2023-2024 Academic Catalog 
    May 24, 2024  
2023-2024 Academic Catalog

Education, B.A. - Elementary (Grades 1-6) with Bridge to M.A. in Special Reading

This program prepares candidates to teach at the elementary level, (grades 1-6) . Additional coursework and experiences providing a strong emphasis on literacy devleopment and addressing the needs of struggling readers is a cornerstone of this program, enhancing teacher effectiveness in the elementary classroom. During the senior year, candidates take some master’s level coursework focusing on literacy development, content reading, diagnosis of and strategies for impacting children’s reading problems. This coursework provides an accelerated pathway to completion of a master’s degree and fulfillment of requirements in the State of Missouri for certification in special reading.

General Education Requirements

(60 credits)


(3 courses)

  • Fine Arts elective
  • Literature elective
  • Multicultural elective (Study Abroad, Foreign Language, etc.)


(7 courses)

Practicum Experiences

(26 credits)

Education majors spend a considerable amount of time in schools gaining firsthand classroom experience with students. Beginning in the sophomore year, all education students are required to complete a practicum experience each semester, with increasingly rigorous expectations regarding student interactions, lesson planning and delivery, and collaboration with professional educators in the field. These experiences build upon one another to provide teacher candidates with exposure to students from multiple grade levels in diverse schools and districts, as well as to a wide variety of teaching/learning opportunities in real-world settings. These practicum experiences culminate in student teaching experience in the final semester of the initial teacher preparation program. Candidates seeking the Master’s degree in Special Reading complete an additional 6 hours of clinical experience at the graduate level. These clinical experiences focus on working with struggling readers. One of these experiences is done at the elementary level and another is done at the secondary level.

Reading and Literacy Specialization Coursework

(27 credits)

The following courses are needed to meet the requirements for Special Reading certification in the State of Missouri. All of these courses are graduate level courses. Some of these courses may be taken during the senior year to accelerate the path to completion of the Master’s degree and Special Reading Certification.  Candidate should note that a minimum of two years teaching experience is also required to be eligible for the Special Reading Certification in the State of MIssouri.

Graduation Requirements

School of Education and Missouri Licensing Requirements

  • MoGEA with a passing score (220 or higher on all subsections)
  • MoCA with a passing score (220 or higher on all subsections)
  • 3.0 or higher professional GPA (includes content area and education coursework)
  • 2.75 Cumulative GPA (Please note: calculated from ALL college coursework, not just Maryville credits)

Maryville University Policies

  • 128 credit hours minimum (last 30 hours in residency)
  • A minimum half the major credit hours in residency
  • A minimum half the minor credit hours in residency
  • 60 credit hours must be completed at a 4-year institution