Post-Bacc: Middle School Education (5-9) /
Social Studies

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The Middle School program is a small, personalized program that serves students who wish to teach middle school or junior high school students. It is a hybrid program, combining the child centered philosophy of elementary certification with a content specialization more typical of secondary certification. Middle school majors earn certification in one or more content areas for grades 5-9. They may be certified to teach math, science, communication arts, or social studies. Middle school majors explore the unique challenges and rewards of teaching students aged 10-14 and gain real world experience through internships and practicums at area schools. Students progress through the program in small cohorts supervised by professors with extensive middle school experience. UMSL’s middle school program is highly regarded in the surrounding educational community and, due to the limited number of students choosing this major, employment prospects are good.

Post Baccalaureate Certification

Contact Advisor:

Daniel Tebeau

114 South Campus Classroom Building (SCCB)
p: (314) 516-4329

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
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Cathy Vatterott, Ph.D.

Professor Vatterott received a Bachelor's degree in Secondary Education from the University of Missouri-Columbia in 1972, a Master's degree in Secondary Education from the University of Missouri-St. Louis in 1978, and a Ph.D. in Curriculum and Instruction from St. Louis University in 1981. P...