Missouri Southern, Crowder College Create Seamless Path for Education Students

(Joplin, MO) – A signing ceremony held this afternoon formally cemented a new “2+2” partnership between the teacher-education programs at Missouri Southern State University (MSSU) and Crowder College.

The agreement is designed to create a seamless pathway for Crowder students to complete their certification at Missouri Southern, said Dr. Lisa Toms, provost/vice president of Academic Affairs. Students will complete their two years of study at Crowder, then transfer to complete their certification at MSSU.

“With the shortage of teachers across the nation, this agreement is vital not only to our region and our state, but to our country,” said Toms.

Dr. Katricia Pierson, president of Crowder College, said students will sometimes transfer to another school only to discover not all of their credits can be applied.

“We know our students do well once they land, and we want them to get into the workplace and their professions as quickly as possible,” she said.

Pierson thanked Heidi Gilligan, chair of Crowder’s Education Division, and Aaron Sumler, teacher education instructor, for their work in making the agreement possible.

“They’ve worked diligently to make sure it’s a seamless transfer for our students,” she said.

The education certifications available include:

  • Elementary (Grades 1-6) and Early Childhood (Birth-Grade 3)
  • Elementary (1-6) and Special Education (K-12)
  • Elementary (1-6) and English Language Learner (K-12)
  • Middle School (5-9) in English, Math, Science or Social Studies
  • Secondary (9-12) in Business, Social Science (History Emphasis), or Social Science (International and Political Affairs Emphasis)
  • Physical Education (K-12)
  • Spanish (K-12

An elementary education “2+2” program will also be available online for those who are currently working in a school district.

“We want to thank you for partnering with us,” said Dr. Jeri Goswick, assistant professor and chair of MSSU’s Teacher Education Department. “We’ve had a longstanding relationship with Crowder College. Most of our transfer students are from Crowder, so this just made sense.”


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