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Childhood Education and Family Studies

Not a surprise: online master’s in elementary education ranked high

A college student working with a young child

Imagine being an elementary school teacher. You’re ready to further your education, but you don’t want to leave your day job teaching. What do you do?

Initially established as a teacher’s college in 1905, Missouri State University still has a strong commitment to educate future teachers of all kinds. Recently ranked No. 4 on CollegeChoice.net’s list of the “25 Best Online Master’s in Elementary Education Degrees for 2017,” the program at Missouri State is no exception to this commitment.

“It really doesn’t surprise me that our master’s degree in elementary education was ranked so highly, simply because we have been on the forefront of teacher preparation since our inception in 1905,” said Dr. Denise Cunningham, head of the MSU childhood education and family studies department where the program is housed. “The fact that students can enhance their skills and knowledge base through a very flexible online program just fits right in with everything that we do.”

Educating tomorrow’s teachers

CollegeChoice.net ranked the programs based on “…standard academic reputation rankings, program tuition rates, early career earnings of graduates and school acceptance rates.”

Cunningham believes the program at Missouri State stands out in several ways.

“We offer the curriculum and instruction pathway that provides individualized course work for students. It’s very unique,” said Cunningham. “We also have a wide variety of certificate programs at the graduate level.”

For example, there’s conservation education, gifted and talented education and elementary curriculum and instruction certificates.

“We also have an elementary mathematics specialist certification, which is through the Missouri Department of Elementary and Secondary Education,” said Cunningham. “They aren’t teacher certifications, but graduate certificates that students can get. They are very popular with our students.”

For more information, contact Cunningham at 417-836-4492.

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Education students present at national conference

Several Missouri State University education students presented field experience research at the 2016 National Science Teachers Association conference in Kansas City in December. The students investigated what happened when they used two different research-based strategies to facilitate science discussions in elementary classrooms. Students then compared and analyzed the effectiveness of the methods they applied. All […]

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Play research featured in 2015 Mind’s Eye

Congratulations to Dr. Joanna Cemore Brigden! Her work will be featured in the 2015 issue of Mind’s Eye, Missouri State University’s research publication. This story will also be featured on Missouri State’s research website and the Missouri State homepage.

Read the story on Mind’s Eye.

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Apply for CoE Scholarships!

Apply for COE Scholarships!

DEADLINE: March 1, 2014

It is time for students to complete the scholarship application forms online to be eligible for scholarships in Fall 2014-Spring 2015! We want to encourage all students in the College of Education to apply for scholarships for the 2014-15 academic year.
For all students planning to return to campus in Fall 2014, please go to this website to review all scholarship information:http://www.missouristate.edu/financialaid/scholarships/. On that site you will find general scholarship policies, eligibility for specific scholarships, and information for all levels of scholarship opportunities (i.e., Freshman Scholarships, Transfer Scholarships, General & Departmental Scholarships, Student Government Association Leadership Scholarships, Graduate Student Scholarships, etc.). The deadline for submitting the online application is March 1, so please apply as soon as possible!
We know your education means a great deal to you, and these are challenging financial times for everyone. We would love to have a large applicant pool to review for scholarship consideration. Follow guidelines on this website (http://www.missouristate.edu/FinancialAid/scholarships/general.html) to locate the online application form and apply by March 1st! We look forward to awarding many well-deserved students with scholarship funds this year!!
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Foster family need highlighted in exhibit of ‘Courageous Love’

With Valentine’s Day approaching, love is on the tip of everybody’s tongue. But for Dr. Joanna Cemore Brigden, associate professor of childhood education and family studies at Missouri State University, February isn’t about roses and chocolate. She is trying to raise awareness of the love needed to be a foster parent.

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Maroon Minute recognizes the Child Development Center

Dr. Joanna Cemore Brigden received renewal funding from the Missouri Department of Elementary and Secondary Education to enhance programming and resources at the Child Development Center on Missouri State’s campus.

This center is a point of pride for the university, offering affordable, high-quality child care to the community, providing the best possible care to infants and young children, and using the most innovative and developmentally appropriate practices available.

Maroon Minutes highlight Missouri State University’s points of pride: the accomplishments of our faculty, staff, students and supporters. Each Maroon Minute first airs during a home football or basketball game.

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