Southeast Missouri State University


Southeast’s education program is fully accredited by the National Council for Accreditation of Teacher Education (NCATE). This national accreditation and Southeast’s strong program requirements and reputation offer our graduates enhanced opportunities when searching for and obtaining employment nationwide.


The Bachelor of Science in Education degree with a major in physics education is divided into two options:

  • The B.S. in Physics Education – Physics option is a 57-60 hour major focusing specifically on the area of physics and satisfying the Missouri certification for high school teaching of physics only. However, once the Missouri Physics teaching certification is obtained, endorsements in other areas (e.g. biology or chemistry) may be added by passing the appropriate subject area Missouri Content Exam.
  • The B.S. in Physics Education - Unified Science option is a 72 hour major certifying the student to teach any of the major science areas at the high school level in the state of Missouri. This degree is particularly attractive to rural high schools that need a single instructor to teach several different sciences, however, this course of study may take 5 years to complete.

Southeast’s education program differs from that of many other universities by providing you with extensive field experience, beginning with first-hand classroom training and observation during your freshman year and continuing through student teaching (link) during your senior year.

As a student in Southeast’s education program, you will receive a full semester of on-the-job student teaching experience, as opposed to the traditional eight or nine weeks of training, thus better preparing you for a career in education.

Southeast’s education program’s unique block format, in addition to providing increased professional experience, allows you to meet other students with your major early on, thus enabling you to form common bonds and establish professional relationships with others in your field.


Requirements for Admission to the Teacher Education Program:
  • 2.5 GPA
  • ACT Score of 22 or 265 on all C-BASE sections and any ACT score
  • The ACT score requirement can be waived with a four-year degree
  • A score of 20 is acceptable if test was taken before Oct. 1, 198
  • Score of 235 on all sections of the C-BASE (College Basic Skills Academic Skills Exam - tests science, social studies, English, math and writing. Sections not passed must be passed within two years of the semester in which the student first passed any section.) The C-BASE requirement is waived for students who have previously earned a four-year degree.
  • Complete EN100 (English Composition) with a grade of “C” or better
  • Complete EN 140 (Rhetoric & Critical Thinking) with a grade of “C” or better
  • Complete PY 220 (Adolescent Psychology) with a grade of “C” or better
  • Complete SE 222 (Secondary Block I field experience) with a grade of “C” or better
  • No felony convictions are permitted
  • Student may not be on disciplinary probation at the University
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