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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
The Social Studies Secondary Teaching Certification with optional M.Ed. in Secondary Education is available for graduate students who plan to teach social studies at the high school level. Teachers will develop teaching and assessment skills through certification courses in the College of Education, and gain real world experience in the classroom through internship and practicums at area schools. Students who satisfactorily complete the program requirements also meet the Department of Elementary and Secondary Education teacher certification requirements for secondary social studies and may continue with a few more courses for a Master’s Degree in Secondary Education.
Enrolling in the College of Education teacher preparation program actively and uniquely engages you throughout your studies in working with secondary students as they learn and develop in informal and formal learning settings. 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 secondary 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 secondary 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.
Those holding a baccalaureate degree or major in the teaching field who would like to pursue initial teacher preparation and a Master’s degree take the following program. The exact number of hours required will depend upon certification requirements for the chosen teaching field.
Admission Requirements for the Option in Teacher Certification:
1. A passing score on the designated Missouri Content Examination or an approved program of study
2. A 2.75 or higher overall GPA
3. Approved results of the Family Care Safety Registry
4. A clear TB test or chest x-ray, if appropriate
Application Deadline: April 1st
|Required Certification Courses||30|
TCH ED 5311
|Foundations Of Education|
TCH ED 5310
TCH ED 5312
ED PSY 6222
|Advanced Studies in Child and Adolescent Development|
SEC ED/CoFac 4xxx
Curriculum and Methods of Teaching [Subject Area]
SEC ED 5XXX
Advanced Teaching Seminar [Subject Area]
SEC ED 5989
|Practicum I: Site Based Experience|
SEC ED 5990
|Practicum II: Site Based Experience|
|Master of Education Required Core Courses||9|
|Students should complete initial teacher certification courses before enrolling in the following:|
TCH ED 6010
|Examining History, Community And Social Justice In Education|
TCH ED 6020
|Teacher Action, Advocacy And Leadership|
ED PSY 6030
|Instruction, Learning And Assessment|
|Required Research Courses||6|
TCH ED 6909
|Teacher Action Research I|
Take semester prior to Teacher Action Capstone, TCH ED 6910.
TCH ED 6910
|Teacher Action Research Capstone 1|
Students must enroll in the capstone course during their last semester and after completing Teacher Action Research TCH ED 6909
This course is not offered in summer sessions.