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Elementary Education (1-6)

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Admission Requirements


  • A passing score on the designated Missouri Content Examination
  • A 2.75 or higher overall GPA
  • Approved results of the Family Care Safety Registry
  • A clear TB test or chest x-ray, if appropriate
  • Students must meet the application deadlines set by the Graduate School

Elementary Education Certification Courses


Course Title Hours
TCH ED 6337 Teaching and Learning Literacy in Elementary School 4
TCH ED 5310A Instructional Design: Lesson Planning for Elementary Education 2
SPEC ED 6325 Advanced Studies in Classroom and Behavior Management 3
ELE ED 6241 Science Content, Inquiry-Based Instruction and Assessment:  STEM-Integrated Pedagogy 3
ELE ED 6246 Math Content Pedagogy, Inquiry-Based Instruction and Assessment 3
ELE ED 6253 Teaching Social Studies through Reading, Writing and English Language Learners 3
ELE ED 6338 Literacy Assessment for Guided Instruction 3
ELE ED 5989 Practicum I: Site Based Experience 3
ED PSY 6222 Advanced Studies in Child and Adolescent Development 3
SPEC ED 6412 Psychology of Exceptional Children 3
ED PSY 6030 Instruction, Learning and Assessment 3
TCH ED 5001 Advanced Mid-Level Clinical Experience:  Diverse Learners 1
ED TECH 6135 Technology for Preparing Inquiry-Based Teaching 1
TCH ED 6565 Enriching Learning through Multicultural Arts, Music, Physical Education and Health 2
TCH ED 6566 Cross-Curricular Connections with Multicultural Arts, Music, Physical Education and Health 2
ELE ED 5990 Practicum II: Site Based Experience 8
Total Hours 41

Missouri Educator Gateway Assessments


Missouri Content Assessment (MCA)
Missouri Educator Profile (MEP)
Missouri Pre-Service Teacher Assessment (MoPTA)

Clinical Experiences


  • 20 clock hours working in a community agency
  • 2 site-based practicum courses immersed in a Studio School
  • Practicum One: 2 days per week working as a Triton Teacher
  • Practicum Two: 4 days per week working as a Triton Teacher

Unique Resources and Innovations


  • Launch session to build community, provide early guidance, and share essential information
  • Grand Seminars and Collaborative Exchanges throughout the practicum experiences

Download Elementary Education Infosheet (PDF)

  • Applicants for any post-baccalaureate certification program must already hold a bachelor’s degree with a minimum 2.75 cum GPA.
  • Any teacher candidate aspiring to enter the “Teach in 12” accelerated path must first pass the Missouri Content Assessment appropriate to her or his area of certification.
  • The accelerated path requires intensive study, immersive experiences, and large investments of time and effort. Candidates who enter the "Teach in 12" pathway will be unable to maintain concurrent professional commitments.