Education

The mission of the department of teacher education and certification is to provide high quality teachers to school districts in the south central region of Missouri and beyond.  The vision of the department is our teachers inspire the next generation of students, particularly those in underrepresented groups, to pursue educational and STEAM career fields by connecting content knowledge to real world application, while creating a safe learning space for students.

Most programs may be completed in four academic years, although you may wish to carry lighter course loads during the regular academic semesters.  Admission to the university does not automatically qualify a student to participate in the professional component of the teacher education program. That participation is granted upon demonstration of a high level of academic and professional competence.  To be admitted to the program, you must maintain a 3.0 GPA in their content area and professional requirements, have an ACT of 22 or a 220 on all sections of the Missouri General Education Assessment or apply for an exemption, apply for a substitute certificate after 60 credit hours, and complete an interview with the department chair.  You must also have a cleared background check for any field experiences.

The last semester of your program will be student teaching; all other coursework must be successfully completed to be eligible.  You must pass the Missouri content exam before applying to student teaching.  For other guidelines for student teaching, please refer to the department handbook.

For the most current information on certification requirements, please see the department’s webpage: http://teachereducation.mst.edu/.

All programs are approved by the Missouri Department of Elementary and Secondary Education.  If you want to teach in another state, you should investigate the reciprocity regulations for educator licensure or certification.

Elementary Education

In Missouri, elementary teacher certification spans grades 1-6. You will earn a bachelor of science degree in education with an emphasis in elementary education. Graduates of this program will have the knowledge of science, technology, engineering, art and mathematics (STEAM) to share with 1st through 6th grade students. Project Lead The Way: Launch classroom teacher certification is embedded in the emphasis. For a list of required courses, please see the elementary section of the department webpage.

Middle School Education

In Missouri, middle school certification spans grades 5-9.  You will earn a bachelor of science degree with a teaching certificate for one of the following areas:

English Language Arts
Mathematics
Science
Social Studies

You must take at least 24 credit hours in your content area and the required education courses.  For a list of approved courses, please see the department of teacher education and certification’s website.

Secondary Education

At S&T, you will earn a degree in your content area while pursuing secondary teaching certification.  See the degree requirements for those departments in the catalog for more information.

Biology
Business
Chemistry
English
Mathematics
Physics
Social Science*

*Economics, History, and Psychology degrees are eligible for this certification, if coursework requirements are fulfilled.

General Education Requirements

General education requirements are intended to provide you with the intellectual knowledge and skills for basic education. This body of knowledge and skills is arranged according to two broad categories: systems of symbolic thought and communication represented by linguistic and mathematical studies and systems of intellectual inquiry represented by basic academic disciplines. In addition, you must complete one course or unit in cultural diversity and the general education requirements can be fulfilled at the same time.

The following are generic requirements for all education students. However, any degree requirement not included in these general education requirements must be included in the professional requirements or subject matter requirements for each degree program.

Symbolic Thought and Communications

  1. Linguistic Studies (9 semester hours) You are required to take two courses in written communication and one course in oral communication. You must have a grade of “C” or better in each course.
  2. Mathematical Studies (3 semester hours) The course must be college algebra or above and you must earn a grade of  "C" or better.

Systems of Intellectual Inquiry

  1. Humanities At least one course each from two of the following areas required: art, music, philosophy, literature and theater.
  2. Natural Science One course in biological sciences and one in physical science is required. One of these two courses must include a laboratory.
  3. Social and Behavioral Science One course in each of the following areas is required: (1) American History, (2) American Government, and (3) General Psychology.

Missouri Department of Elementary and Secondary Education Approved Programs

The following programs are approved by the Missouri Department of Elementary and Secondary Education for initial teacher certification. If you are interested in teaching in another state, you should investigate the reciprocity agreement for educator licensure or certification. 

  • Elementary Education (grades 1-6)
  • Middle School Education:
    • Language Arts (grades 5-9)
    • Mathematics (grades 5-9)
    • Science (grades 5-9)
    • Social Studies (grades 5-9)
  • Secondary Education:
    • English (grades 9-12)
    • Mathematics (grades 9-12)
    • Social Science (grades 9-12) (Economics, History, or Psychology degrees eligible)
    • Biology (grades 9-12)
    • Chemistry (grades 9-12)
    • Physics (grades 9-12)
    • Business (grades 9-12)

Note: If changes occur at the state level, then the state’s education requirements will supersede those in the catalog and DO NOT fall under the grandfather clause.

