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Educating Teachers: A Southeast Tradition

Professional preparation of future teachers has been a significant part of Southeast's mission since it was founded as a teachers college in 1873. At the College of Education, this 130-year tradition continues and, in fact, has evolved into one of the nation's finest teacher education programs.

So how good is Southeast's College of Education? Consider just a few of its many achievements:

  • Winner of the prestigious Christa McAuliffe Showcase of Excellence Award, making Southeast the only institution to ever be granted this honor twice and the only one in Missouri to ever receive the award
  • Selected as one of 20 national model programs by the American Association of State Colleges and Universities
  • Recipient of the "Best Practice Award for Global and International Teacher Education" from the American Association of Colleges for Teacher Education, recognizing exemplary practice in intercultural and global arenas
  • Full accreditation by the National Council for Accreditation of Teacher Education
  • Elected for the White House Conference on Education to develop "the New American School" in conjunction with the Department of Education—one of 33 in the country and the only Missouri institution to be selected
  • Home of the largest Alternative Teacher Certification Program in the Midwest

Undergraduate degrees are offered in early childhood education, elementary education and exceptional child education. Both middle school and secondary education programs allow a student to select a specialized field of study to match his or her strengths and interests. All undergraduate programs emphasize active learning and real-world experiences, with field experience beginning in the freshman or sophomore year.

A number of options are available for educators to complete advanced certification programs as well as graduate and post-graduate work, including two doctoral degrees. At all levels of education, Southeast's award-winning tradition of training skilled and innovative teachers promises to continue far into the future.

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A charitable bequest is one or two sentences in your will or living trust that leave to the Southeast Missouri University Foundation a specific item, an amount of money, a gift contingent upon certain events or a percentage of your estate.

an individual or organization designated to receive benefits or funds under a will or other contract, such as an insurance policy, trust or retirement plan

"I, [name], of [city, state, ZIP], give, devise and bequeath to Southeast Missouri University Foundation, Cape Girardeau, Missouri, 63701, [the sum of _____] or [_____% of the rest, residue and remainder of my estate, both real and personal] for its charitable purposes in support of Southeast Missouri State University [for its unrestricted use] or [to establish the _____________ Fund]."

able to be changed or cancelled

A revocable living trust is set up during your lifetime and can be revoked at any time before death. They allow assets held in the trust to pass directly to beneficiaries without probate court proceedings and can also reduce federal estate taxes.

cannot be changed or cancelled

tax on gifts generally paid by the person making the gift rather than the recipient

the original value of an asset, such as stock, before its appreciation or depreciation

the growth in value of an asset like stock or real estate since the original purchase

the price a willing buyer and willing seller can agree on

The person receiving the gift annuity payments.

the part of an estate left after debts, taxes and specific bequests have been paid

a written and properly witnessed legal change to a will

the person named in a will to manage the estate, collect the property, pay any debt, and distribute property according to the will

A donor advised fund is an account that you set up but which is managed by a nonprofit organization. You contribute to the account, which grows tax-free. You can recommend how much (and how often) you want to distribute money from that fund to Southeast or other charities. You cannot direct the gifts.

An endowed gift can create a new endowment or add to an existing endowment. The principal of the endowment is invested and a portion of the principal’s earnings are used each year to support our mission.

Tax on the growth in value of an asset—such as real estate or stock—since its original purchase.

Securities, real estate or any other property having a fair market value greater than its original purchase price.

Real estate can be a personal residence, vacation home, timeshare property, farm, commercial property or undeveloped land.

A charitable remainder trust provides you or other named individuals income each year for life or a period not exceeding 20 years from assets you give to the trust you create.

You give assets to a trust that pays our organization set payments for a number of years, which you choose. The longer the length of time, the better the potential tax savings to you. When the term is up, the remaining trust assets go to you, your family or other beneficiaries you select. This is an excellent way to transfer property to family members at a minimal cost.

You fund this type of trust with cash or appreciated assets—and may qualify for a federal income tax charitable deduction when you itemize. You can also make additional gifts; each one also qualifies for a tax deduction. The trust pays you, each year, a variable amount based on a fixed percentage of the fair market value of the trust assets. When the trust terminates, the remaining principal goes to Southeast as a lump sum.

You fund this trust with cash or appreciated assets—and may qualify for a federal income tax charitable deduction when you itemize. Each year the trust pays you or another named individual the same dollar amount you choose at the start. When the trust terminates, the remaining principal goes to Southeast as a lump sum.

A beneficiary designation clearly identifies how specific assets will be distributed after your death.

A charitable gift annuity involves a simple contract between you and Southeast where you agree to make a gift to Southeast and we, in return, agree to pay you (and someone else, if you choose) a fixed amount each year for the rest of your life.

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