College of Education

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Everywhere you look, there are educators. You find them in our schools, but also in museums, zoos, non-profit youth serving organizations, businesses, government agencies, national education organizations, and foundations—the list goes on and on. The University of Missouri St. Louis’ College of Education prepares educators for all of these sectors through its many degree programs.

At UMSL, students become part of our innovative and research-based preparation program in which you, as a student of education, join professionals on the cutting edge to experience the community in authentic and viable ways. Engaging the community means that you become involved in the places where the best work is happening. We partner strategically and systemically with agencies, schools, businesses and institutions to take advantage of existing human and social capital.

Community experiences are central to each and every program so that educator candidates have opportunities to meet, work with, and learn from other educators and non-educators across community sectors. You become an explorer, engaging the community, its people, institutions and organizations – learning the many avenues and resources available to professional educators. In this way, we stop the isolation of educators that impedes their own growth, and prevents others from seeing educators as the professionals that they are.

Our programs prepare students to develop as “community educators” instead of “school teachers”; community leaders instead of “principals”; and regard “educator development” with the belief that becoming a professional educator is an art and life-long process.

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Undergraduate Programs and Licensure

Bachelor of Educational Studies (BES):
• Early Childhood • Professional Studies
Bachelor of Fine Arts (BFA):
• Art Education (K-12)
Bachelor of Music Education (BM Ed):
• Music Education (K-12)
Bachelor of Science in Education (BS Ed):
• Early Childhood :
– Early Childhood/Early Childho ... tion (B-3)
• Elementary Education 1-6 :
– Special Education – Special Education + TESOL – Teaching English to Speakers ... es (TESOL)
• Middle School Education (5-9) :
– English – Math – Science – Social Studies
• Physical Education :
– PK-12 – PK-9
• Secondary Education (9-12) :
– Biology – Chemistry – English – Mathematics – Modern Language – Physics – Social Studies

Post-Baccalaureate Licensure

Post-Baccalaureate Licensure:
• Art Education (K-12) • Early Childhood Education (B-3) • Elementary Education (1-6)
• Middle School Education (5-9) :
– English – Math – Science – Social Studies
• Music Education (K-12)
• Secondary Education (9-12) :
– Biology – Chemistry – English – Mathematics – Modern Language – Physics – Social Studies
• Special Education Cross Categorical Disabilities

Masters Programs

Master of Education (MEd):
• Adult & Higher Education :
– Adult Education – Higher Education
• Counseling :
– Clinical Mental Health Counseling – Elementary School Counseling – Secondary School Counseling
• Educational Administration :
– Community Education – Elementary Education – Secondary Education
• Educational Psychology :
– Basic Degree Requirements – Character and Citizenship Education – Research and Program Evaluation
• Elementary Education :
– Early Childhood – General Curriculum – Reading Emphasis
• Secondary Education :
– Curriculum & Instruction – General Curriculum – Middle Level Emphasis – Reading Emphasis – Secondary Education and Certification – Teaching English to Speakers ... ge (TESOL)
• Special Education :
– Autism & Developmental Disabilities – Cross Categorical Disabilities – Early Childhood
Master of Music Education (MME):
• Music Education

Specialist Programs

Educational Specialist (EdS):
• Educational Administration • School Psychology


Doctor of Education, Educational Practice (EdD):
Doctor of Philosophy of Education (PhD):
• Counseling • Educational Leadership and Policy Studies • Educational Psychology • Teaching and Learning Processes

Professional Learning Courses and Programs

Alternative Programs:
• Teach for America • Transition to Teaching
Courses Held Off Campus:
• Off-Campus Credit Courses • Undergraduate Degree Completion
Graduate Certificate:
• Autism Studies Certificate • Community College Leadership Certificate • History Education Certificate • Institutional Research Certificate • Program Evaluation & Assessment Certificate • Secondary School Teaching Certificate • Student Affairs Administr ... p (SAAL) Certificate • Teaching English to Speak ... (TESOL) Certificate • Teaching of Writing Certificate
Professional Development:
• Alliance for Leaders for ... Educator Development • Beginning Teachers Assistance • Non-Degree Study at Graduate Level