Elementary Education (Bachelor of Science in Education, B.S.E.)

The Department of Education faculty is committed to the professional preparation of teachers for employment in elementary education programs. The goals are to prepare teachers who are:

  • Classroom leaders, professionally prepared to accept responsibility for student learning (MWSU Conceptual Framework);
  • Highly knowledgeable in their cognitive areas (MoSPE/MWSU/INTASC Standards);
  • Skilled in the techniques and methods of teaching across a diverse student population (MoSPE/MWSU/INTASC Standards);
  • Practiced in the application of six domains of positive teacher dispositions (MWSU Disposition).

Admission Requirements

  • ACT composite score of 20 or higher or successful completion of the Missouri General Education Assessment (MoGEA)
  • Overall GPA of 2.50
  • Professional GPA of 3.0
  • Content GPA of 3.0
  • Satisfactory completion of EDU 202/203

*Alternative avenues to Teacher Education available for recruitment of historically under-served populations.  Contact the Department Chairperson for guidelines and procedures.

Students who choose this bachelor degree program will have no more than 6 years from admission or subsequent declaration to meet the requirements listed below. If certification, accreditation or statutory requirements change and additional requirements become effective during this time, the new requirements take precedence. 

Note: Students pre-admitted into the bachelor degree program (pre-major) have three years to meet admission requirements before moving to the overall 6 year time-frame allowed to complete the program requirements. 
General Studies
Students must complete General Studies courses42
Major Requirements
EDU 150Psychological Development for Children & Adolescents for Educators3
EDU 202Introduction to Education3
EDU 203Participation in Teaching I1
EDU 225Educational Psychology3
EDU 230Science Content for Elementary Teachers3
EDU 250Assessment & Data Analysis for Teachers2
EDU 308Multicultural Education3
EDU 315Psychology and Education of the Exceptional Child3
EDU 325Introduction to Reading and Language Arts Methods5
EDU 328Children's Literature3
EDU 330Science Methods for Elementary Teachers3
EDU 331Instructional Media and Technology2
EDU 332Teaching in the Integrated Areas3
EDU 340Social Studies Methods for the Elementary and Middle School Teacher2
EDU 351Mathematics Methods for Early Childhood and Elementary Educators3
EDU 360Assessing and Individualizing Reading3
EDU 370Behavior Management3
EDU 375Teaching Reading in the Elementary School3
EDU 376Applied Teaching Methods and Management3
EDU 377School Experience in Teaching2
EDU 403Seminar in Elementary Education and Human Relations3
EDU 408Elementary Student Teaching III9
MAT 352Mathematics for Elementary and Middle School Teachers I3
Select an area of concentration

NOTE: In addition to the above major coursework, students may be required to take an Orientation Workshop, EDU 110. Also, upon Education Department determination, some students will be required to enroll in EDU 200 for state certification requirements.

Early Childhood- Special Education (Birth to Grade 3)
Early Childhood Education (Birth to Grade 3)
Special Reading (K-12)
English Language Learner (ELL) (K-12)

The Professional Semester - Elementary Education

A student enrolled in Elementary Student Teaching will assume the daily teaching schedule of the cooperating teacher.

Elementary Student Teaching (EDU 408 Elementary Student Teaching III) is to be taken during the student’s senior year. Seminar in Elementary Education and Human Relations (EDU 403 Seminar in Elementary Education and Human Relations) is to be taken concurrently with Elementary Student Teaching. A passing score on the Content Area Assessment is required before enrollment in EDU 403 Seminar in Elementary Education and Human Relations or EDU 408 Elementary Student Teaching III.

Course work during the professional education semester is usually limited to EDU 403 Seminar in Elementary Education and Human Relations and EDU 408 Elementary Student Teaching III. Petition for any additional course work must be submitted to the Education Department in the semester prior to Elementary Student Teaching.

The Area of Concentration

The elementary major must also select one area of concentration to broaden one’s expertise in at least one area related to education. The requirements for each subject concentration are determined by the MWSU Education Department in consultation with the various academic departments.

Four of the concentration areas also yield an additional teaching certification (called an added endorsement) approved by the Missouri Department of Elementary and Secondary Education. Those four areas are:

  1. Early Childhood-Special Education (birth to grade 3);
  2. Early Childhood Education (birth to grade 3);
  3. Special Reading (K-12); and
  4. English Language Learners (ELL) (K-12).

The General Concentration will consist of 6 total credits of coursework in Education that are not already counted as elementary major coursework.

Added Endorsements for Certified Areas of Concentration                                                (Missouri Certification Required)

Early Childhood-Special Education (birth to grade 3)

Concentration Requirements
EDU 342Evaluation of Abilities and Achievement2
EDU 357Introduction to Early Childhood Special Education: Curriculum Development3
EDU 411Methods of Teaching the Student with Cross-Categorical Disabilities3
EDU 461Experience in Early Childhood Special Education2
EDU 474Collaborating with Families and School Personnel for Inclusion3

 Early Childhood Education (birth to grade 3)

Concentration Requirements
EDU 300Introduction to Early Childhood Education3
EDU 344Early Childhood Assessment3
EDU 348Language Development for Educators3
EDU 374Literacy Development in Early Childhood3

Special Reading (K-12)

Concentration Requirements
EDU 348Language Development for Educators3
EDU 374Literacy Development in Early Childhood3
EDU 474Collaborating with Families and School Personnel for Inclusion3
EDU 483Practicum in Elementary Reading3
EDU 484Practicum in Secondary Reading3
EDU 511Content Area Literacy3
EDU 521Teaching Students with Reading Deficits3

 NOTE: Candidate applies for certification after 2 years of classroom teaching experience.

 English Language Learners (ELL) (K-12)

General Requirements
A valid Missouri permanent professional certificate or license to teach
Concentration Requirements
EDU 308Multicultural Education3
or COM 342 Intercultural Communication
EDU 311Secondary Reading Techniques3
EDU 430Teaching Students with Reading Deficits3
EDU 470English Language Learners Elementary Practicum2
EDU 475English Language Learners Secondary Practicum2
ENG 232Language Awareness3
or EDU 348 Language Development for Educators
TSL 459Policy, Curriculum, and Instruction for ELLs3
TSL 467Second Language Acquisition3
TSL 468Methods of Teaching Second Language Students3
TSL 469Materials and Assessment for ELL3

 General Concentration

Any six Education Department credits not already required for the Elementary major6

Program Graduation Requirements

  1. Earn a grade of C or higher in all major and concentration coursework.
  2. Earn an overall GPA of at least 2.50 and a major GPA of 3.0.

University Graduation Requirements 

  1. Earn a minimum of 120 credit hours (100 level and higher, maximum of 6 CED credit hours applicable).
  2. Earn a minimum of 30 credit hours in upper-division courses.  Lower-division transfer courses accepted as meeting upper-division departmental course requirements cannot be used to fulfill this requirement.
  3. Earn 30 of the last 45 credit hours at MWSU in institutional coursework (exclusive of credit by examination).
  4. Participate in required departmental and campus wide assessments. 
  5. Fulfill the Missouri Constitution requirement.
  6. Successfully pass the Missouri Higher Education Civics Achievement exam.