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Certification courses in this Graduate Certificate are identical to the accelerated Teach in 12 program and are offered online, blended, and with local field experience and teaching practicums. Learn More
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 and Special Education Teacher Certification program is designed for students who are interested in obtaining Missouri teacher certification in Elementary Education and Special Education. The addition of four special education courses to the Elementary curriculum prepares the teacher for inclusive classrooms and self-contained mild-moderate special education classrooms.
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.
Educator candidates actively engage in unique practicum experiences in the Studio School Model for clinical practice. As Missouri's leader, the College partners with 36 different public, private, and charter schools. As a College, we take great pride in preparing "community educators" who are well-experienced to impact all students in a wide variety of settings, and with a much broader understanding of education's role in society. Our candidates make a collective impact as faculty members in the differentiated staffing model. Sought after by partner districts and agencies, many of our graduates are hired directly into the studio schools or districts where they complete their clinical preparation.
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 Graduate 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.
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.
This program of study is for individuals with a Bachelor's degree who would like to prepare for teacher certification in Elementary Education and Special Education. This graduate certificate program option leads to Missouri Initial Teacher Certification in Elementary Teaching 1-6 with an add-on in Mild/Moderate Cross-Categorical Disabilities, K-12 Special Education. These courses are also what DESE requires for the elementary and special education certifications.
Graduate Certificate in Elementary and Special Education (56 Credit Hours = 41 Elementary + 15 Special Education)
|Related Area Requirements|
|TCH ED 6565||Enriching Learning through Multicultural Arts, Music, Physical Education & Health||1|
|TCH ED 6566||Cross-Curricular Connections with Multicultural Arts, Music, Physical Education & Health||1|
|Level I Courses|
|ED PSY 6222||Advanced Studies in Child and Adolescent Development||3|
|TCH ED 5310A||Instructional Design: Lesson Planning for Elementary Education||1|
|Level II Courses|
|ELE ED 6337||Teaching and Learning Literacy in the Elementary Classrooms: Teaching Reading and Writing||4|
|ED PSY 6030||Instruction, Learning And Assessment||3|
|ED TECH 6135||Technology for Preparing Inquiry-Based Teaching||1|
|SPEC ED 6412||Psychology Of Exceptional Children||3|
|SPEC ED 6315||Understnding/Implmnting Speech & Lang Interventions that Assist Chldrn w/ Sp Needs||3|
|ELE ED 6342||Addressing the Mathematical Needs of Students||3|
|Level III Courses|
|SPEC ED 6325||Advanced Studies in Classroom & Behavior Management||3|
|SPEC ED 6342||Transition Education for Adult Life||3|
|ELE ED 6241||Science Content, Inquiry-Based Instruction, and Assessment: STEM-Integrated Pedagogy||2|
|ELE ED 6246||Math Content Pedagogy, Inquiry-Based Instruction, and Assessment||3|
|ELE ED 6253||Teaching Social Studies through Reading, Writing, and English Language Learners||3|
|ELE ED 6338||Literacy Assessment for Guided Instruction||3|
|ELE ED 5989||Practicum I: Elementary/Special Education Site Based Experience||2|
|ELE ED 5990||Practicum II: Elementary/Special Education Site Based Experience||8|
|SPEC ED 6346||Reading Instruction and Intervention in Special Education||3|
|SPEC ED 6415||The Law And Special Education||3|