Physical Education is transitioning to K-12 only in 2015-2016 due to changes in DESE certification requirements. Physical Education is available as a stand-alone program or in combination with Health Education.
Students who can complete all program requirements for certification – including passing MoGEA, their professional development folio, MoCA, and MoPTA – by the end of summer 2017 will be allowed to finish their programs under the current compendium requirements, designated in the 2014-2015 undergraduate catalog and degree plan worksheets for transfer students. However, first-time freshmen entering beginning in FA-14, as well as transfer or readmit students who are not able to complete all program requirements by the end of SU-17, will need to meet the new certification rules. New course requirements are outlined in the 2014-2015 undergraduate catalog and degree plan worksheets for first-time freshmen and in the 2015-2016 undergraduate catalog and degree plan worksheets.
Choosing the correct degree plan worksheet: First-time Freshman or Transfer/Readmit
The Missouri Department of Elementary and Secondary Education (DESE) is in the process of changing the course requirements for certification. While the new rules for certification requirements have been adopted by the State Board of Education, all Educator Preparation Programs (EPPs) in the state remain under the previous requirements in the compendium while procedures and processes are developed and implemented for EPPs to submit their new program requirements to DESE for approval.
Because all students graduating after SU-17 must meet the new certification requirements, students entering in FA-14 as first-time freshmen will be under the new rules. However, transfer or readmit students entering in FA-14 who are able to finish all certification requirements and graduate by SU-17 may finish under the compendium requirements which are currently still in effect. (Transfer/readmit students who will not be able to finish all certification requirements and graduate by SU-17 will also need to follow the degree plans for first-time freshmen.) Therefore, we have developed two sets of degree plan worksheets for the 2014-2015 catalog: one for first-time freshmen and one for transfer/readmit students who are able to finish all certification requirements and graduate by SU-17. It is critical that you select the correct degree plan worksheet if you are seeking initial teacher certification.
Ms. Kathleen C. Wendt
Director of Teacher Certification Advising
Mrs. Ricki Roth
Undergraduate Education Advisor
Mr. Lowell Pitzer
Assistant Professor of Education; Program Coordinator for Health and Physical Education