High School Curricular Recommendation
State Technical College of Missouri recommends the Coordinating Board for Higher Education Minimum 24-unit High School CORE Curriculum for its entering first-year students:
- English/Language Arts 4 units
- Social Studies 3 units
- Mathematics 3 units
- Science 3 units
- Fine Arts 1 unit
- Additional Coursework 3 units
- Electives 7 units
For each high school core content area, descriptions follow that provide illustrations of coursework acceptable and unacceptable for the high school core curriculum.
English/Language Arts – 4 units
- English/language arts coursework emphasizes college preparatory composition, research skills, analysis of literature, and other content of comparable or greater rigor. Speech and debate courses may be included.
- Coursework not acceptable for the high school core curriculum emphasizes student publications, broadcast media, or theater.
Social Studies – 3 units
- Social studies coursework emphasizes American history, Missouri government and Missouri history as required by state statute, geography/world civilizations, and other content of comparable or greater rigor.
- Coursework not acceptable for the high school core curriculum emphasizes family/human development or consumer education.
Mathematics – 3 units
- Mathematics coursework emphasizes college preparatory algebra and other content of comparable or greater rigor. Students who complete algebra prior to the freshman year would be expected to complete 3 additional units in grades 9-12.
- Coursework not acceptable for the high school core curriculum emphasizes pre-algebra, computer math/programming, consumer/basic math, or business math/accounting.
Science – 3 units
- Science coursework emphasizes college preparatory biology, chemistry, and other content of comparable or greater rigor. Science coursework should include at least one laboratory course.
- Coursework not acceptable for the high school core curriculum emphasizes general or consumer science.
Fine Arts – 1 unit
- Fine arts coursework emphasizes visual arts, instrumental or vocal music, dance, theater, or other content of comparable or greater rigor. Critical analysis, theory, or “appreciation” courses may be included.
- Coursework not acceptable for the high school core curriculum emphasizes speech, debate, or broadcast media.
Additional Coursework – 3 units
- Missouri public high school students are required by the State Board of Education to complete units in practical arts (1), physical education (1), health education (1/2), and personal finance (1/2).
Electives – 7 units
- All students should complete at least 3 elective units total in foreign language and/or other courses within high school core content areas defined below. Two units of a single foreign language are strongly recommended.
Every prospective student will work with an Admissions Representative and/or Enrollment Specialist. This person works with the prospective student throughout the testing, application, and registration process. He/she is the prospective student’s personal contact with the college and is available to assist the prospective student with his/her transition to college life. Contact the Office of Admissions at 1-800-743-8324. Prospective students may apply online at www.statetechmo.edu.
Admission decisions are based on the current admission policy and are in accordance with the college’s standard practices on equal opportunity. Under each category below, the items listed are the minimum requirements for admission evaluation. Applicants who do not meet the admissions requirements for their desired program, may be reviewed by an admissions committee. If the admissions committee determines that the student does not have the skills needed for success in a particular program, the student may apply for alternative programs for which the criteria are met or develop a plan for the purpose of achieving the minimum scores required for admission to the desired program. Any applicant who has questions concerning the admissions procedures should call the Office of Admissions.