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S/U Option for Teacher Education and Content Courses

The College of Education received clarification from the Department of Elementary and Secondary Education (DESE) about the S/U grade option in regards to professional education and content courses required for teacher certification. Choosing an S/U grade option will not interfere with teacher certification requirements.

However, the certification candidate must still meet the DESE minimum GPA requirements for teacher certification. (Overall GPA minimum 2.75; professional education GPA minimum 3.00; content course GPA minimum 3.00).  

Due to the potential complex situations regarding grade option choice, students considering S/U grades are strongly encouraged to discuss the option with an advisor.

Students should review the MU S/U Policy for spring 2020.

If you have further questions please feel free to reach out to your academic advisor.

Expectations for Faculty Leaders

  • Reach out to adjuncts and graduate student instructors to check in on them and assist with teaching online.

Expectations for Instructors

  • Regularly check in on your students. See how they are doing. Reach out to students who are not engaging to see how they can be supported. In all communication with students, be compassionate and understand the situation that each student is dealing with during this time. 
  • Use asynchronous instruction whenever possible that is aligned with your learning objectives. [Holding long (i.e., a couple of hours) synchronous online Zoom class sessions is NOT recommended.]
  • Do not schedule required synchronous sessions outside of your regularly scheduled class time because students have other classes that might be meeting.

Expectations for Students

  • Communicate with your instructor about any challenges you have.
  • Complete coursework as best you can, based on your current situation.
  • Check in on your other classmates to see how they are doing.
  • See these tips for studying remotely

Suggestions for Students

Student decision-making related to S/U grading (see MU Policy here

  1. Keep working and engaging in your courses to do the best that you can.
  2. Wait until your grades post to make a decision regarding S/U grading. 
  3. At the end of the semester, you can make the decision, in consultation with an advisor, to determine which courses, if any, you would like to change to S/U. Note that a course grade of D+ or below is designated as “U” and will not receive course credit, potentially requiring retaking the course. S/U grades will not impact your GPA.

If you experience challenges that make it difficult to complete your coursework, communicate with your instructor about the possibility of taking an incomplete.

Future Graduates: Look for Survey

4/9/2020: Calling all graduating members of the May Class of 2020: Please check your email for an important message. It includes a link to a survey where you have a chance to give input on what your in-person commencement should look like in the future. ‬

Dear Class of 2020

4/2/2020: Mizzou Commencement is postponed, but those who complete their degree requirements will graduate in May. We will honor your accomplishments using a variety of approaches, including some virtually in the short term. We have a College of Education committee generating ideas, and we need your insights! We will be sending a survey link to collect your ideas. Read the full letter from Dean Chval.

Student Open Forums

3/30/2020: Associate Dean John Lannin will host weekly College of Education Student Open Forums to answer any questions you may have. Dean Kathryn Chval will attend as her schedule allows. You are encouraged to attend any or all sessions (as information can change). Click here for the schedule.

International Students

The International Center has said this document from U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement offers answers to many questions that international scholars (grad students, postdocs, and visiting scholars) may have right now regarding their status and COVID-19.

Message Regarding Student Teaching

3/20/2020: Click here for a copy of the letter regarding student teaching requirements sent to undergraduate students from the Office of Student Success & Academic Affairs.

Campus Messaging to Students and Families