Teacher Education and Certification

Elementary Education

The elementary education program is endorsed by the Missouri Department of Elementary and Secondary Education (DESE) and is fully accredited. Students will earn a bachelor of arts degree in multidisciplinary studies with a teaching certificate for elementary education. Graduates of this program will have the knowledge of science, technology, engineering and mathematics (STEM) to share with first through sixth grade students.

Secondary Education

If preparing for secondary school teaching, you are required to have a teaching major. The major may be in one of the following areas: biological science, chemistry, economics, English, history, mathematics, physics, and psychology.

While your program of study may be strengthened by taking certain elective courses, such electives should be taken after consultation with your academic program advisor, the director of education and/or looking on website http://teachereducation.mst.edu.

General Education Requirements

General education requirements are intended to provide you with the intellectual knowledge and skills for basic education. This body of knowledge and skills is arranged according to two broad categories: systems of symbolic thought and communication represented by linguistic and mathematical studies, and systems of intellectual inquiry represented by basic academic disciplines. In addition, you must complete one course in cultural diversity, and the general education requirements may be fulfilled at the same time.

The following are generic requirements for all education students. However, any degree requirement not included in these general education requirements must be included in the professional requirements or subject matter requirements for each degree program.

I. Symbolic Thought & Communications

  1. Linguistic studies (nine semester hours): You are required to take two courses in written communication and one course in oral communication. You must have a grade of “C” or above in each course.
  2. Mathematical (three semester hours). The course must be college algebra or above with a “C” or above in each course.

II. Systems of Intellectual Inquiry

  1. Humanities: At least one course each from two of the following areas required: art, music, philosophy, literature, and theater.
  2. Natural science: One course in biological sciences and one in physical science is required. One of these two courses must include a laboratory.
  3. Social and behavioral science: One course in each of the following areas is required:
    1. American history
    2. American government
    3. General psychology

Secondary Education

In addition to the prescribed general education courses, if you are preparing to become a secondary school teacher you must complete the following secondary professional education courses:

EDUC 1040Perspectives In Education2
EDUC 1104Teacher Field Experience2
EDUC 1164Aiding Elementary, Middle And Secondary Schools2
EDUC 1174School Organization & Adm For Elementary & Secondary Teachers2
EDUC 2102/​PSYCH 2300Educational Psychology3
EDUC 3216Teaching Reading in Content Area3
EDUC 3280Teaching Methods And Skills In The Content Areas6
EDUC 4298Student Teaching Seminar1
EDUC 4299Student Teaching12
EDUC 4310/​PSYCH 4310Psychology Of The Exceptional Child3
ENGLISH 3170Teaching And Supervising Reading and Writing3
PSYCH 3310Developmental Psychology3
The required courses of at least one teaching major.

You may major in English with English certification (9-12); economics, history or psychology with social studies certification (9-12); mathematics with mathematics certification (9-12); biological sciences with biology certification (9-12); chemistry with chemistry certification (9-12); or physics with physics certification (9-12).

You must meet Missouri S&T degree requirements and, in addition, course requirements for certification. The necessary course requirement arrangements will be coordinated through the education office. The complete list of requirements is available at http://teachereducation.mst.edu/.