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Academic Programs

The Department of Elementary, Early, and Special Education provides programs for the preparation of teachers at the undergraduate level, and the improvement of teaching at the master's degree level. See the Graduate Bulletin for listing of all advanced programs. All undergraduate programs offer the opportunity to earn two teaching licenses. The different teaching licenses available at the undergraduate level are Elementary Education (grades 1 - 6), Early Childhood Education (Birth - 3rd grade), Exceptional Child Education: Mild Moderate Cross Categorical (K - 12 special education) and Early Child Special Education (Birth - 3rd grade special education).

All programs are available at the Cape Girardeau, Sikeston, Kennett, and Poplar Bluff campuses.


Certification Requirements

Honors Program

Teaching Assistant Certificate

Course Requirements
This program does not lead to a Missouri teaching license. This is a Southeast Missouri State University certificate only. For more information about course work, contact the department chairperson, Dr. Julie Ray.

More information about Teaching Assistant Certificate program in Elementary Education.


Scully 313
Dept. of Elem., Early & Special Edu.
One University Plaza, MS 5575
Cape Girardeau, Missouri 63701