Elementary Education BSEd, Special Education Emphasis

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 1100First-Year Writing (MOTR ENGL 200)3
or HIST 1111 Reacting to the Past
Math Proficiency
MATH 1020Contemporary Mathematics (MOTR MATH 120)3
or MATH 1030 College Algebra (MOTR MATH 130)
Communication Proficiency
EDUC 2222Interpretation: Connecting Audiences and Meaning3
or COMM 1040 Introduction to Public Speaking (MOTR COMM 110)
Information Literacy
ED TECH 2230Information Literacy3
American History and Government
POL SCI 1100Introduction to American Politics (MOTR POSC 101)3
or HIST 1001 American Civilization to 1865 (MOTR HIST 101)
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 3100Junior-Level Writing3
Total Hours45

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 1000Building Community, Culture, and Learning in Education1
TCH ED 1001Early Clinical Experience: Community Agency1
TCH ED 2000Becoming a Professional Educator1
TCH ED 2001Early Clinical Experience: Schools1
TCH ED 2209Foundations of Teaching in American Schools2
ED PSY 2212Child and Adolescent Development3
Total Hours9

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

TCH ED 3001Mid-Level Clinical Experience: Diverse Learners1
TCH ED 3212Sociolinguistics and Communication in the Classroom3
ED PSY 3312Psychology of Learning, Instruction, and Assessment3
SPEC ED 3318Inclusive Classrooms3
SPEC ED 4323Classroom Management and Positive Behavioral Supports in Inclusive Educational Settings3
Total Hours13

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 2179Visual Art Activities for Elementary School3
MUS ED 2770An Introduction to Music for the Elementary School Teacher3
HLTH PE 3432Teaching Health and Physical Education in Elementary Schools3
ELE ED 3338Teaching Elementary Literacy in Inclusive Settings: Literacy Assessment and Learning3
ELE ED 3339Teaching Elementary Literacy in Inclusive Settings: Literacy Instruction and Learning4
ELE ED 4253Teaching Elementary Social Studies in Inclusive Settings3
ELE ED 4246Teaching Elementary Mathematics in Inclusive Settings I3
ELE ED 4341Teaching Science in Inclusive Elementary Schools3
ELE ED 4342Teaching Elementary Mathematics in Inclusive Settings II3

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

SPEC ED 3349Cross-Categorical Special Education3
SPEC ED 4315Language and Communication of Children with Special Needs3
SPEC ED 4342Transition Issues and Planning3

The program will culminate in the following practicum courses:

ELE ED 4989Practicum I: Elementary/Special Education Site-Based Experience3
ELE ED 4990Practicum II: Elementary/Special Education Site Based Experience12

Total Credit Hours: 125

Learning Outcomes

Upon completion of the program, graduates will be able to:

  • Continually reflect on professional growth to improve student learning outcomes/enhance student learning.
  • Integrate technology to create meaningful student learning within the context of a global digital society.
  • Apply content and pedagogical knowledge to create authentic and deep learning experiences.
  • Use learning science principles to design, implement, and evaluate curriculum based on learning standards.
  • Foster effective working relationships with students, school colleagues, families, and community members to enhance student learning and well-being.
  • Design and establish a safe, inclusive, and respectful learning environment that nurtures the intellectual, social, and personal development of all students.
  • Use equitable frameworks and inclusive practices to create a variety of instructional and assessment opportunities adapted to diverse learners to encourage all students’ critical thinking, problem solving, and performance skills.