Teacher Education

Teacher Education Degrees

Bachelor of Science in Education (B.S.Ed.):

Master of Arts in Teaching (M.A.T.)

Master of Science in Education (M.S.Ed.):

Admission into the Teacher Education Program

Three steps are required for admission into the Teacher Education Program:

See the catalog for requirements for tentative formal admission.

  1. Declare your major as teacher education and successfully complete 55 semester hours of prescribed course work.
  2. Apply for tentative formal admission into the Teacher Education Program. Tentative formal admittance is required before you can take professional education courses.
  3. Receive formal admission. Formal admission into the Teacher Education Program is granted after you:
  • Successfully complete the 8 credit hour junior block (Microteaching; Pedagogical Theory, Methods and Practices; and Classroom Management) and are recommended by the instructors of these courses; and
  • Complete two required assessments: Human Relations Incident (HRI) and the Teacher Dispositions Index (TDI). These are taken during the junior block semester.

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.

Teacher Education Department

School of Education

Lorinda Hackett
Department Chair, Teacher Education Department
Taylor Hall Room 225
3950 E. Newman Rd.
Joplin MO 64801-1595
Phone: 417.625.3060