Admission Requirements

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To begin course work in the field of special education/cross-categorical, you initially need to be admitted to Missouri State. Before completing 75 credit hours, you must also be admitted to a degree program.

Admission requirements

  1. Requirements for Eligibility to Enroll in Professional Education Courses: Before a student can enroll in the introductory methods courses (ELE 302, SEC 302, SPE 310, MUS 200, or KIN 200), the student must have:
    1. A valid ACT score on file if required by the University for admission purposes and/or Missouri Department of Elementary and Secondary Education and a combined (Missouri State and transfer) GPA of 2.50 or higher. Note: A 2.75 or higher combined GPA is required for Elementary Education majors. 
    2. Meet with academic advisor to determine whether completion of EDC 150 transfer section is required. Note: For Agriculture Education, Early Childhood Education, Elementary Education, Music Education, and Physical Education majors, competency is covered in major requirements.
    3. Family Care Safety Registry report on file prior to any clinical experience placement (fee required). Contact College of Education Student Services Office, 200 Hill Hall. A small fee is charged for this report.

      Note: The state of Missouri Department of Elementary and Secondary Education will require a FBI background check prior to issuing a certificate.
  1. Requirements for Admission to and Continuance in the Teacher Education Program: Students who plan to complete teacher certification requirements must be admitted to the Teacher Education Program. Application is automatically made when enrolling in EDC 150 transfer section, SEC 302, ELE 302, SPE 310, MUS 200, or KIN 200. Admission to the Program is required before students are allowed to begin additional courses in the professional education component (with the exception of EDT 365 which may be taken concurrently with ELE 302, SPE 310, or SEC 302).

    The criteria used to determine admission or rejection to the Teacher Education Program are outlined below. In addition to having completed at least 45 semester hours (secondary and middle school majors) or 30 semester hours (early childhood, elementary, and special education majors) of university coursework, the student must have:

    1. A combined (both Missouri State and transfer) GPA of 2.75 or higher.  
    2. Earned a passing score on all four sub-tests of the Missouri General Education Assessment (MoGEA) examination and attained a minimum grade of “C” in COM 115. Refer to the MoGEA website for details. 
    3. Purchased a subscription to Taskstream (comprehensive portfolio system).

    4. Completed SEC 302, ELE 302, SPE 310, MUS 200, or KIN 200 with a grade of “C” or higher.

    5. A Family Care Safety Registry report on file

The admission process

To gain full admittance into the special education/cross-categorical program, follow the steps below:

  1. Declare or change your major to special education/cross-categorical by visiting the Academic Advisement Center, University Hall 109
  2. Meet with an advisor in the Professional Education Advisement Center to discuss admission requirements and to develop a plan of study
  3. Complete the admission requirements listed above, including the C-BASE exam

When you declare your major, you will be listed as a pre-major until you satisfy all admission requirements.

Application review

Note: A student’s application for admission to the Program is considered by the Educator Preparation Provider Council (EPPC) when the requirements listed above are complete. A student’s qualifications for continuance in the Teacher Education Program is subject to review and change by the EPPC at any time while the student is enrolled. Students should check with their advisor or department head for any additional program specific requirements.