Bachelor of Science in Education

Overview

The Department of Teacher Education and Certification offers a degree in education with options for emphases in elementary (grades 1-6), middle school language arts, middle school mathematics, middle school science, or middle school social science.

All students take the core education curriculum; these courses include multiple field experience courses which requires them to observe and teach lessons in schools.  The final semester of the program is student teaching when students are immersed full time in a school setting for 16 weeks.

The Missouri Department of Elementary and Secondary Education approves the curricula of these programs.  Any substitutions must be approved by the Department of Teacher Education and Certification.  Students must also pass the Missouri Content Assessment and meet the GPA requirements to be eligible for student teaching and certification.

Program Learning Outcomes

The program learning outcomes are the Missouri Teacher Standards.  These are the same standards principals use to evaluate practicing teachers in Missouri.  These outcomes are assessed throughout the program and in the student teaching experience; students must demonstrate evidence of satisfactory progress on each outcome. 

Missouri S&T education program graduates will . . .

1.  Create learning experiences that make the central concepts, structures, and tools of inquiry of the discipline(s)of subject matter meaningful and engaging for all students.

2.  Provide learning opportunities that are adapted to diverse learners and support the intellectual, social, and personal development of all students.

3.  Develop, implement, and evaluate curriculum based upon student, district and state standards

4.  Use a variety of instructional strategies and resources to encourage students’ critical thinking, problem solving, and
performance skills

5. Create a learning environment that encourages active engagement in learning, positive social interaction, and self-motivation.

6. Model effective verbal, nonverbal, and media communication techniques with students, colleagues and families to foster active
inquiry, collaboration, and supportive interaction in the classroom.

7. Monitor the performance of each student through formative and summative assessment strategies, and devises instruction to enable students to grow and develop, making adequate academic progress.

8. Continually assess the effects of choices and actions on others and seek out opportunities to grow professionally.

9. Have effective working relationships with students, parents, school colleagues, and community members

Core Curriculum

EDUC 1040Perspectives In Education2
EDUC 1104Teacher Field Experience I1
EDUC 1164Teacher Field Experience II2
EDUC 1174School Organization and Administration For Teachers2
EDUC 2102Educational Psychology3
or PSYCH 2300 Educational Psychology
EDUC 2310Education Of The Exceptional Child3
or PSYCH 4310 Psychology Of The Exceptional Child
EDUC 3216Instructional Literacy in the Content Area3
EDUC 3340Assessment of Student Learning3
PSYCH 3310Developmental Psychology3
EDUC 4298Student Teaching Seminar1
EDUC 4299Student Teaching12
Total Credits35

Emphasis Area: Elementary

An elementary certificate allows students to teach grades 1-6 in the state of Missouri.

EDUC 3215Teaching Reading in Elementary and Early Childhood Settings3
EDUC 3217Analysis and Correction of Reading Difficulties3
EDUC 3218Language Arts for Elementary and Early Childhood Teachers3
EDUC 3220Teaching Science in the Elementary and Early Childhood Classroom3
EDUC 3221Methods of Teaching Math3
EDUC 3222Geometric Concepts for Elementary Teachers3
EDUC 3203Introduction to STEM Education3
EDUC 3430Diverse Literature for Children3
EDUC 3530Teaching Integrated Social Studies and Humanities3
Total Credits27

 Students must take the following general education courses.  Substitutions must be approved by the department chair.

