BSEd Four-Year Degree Plan: Elementary Education

The following is a sample schedule for this major – your actual schedule may vary.

Meet with your advisor and review the class schedule before confirming your schedule.

Missouri State is committed to helping you graduate in four years.

Suggested course sequencing

We recommend you take 15-to-17 hours per semester.

The following degree plan is based on the 2020-21 catalog and Missouri State general education requirements.

First semester (fall)

Courses Hours
GEP 101 First-Year Foundations 2
COM 115 Fundamentals of Public Speaking 3
MTH 130 Contemporary Mathematics 3
PSY 121 Introductory Psychology 3
BIO 100 Biological Science for Educators 4
Total hours 15

Second semester (spring) - Take the MoGEA

Courses Hours
GEC110 - Social and Behavioral Sciences 3
ENG 110 Writing I 3
PHY 101 Physics by Inquiry for Educators 4
GEC111- Humanities (MUS241 suggested) 3
PLS 101 American Democracy and Citizenship 3
Total hours 16

Third semester (fall) - Take the MEP

Courses Hours
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
GEC112- The Arts (ART200 suggested) 3
Total hours 15

Fourth semester (spring)

Courses Hours
RDG 318 Foundations of Literacy Instruction 3
GRY 240 Earth Science for Teachers 4
EDT 365 Educational Applications of Technology and Media 3
HST 121 Survey of the History of the United States to 1877
or HST 122 Survey of the History of the United States since 1877
MTH 360 Foundations of Geometry for Teachers 3
Total hours 16

Fifth semester (fall)

Courses Hours
ELE 410 Teaching and Learning in the Elementary Classroom 3
RDG 420 Methods of Assessing and Personalizing Reading and Writing 3
RDG 421 Practicum-Methods of Assessing and Personalizing Reading and Writing 2
SPE 310 Introduction to Special Education 3
PSY 360 Educational Psychology 3
GEC116 - Public Issues 3
Total hours 17

Sixth semester (spring)

Courses Hours
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
ELE 425 Methods of Teaching Communication Arts in Elementary Schools 3
EDC 345 Introduction to Multicultural Education and Diversity 3
ENG 334 Literature for Children 3
Total hours 17

Seventh semester (fall) - Take the MoCA

Courses Hours
ELE 500 Current Issues and Applications in Elementary Education 3-5
ELE 510 The Reflective Practitioner 3
ELE 501 Home/School/Community Relationships with Elementary Children and their Families 2
ELE 530 Teaching English Language Learners in the Elementary Classroom 2
EDT 520 Technologies in a Contemporary School Setting 1
Total hours 12

Eighth semester (spring) - Student Teaching

Courses Hours
ELE 495 Supervised Teaching (Elementary) 6
ELE 496 Supervised Teaching (Elementary) 5-6
Total hours 12

Admission to Teacher Education Requirements

  • 30 completed hours
  • 2.75 overall GPA
  • COM 115 completed “C” or higher
  • ELE 302 (PEU015) completed “B” or higher
  • Pass all sections of MOGEA or a composite score of 20 on the ACT
  • MOVECHS fingerprinting
  • Signed Student Contract
  • Signed Dispositions Checklist 
  • An active Taskstream account

When requirements are met, the Educator Preparation Provider Committee (EPPC) will evaluate your credentials for admission into the teacher education program. There is no application to be completed.

As per DESE directives, GPA requirements listed below are effective fall 2013:

  • 2.75 overall GPA for admission to the 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)


Degree plan last reviewed 08-19-2020.