Secondary Education 9-12

Teaching Options

The Missouri Southern State University Teacher Education faculty and staff realize we live and interact in a diverse and dynamic world. We believe that overall growth and learning is accomplished experientially, through problem solving, evaluation, and reflection. We believe that the school is a diverse, democratic community, a microcosm of the larger society, so that the process of collaboration, problem solving, and reflection, characterize best practice in education. A new teacher must possess knowledge, skills and dispositions in order to assess problems, devise solutions, test those solutions, and make appropriate education decisions, to create a cyclical process that continually improves the learning environment of every student.

Mission of the Teacher Education Program

The Missouri Southern State University Department of Teacher Education faculty and staff are dedicated to developing competent teachers who will incorporate into their classrooms a strong foundation of knowledge and pedagogy; a lifelong love of teaching and learning; and motivation to improve practice through reflection, self-study, and professional development. It is our goal to assure that all candidates become ethical classroom practitioners, cognizant of the need to help all students meet their full learning potential

Teaching Specialty

Plan A: (Double Teaching Field): Plan A is for those who want to qualify as teachers in two different subject areas. Plan A is not available in all specialty areas. (Please see your department/content area for advisement.) Each subject area requires a minimum of 30 semester hours of specific course work.

Plan B: (Single Teaching Field): Plan B is intended for persons who wish to concentrate teacher preparation in one subject area to become qualified with a high degree of specialization. Forty or more semester hours are required in the subject matter area or related supporting courses as listed in the catalog.

Specialties available :

(Identify which subject areas are available for single/double certification.)

  • Art
  • Biology
  • Business Education
  • Chemistry
  • English
  • French
  • German
  • Industrial Technology
  • Mathematics
  • Music – vocal and/or instrumental
  • Physical Education
  • Physics
  • Social Sciences – emphasis in History, Political Science or Sociology
  • Spanish
  • Speech/Theatre
  • Unified Science – emphasis in Biology, Chemistry or Physics

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Curriculum and requirements

Admission to the Teacher Education Program

There are two steps required for admission into the Teacher Education Program. Information about this process can be found on the Education Degrees page or in the catalog.

General Education Requirements

Depending on your teaching specialty, the order in which you take the required General Education Requirements may differ since each specialty area has a required/suggested sequence of courses. For more information, please refer to the catalog under the teaching specialty that you are interested in.

9-12 Secondary Professional Education Courses

Required and recommended courses include:

Adolescent Development; Educational Psychology; Introduction to Teacher Education; Foundations of Education in a Global Society; Use of Computer Software, Exceptional Child; Microteaching; Pedagogical Theory, Methods & Practices; Literature (Secondary); Classroom Management; Critical Issues; Student Teaching.

Student Teaching

Student teaching experience in local schools are included as part of your teacher education studies. This requirement must be met for you to be eligible to graduate from the Teacher Education Program. See the catalog for details about admission requirements for student teaching.

Grade/GPA Requirements

You must maintain a cumulative GPA of 2.75 or better and a GPA of 2.5 or better in your teaching specialty. Also, you must earn a ‘C’ or better in all professional education courses. Additional department/content requirements may apply.

Teaching Certification

After you successfully complete all requirements for an education degree at MSSU, you will be recommended for the Initial Professional Certificate (IPC) which is a probationary teaching certificate granted for 4 years. Additional certification is granted by the Missouri Department of Elementary and Secondary Education.

Secondary Education

Dr. Deborah Brown
Department Chair, Teacher Education Department
Taylor Hall Room 225
3950 E. Newman Rd.
Joplin MO 64801-1595
Phone: 417.625-3060