COE: Teach for America - Secondary Education
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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.

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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Secondary Education Courses

Term Course Hours
Fall I TCH ED 5310 A/B): Instructional Design 2
TCH ED 6010 A/B: Examining History, Community, & Social Justice in Education 2
ED PSY 6030 A: Instruction, Learning & Assessment 1
Spring I SEC ED 4xxx: Instructional Methods in Certification Area 3
SPC ED 6412 A/B: Psychology of Exceptional Children 2
ED PSY 6030 B/C: Designing Robust Units 2*
Summer I TCH ED 5312: Teaching Reading in the Content Area 3
SPC ED 6325: Advanced Studies in Classroom and Behavior Management 3
Fall II SEC ED 5989 A/B: Practicum/Internship 2
TCH ED 5880: Teaching Writing in the Content Areas 3
ED PSY 6220 A/B: Development of School-Age Students 2
Spring II TCH ED 6909: Teacher Action Research I 3*
TCH ED 6010 C: Examining History, Community & Social Justice in Education 1*
ED TECH 6135: Tech for Preparing Inquiry-Based Teaching 1
Summer II TCH ED 6910: Teacher Action Research Capstone 3*
SEC ED 6420: 6420 Improving Secondary School Teaching 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.