COE: Cert MEd: Secondary Education (9-12) | Physics with Secondary Teacher Certification
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Certification courses in this Cert + Master's program include those in the accelerated Teach in 12 program and are offered online, blended, and with local field experience and teaching practicums. Learn More

Improve Science Knowledge for Our Future

If you enjoy physics and engineering and like to work with young people, consider a career as a physics teacher. The UMSL Physics Certification in Secondary School Teaching with an optional Master’s Degree in Secondary Education will prepare you for a career in the classroom. The facilities available in physics at UMS include the state-of-the art instrumentation of the Center for Nanoscience, where you will find advanced equipment for such specialized areas as x-ray crystallography and atom-scale microscopy. The St. Louis Area benefits from a particularly strong association of physics teachers, with which UMSL has an excellent relationship.

The UMSL Physics Education Certification and optional Master’s Degree in Secondary Education program provide the research-based approaches for teaching effectively. Area schools and organizations such as the Saint Louis Science Center offer excellent opportunities for working with students while learning to teach.

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 (MoCA)
  • Missouri Educator Evaluation System (MEES)

Clinical Experience:

  • 20 clock hours working in a community agency
  • 2 site-based practicum courses immersed in a Studio School
    • Practicum One: 2 days per week working as a Triton Teacher
    • Practicum Two: 4 days per week working as a Triton Teacher

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To determine if this program meets the reciprocity requirements for like state educational certification programs outside the state of Missouri, follow this link for further contact information and resources.

Certification + Masters

Contact Advisor:

Teach in 12 Team

116 South Campus Classroom Building (SCCB)
p: (314) 516-5937


  • 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.

This program of study is for individuals with a bachelor's degree who would like to pursue
teacher certification and master’s degree in Secondary Education.

Admission Requirements for the Option in Teacher Certification:

  1. A passing score on the designated Missouri Content Assessment
  2. A 2.75 or higher overall GPA
  3. Approved results of the Missouri Family Care Safety Registry
  4. A clear TB test or chest x-ray, if appropriate

Applicants must meet all deadlines as set by the Graduate School.

Required Certification Courses
TCH ED 5000Advanced Early Clinical Experience1
TCH ED 5001Advanced Mid-Level Clinical Experience: Diverse Learners1
TCH ED 5311Foundations of Education3
TCH ED 5310Instructional Design3
TCH ED 5312Teaching Reading in the Content Areas3
TCH ED 5880Writing in the Content Areas3
ED PSY 6222Advanced Studies in Child and Adolescent Development3
SEC ED 4xxxCurriculum and Methods of Teaching [Subject Area]3
ED PSY 6030Instruction, Learning, and Assessment3
SPEC ED 6412Foundations of Inclusive Education3
SEC ED 5989Practicum I: Site-Based Experience2
SEC ED 5990Practicum II: Site-Based Experience8
Total Hours36

In addition to the courses required for certification, candidates seeking a Master’s in Education must complete the following courses:

TCH ED 6010Examining History, Community and Social Justice in Education3
TCH ED 6909Teacher Action Research I3
TCH ED 6910Teacher Action Research Capstone3
Total Hours9
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Charles R. Granger, Ph.D.
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Professor Granger earned a B.S. in botany and zoology from Iowa State University, an M.S. in Biology and an M.S. in science education, both from the University of Pennsylvania, and Ph.D. in plant physiology and science education from the University of Iowa. He is a member of numerous professional associations, including the Biology Association for ...