Four-Year Degree Plan

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.

Check out the course rotation before scheduling your classes.

The following degree plan is based on the general education program instituted in fall 2014. For the previous general education requirements, please access these Student Transition Resources.

First semester (fall)

Total hours18
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

Second semester (spring) - Take the MoGEA

Total hours16
GEC 110 Social & Behavioral Sciences 3
ENG 110 Writing I 3
PHY 101 Physics by Inquiry for Educators 4
GEC 111 Human Cultures Humanities (MUS 241 Suggested) 3
PLS 101 American Democracy and Citizenship 3

Third semester (fall) - Take the MEP

Total hours18
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
GEC 112 Human Cultures - The Arts (ART 200 Suggested) 3
GEC 116 Public Affairs - Public Issues 3

Fourth semester (spring)

Total hours15
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

Fifth semester (fall)

Total hours17
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
Emphasis Coursework 3

Sixth semester (spring)

Total hours19
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
Emphasis Coursework 3

Seventh semester (fall) - Take the MoCA

Total hours15
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
KIN 400 Movement to Enhance Cognition: Elementary Physical Education for Elementary Teachers 1
Emphasis Coursework 3
Emphasis Coursework 3

Eighth semester (spring) - Student Teaching

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

Requirements for admission to Teacher Education include:  Completion of 30+ credit hours, Passing all sections of the Missouri State Board of Education entry examination, completion of the Missouri Educator Profile,  COM 115 completed “C”>, ELE302 (PEU015) completed “C”>, a 2.75 GPA, Family Care Safety Registry on file, an active Taskstream purchase, signed Student Contract and 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.

  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)