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Northwest Missouri State University


Master of Science in Education

Elementary (Self-Contained)

The Master of Science in Education in Teaching is designed to prepare school personnel for classroom teaching positions and/or certification in elementary grades (first grade through sixth grade). This program allows for an individually-prescribed program based on the background and specific needs of the classroom teacher. A structured program of 32 graduate hours is required. Specific course requirements are listed in the Graduate Academic Catalog.

Admission Requirements

The following advanced programs are designed to further prepare school personnel for classroom teaching positions and/or certification in different subject areas and varying grade levels - early childhood through post-secondary - with formats that allow for individually-prescribed programs based on the background and specific needs of the classroom teacher involved. More structured programs are also provided for the elementary self-contained classroom teacher and the secondary teacher who wishes additional subject area content.

  • Minimum undergraduate GPA of 2.75
  • A valid teaching certificate.
  • Successful completion of the Analytical Writing Assessment or minimum of 3.5 on GRE writing section.
  • Program admission:
    • In-service teachers (with more than 2 years of teaching experience) -- PRAXIS II score and one letter of recommendation from a current administrator who has completed a performance-based annual evaluation of the candidate's ability.
    • In-service teachers who were certified prior to the PRAXIS II requirement -- submit two letters of recommendation (one from a current administrator and one from a professional colleague; the administrator must have completed a performance-based annual evaluation of the applicant's ability).
    • New teachers (one to two years of teaching experience) and international students -- take and pass GRE (minimum combined score of 700 on the verbal and quantitative sections).

Patricia ThompsonDepartment Contact

Patricia Thompson 
Department of Professional Education
Northwest Missouri State University
800 University Drive
Maryville, MO 64468-6001
Phone: 660.562.1775
Email: pthom@nwmissouri.edu

Core Requirements (may be taken any time)

61-649 Issues in Education OR
     61-695 Philosophy of Education 3
61-650 Improvement of Teaching 3
61-651 Practicum & Seminar in Teaching 3
61-682 Improvement of Instruction Through Action Research 2
61-683 Research Paper 1
Total 12
Elementary Methods 
62-603 Mathematics in the Elementary School 3
62-605 Science in the Elementary School 3
62-607 Language Arts in the Elementary School 3
62-610 Social Studies in the Elementary School 3
62-655 Reading in Elementary School 3
Elementary Methods Total 15
Electives 5
Program Total 32

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