BSED Four-Year Degree Plan

Become an expert in a content area

Undergraduates in the middle school education program complete programs of study in three general areas. After completing their general education requirements (46-48 hours), students will complete their professional education courses (44 hours) and content area (24 hours).

You can choose one of the following four content areas for teaching certification in grades 5-9:

  • Language arts
  • Mathematics
  • Science
  • Social sciences

Additional hours needed to satisfy the 125-hour Missouri State University baccalaureate degree requirement will be decided upon by the student and the academic advisor, with final approval of the additional hours being granted by the program coordinator and/or the department head.  

Our department is committed to assisting you to graduate in four years. Below is a four-year sample for our middle school education degree, however, your actual schedule may vary.

Check out the Reading, Foundations and Technology 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 hours15
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

Second semester (spring) - Take the MoGEA

Total hours16
EDC 150 Introduction to Teaching 0
GEC 110 Social & Behavioral Sciences 3
ENG 110 Writing I 3
PHY 101 Physics by Inquiry for Educators 4
GEC 111 Human Cultures Humanities 3
PLS 101 American Democracy and Citizenship 3

Third semester (fall)

Total hours15
ENG 210 Writing II: Writing Across the Disciplines 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
GEC 115 Public Affairs - Cultural Competence (Social Studies content must choose GRY 100) 3
Content area coursework 3
Content area coursework 3

Fourth Semester (spring) - Take the MEP

Total hours18
SEC 302 General Methods of Instruction in the Middle and Secondary Schools 3
PSY 360 Educational Psychology 3
GEC 116 Public Affairs - Public Issues 3
Content area coursework 3
Content area coursework 3
Content area coursework 3

Fifth semester (fall)

Total hours17
MID 400 Philosophy, Curriculum, and Organization of Middle School Education 3
SFR 486 Management and Assessment in the Middle and Secondary Classroom 3
SPE 340 Educational Alternative for Exceptional Students 2
GEC 112 Human Cultures - The Arts 3
Content area coursework 3
Content area coursework 3

Sixth semester (spring)

Total hours18
MID 439 Middle School Instructional Strategies 3
EDC 350 School and Society 3
RDG 474 Reading and Writing in the Content Fields 3
Methods course in your chosen content area 3
Content area coursework 3
Content area coursework 3

Seventh semester (fall) - Take the Content Assessment

Total hours15
Methods course in your chosen content area 3
RDG 574 Analysis and Correction of Difficulties in Adolescent Literacy 3
EDC 345 Introduction to Multicultural Education and Diversity 3
EDT 365 Educational Applications of Technology and Media 3
Content area coursework 3

Eighth semester (spring)

Total hours12
MID 493 Supervised Teaching (Middle School) 6
MID 494 Supervised Teaching (Middle School) 6
Requirements for admission to Teacher Education include:  Passing all sections of the Missouri State Board of Education entry examination, completion of the Missouri Educator Profile (MEP), EDC 150 completed with a “P”, COM 115 completed “C”>, SEC 302 completed “C”>, a 2.75 GPA, Family Care Safety Registry on file and Checkpoint One. When requirements are met, the PEC will evaluate your credentials for admission to T.E.  There is no application to fill out.
  As per DESE directives, the following GPA requirements 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