The following Central Methodist University programs of study have been approved by the Missouri Department of Elementary and Secondary Education (DESE). Students who satisfactorily complete the programs of study and other degree requirements may be recommended to the Missouri Department of Elementary and Secondary Education (DESE) for educator certification.

Certification Area (Grade Level)

Early Childhood (Birth - Grade 3)

Elementary (1 - 6)

Middle School (5 - 9)

Secondary (9 - 12): Students seeking secondary certification must complete a major in the area of certification with a Bachelor of Arts or a Bachelor of Science degree with a Minor in Education. We offer secondary certification in the following areas:

K - 12

It is important for all students who intend to pursue educator certification to examine certification standards and program of study requirements. Students should confer with their academic advisors and plan each semester of their programs. The lack of careful planning or late decision to enter the Educator Preparation Program may result in extended study.

Students who intend to prepare for educator certification will be fully and formally admitted to the program when they have passed all parts of the MoGEA and have earned 60 hours with a 2.75 GPA. Information about these requirements will be distributed to students enrolled in Education 101, Introduction to Teaching. Students who transfer credit in a course evaluated as equivalent to Introduction to Teaching should consult with the Director of Professional Education within their first semester of attendance to determine their status in the educator preparation program. Students must take the Missouri Educator Profile (MEP) online. In order to remain eligible in programs that require ED102, students must earn at least a "C" in no more than two attempts to pass ED102.

Students should pass all parts of the MoGEA by the time they reach Junior standing (60 hours). Many Junior level courses require the MoGEA: ED303, ED318, ED324, ED369MU, ED370 (all sections), ED453, ED454, ED462, ED471, SE301, SE340, and SE341.

Education Preparation candidates participate in selected professional education courses and student teaching experiences. Students must meet certain requirements before they will be allowed to register for ED453, ED454, ED461, ED462, or ED463. The requirements are:

  1. passing score on all sections of the MoGEA within a two year period;
  2. passing score on state qualifying exam for certification in student's area of study (pre-requisite for enrolling in ED454 and ED462);
  3. minimum GPAs required prior to student teaching and graduation: 2.75 GPA overall, 3.0 GPA in the content area, and 3.0 GPA in professional education courses with no grade lower than a C;
  4. registration or completion of courses in the professional education sequence;
  5. incorporation of appropriate components of demonstrations, observations, mini-teaching, and/or development into the pre-service portfolio; and
  6. a history of ethical academic conduct.

Students cannot register for any other courses concur­rently with ED462 without written permission from the Chair of the Division of Professional Education.

Professionalism and Ethical Behavior. Students working toward educator certification must act and dress in a professional manner when visiting or working in the classrooms of our public and private school partners. All educator preparation students will be involved in two different levels of security check processes. The first level (Freshman, Sophomore, Junior) involves security checks with the Missouri State Highway Patrol, the Missouri Division of Family Services, and the Missouri Sex Registry. Prior to student teaching, students must undergo an FBI Fingerprint Screen as well as the security checks previously mentioned. An arrest or conviction may disqualify a candidate for certification. The Department of Elementary and Secondary Education has the authority to refuse to issue of a certificate.

CMU has a student organization for Education majors. Student Missouri State Teachers Association (SMSTA) was founded in 1947. All students who are interested in a career in education must join a professional organization by their senior year. The Missouri State Teachers Association is the sponsoring organization. (Advisor: Prof. Barb Thurmon)