2014-2015 College Catalog 
    Apr 16, 2024  
2014-2015 College Catalog [ARCHIVED CATALOG]

Secondary Education Major, B.A./B.S.

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Secondary Education majors must complete all requirements for a major in one of the approved teaching fields (see below) as well as requirements for grades K-12 or 9-12 certification. See your advisor or the Director of Teacher Education for secondary education advisory check lists.

General Information:

Bachelor of Arts, Bachelor of Science

Professional educational programs at College of the Ozarks are designed to help graduates be reflective decision-makers and effective teachers. This is approached through an integrated program of general, specialized and professional education combining theory and practice designed to help students gain knowledge, skills and attitudes essential for a successful teaching career. Each graduate of the education program will demonstrate satisfactory knowledge and understanding of: 1) significant content in the liberal arts core component of the program; 2) a variety of teaching methods and their application to the teaching-learning process; 3) a variety of evaluation techniques essential to effective assessment of student learning; 4) the profession of teaching as documented in current research; 5) the specialized areas of study; and 6) a strong Christ-like character dedicated to intellectual growth, hard work, and service to God and the education profession.


Required major courses: 28-29 credit hours (9-12); 31-32 credit hours (K-12)

Required collateral courses: 6-12 credit hours

General Education courses: 55-58 credit hours

Additional Requirements:

√ In addition, choose a 3-4 hour course from two of the following six areas (6-8 hours): Biology, Chemistry, Physical Science, Science (SCI), Mathematics, (exclude MAT 013 ), Computer Science (excludes CSC 113  or CSC 253 ) for BS degree, or choose 2 semesters of foreign language for BA degree.

Approved Secondary Teaching Fields:

  • Agriculture
  • Art K–12
  • Biology
  • Chemistry
  • English
  • Foreign Language (Spanish) K–12
  • History (Social Studies)
  • Mathematics
  • Music–Instrumental K–12
  • Music–Vocal K–12
  • Physical Education K–12
  • Speech & Theatre

Certification endorsements are available in the following Middle School fields:

Middle School (5-9):

  • Language Arts
  • Mathematics
  • Science
  • Social Studies
  • Agriculture


All Elementary and Secondary Majors should apply for admission to the Teacher Education program by the end of their third semester. Minimum standards for admission include: 1) Minimum cumulative GPA of 2.75 and passing all sections of the MoGEA (Missouri General Education Assessment); 2) 30 semester hours course work completed; 3) ACT score on file.

Students must apply for permission to enroll in student teaching the semester preceding the student teaching semester. Minimum standards for permission to enroll include: 1) minimum cumulative GPA of 2.75 with minimum 3.0 in major and professional courses; 2) successful completion of teaching certification course requirements in one or more teaching fields; 3) minimum grade of  “C-“ in all professional education and major field courses required.

Successful completion of Missouri DESE Exit Exam is required prior to student teaching.

NOTE: College of the Ozarks Teacher Education Program and Missouri State Department of Education Certification Standards that are in effect at the time of program completion must be met in order to be recommended for teaching certification.

College of the Ozarks students who completed the professional educational programs for teacher certification had a 100% pass rate on the prescribed state licensure tests for 2012-2013.

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