Grad Cert: Secondary School 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 in Secondary Education

High school is an important time as students begin to think of their future plans and heading to post-secondary education. These crucial years guide students to make the life choices they need to be successful.

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.

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: 1 days per week working as a Triton Teacher
  • Practicum Two: 5 days per week working as a Triton Teacher

Graduate Certificate

Contact Advisor:

Teach in 12 Team

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

Deadlines to Apply:
Fall - July 1
Spring - December 1
Summer - May 1
Certifications:
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.
DESE Foreign Language (Grades K-12) Certification
The College of Education will recommend you to the Missouri Department of Elementary/Secondary Education for teacher certification in either French, Spanish, or German K-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.
DESE Mathematics (Grades 9-12) Certification
The College of Education will recommend you to the Missouri Department of Elementary/Secondary Education for teacher certification in Mathematics 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.
DESE Science/Unified Science (Grades 9-12) Certification
DESE Science/Unified Science - Biology (Grades 9-12) Certification
  • Biology (9-12): Allows for teaching Biology at all secondary levels
  • Unified Science with Emphasis in Biology (9-12): Allows for teaching Biology at all secondary levels plus introductory courses in General Science, Chemistry, and Physics
The College of Education will recommend you to the Missouri Department of Elementary/Secondary Education for teacher certification in Biology (9-12) or Unified Science 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 Science/Unified Science - Chemistry (Grades 9-12) Certification
  • Chemistry (9-12): Allows for teaching Chemistry at all secondary levels
  • Unified Science with Emphasis in Chemistry (9-12): Allows for teaching Chemistry at all secondary levels plus introductory courses in General Science, Biology, and Physics
The College of Education will recommend you to the Missouri Department of Elementary/Secondary Education for teacher certification in Chemistry (9-12) or Unified Science 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 Science/Unified Science - Physics (Grades 9-12) Certification
  • Physics (9-12): Allows for teaching Physics at all secondary levels
  • Unified Science with Emphasis in Physics (9-12): Allows for teaching Physics at all secondary levels plus introductory courses in General Science, Biology, and Chemistry
The College of Education will recommend you to the Missouri Department of Elementary/Secondary Education for teacher certification in Physics (9-12) or Unified Science 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 Social Science (Grades 9-12) Certification
The College of Education will recommend you to the Missouri Department of Elementary/Secondary Education for teacher certification in Social Science 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.
DESE Health (Grades K-12) Certification
Physical Education students who have obtained their initial certification can add this endorsement by passing the appropriate content area exam. The candidate contacts the Department of Elementary/Secondary Education 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 Secondary School Teaching. This graduate certificate program option leads to Missouri Initial Professional Teacher Certification in the specified discipline. 

Admission Requirements for the Graduate Certificate in Secondary 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 Level Certification Courses
TCH ED 5310Instructional Design3
TCH ED 5311Foundations Of Education3
TCH ED 5312Differentiated Instruction3
ED PSY 6222Advanced Studies in Child and Adolescent Development3
SEC ED 4XXXCurriculum and Methods of Teaching [Subject area]3
SEC ED 5989Practicum I: Site Based Experience2
SEC ED 5990Practicum II: Site Based Experience8
TCH ED 5000Advanced Early Clinical Experience
TCH ED 5001Advanced Mid-Level Clinical Experience: Diverse Learners1
SPEC ED 6412Psychology Of Exceptional Children3