Admission Requirements

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Program admission requirements

Admission to the program requires the following minimum criteria:

  1. A minimum GPA of 3.00 for courses taken in the last 60 hours of course work in the undergraduate program. Students who do not meet the GPA requirements must take the Graduate Record Examination (GRE).  A GRE combined score of 290 (875 under the old scoring system before August 1, 2011) on the verbal and quantitative sections of the Graduate Record Examination is required prior to the student’s registering for more than 9 hours.
  2. Applicants for whom English is a second language are required to submit scores on the Test of English as a Foreign Language (TOEFL).  A minimum score of 550 on the paper-based or a comparable score of 213 on the computer-based TOEFL are required for admission.
  3. A student who does not meet all the above criteria, but who demonstrates outstanding potential, may be fully admitted by the Elementary Education graduate faculty and the Head of the Childhood Education and Family Studies department on the basis of individual merit and successful completion of the first 9 hours of graduate coursework with a GPA of 3.00 or higher.

Program admission procedure

To be considered for admission to this program, a student must submit a Graduate Application and meet the following criteria.

  1. Students must possess a bachelor’s degree and must meet the requirements for admission to graduate study.
  2. In addition, the following materials must be submitted:
    1. A letter of intent describing the applicant's professional goals and teaching philosophy, future plans, background information, teaching experiences, and/or other related experiences with children.
    2. A copy of an appropriate teaching certificate or eligibility for teacher certification by a state agency. Application without certification or eligibility may be accepted with permission from the Coordinator of Elementary Education Graduate Program or the Department Head of Childhood Education and Family Studies.
    3. Submission of three confidential letters of recommendation from professionals familiar with the candidate’s academic abilities and teaching potential. One letter should be from someone who has observed the applicant working with children.

Accelerated Master of Science in Education, Elementary Education 12 hrs

The MSEd-ELE accelerated program master's option provides exceptional Missouri State University students the opportunity to enroll in graduate-level coursework as a baccalaureate candidate and earn up to 12 credits toward the Elementary Education master's degree program.

Eligible BSEd majors may apply for preliminary acceptance into the MSEd-ELE program after admission requirements for the accelerated master's option have been satisfied.  After acceptance into the Accelerated Master's in Elementary Education program, candidates must receive approval from the MSEd-ELE Coordinator, CEFS Department Head and the Dean of the Graduate College before enrolling in a dual BSEd/MSEd course.  Acceptance into the program and all approvals must be completed prior to the end of the Change of Schedule period for the course(s).  A student will be fully admitted to the Graduate College upon completion of the requirements for the baccalaureate degree and all other Graduate College admission requirements.  See the Graduate Catalog for further information.

Admission Requirements for the Accelerated Master's Degree in Elementary Education:

  1. Junior or Senior standing with an overall GPA of 3.25 or higher
  2. BSEd major in progress
  3. Admitted to Teacher Education
  4. Recommendation of a faculty member in teacher education

Students admitted to the Accelerated Master's option may take 12 hours from the following courses or a course in consultation with the MSEd-ELE Coordinator/advisor:

  • ELE 710  Elementary School Curriculum
  • ELE 721  Standards-Based Interdisciplinary Curriculum
  • ELE 722  Differentiated Instruction
  • ELE 725  The Emerging Master Teacher
  • PSY 703  Human Growth and Development
  • SPE 715  Foundations in Special Education
  • EDT 665  Selection and Utilization of Educational Technology
  • RDG 640  Analyses and Correction of Difficulties in Literacy
  • MID 725  Advanced Theory and Practice in the Teaching of Early Adolescents