST 122 recommended)3
BIO 100 Biological Science for Educators4
Total hours19

Third semester (fall)

Third semester courses Credit hours
ELE 302 Introduction to Elementary Education and Clinical/Field Experience3
EDT 365 Educational Applications of Technology and Media3
ENG 210 Writing II: Writing Across the Disciplines3
MTH 320 Foundations of Mathematics for Teachers3
GRY 100 World Regional Geography3
Total hours17

Fourth semester (spring)

Fourth semester courses Credit hours
RDG 318 Foundations of Literacy Instruction3
SPE 310 Introduction to Special Education3
ENG 334 Literature for Children3
PHY 101 Physics by Inquiry for Educators4
MTH 360 Foundations of Geometry for Teachers3
Total hours16

Fifth semester (fall)

Fifth semester courses Credit hours
RDG 420 Methods of Teaching Reading and Language Arts in Elementary Schools3
RDG 421 Practicum-Methods of Teaching Reading and Language Arts in the Elementary Schools2
ELE 410 Teaching and Learning in the Elementary Classroom3
PSY 385 Educational Psychology or CFD 257 Development of Middle Childhood3
EDC 345 Introduction to Multicultural Education and Diversity3
Emphasis Coursework3
Total hours17

Sixth semester (spring)

Sixth semester courses Credit hours
ELE 429 Methods of Teaching of Mathematics in Elementary Schools3
ELE 434 Methods of Teaching Science in Elementary Schools3
ELE 438 Methods of Teaching Social Studies in Elementary Schools3
EDC 350 School and Society3
GRY 240 Earth Science for Teachers4
Emphasis Coursework3
Total hours19

Seventh semester (fall)

Seventh semester courses Credit hours
KIN 400 Movement to Enhance Cognition: Elementary Physical Education for Elementary Teachers1
ELE 500 Current Issues and Applications in Elementary Education3-5
ELE 510 The Reflective Practitioner2
ECE 501 Home/School/Community Relationships with Young Children and Their Families3
Emphasis Coursework3
Emphasis Coursework3
Total hours16

Eighth semester (spring)

Eighth semester courses Credit hours
ELE 495 Supervised Teaching (Elementary)6
ELE 496 Supervised Teaching (Elementary)5-6
Total hours12


First semester

PLS 101 courses taken at out of state or private universities may not have included Missouri Constitution. This wil be indicated by "NM" (Not Met) on transfer student audits. In this case, PLS 103 is required.

Second semester

Take the CBASE - CARR 311. It is recommended that the CBASE be taken no later than semester two. Having attempted the CBASE is a prerequisite for ELE 302. If you do not pass all components with a 265 or higher, you still have another semester to retake failed components in order to continue beyond ELE 302. All components of the C-BASE must be passed within a two-year time limit if any score is below a 235.

Third semester

There are prerequisites to meet before you can enroll in ELE 302 - 30 hours completed, ACT (if required by the University or DESE), combined GPA of 2.5 or higher, COM 115 and EDC 150 (or SFR 250 or equivalent competencies) with "C" or higher or concurrent enrollment and have attempted the CBASE.

To take education courses BEYOND ELE 302 you must be admitted to the Teacher Education program (exception: EDT 365, SPE 310, RDG 318). To be admitted to the Teacher Education program, you must have completed COM 115, EDC 150 (or SFR 250 or equivalent competencies) and ELE 302 with a C or higher, have a combined GPA of 2.5 or higher, have passed all the components of the C-BASE test with a 265 or higher, and have a Highway Patrol background check. When the requirements are met, the PEC will evaluate your credentials for admission to Teacher Education.

Fourth semester

Submit your application to the degree program and see your advisor to file your degree program.

Sixth semester

Concurrent enrollment of ELE 429, 434 and 438 is recommended.

Seventh semester

Take the Praxis II (NTE) Exam (CARR 311). A passing score in your certification area on the PRAXIS II exam is required for certification. Concurrent enrollment of KIN 400, ELE 500, ELE 510 and ECE 501 is required.

Eighth semester

Student teaching applications are due February 15 for those student teaching in the upcoming Fall or Spring semester. Access the student teaching application online through My Missouri State.