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.

The following degree plan is based on the general education program instituted in fall 2014. For the previous general education requirements, please access these Student Transition Resources.

First semester (fall)

GEC 101 or GEP 101 or UHC 110 2
COM 115 Fundamentals of Public Speaking 3
MTH 130 Contemporary Mathematics 3
GEC 110 - PSY 121 or CFD 155 3
BIO 100 Biological Science for Educators 4
HST 121 or 122 Survey of History of U.S. 3
Total hours18

Second semester (spring) - Take the MoGEA

GEC 110 Social & Behavioral Sciences 3
ENG 110 Writing I 3
PHY 101 Physics by Inquiry for Educators 4
GEC 111 Human Cultures Humanities (MUS 241 Suggested) 3
PLS 101 American Democracy and Citizenship 3
Total hours16

Third semester (fall) - Take the MEP

ELE 302 Introduction to Elementary Education and Clinical/Field Experience 3
ENG 210 Writing II: Writing Across the Disciplines 3
MTH 320 Foundations of Mathematics for Teachers 3
GRY 100 World Regional Geography 3
GEC 112 Human Cultures - The Arts (ART 200 Suggested) 3
GEC 116 Public Affairs - Public Issues 3
Total hours18

Fourth semester (spring)

RDG 318 Foundations of Literacy Instruction 3
EDT 365 Educational Applications of Technology and Media 3
SPE 310 Introduction to Special Education 3
ENG 334 Literature for Children 3
MTH 360 Foundations of Geometry for Teachers 3
Total hours15

Fifth semester (fall)

ELE 410 Teaching and Learning in the Elementary Classroom 3
RDG 420 Methods of Teaching Reading and Language Arts in Elementary Schools 3
RDG 421 Practicum-Methods of Teaching Reading and Language Arts in the Elementary Schools 2
PSY 385 Educational Psychology or CFD 257 Development of Middle Childhood 3
EDC 350 School and Society 3
Emphasis Coursework 3
Total hours17

Sixth semester (spring)

ELE 429 Methods of Teaching of Mathematics in Elementary Schools 3
ELE 434 Methods of Teaching Science in Elementary Schools 3
ELE 438 Methods of Teaching Social Studies in Elementary Schools 3
GRY 240 Earth Science for Teachers 4
EDC 345 Introduction to Multicultural Education and Diversity 3
Emphasis Coursework 3
Total hours19

Seventh semester (fall) - Take the Content Assessment

ELE 500 Current Issues and Applications in Elementary Education 3-5
ELE 510 The Reflective Practitioner 3
ECE 501 Home/School/Community Relationships with Young Children and Their Families 3
KIN 400 Movement to Enhance Cognition: Elementary Physical Education for Elementary Teachers 1
Emphasis Coursework 3
Emphasis Coursework 3
Total hours15

Eighth semester (spring) - Student Teaching

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)