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Teaching Certification Program

Teaching Certification Program

Pursue your calling and be equipped to teach in elementary, middle or secondary schools with SBU's Master of Science in Education with Teaching Certification. You will be prepared to meet requirements for a Missouri teaching certificate, as well as concurrently complete the requirements for a Master of Science in Education degree, all in a setting with a foundational Christian perspective.

Who Can Apply for this Degree?

Our Teaching Certification master's degree program is designed to help top students from other areas of study to enter the teaching profession. If you have completed a bachelor's degree, you may apply to these graduate-level courses. Those who have not completed a bachelor's degree may request special permission from the Director of Graduate Studies in Education to apply for the program. The teaching certification master's degree is ideal for those whose undergraduate study was related to the field(s) in which they plan to teach and who have an outstanding undergraduate record.

What are the Degree Requirements?

Criteria for admission into the Master's level Teaching Certification program are the same as all our Graduate Studies programs in Education. Among the criteria for admission to the Teacher Education program is the development of a complete student file in the Office of Teacher Education, passing scores on all sections of the C-BASE test, and EDU 2113 and EDU 2313 (or their equivalents).

This program results in both a Master of Science in Education (M.S.Ed.) degree and a Missouri teaching certificate. The degree is not granted until all certificate requirements are met, and the certificate is not processed until the degree requirements are met.

After an initial interview with the Certification Officer in Teacher Education at SBU, you will be assigned an advisor who provides guidance throughout your time in the program from admission to completion of both the Master's in Education degree and teacher certification requirements.

What are my Course Options?

If you are pursuing a certification in elementary education, you have two options:

  • In-person class sessions on the SBU-Bolivar campus
  • Online class sessions offered during the evening

Required classroom field experiences and student teaching will need to be completed during the day when schools are in session.

If you are pursuing a certification for middle school or high school, you may do so through traditional class schedules on the SBU-Bolivar campus.

Want to Learn more and Apply?

Visit the Graduate Education page to learn more about the application and admissions process, financial aid, and more.

Admissions Information


Course formats

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This degree is offered through online and face-to-face classes.

SBU students

The SBU Advantage

  • Learn from faculty who are highly qualified educators with experience as teachers, principals and superintendents. In addition to their roles as faculty members, many also serve on state and national education boards.
  • Benefit from an engaging and relevant curriculum with an emphasis on practical application. Learn in our classroom one night and apply it in your classroom the next day.
  • Fit classes into your busy schedule through our convenient online and hybrid offerings that are scheduled with the time-constrained demands of the working educator in mind.

Faith Integration

SBU's Education graduate degree programs have been intentionally designed to model how the Christian faith shapes expertise, practice and experiences in professional educational settings. To assist students in developing as transformative agents in today's schools, our programs provide a foundation to become both scholars and practitioners — a synthesis of academic knowledge, practical skills and servant leadership. We desire that our students, while working toward a graduate degree in education, become true servant leaders who are able to integrate their faith into their practice to make a difference in today's society.

As an administrator, some of my best educators were graduates of SBU and I am glad to be a part of a quality program at SBU.

Dr. Tammy Condren, Assistant Professor of Graduate Education
Tammy Condren, Assistant Professor