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Elementary Education Degree

About the Degree:


Students who are interested in elementary education have the opportunity to select from three pathway programs. Pathway programs allow students to earn a degree in Elementary Education (grades 1-6) while adding on an area of specialty and increasing their marketability. The pathways are:

What Can I Do With This Major?

Your Future with Our Elementary Education Degree

As a graduate of Missouri Southern's elementary education program, you'll harness your passion for education into a fulfilling, life-long career.

You'll be certified and equipped to teach students in Missouri at any grade from 1st through 6th. Your degree will also well-equip you to continue onto a master's or doctorate education program to become a superintendent or principal.

What You’ll Learn:

  • The Missouri Southern Teacher Education candidate understands the central concepts, structures, and tools of inquiry of the discipline(s) and creates learning experiences that make these aspects of subject matter meaningful and engaging for all students.
  • The Missouri Southern Teacher Education candidate understands how students learn, develop and differ in their approaches to learning. The teacher provides learning opportunities that are adapted to diverse learners and support the intellectual, social, and personal development of all students.
  • The Missouri Southern Teacher Education candidate recognizes the importance of long‐range planning and curriculum development. The teacher develops, implements, and evaluates curriculum based upon standards and student needs.
  • The Missouri Southern Teacher Education candidate uses a variety of instructional strategies to encourage students’ critical thinking, problem solving, and performance skills including instructional resources.
  • The MSSU Teacher Education candidate uses an understanding of individual and group motivation and behavior to create a learning environment that encourages active engagement in learning, positive social interaction, and self‐motivation.
  • The MSSU Teacher Education candidate models effective verbal, nonverbal, and media communication techniques with students and parents to foster active inquiry, collaboration, and supportive interaction in the classroom.
  • The MSSU Teacher Education candidate understands and uses formative and summative assessment strategies to assess the learner’s progress, uses assessment data to plan ongoing instruction, monitors the performance of each student, and devises instruction to enable students to grow and develop.
  •  The Missouri Southern Teacher Education candidate is a reflective practitioner who continually assesses the effects of choices and actions on others. The teacher actively seeks out opportunities to grow professionally in order to improve learning for all students.
  • The Missouri Southern Teacher Education candidate has effective working relationships with students, parents, school colleagues, and community members.

This Degree is Great for You if:

  • You feel your demeanor best fits you with children in the K-6 classes.
  • You want to teach multiple subjects to the same classroom of students for an entire school year.
  • You want to use games, music, artwork, books, computers and film in creative ways to boost learning in your classroom. 


Current Catalog

Elementary Education Major, Early Childhood Education (B-3)

Elementary Education Major, Grades 1-6, English Language Learner (ELL) K-12

Elementary Education Major, Special Education Major, K-12