Four-Year Degree Plan

Our four-year degree 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
GEC 101 or GEP 101 or UHC 1102
COM 115 Fundamentals of Public Speaking3
MTH 130 Contemporary Mathematics3
GEC 110 - PSY 121 or CFD 1553
BIO 100 Biological Science for Educators4
HST 121 or 122 Survey of History of U.S.3
Total hours18

Second semester (spring) - Take the MoGEA

Second semester courses Credit hours
GEC 110 Social & Behavioral Sciences3
ENG 110 Writing I3
PHY 101 Physics by Inquiry for Educators4
GEC 111 Human Cultures Humanities (MUS 241 Suggested)3
PLS 101 American Democracy and Citizenship3
Total hours16

Third Semester (fall) - Take the MEP

Third semester courses Credit hours
ELE 302 Introduction to Elementary Education and Clinical/Field Experience3
ENG 210 Writing II: Writing Across the Disciplines3
MTH 320 Foundations of Mathematics for Teachers3
GRY 100 World Regional Geography3
GEC 112 Human Cultures - The Arts (ART 200 Suggested)3
GEC 116 Public Affairs - Public Issues3
Total hours18

Fourth semester (spring)

Fourth semester courses Credit hours
RDG 318 Foundations of Literacy Instruction3
EDT 365 Educational Applications of Technology and Media3
SPE 310 Introduction to Special Education3
ENG 334 Literature for Children3
MTH 360 Foundations of Geometry for Teachers3
Total hours15

Fifth semester (fall)

Fifth semester courses Credit hours
ELE 410 Teaching and Learning in the Elementary Classroom3
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
PSY 385 Educational Psychology or CFD 257 Development of Middle Childhood3
EDC 350 School and Society3
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
GRY 240 Earth Science for Teachers4
EDC 345 Introduction to Multicultural Education and Diversity3
Emphasis Coursework3
Total hours19

Seventh semester (fall) - Take the Content Assessment

Seventh semester courses Credit hours
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
KIN 400 Movement to Enhance Cognition: Elementary Physical Education for Elementary Teachers1
Emphasis Coursework3
Emphasis Coursework3
Total hours15

Eighth semester (spring) - Student Teaching

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

Requirements for admission to Teacher Education include: Passing all sections of the Missouri State Board of Education entry examination, completion of the Missouri Educator Profile (MEP), COM 115 completed “C”>, ELE 302 completed “C”>, a 2.75 GPA and Family Care Safety Registry on file. When requirements are met, the PEC will evaluate your credentials for admission to T.E. There is no application to fill out.

   As per DESE directives, GPA requirements listed below are effective fall 2013:
                2.75 overall GPA for admission to Teacher Education program
                2.75 overall GPA and 3.00 content (major) GPA for assignment to supervised teaching
                2.75 overall GPA, 3.00 content (major) GPA and 3.00 GPA in Professional Education for graduation &
                               certification recommendation

                (Individual programs will determine at what point in the program content GPA applies)