CAPE GIRARDEAU, MO (KFVS) - The new school year is only a few weeks away, and lawmakers want to make sure only the best of the best are teaching your children.
They're strengthening the requirements to become a teacher.
Teaching students will now need a 2.75 cumulative GPA, 3.0 content, and 3.0 in their professional education.
They'll take the new MoGEA test during their sophomore year to get into the college of education.
Students will take a Missouri Educator Profile to assess the characteristics needed to be a teachers.
Next, they'll need to pass content area exams for each subject before they can graduate.
And they need a performance assessment on how they present the course work.
"I felt like this is what I was made to do, teach," said Tyler Reynolds a junior at Southeast Missouri State.
Reynolds is working to become a teacher.
"I'd like to be an elementary teacher and teach somewhere between 3 and 5th grade," said Reynolds.
But the requirements for students like him to stand at the front of the classroom as a teacher are getting more intense.
"We already take the C-Base, we take the Praxis before we even start teaching," said Reynolds.
"It's going to be interesting," said Diana Rogers-Adkinson, the Dean of the College of Education at Southeast Missouri State.
Rogers-Adkinson said they're working to change the curriculum to get students ready for the new tests.
But, how much of a change?
"Pretty much everything," said Rogers-Adkinson.
She's on a committee that will get to see the new test for the first time next week.
But she said they're concerned about last year's freshman who took the old courses, but will need to pass the new test.
"We're a little worried," said Rogers-Adkinson.
Others worry about the additional costs of the added tests, and even others are concerned about the more extensive knowledge needed for each subject.
"Say you won't be able to be a music educator because you've struggled with this deep level of science on the exam," said Rogers-Adkinson.
Students will be able to retake sub-portions of the test and have two years to complete the MoGEA test.
But what if they don't pass?
"If they do not pass it in the 2 year then it allows us to advise them into another major," said Rogers-Adkinson.
"It would add more stress to students," said Reynolds.
While there are a lot of worries, Rogers-Adkinson said they hope this will bring the best of the best teachers to future students.
She said they're viewing the new curriculum as new opportunities for the SEMO students.
"How big do we want to dream and how do we want to be, and there's some pretty fun discussions," said Rogers-Adkinson.
You can view more on the requirements here.