Dr. Barb Eddins, Interim Chair
New Student Information
Many of the questions that a new student will
have about the Missouri Western Teacher Education Program
can be answered by reviewing the official MWSU catalog.
Where do I find information
about Financial Aid? Financial
Aid or Missouri
Department of Elementary and Secondary Education: Jefferson
Students with a secondary education major or interest
in secondary teacher certification [art, physical
education, math, English, etc.] will contact the
department chair of the major who will evaluate the
student's transcript. The department chairperson's
name and email address can be found on the right
side of the Academic
What are the "professional sequence " required
All students receiving the recommendation for teacher
certification K-12 and 9-12 by MWSU will complete the following
courses. This is known as the "professional
- EDU 202 Introduction to Elementary Education
- EDU 203 Participation in Elementary Teaching
I 1 Credits
- EDU 225 Applied Methods and Management 2 Credits
- EDU 303 Experience in Elementary Teaching II
- EDU 304 Psychology in Elementary Teaching 3
- EDU 311 Teaching Reading in the
Secondary School 2 credit hours
- EDU 315 Psychology and Education of the Exceptional
Child 2 Credits
- EDU 404 Seminar in Secondary Education and Human Relations 3 Credits
- EDU 409 Secondary Student Teaching III 9 Credits
A methods course in the content area may also be required.
What "major" courses are required?
This will depend upon which major or teacher certification
area a person will select: early childhood, elementary
education or secondary education. Select the
appropriate degree on the Department
of Education Catalog webpage.
What classes do people interested in Secondary Education
Individuals interested in a content area that will
lead to certification as a high school teacher will
major in that content area: English, history, math, biology, chemistry, speech/theater. They will take the Professional Sequence (see previous section.) These people will receive a teaching certificate
for grades 9-12.
People interested in teaching art, music, foreign
language, or physical
education will also complete course work in their content area along with the Professional Sequence. Certification
in these areas, however, will be for grades K-12.
Specific degree requirements for the above areas
will be found on the right side of the following
Programs A transfer student will contact
the department chair of the above MWSU departments
to determine what classes will or will not transfer
for the major.
What do I need to do to be admitted to the
MWSU Teacher Education program?
requirements are found in the MWSU catalog.
An undergraduate transfer student should complete the
ACT and C-BASE testing prior to the arrival at MWSU. If
in Missouri, contact the MWSU
Testing Center or the
local testing office at a junior college. As
with the ACT/SAT, the C-BASE is only given five
times per year. Generally there is a four to
five week wait between when the C-BASE is taken and
the arrival of the test results.
- A person with a Bachelor's Degree is exempt from the ACT and C-BASE requirement.
- A person with a MA/MS from an accredited university
is exempt from the formal testing.
- The above Admission Requirements webpage explains
the alternative admissions policy.
Transfer students are given one semester as a
grace period to complete the testing. Still,
it is advisable to have the testing successfully
completed prior to the arrival at MWSU.
Admission to Teacher Education is required to
take any Department of Education major course with the exception of EDU 202, EDU 203, EDU 225, EDU 308 or EDU 315.