Cert Masters: Elementary Education (1-6) with Elementary Teacher Certification

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Certification courses in this Cert + Master's program are identical to those in the accelerated Teach in 12 program and are offered online, blended, and with local field experience and teaching practicums. Learn More

Create Learning Experiences that Matter

Enrolling in the College of Education teacher preparation program actively and uniquely engages you throughout your studies in working with K-12 students as they learn and develop in informal and formal learning settings. The Elementary Teacher Certification program with the option to earn a Master’s Degree in Elementary Education is designed for students who are interested in obtaining Missouri teacher certification in Elementary Education. The College of Education recognizes that we prepare educators for a variety of roles and a variety of contexts (i.e. P-12 schools, youth serving organizations, museums, zoos, gardens, nature centers, after school programs, tutoring/mentoring programs, businesses, legislative offices, etc.) all of which impact student learning. We want to prepare community educators as well as P-12 classroom teachers who can provide relevance, application, and meaning to student learning in developmentally, socially, and culturally responsive ways. As a teacher candidate, you will work with students in youth serving agencies to support them in non-traditional settings. You will also gain valuable practical knowledge by applying university course content to interactions with young learners in academically focused content-based community agencies such the St. Louis Chess Club, Powder Valley, and many United Way agencies.

Our teacher programs offer unique capstone experiences, two practica in “Studio Schools.” These are schools and districts where design happens, using a “differentiated staffing” plan. Specifically, teacher candidates will work in the school site as a faculty member, planning and teaching to provide in-depth support, flexibility, and intervention for K–12 students where it’s needed. The focus of this model is on K–12 student learning. Teacher candidates, supported by the supervisor and school site mentor, will impact K–12 students in multiple, varied and wide ranging grade level, achievement and subject specific contexts. These can include small group settings, whole class lessons, enrichment and support lessons all focused learning experiences.

Unique Resources and Innovations:

  • Launch session to build community, provide early guidance, and share essential information
  • Grand Seminars and Collaborative Exchanges throughout the practicum experiences.

Missouri Educator Gateway Assessments (MEGA):

  • Missouri Content Assessment (MCA)
  • Missouri Educator Profile (MEP)
  • Missouri Pre-Service Teacher Assessment (MoPTA)

Clinical Experience:

  • 10 clock hours working in a community agency
  • 2 site-based practicum courses immersed in a Studio School
  • Practicum One: 2 days per week working as a Triton Teacher
  • Practicum Two: 4 days per week working as a Triton Teacher

Certification + Masters

Contact Advisor:

Susan Johnson

116 South Campus Classroom Building (SCCB)
p: (314) 516-5938

Important:

  • Any teacher candidate aspiring to enter the “Teach in 12” accelerated path must first pass the Missouri Content Assessment appropriate to her or his area of certification.
  • The accelerated path requires intensive study, immersive experiences, and large investments of time and effort. Candidates who enter the “Teach in 12” pathway will be unable to maintain concurrent professional commitments.

Admission Requirements for the Option in Elementary Teacher Certification:

  • A passing score on the designated Missouri Content Examination or an approved program of study
  • A 2.75 or higher overall GPA
  • Approved results of the Family Care Safety Registry
  • A clear TB test or chest x-ray, if appropriate
  • Students must meet the application deadlines set by the Graduate School
Core Courses
TCH ED 6010Examining History, Community And Social Justice In Education3
TCH ED 6200Building Character and Competence with Diverse Learners3
ED PSY 6030Instruction, Learning And Assessment3
TCH ED 6909Teacher Action Research I3
TCH ED 6910Teacher Action Research Capstone3
Total Hours15

 Elementary Education (38 Hrs.)
These are the courses that are required for the elementary school teaching (1-6 grades) licensure.

Related Area Requirements
TCH ED 6565Enriching Learning through Multicultural Arts, Music, Physical Education & Health1
TCH ED 6566Cross-Curricular Connections with Multicultural Arts, Music, Physical Education & Health1
Level I Courses
ED PSY 6222Advanced Studies in Child and Adolescent Development3
TCH ED 5310AInstructional Design: Lesson Planning for Elementary Education1
Level II Courses
ELE ED 6337Teaching and Learning Literacy in the Elementary Classrooms4
ED TECH 6135Technology for Preparing Inquiry-Based Teaching1
SPEC ED 6412Psychology Of Exceptional Children3
Level III Courses
SPEC ED 6325Advanced Studies in Classroom & Behavior Management3
ELE ED 6338Literacy Assessment for Guided Instruction3
ELE ED 6253Teaching Social Studies through Reading, Writing, and English Language Learners3
ELE ED 6246Math Content Pedagogy, Inquiry-Based Instruction, and Assessment3
ELE ED 6241Science Content, Inquiry-Based Instruction, and Assessment: STEM-Integrated Pedagogy 2
ELE ED 5989Practicum I: Elementary/Special Education Site Based Experience2
ELE ED 5990Practicum II: Elementary/Special Education Site Based Experience8
Total Hours38