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BS Ed: Secondary Education (9-12)

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Those interested in sharing their love of literature and writing with high school students should investigate the English Education licensure program at the University of Missouri – Saint Louis. UMSL offers a B.S.Ed. with an emphasis in English leading to Missouri licensure and qualifying educator candidates to work in grades 9-12.

The UMSL English Education program emphasizes a strong content base in literature, writing, and language study. It also places a premium on professional, up-to-date approaches in literacy education. Excellent field-based experiences in area schools round out the program and make UMSL English Education graduates strong job candidates.

Bachelor of Science in Education (BS Ed)

Contact Advisor:

ShaQuina White

143 South Campus Classroom Building (SCCB)
p: (314) 516-5911

DESE English (Grades 9-12) Certification
The College of Education will recommend you to the Missouri Department of Elementary/Secondary Education for teacher certification in English 9-12 at the completion of this program if you have met all state requirements. To ensure that you have met all state requirements, please contact your advisor.

General Education Requirements

B.S.Ed. degree candidates must complete the following General Education courses required by the College of Education and the Missouri Department of Elementary and Secondary Education.

Core Areas:
First Year Writing
ENGL 1100First-Year Writing (MOTR ENGL 200)3
or HIST 1111 Reacting to the Past
Math Proficiency (requirement varies by program)
MATH 1030College Algebra (MOTR MATH 130)3
or MATH 1020 Contemporary Mathematics (MOTR MATH 120)
or MATH 1021 Choice and Chance
or MATH 1025 Geometry in the Real World
or MATH 1045 PreCalculus (MOTR MATH 150)
Communication Proficiency
EDUC 2222Interpretation: Connecting Audiences and Meaning3
or COMM 1040 Introduction to Public Speaking (MOTR COMM 110)
Information Literacy
ED TECH 2230Information Literacy3
American History or Government
HIST 1001American Civilization to 1865 (MOTR HIST 101)3
or HIST 1002 American Civilization 1865 to Present (MOTR HIST 102)
Explore Areas:
Humanities and Fine Arts
Three courses from two of the following fields: art, foreign language, music (excluding applied music), philosophy, theater, dance, and literature.9
Social Science
ED PSY 2212Child and Adolescent Development3
POL SCI 1100Introduction to American Politics (MOTR POSC 101)3
One additional 1000-2000 level course in Social Science Explore Area3
Math and Life/Natural Sciences
BIOL 1012General Biology (MOTR BIOL 100)3
PHYSICS 1001How Things Work (MOTR PHYS 100)3
One additional 1000-2000 level course in Math and Life/Natural Sciences Explore Area3
University Requirement
ENGL 3100Junior-Level Writing3
Total Hours45

Note All of the courses above must be a minimum of 2 semester hours.

Program Requirements

B.S.Ed. and B.A. degrees with certification candidates must complete the following courses:

Introduction to Education
EDUC 1000 (Introduction to Education)1
EDUC 10011
Level I: Exploring Education as a Profession
TCH ED 2000Becoming a Professional Educator1
TCH ED 2001Early Clinical Experience: Schools1
TCH ED 2209Foundations of Teaching in American Schools2
Level II: Analyzing the Nature and Process of Education
ED PSY 3312Psychology of Learning, Instruction, and Assessment3
ED TECH 3135Technology for Educators1
SPEC ED 3318Inclusive Classrooms3
TCH ED 3001Mid-Level Clinical Experience: Diverse Learners1
TCH ED 3310Introduction to Methods of Teaching3
TCH ED 4391Literacy for Adolescent Learners in Content Areas3
Level III: Synthesizing Theory and Practice in Education
SEC ED 4XXXCurriculum and Methods of Teaching (specific subject area)3
SEC ED 4989Practicum I: Site-Based Experience3
SEC ED 4990Practicum II: Site-Based Experience12
Total Hours38

Attention Education majors

Professional Education courses must be completed with a grade point average of 2.5 and no grade lower than a C.

Beginning with those students graduating in May, 2017 and receiving teacher certification, the Missouri Department of Elementary and Secondary Education requires a 3.0 GPA in professional education courses, a 3.0 GPA in the teaching content field, and a 2.75 overall GPA.

Students must pass the relevant exit test to receive the B.S.Ed. degree.

Emphasis Areas:

B.S.Ed. candidates must complete 30 to 50 hours of specific subject requirements in one of the following fields: English, French, Spanish, mathematics, biology, chemistry, physics, or social studies. Additionally, students may complete teacher certification in art or music after completing a BFA. 

 B.S. Ed. in Secondary Education with Emphasis in English

The B.S. Ed. is a professional education degree designed for students who wish to pursue a teaching career in secondary schools.  Much of the discipline-specific coursework parallels the B.A. or B.S. degree in the discipline; however, the Missouri Department of Elementary and Secondary Education (DESE) requires specific coursework for teacher certification.  Therefore, students interested in the B.S. Ed. should contact the advising office (OASIS) 314-516-5937 in the College of Education for discipline-specific requirements.  Note:  To obtain teaching certification, DESE requires a 3.0 GPA in the discipline and professional education coursework, as well as a 2.75 GPA overall. 

B.A. in English with Master’s Level Coursework for Secondary Teacher Certification

In addition to the B.S. Ed., students may opt to complete a B.A. or B.S. degree in their discipline as an undergraduate, followed by admission to the Graduate School for Master’s level teaching certification.  The College of Education has a one-year accelerated program for post-graduate certification called Teach in 12, or students can choose a traditional path to certification.  Graduate coursework for certification can apply towards a Master’s Degree in Secondary Education, with additional coursework.  Students interested in Master’s Level teacher certification should contact the advising office (OASIS) 314-516-5937 in the College of Education.  Note:  To obtain teaching certification, DESE requires a 3.0 GPA in the discipline and professional education coursework, as well as a 2.75 GPA overall. 

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Nancy Robb Singer, Ph.D.
Chair of the Department of Educator Preparation, Innovation and Research

Nancy Robb Singer holds B.S. Ed. and M.Ed. degrees from the University of Missouri—Columbia and a Ph.D. from the University of Missouri-St. Louis. She is also a faculty lead in the English Education program.