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    Jul 15, 2024  
Missouri Baptist University 2023-2024 Undergraduate Catalog 
Missouri Baptist University 2023-2024 Undergraduate Catalog [ARCHIVED CATALOG]

Secondary Education, BS

CIP Code: 13.1205


Content areas for secondary certification (9-12) include the following: Business Education, English, Marketing Education, Mathematics, Social Science, and Speech/Theatre. Post-baccalaureate certification-only students (those who already hold a baccalaureate degree from a college or university with an approved teacher education program) may opt to pursue the categorical Biology or Chemistry certifications. Driver Education is available as an add-on area.

Note: Secondary candidates may opt to complete certification in one or two content areas. In addition, secondary certification may be combined with middle school certification in the same content area, earning subject-specific certification in grades 5-12.


Students must meet all requirements for certification before this degree will be conferred, including passing the following: 1) all sections of the Missouri General Education Assessment (MoGEA); 2) the Professional Development Folio (semester prior to student teaching); 3) the Missouri Content Assessment(s) (MoCA) for each area of certification sought; and 4) a passing composite score on their summative evaluation in the Missouri Educator Evaluation System (MEES).

Students must also complete a primary major in their certification content area: Business Education, English, Marketing Education, Mathematics, Social Science, or Speech/Theatre.

General Education Requirements (Education)   

Bachelor of Science (Education)    

Programs within the School of Teacher Education are subject to change as DESE alters their requirements. Students must regularly meet with their advisor to remain on track for graduation and to meet certification requirements.

Secondary Education Major Requirements

Professional Requirements

Total: 35 Hours

Students who transfer in a course for EDRD 423/523  which does not include an equivalent field experience must complete EDCL 420/520 - Field Experience with English Language Learners    

Instructional Strategies and Techniques in Content Specialty Area

Candidates should complete only the course(s) which represent the content area(s) of desired certification:

Total: 3-6 Hours

Field and Clinical Experiences

Total: 14 Hours

*Candidates pursuing secondary/middle combined certification must complete EDCL 411/511  in a middle school setting.
1See the catalog section on Senior Permission  for information on earning graduate credit for this course.
‡ Students who transfer in a course for EDCL 211  with a grade of B or better who do not have a MEES evaluation (or equivalent) must take EDCL 220 - Transfer Field Experience 


In addition, subject-specific course requirements for the following areas of secondary certification are included under their respective schools within this catalog: English (Humanities & Theology), Mathematics (Natural Sciences & Mathematics), Social Science (Social & Behavioral Sciences), and Speech/Theatre (Performing Arts).

Subject-specific course requirements leading to a baccalaureate degree and/or a teaching certificate in Business Education, Biology Education, and Chemistry Education are listed with the School of Teacher Education majors.


  • At least six hours of major and three hours of minor must be earned at Missouri Baptist University.
  • A grade of C or better (CR for zero credit classes) is required in courses taken to fulfill the requirements for a major or minor
    • ​Courses listed within this major are considered program requirements by DESE; therefore, students must receive a grade of C or better (B or better for Gateway courses).
    • The GPA for this program must be at least 3.000 and will include courses listed in the major.
  • If a substitution has been made, documentation of the signed approval and course number and title must be sent to the Records Office. Please include the date of the submission.
  • At least 24 of the last 32 hours must be taken at Missouri Baptist University to meet residency requirements.
  • Major GPA 3.000 or better.
  • Cumulative GPA of at least 2.50 on a 4.00 scale is required for degree conferral. Program GPA must be 3.000 or better for degree conferral and certification. Students must meet all requirements for certification before this degree will be conferred.
  • At least 42 total hours of Upper Division (54 for dual degree).
  • At least 120 total credit hours (144 for dual degree).

* Available for graduate credit through Senior Permission.
^ Teacher Education Program Gateway course - requires a grade of B or better (may be repeated once)
† Requires enrollment in EDAS WM7 Watermark 7-Year License as co-requisite/pre-requisite.

Students need to make an appointment with their assigned School of Teacher Education advisor (see myMBU Access) or the Director of Teacher Education Certification Advising during the first semester of their junior year for a graduation check.