The curriculum for secondary education is a joint effort of each department supporting a teaching specialty area and the Teacher Education Department.
The candidate who desires to teach in a secondary school may choose to become qualified in a single teaching field with a high degree of specialization.
Specialties available for secondary and K-12 school teaching are:
Business Education 9-12
Music K-12 (Vocal and/or Instrumental)
Physical Education K-12
Social Sciences 9-12 (emphasis in History, Political Science or Sociology)
Unified Science 9-12 (emphasis in Biology, Chemistry or Physics)
For content area requirements please see the respective degree program in catalog.
Plan A: (Double Teaching Field)
Plan A is intended for those who desire to qualify as teachers in two different secondary content areas. Plan A is not available in all specialty areas. Please see your department/content area for advisement. Each area requires a minimum of 30 semester hours of specific course work which must meet Missouri State Department of Elementary and Secondary Education requirements.
Plan B: (Single Teaching Field)
Plan B is intended for persons who wish to concentrate teacher preparation in one subject matter area only. Forty or more semester hours are required in the subject matter area or related supporting courses listed in this catalog by department.
The Teaching Specialty for Secondary Education K-12/9-12
Candidates in secondary education must meet the same General Education Requirements as all MSSU students. Depending on the teaching specialty, these candidates will differ in the order in which they take the General Education Requirements. Each specialty area has a sequence of courses for the teaching specialty. Candidates should refer to the catalog under the teaching specialty.