Missouri State University

BS Four-Year Graduation Plan

Our department is committed to assisting you to graduate in four years. The following is a sample schedule for the special education/cross categorical degree. Your actual schedule will vary. Check out the special education course rotations before you develop your own graduation plan.

First semester (fall)

First semester courses Credit hours
GEP 101 First-Year Foundations2
COM 115 Fundamentals of Public Speaking3
MTH 130 Contemporary Mathematics3
PSY 121 Introductory Psychology3
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
EDC 150 Introduction to Teaching0
ECO 155 Principles of Macroeconomics3
ENG 110 Writing I3
PHY 101 Physics by Inquiry for Educators4
GEC 111 Human Cultures Humanities3
PLS 101 American Democracy and Citizenship3
Total hours16

Third Semester (fall) - Take the MEP

Third semester courses Credit hours
SPE 310 Introduction to Special Education3
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 Arts3
GEC 116 Public Affairs - Public Issues3
Total hours18

Fourth semester (spring)

Fourth semester courses Credit hours
SPE 345/346 Educational Evaluation of Exceptional Students/Lab4/2
PSY 360 Educational Psychology3
RDG 318 Foundations of Literacy Instruction3
SPE 560 Working with Families of Exceptional Individuals3
ENG 334 Literature for Children3
Total hours18

Fifth semester (fall)

Fifth semester courses Credit hours
SPE 515 Foundations of Applied Behavior Analysis and Interventions for Teachers in Applied Settings3
SPE 320 Introduction to Teaching Cross Categorical Special Education3
EDC 350 School and Society3
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
CSD 312 Normal Language Acquisition3
Total hours17

Sixth semester (spring)

Sixth semester courses Credit hours
SPE 516 Application of Applied Behavior Analysis and Interventions for Teachers in Applied Settings3
SPE 550 Career/Vocational Education and Transition3
SPE 521 Methods of Teaching Individuals with Developmental Disabilities and Other Health Impairments4
SPE 522 Practicum-Instruction of Students with Developmental Disabilities and Other Health Impairments2
EDC 345 Introduction to Multicultural Education and Diversity3
Total hours15

Seventh semester (fall) - Take the Content Assessment

Seventh semester courses Credit hours
SPE 517 Effective Practices in Special Education4
SPE 519 Methods of Teaching Students with Learning and Behavioral Disorders4
SPE 520 Practicum-Teaching Individuals with Learning and Behavioral Disorders2
KIN 545 Perceptual and Motor Development3
EDT 365 Educational Applications of Technology and Media3
Total hours16

Eighth semester (spring)

Eighth semester courses Credit hours
SPE 495 Supervised Teaching-Special Education5-6
SPE 496 Supervised Teaching-Special Education5-6
SPE 591 Clinical Practicum in Special Education1-3
Total hours10-12

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), EDC 150 with a “P”, COM 115 completed “C”>, SPE 310 completed “C”>, a 2.75 GPA, Family Care Safety Registry on file, and Checkpoint One. 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)