Degree and Certification

This degree is a bachelor of science in education with an emphasis in elementary education.

Additionally, upon successfully completing the initial teacher-certification process, the state grants you certification in elementary education (grades 1-6).

Program of Study

This program encompasses three areas of study:

Phase I: Freshman – Sophomore Year

You are automatically accepted into Phase I with admittance to the University.

Course Work

The majority of your time in Phase I is spent completing your general-education requirements.

Course work through the College of Education focuses on facilitating learning at all levels of development. Consideration is given to the influences of cultural, political, historical and economic factors on students, teachers and schools.

Field Experiences

Field experiences in Phase I include:

  • Sixteen hours in a classroom environment tutoring and working with students in small groups under teacher supervision.
  • Twenty hours in a service-learning environment serving in community organizations (e.g., Big Brothers Big Sisters, Granny’s House).

Phase II: Junior Year

You must apply for admittance into Phase II in January of your sophomore year. Enrollment space in Phase II is capped at approximately 75 to 100 students. For more information about the application process, please consult your adviser.

Course Work

In this phase, you begin to develop the knowledge and skills needed to be an elementary school teacher in a variety of settings and subject areas. Your course work includes elementary methods courses. Many courses include an extensive field component.

Field Experiences

Each semester, you spend 60 hours in an elementary classroom working with teachers to put course ideas into practice. Placements are carefully chosen to offer you opportunities to work with students representing diverse demographics and populations.

Phase III: Senior Year

Senior Year On-Site Program

The Elementary Education Senior Year On-Site Program (SYOSP) is a cooperative program offered by the College of Education and the MU Partnership for Educational Renewal (MPER). This unique internship experience is a yearlong commitment that allows you to experience all facets of the teaching profession.

The first semester of the SYOSP is designed to immerse you into the life and culture of a school community. Your work begins with back-to-school meetings with teachers and assisting with classroom setup. SYOSP interns are regarded as full-time faculty members and participate in all school events such as teacher workdays, professional learning communities and data team meetings. You must spend a minimum of three days per week at your host school during the first semester and complete course work that complements the internship.

During the second semester, the internship extends to five days a week in a single classroom where the SYOSP intern completes the student-teaching experience.