Accelerated Degree

Why choose an accelerated option?

It shortens the time to earn your degrees. Earn graduate credit that you can apply to your bachelor's degree.

Save time and money. Finish with two degrees.

How it works

If you meet the admission requirements listed below, you can start earning graduate credit in your junior or senior year.

Work with your advisor or our department to complete a mixed credit form.

Up to 12 hours of graduate credit will count toward your bachelor’s degree.

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