COE: Teach for America - Special Education
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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.

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Special 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
ED TECH 6135: Tech for Preparing Inquiry-Based Teaching 1
Spring I SPC ED 6346: Reading Instruction & Intervention in Special Education 3
SPC ED 6412 A/B: Psychology of Exceptional Children 2
Summer I SPC ED 6412: The Law and Special Education 3
SPC ED 6342: Transition Education for Adult Life 3
SPC ED 6325: Advanced Studies in Classroom and Behavior Management 3
Fall II SPC ED 6315 A/B: Understanding Speech & Language Interventions the Assist Children with Special Needs 2
SPC ED 5989 A/B: Practicum/Internship 2
ELE ED 6246: Math Content Pedagogy: Instruction & Assessment 3
Spring II ELE ED 6342 A/B: Addressing Mathematical Needs of Students 2
ELE ED 6338: Literacy Assessment for Guided Instruction 3
ELE ED 6253 A/B: Teaching Social Studies Through Reading, Writing & ELL 2
Summer II ELE ED 6337: Teaching & Learning Literacy in the Elementary Classroom: Teaching Reading & Writing 4
ED PSY 6220 A/B: Development of School-Age Students 2
ELE ED 6241: Science Content Inquiry-Based Instruction & Assessment: STEM Integrated Pedagogy 2
For Master's Degree* TCH ED 6909: Teacher Action Research I 3
TCH ED 6910: Teacher Action Research Capstone 3
ED PSY 6030 B/C: Designing Robust Units 2
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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.