COE: Cert MEd: Secondary Education (9-12) | Social Studies 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

Create Citizens who Build a Future from the Past

The Social Studies Secondary Teaching Certification with optional M.Ed. in Secondary Education is available for graduate students who plan to teach social studies at the high school level. Teachers will develop teaching and assessment skills through certification courses in the College of Education, and gain real world experience in the classroom through internship and practicums at area schools. Students who satisfactorily complete the program requirements also meet the Department of Elementary and Secondary Education teacher certification requirements for secondary social studies and may continue with a few more courses for a Master’s Degree in Secondary Education.

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

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Slide 1 Teach in 12 graduate Lauren Scanlon brings the world to her classroom
Lauren Scanlon (fourth from left) taught English in South Korea, lived abroad in Northern Ireland and coordinated corporate events as a travel director with Maritz before entering the Teach in 12 program at UMSL. In January, she will start her first full-time education job, teaching world history and English at Hillsboro High School. (Photo courtesy of Lauren Scanlon)

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.

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
Certifications:
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.