Southeast Missouri State University

Who advises the Department of Elementary, Early and Special Education?

Karie Stroder is the advisor for this department. She is located in Scully 308. She can be reached at 651-2128 or via email at

Who is the head of the Department of Elementary,Early and Special Education?

Dr.Julie Ray is the Chair of this department. She is located at Scully 313. She can be reached at 651-2444 or via email at

Where do you declare a major?

Students should declare their major at the Advising Center in Scully 308.

Why do elementary school teachers need to have an area of concentration?

This is a State requirement. It also has a practical application because some schools are departmentalized.For example, the school may have three 5th grade sections, one for science and social studies, one for math, and one for communication studies. Different schools have different variations at various grades therefore, a concentration becomes an asset to the teacher.

Do students go into the P-12 classroom while in block I?

Yes. Southeast Missouri State University students in teacher education are involved with P-12 schools through out their program.

Is there interaction with children during the freshman year?

During Block I (ED 250), students go into the school classroom to observe the class. The opportunity to interact with the class depends upon the approval of the teacher in charge.

How many years does it take to get a degree in Education?

Normally, four to five years, depending upon your major and your personal circumstances.

Can a minor be added onto an education major?

Minors are generally not added for students majoring in Elementary, Early, or Exceptional Child education. The area of concentration generally serves as a minor for Elementary Education majors, because there are several classes that have to be taken in that concentration. Early Childhood and Exceptional Child majors can add the lementary Educaton certification for an additional area of study. To discuss a adding a minor to your program, please speak with Karie Stroder, Advising Coordinator for the College of Education.

What are the areas of concentration for an Elementary Education major?

Areas of concentration for Elementary Education area

  • Language & Literature
  • Mathematics
  • Science

What are the different types of majors offered by the Department of Elementary, Early & Special Education?

  • Elementary Education (Grades 1-6
  • Early Childhood Education (Birth through 3rd grade or Birth through 6th grade)
  • Exceptional Child Education (K-12, includes Elementary Education 1-6)

Can students study abroad?

Yes, studying abroad is an option. To learn more about overseas options go to

What is the Teacher Education Program?

The Teacher Education Program usually consists of the last two years of a student's studies. After meeting all requirements to get into the Teacher Education Program, students are allowed to proceed to Block II and all other subsequent Blocks. During these Blocks students receive more in-depth and advanced teacher education coupled with field experiences (time in the school classroom with children).

How many hours have to be taken before acceptance into the Teacher Education Program?

57 hours or before Block II

What are the requirements for the Teacher Education Program?

Teacher Education candidates must not have any felony convictions nor be on disciplinary probation at the university.

Requirements for Fall 2013

2.5 GPA Cumulative

C-BASE all passed with 235 on each section

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Requirements Beginning Spring 2014

2.5 GPA Cumulative

Mo General Education Assement (MoGEA) Passing Grade (Grade to be set Fall 2013)

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**Note: GPA requirements will be raised to 2.75 cumulative and 3.0 professional education cousework beginning Fall 2015

##Course requirements for all options include:

  • Must have 57 hours completed
  • EN140 completed with a grade of "C" or above
  • Block I completed with a "C" or better

The C-BASE tests include English, Math, Science, Social Studies and Writing. All sections must be passed withintwo years of the semester in which the student passed any section or all previously passed sections are void. If C-BASE is taken at a testing site other than Southeast, code it to be sent to Southeast (00250). Any previousfour-year degree from an accredited institution will waive the C-BASE.

What is the CBASE?

CBASE stands for College Basic Academic Subjects Examination. It is a standardized test that focuses on the subjects of English, mathematics, science, and social studies.

Where can the CBASE be taken?

The CBASE can be taken here at Southeast Missouri State University as well as our outreach center in Kennett. Some community colleges also administer the CBASE. For information about dates when the CBASE is offered through Southeast Missouri State University go to

When are students eligible to take the CBASE?

The CBASE can be taken at any time. It needs to be passed with the appropriate score before Block II.

How do students register for the CBASE?

Go to and click on the online application and fill out the form.

What do students need to know for the CBASE?

Go to At the bottom of the page there are CBASE links that will be helpful.

What happens if a student doesn’t pass the CBASE?

Fortunately, the reviewing committee looks at each section's scores (English, mathematics, science, and social studies). If you make the appropriate score for one or more sections, but not all, you are only required to retake the sections that you did not pass. So, when you take the test again, the fee will remain the same, but you only have to take the specific sections not passed.

The College of Education Advising Office has CBASE study guides and materials that can assist you in passing the test. One of the best tools we offer is the A+ software located in the IRTC. Please visit Scully 313 for more information.

For any additional information contact Alicia Lincoln at

Missouri General Education Assessment (MoGEA)

Starting Spring 2014

  • Currently, the CollegeBASE (CBASE) will be administered in its entirety:
    • March 16-23, 2013
    • June 10-15, 2013
    • July 29-August 3, 2013
  • Candidates who need to pass one or more of the subtests will need to pass those on one of the two remaining test dates.
    • September 24-31, 2013
    • November 18-23, 2013
  • Candidates who haven't passed the complete assessment will have to pass the new test beginning on January 1, 2014.
  • Candidates may take the new Missouri General Education Assessment starting in September 3, 2013 in lieu of completing the CBASE.
  • Students will not be allowed to mix assesments subtest scores.