COE: BS Ed: Elementary Education 1-6 | Special Education
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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.

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Bachelor of Science in Education (BS Ed)

Contact Advisor:

Kate Nuelle

144 South Campus Classroom Building (SCCB)
p: (314) 516-4329


Slide 1 UMSL’s teacher preparation program recognized among national leaders
The National Council on Teacher Quality named UMSL’s undergraduate elementary teacher preparation program among the top in the country for selective academic admissions requirements. (Photo by August Jennewein)
Slide 2 ‘I always have to be doing’: Lindsey Gevers fits Honors College, education and more in under four years
Lindsey Gevers graduates from UMSL on Saturday with a BS in elementary education and certificates in special education and from the Honors College. (Photo courtesy of Lindsey Gevers)

The Bachelor’s of Science in Elementary Education degree prepares students to teach in elementary or middle school settings. This program requires the selection and completion of required coursework in one of the following emphasis areas: Special Education; Teaching English to Speakers of Other Languages (TESOL); Special Education and TESOL; or Middle School. 

University General Education and Graduation Requirements 

B.S.Ed. degree candidates must complete the following General Education Requirements and  Graduation Requirements of the University as outlined in this Bulletin.

The courses listed below fulfill these requirements and best prepare students for advanced education coursework and licensure exams.

First Year Writing
ENGL 11003
or HIST 1111
Math Proficiency
MATH 1020undefined
or MATH 1030
Communication Proficiency
EDUC 22223
or COMM 1040
Information Literacy
ED TECH 22303
American History and Government
POL SCI 11003
or HIST 1001
Humanities and Fine Arts
Choose any 9 hours from at least two approved fields.9
Social Sciences
Choose any 9 hours from at least two approved fields. At least one course must meet the cultural diversity requirement.9
Math and Life/Natural Sciences
Choose any 9 hours from at least two approved fields.9
Junior-Level Writing
ENGL 3100undefined
Total Hours39

Program Requirements

All students in the B.S.Ed. in Elementary Education program are required to take the following Teacher Education courses, as well as the required courses for the selected emphasis area. Each student must also complete all required courses and certification assessments as specified by the Missouri Department of Elementary and Secondary Education.

Grade Requirement

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

GPA Requirement

Beginning with those students graduating in May 2017 who will also receive teaching 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.

Assessment Requirement

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

Preparing for the Teacher Education Program

The following courses must be completed prior to applying for admission to the teacher education program:

TCH ED 1000undefined
TCH ED 1001undefined
TCH ED 20001
TCH ED 20011
TCH ED 22092
ED PSY 2212undefined
Total Hours4

Teacher Education Program
The following courses are completed after acceptance into the teacher education program:

TCH ED 3001undefined
TCH ED 3212undefined
ED PSY 3312undefined
SPEC ED 3318undefined
SPEC ED 4323undefined
Total Hours0

In addition to the above courses, students must select at least one emphasis area and complete all required coursework for the emphasis area.

The program will culminate in the completion of two sequential site-based practicum experience courses.

Emphasis Area Requirements 

This emphasis area in elementary education prepares students for teaching in inclusive classrooms.

 All candidates must complete the Beginning Teacher Education Program and Teacher Education Program course work above in the College of Education.

Elementary education majors must also complete the following Teacher Education Program courses:

ART ED 2179undefined
MUS ED 2770undefined
HLTH PE 3432undefined
ELE ED 3338undefined
ELE ED 3339undefined
ELE ED 4253undefined
ELE ED 4246undefined
ELE ED 4341undefined
ELE ED 4342undefined

In addition, students must complete the following Special Education courses:

SPEC ED 33493
SPEC ED 43153
SPEC ED 43423

The program will culminate in the following practicum courses:

ELE ED 4989undefined
ELE ED 4990undefined

Total Credit Hours: 125

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.