School of Education

B.S.E. in Elementary Education

Offered face-to-face on the Parkville campus.

The Bachelor of Science in Education - Elementary Education program covers the education of children from grade 1 through grade 6 and leads to teaching certification. This degree requires a minimum of 120 total credit hours to graduate.

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  • 79 hours, 2.75 Cumulative GPA
  • No grade lower than a “C” in education core.
Parkville, 16-Week


The student must have a total of at least 21 semester hours in an area of concentration (courses taken as part of the General Curriculum may be counted as part of the area of concentration). The area of concentration must be approved by the student’s advisor, and students should also plan the courses needed for the area of concentration with his or her advisor. Available concentration areas:

Degree Requirements

Curriculum (2013-2014 Catalog) Hours
Core Education Courses 79
EDU 107 Career Inquiry in Education 2
EDU 203 Educational Psychology 3
EDU 207 Technology in Education 3
EDU 210 School as a Social System 3
EDU 310 Issues in Diversity & World Culture 3
EDC 220* Child Growth and Development for Early Childhood & Elementary Teachers 3
EDU 315 Children and Young Adult Literature 3
EDC 335 Art, Music, & Movement for ECE & Elementary Teachers 3
GGH 140 Economic Geography 3
SO 302 The Study of the Family 3
BI 214 Personal and Community Health 3
EDU 341 Ethics and Professionalism in the Classroom 1
Admission to the School of Education - Certification Program is required for enrollment in the following courses.  
EDE 355 Classroom Management 3
EDE 359 Elementary Teaching Strategies with Practicum 5
EDE 360A Practicum 2
EDE 360B Practicum 2
EDE 360C Practicum 2
EDU 367 Assessment in Education 3
EDU 375 Exceptional Children 3
EDE 378 Science for ECE and Elementary Teachers 2
EDE 380 Literacy for ECE and Elementary Teachers 6
EDE 385 Diagnosis and Remediation for Math Difficulties 3
EDE 387 Diagnosis and Remediation for Reading Difficulties 3
EDE 410 Elementary Directed Teaching with Seminar 12
Total Hours 79

*Teacher Candidates seeking an additional endorsement in special education certification in K-12 Mild/Moderate Cross-Categorical Disabilities must take PS 121 Human Growth and Development instead of EDE 220. Because there are specific general education courses required for teacher certification in the state of Missouri, it is imperative the student speak with his or her advisor regarding these course requirements prior to enrollment.

Additional Endorsement in Special Education Certification

Elementary education teacher candidates who have an area of concentration in Language Arts may add an endorsement in Special Education (K-12 Mild/Moderate Cross-Categorical Disabilities) to their initial elementary education certification by taking the following courses and passing the appropriate Praxis II test (Mild/Moderate Cross-Categorical Disabilities, K-12).

Curriculum (2013-2014 Catalog) Hours
EDU 336 Foundations of Special Education 3
EDU 366 Methods of Teaching Students with Cross-Categorical Disabilities 3
EDU 436 Transition/Career Education for the Student with Disabilities 3
EDU 447 Family, School and Community Collaboration 3
EDU 457 Language Development of the Exceptional Child 3

*Elementary teacher candidates must have also successfully completed PS 121 Human Growth and Development and MA 110/EDU 110 Geometry for Teachers as part of their course of study.