BS Ed: Elementary Education 1-6 /
Special Education
Bachelor of Science in Education in Elementary Education, emphasis in Special Education

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The Department of Early Childhood, Elementary, TESOL, and Special Education (ECETS) provides preservice and practicing educators, and related services professionals, the preparation and embedded practical experiences that feature contemporary and evidence-based best practices. The hallmark of the pedagogical instruction and pragmatics is our focus on engaged, experiential learning that introduces and supports premiere instructional opportunities that orient and improve our students' development of sound learning communities, supporting classrooms of students of diverse populations and abilities. The faculty pride themselves in offering a variety of course content platforms, opportunities for student research, and community collaborations and partnerships.

Through the integration of content in general, special, and second language learning, candidates may earn certifications and endorsements with valued skills that make them highly qualified and marketable. Nationally-recognized research faculty teach undergraduate and graduate courses that prepare future educators in instruction and assessment, with a strong foundation in working with diverse, urban populations.

Educator candidates actively engage in unique practicum experiences in the Studio School Model for clinical practice. As Missouri's leader, the College partners with 36 different public, private, and charter schools. As a College, we take great pride in preparing "community educators" who are well-experienced to impact all students in a wide variety of settings, and with a much broader understanding of education's role in society. Our candidates make a collective impact as faculty members in the differentiated staffing model. Sought after by partner districts and agencies, many of our graduates are hired directly into the studio schools or districts where they complete their clinical preparation.

Bachelor of Science in Education (BS Ed)

Contact Advisors:

Kimberly Prather & Daniel Tebeau

116 South Campus Classroom Building (SCCB)
p: (314) 516-5937

DESE Elementary (Grades 1-6) Certification
The College of Education will recommend you to the Missouri Department of Elementary/Secondary Education for teacher certification in Elementary 1-6 at the completion of this program if you have met all state requirements. To ensure that you have met all state requirements, please contact your advisor.
DESE Mild/Moderate Disability Requirements for Elementary or Secondary Education Majors Certification
Elementary or Secondary Education students who have obtained their initial certification can add the Special Education endorsement by passing the appropriate area exam. The candidate contacts the Department of Elementary/Secondary to add this endorsement.

Bachelor of Science in Education in Elementary Education 

 General Education Requirements

B.S.Ed. degree candidates must complete the following General Education courses required by the College of Education and the Missouri Department of Elementary and Secondary Education.

Core Areas:
First Year Writing
ENGL 1100First-Year Writing3
or HIST 1111 Reacting to the Past
Math Proficiency
MATH 1030College Algebra3
Communication Proficiency
EDUC 2222Interpretation: Connecting Audiences and Meaning3
or COMM 1040 Introduction to Public Speaking
Information Literacy
ED TECH 2230Information Literacy3
American History or Government
POL SCI 1100Introduction to American Politics3
Explore Areas:
Humanities and Fine Arts
ART ED 2179Visual Art Activities for Elementary School3
MUS ED 2770An Introduction To Music For The Elementary School Teacher3
Additional course in Humanities or Fine Arts3
Social Science
ED PSY 2212Child and Adolescent Development3
GEOG 1001Introduction To Geography3
or GEOG 1002 World Regions
HIST 1001American Civilization To 18653
or HIST 1002 American Civilization 1865 To Present
Math and Life/Natural Sciences
BIOL 1012General Biology3
GEOL 1001General Geology4
Additional course in Physics or Chemistry or Combined Chemistry/Physics3

Related Area Requirements

MATH 1150Introduction to the Structure Of Mathematical Systems3
MATH 2510Structure of Mathematical Systems II3
ECON 1052Microeconomics For The School Curriculum3
ATM SCI 1001Elementary Meteorology4
or ASTRON 1001 Cosmic Evolution Introductory Astronomy
HLTH PE 3432Teaching Health and Physical Education in the Elementary School3
ENGL 3100Junior-Level Writing3

Program Requirements

All students in the B.S.Ed. in Elementary Education program are required to take the following Level I, Level II, and Level III courses. Each student must select an emphasis area and complete the required courses for that emphasis area.

Note for all emphasis areas:

Professional Education courses must be completed with a grade of C or better (a grade of C- or below is unacceptable).

Beginning with those students graduating in May, 2017 and receiving teacher certification, the Missouri Department of Elementary and Secondary Education requires a 3.0 GPA in professional education courses, a 3.0 GPA in the teaching content field, and a 2.75 overall GPA.

Students must pass the required DESE certification assessments to receive the B.S.Ed. degree.

Introduction to Education
EDUC 1000Building Community, Culture, and Learning in Education1
EDUC 1001Early Clinical Experience: Community Agency1
Level I: Education in Community Contexts
TCH ED 2000Becoming a Professional Educator1
TCH ED 2001Early Clinical Experience: Schools1
TCH ED 2209Foundations of Teaching in American Schools2
Level II: Teaching and Learning Across Context and Clinical Experiences
ED PSY 3312Psychology of Learning, Instruction, and Assessment3
ELE ED 3338Teaching Elementary Literacy in Inclusive Settings: Literacy Assessment and Learning3
SPEC ED 3318Inclusive Classrooms3
TCH ED 3001Mid-Level Clinical Experience: Diverse Learners1
TCH ED 3212Sociolinguistics and Communication in the Classroom3
Level III: Instructional Application in Studio Schools
ELE ED 3339Teaching Elementary Literacy in Inclusive Settings: Literacy Instruction and Learning4
ELE ED 4246Teaching Elementary Mathematics in Inclusive Settings I3
ELE ED 4253Teaching Elementary Social Studies in Inclusive Settings3
ELE ED 4341Teaching Science in Inclusive Elementary Schools3
ELE ED 4342Teaching Elementary Mathematics in Inclusive Settings II3
SPEC ED 4323Classroom Management and Positive Behavioral Supports in Inclusive Educational Settings3

Emphasis Area in Special Education 

All candidates must complete levels I, II, and III course work above in the College of Education. In addition, students must complete the following Emphasis Area courses:

SPEC ED 3349Cross-Categorical Special Education3
SPEC ED 4315Language and Communication of Children with Special Needs3
SPEC ED 4342Transition Issues And Planning3
ELE ED 4989Practicum I: Elementary/Special Education Site Based Experience3
ELE ED 4990Practicum II: Elementary/Special Education Site Based Experience12

Total for the B.S.Ed. in Elementary Education with Emphasis in Special Education: minimum of 123 hours.