Secondary Education


Students must have a primary, content area major to pursue certification at the secondary or K-12 level. Students must also meet all requirements for certification before this degree will be conferred, including passing the following: 1) all sections of the Missouri General Education Assessment (MoGEA) (or C-BASE if all subtests were passed as of 12/31/2013 and degree/certification requirements can be completed by 12/31/2016); 2) the Professional Development Folio (semester prior to student teaching); 3) the Missouri Content Assessment(s) for each area of certification sought (or Praxis exam if passed as of 8/31/2014 and degree/certification requirements can be completed as of 12/31/2016); 4) and the Missouri Pre-Service Teacher Assessment (MoPTA) (completed during student teaching).

Applicable degrees: Bachelor of Arts, Bachelor of Professional Studies, Bachelor of Science, or Bachelor of Music Education

At the secondary level, certification is offered in Business Education, English, Health†, Mathematics, Social Science, Speech/Theatre, and Unified Science with a concentration in either Biology or Chemistry. For students already holding a baccalaureate degree, certification-only programs are available in categorical sciences: Biology, Chemistry, and General Science. At the K-12 level, certification is offered in the following areas: Music (vocal, instrumental, and vocal/instrumental), Physical Education, and Library Media Specialist (available at the graduate-level only, either as a stand-alone K-12 certification, or as an endorsement, which requires Missouri certification in another field). An endorsements is also offered for Driver Education (9-12).

Subject-specific course requirements for the following areas of secondary or K-12 certification are included under their respective divisions: English (Humanities), Mathematics (Natural Sciences), Music Education (Fine Arts), Social Science (Social and Behavioral Sciences Division), and Speech/Theatre (Fine Arts).

Subject-specific course requirements leading to a baccalaureate degree and/or a teaching certificate in Business Education, Health Education, Physical Education, and Unified Science with concentrations in Biology and/or Chemistry are listed with the Education Division majors.

Health is transitioning from 9-12 to K-12 in 2015-2016 due to changes in DESE certification requirements.