COE: Teach for America - Early Childhood Education
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Our Early Childhood candidates play together, learn together, and grow together while helping young children do the same.

Eligibility Requirements

  • Applicants for any post-baccalaureate certification program must already hold a bachelor’s degree with a minimum 2.75 cum GPA.
  • Any teacher candidate aspiring to enter the Teach for America accelerated path must first pass the Missouri Content Assessment (MoCA) appropriate to her or his area of certification.
  • Candidates who enter the Teach for America pathway are required to hold a full time placement as teacher of record in an urban Missouri public or charter school.

Program Checklist

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Early Childhood Education Courses

Term Course Hours
Fall I TCH ED 5310 A: Instructional Design 2
TCH ED 6010 A/B: Examining History, Community, & Social Justice in Education 2
ED PSY 6030 A: Instruction, Learning & Assessment 1
ECH ED 6348: Understanding & Supporting Children's Math& Science Inquiry 2
Spring I ELE ED 6338: Literacy Assessment for Guided Instruction 3
ECH ED 6412: Foundations in Early Childhood Education 3
Summer I ECH ED 6415: Organization and Development of Early Childhood Programs 3
ED PSY 6222: Advanced Studies in Child and Adolescent Development 3
SPC ED 6325: Advanced Studies in Classroom and Behavior Management 3
Fall II ECH ED 5989 A/B: Practicum/Internship 2
ECH ED 6321: Parent and Community Resources 3
TCH ED 6565: Enriching Learning Through Multicultural Arts, Music, Physical Education & Health 1
Spring II ECH ED 6413: Educational Role Play 3
SPC ED 6412: Psychology of Exceptional Children 3
Summer II ELE ED 6337: Teaching & Learning Literacy in the Elementary Classroom: Teaching Reading & Writing 4
ECH ED 6535: Assessment, Curriculum & Research Based Practice Birth - Grade 3 2
ECH ED 6536: Early Childhood Pre-Primary Practicum 2
ED TECH 6135: Tech for Preparing Inquiry-Based Teaching 1
For Master's Degree* ED PSY 6030 B/C: Designing Robust Units 2
TCH ED 6010C: Examining History, Community & Social Justice in Education 1
TCH ED 6909: Teacher Action Research I 3
TCH ED 6910: Teacher Action Research Capstone 3
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Missouri Educator Gateway Assessments

Resources for Teach For America Corps Members

The University makes available many resources on its Student Resources page. Likewise, the College of Education makes available many resources on its Advising page. Explore these pages to maximize the help, guidance, and support you receive as a student in the College of Education at the University of Missouri-St. Louis.

Additionally, the UMSL/TFA partnership provides and curates many particularly important resources in the panels below. Several of these links will redirect you away from the UMSL/TFA site and take you to sites within the larger frames of the College of Education and the University.