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.

Our four-year degree plan allows you the opportunity to become eligible for certification to teach grades 1-6 in four years.

Suggested course sequencing

15-17 hours each semester is recommended; however, in order to complete this program in four years, summer school or high school dual enrollment credit hours are necessary.

It is recommended that students take the Missouri General Education Assessment (MoGEA) during their second semester, the Missouri Educator Profile (MEP) during their third semester, and the Missouri Content Assessment (MoCA) during their seventh semester.

All statements in this document concerning requirements, prerequisites, conditions or other matters are for informational purposes and are subject to change. Effective academic advisement is a partnership, with advisees sharing in the responsibility.

The following degree plan is based on the 2018-19 catalog and Missouri State general education requirements.

First semester (fall)

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
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
Total hours18

Second semester (spring) - Take the MoGEA

Social and Behavioral Sciences - General Education 3
ENG 110 Writing I 3
PHY 101 Physics by Inquiry for Educators 4
Cultural Competence - General Education 3
PLS 101 American Democracy and Citizenship 3
Total hours16

Third semester (fall) - Take the MEP

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
The Arts - General Education 3
Public Issues - General Education 3
Total hours18

Fourth semester (spring)

GRY 240 Earth Science for Teachers 4
RDG 318 Foundations of Literacy Instruction 3
EDT 365 Educational Applications of Technology and Media 3
ENG 334 Literature for Children 3
MTH 360 Foundations of Geometry for Teachers 3
Total hours16

Fifth semester (fall)

SPE 310 Introduction to Special Education 3
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
PSY 360 Educational Psychology 3
Program focus course work 3
Total hours17

Sixth semester (spring)

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 2
EDC 345 Introduction to Multicultural Education and Diversity 3
Program focus course work 3
Total hours17

Seventh semester (fall) - Take the MoCA

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
Program focus course work 3
Program focus course work 3
Total hours18

Eighth semester (spring) - Student Teaching

ELE 495 Supervised Teaching (Elementary) 6
ELE 496 Supervised Teaching (Elementary) 5-6
Total hours12

Requirements for admission

  • Completion of 30+ credit hours
  • Passing all sections of the Missouri State Board of Education entry examination
  • COM 115 completed “C” or higher
  • ELE302 (PEU015) completed “B” or higher
  • 2.75 GPA
  • Family Care Safety Registry on file
  • An active Taskstream purchase
  • Signed Student Contract
  • Signed Dispositions Checklist 

When requirements are met, the EPPC will evaluate your credentials for admission to T.E.  There is no application to fill out.

GPA requirements

  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)
Degree plan last reviewed 07-30-2018.