Grad Cert: Elementary School & Special Education Teaching Certification

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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

Create Learning Experiences that Matter for All Students

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.

Graduate Certificate

Contact Advisor:

Teach in 12 Team

116 South Campus Classroom Building (SCCB)
p: (314) 516-7697

Certifications:
DESE Elementary (Grades 1-6) Certification
The College of Education will recommend you to the Missouri Department of Elementary/Secondary Education for teacher certification in Elementary 1-6 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.
DESE Mild/Moderate Disability Requirements for Elementary or Secondary Education Majors Certification
Elementary or Secondary Education students who have obtained their initial certification can add the Special Education endorsement by passing the appropriate area exam. The candidate contacts the Department of Elementary/Secondary to add this endorsement.

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.

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.

Admission Requirements for the Graduate Certificate in Elementary and Special Education School Teaching:

  • 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

Graduate Certificate in Elementary and Special Education (56 Credit Hours = 41 Elementary + 15 Special Education)

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 Classrooms: Teaching Reading and Writing4
ED PSY 6030Instruction, Learning And Assessment3
ED TECH 6135Technology for Preparing Inquiry-Based Teaching1
SPEC ED 6412Psychology Of Exceptional Children3
SPEC ED 6315Understnding/Implmnting Speech & Lang Interventions that Assist Chldrn w/ Sp Needs3
ELE ED 6342Addressing the Mathematical Needs of Students3
Level III Courses
SPEC ED 6325Advanced Studies in Classroom & Behavior Management3
SPEC ED 6342Transition Education for Adult Life3
ELE ED 6241Science Content, Inquiry-Based Instruction, and Assessment: STEM-Integrated Pedagogy 2
ELE ED 6246Math Content Pedagogy, Inquiry-Based Instruction, and Assessment3
ELE ED 6253Teaching Social Studies through Reading, Writing, and English Language Learners3
ELE ED 6338Literacy Assessment for Guided Instruction3
ELE ED 5989Practicum I: Elementary/Special Education Site Based Experience2
ELE ED 5990Practicum II: Elementary/Special Education Site Based Experience8
SPEC ED 6346Reading Instruction and Intervention in Special Education3
SPEC ED 6415The Law And Special Education3
Total Hours56