Mission Statement for the Gordon T. and Ellen West College of Education

The mission of the Gordon T. and Ellen West College of Education, a community of learners, is to prepare successful, reflective professionals through the use of best practices.


The West College of Education believes that learning changes both the individual and society. Developing resiliency and tolerance enhances an individual's potential. The individual becomes a critical thinker and an effective problem solver. Individuals with a cause beyond self contribute to an informed, democratic, and synergistic society. We will establish a reflective and collaborative community to enhance the potential of both the learner and society.

Program Summary

The undergraduate teacher certification program of the West College of Education functions within a Center for the Professional Development of Teachers (CPDT). The CPDT consists of the Gordon T. and Ellen West College of Education and cooperating public schools. All professional education courses, and most reading courses, are taught as field-based courses in classrooms dedicated to our teacher education program in those professional development schools.

The Gordon T. and Ellen West College of Education offers teacher certification for elementary, secondary, all-level teachers, and a B.A. and B.S. in Sport and Leisure Studies. Students who wish to become elementary teachers (Early Childhood - Grade 6; 4-8 Generalist; Grades 4-8) graduate with a Bachelor of Science in Interdisciplinary Studies (BSIS). Students who wish to become secondary teachers (Grades 7-12) or all-level teachers (Grades K-12) pursue a Bachelor of Science, Bachelor of Arts, Bachelor of Fine Arts, Bachelor of Music, or Bachelor of Business Administration with a major and/or minor in appropriate teaching fields.

The program requirements listed are those in effect at the time this catalog was published. Changes may be mandated by the Texas Higher Education Coordinating Board (THECB), Texas Education Agency, or Midwestern State University Teacher Education Committee (MSU-TEC). Students should contact the West College of Education for information regarding program changes.

Students already holding a bachelor's degree who wish to seek teacher certification should contact the Certification Officer, Bridwell Hall 301 Suite, for an assessment of their degree and specific program requirements.


West College of Education Undergraduate Degrees