Department of Education

About Us

What majors and minors are offered?

The Education Department offers a Bachelor of Science in Elementary Education (Grades 1 – 6) with a choice of an area of concentration.

The following concentrations offer additional areas of certification:

  • Early Childhood Special Education (Birth-3rd Grade)
  • Early Childhood Education (Birth-3rd Grade)
  • Special Education Mild-Moderate Cross-Categorical (K-12)
  • Special Reading (K-12)
  • English for Speakers of Other Languages (ESOL)

In addition, other non-certified areas of concentration such as English, Spanish, French,  mathematics, computer science, reading, general science, and social science are available.

The Education Departments also offers a Bachelor of Science in Early Childhood Education (Birth – Grade 3).

Students who plan to teach high school will receive a Bachelor of Science in Education in their particular field of study.

The following secondary education majors will certify you in Grades 9-12:

  • Biology
  • Chemistry
  • Math
  • English
  • Communication Studies (Speech and Theatre)
  • Social Studies

The following secondary education majors will certify you in Grades K-12:

  • Art
  • Physical Education
  • Music (Vocal or Instrumental)
  • French
  • Spanish

Missouri Western also offers a minor in Childhood Studies for students who have child-related emphases in their majors, such as nursing, juvenile delinquency or child psychology.

As a high school student how do I prepare for an Education major?

Besides completing the core requirement of high school courses, you should begin as early as possible to gain experience working with preschool through twelfth-grade students. This could include assisting a classroom teacher, working as a camp counselor, teaching a Sunday School class, assisting with summer programs for students, and gaining leadership skills through organizations such as the Girl or Boy Scouts programs.

What are the admission requirements for an Education major?

MOGEA Passing Scores

English/Language Arts: 203
Writing: 193
Math: 183
Science: 183
Social Studies: 183

Students must apply for admission into the teacher education program and meet the following criteria:

  • Students with a passing score on MOGEA or CBASE.
  • Students with an ACT composite score on record with the University or Education Department.
  • All students must have a cumulative GPA of 2.75 and content GPA of 3.0.
  • All students must have completed EDU 202 and 203 with a C or better.
  • MEP (Missouri Educator Profile)

What is the typical class size?

 Class sizes vary from 10 to 35 in majors classes.

What student organizations are offered?

The Education Department sponsors the Kappa Delta Pi Education Honor Society. Admission requirements include a 3.2 GPA and formal sponsorship of the faculty.  Education Instructors sponsor organizations such as: Student Missouri State Teachers Association, Missouri National Teachers Association, and International Reading Association.

What about the Education Department faculty?

Missouri Western’s Education Department faculty members serve as role models for their students, as all have prior experience in preschool – twelfth-grade classrooms. The majority of the faculty members have earned a terminal degree in their field.

What are the Education facilities like?

The Education Department is located in Janet Gorman Murphy Hall, which was completed in 2001. Most of the majors classes are held in this building.   There are several computer labs in the Education section of the building, and all classrooms are equipped with technology useful in teaching.

Is the program accredited?                                                                                                                                                              Missouri Western’s teacher education program is approved at the state level by the Missouri Department of Elementary and Secondary Education (DESE) and nationally by the National Association of Colleges for Teacher Education (NCATE).