ENGLISH 1120Exposition And Argumentation3
ENGLISH 1160Writing And Research3
SP&M S 1185Principles Of Speech3
ART 1180Art Appreciation3
or MUSIC 1150 Music Understanding And Appreciation
or THEATRE 1190 Theatre via Video
HISTORY 1300American History To 18773
or HISTORY 1310 American History Since 1877
PHILOS 1105Self and World: Introduction To Philosophy3
PSYCH 1101General Psychology3
ECON 1100Principles Of Microeconomics3
or ECON 1200 Principles Of Macroeconomics
HISTORY 2110World Regional Geography3
POL SCI 1200American Government3
HISTORY 1100Early Western Civilization3
HISTORY 1200Modern Western Civilization3
MATH 1103Fundamentals Of Algebra3
or MATH 1120 College Algebra
PHYSICS 1505Introductory Astronomy3
or PHYSICS 1145 College Physics I
BIO SCI 1223Biodiversity3
BIO SCI 1229Biodiversity Lab1
MATH 1140College Algebra3
or MATH 1160 Trigonometry
GEOLOGY 1110Physical And Environmental Geology3
or CHEM 1310
CHEM 1319
General Chemistry I
and General Chemistry Laboratory
Total Credits52

Emphasis Area: Middle School Language Arts

An middle school certificate allows graduates to teach grades 5-9 in the designated subject area. 

EDUC 3215Teaching Reading in Elementary and Early Childhood Settings3
EDUC 3280Instructional Strategies in the Content Area3
EDUC 3335Curriculum And Instruction Of The Middle School3
ENGLISH 3170Teaching And Supervising Reading and Writing3
ENGLISH 2171Fiction Writing3
or ENGLISH 2172 Creative Nonfiction Writing
ENGLISH 3302History And Structure Of The English Language3
ENGLISH 3303The Grammatical Structure of English3
or ENGLISH 3301 A Linguistic Study Of Modern English
ENGLISH 1170Creative Writing3
EDUC 3298Teacher Field Experience III1
Total Credits25

Students must also take four literature electives, of which three must be 2000 or 3000 level.  Students in this program are eligible for both a literature minor and a creative writing minor.

Students must take the following general education courses.

ENGLISH 1120Exposition And Argumentation3
ENGLISH 1160Writing And Research3
SP&M S 1185Principles Of Speech3
ART 1180Art Appreciation3
or MUSIC 1150 Music Understanding And Appreciation
or THEATRE 1190 Theatre via Video
ENGLISH 1221American Literature: 1600 To 18653
or ENGLISH 1222 American Literature: 1865 To Present
PHILOS 1105Self and World: Introduction To Philosophy3
or PHILOS 1115 Logic and Reasoning: An Introduction
HISTORY 1100Early Western Civilization3
or HISTORY 1200 Modern Western Civilization
or HISTORY 1300 American History To 1877
or HISTORY 1310 American History Since 1877
POL SCI 1200American Government3
ECON 1200Principles Of Macroeconomics3
or ECON 1100 Principles Of Microeconomics
MATH 1103Fundamentals Of Algebra3
BIO SCI 1113General Biology3
BIO SCI 1219General Biology Lab1
GEOLOGY 1110Physical And Environmental Geology3
or GEOLOGY 1120 Evolution Of The Earth
or PHYSICS 1505 Introductory Astronomy
or PHYSICS 1605 Environmental Physics I
or CHEM 1310 General Chemistry I
IS&T 1551Implementing Information Systems: User Perspective3
or COMP SCI 1500 Computational Problem Solving
Total Credits40

Students must also take an additional humanity elective and three free elective hours.

Emphasis Area: Middle School Mathematics

An middle school certificate allows graduates to teach grades 5-9 in the designated subject area. 

ENGLISH 3170Teaching And Supervising Reading and Writing3
EDUC 3280Instructional Strategies in the Content Area3
EDUC 3335Curriculum And Instruction Of The Middle School3
EDUC 3298Teacher Field Experience III1
EDUC 3203Introduction to STEM Education3
EDUC 3222Geometric Concepts for Elementary Teachers3
MATH 1103Fundamentals Of Algebra3
MATH 1120College Algebra5
or MATH 1140 College Algebra
MATH 1160Trigonometry2
MATH 1208Calculus With Analytic Geometry I5
or MATH 1214 Calculus I
or MATH 1210 Calculus I-A
MATH 1215Calculus II4
or MATH 1221 Calculus With Analytic Geometry II
or MATH 1211 Calculus I-B
or MATH 1212 Survey of Calculus
COMP SCI 1500Computational Problem Solving3
or IS&T 1551 Implementing Information Systems: User Perspective
STAT 1115Statistics For The Social Sciences I3
or STAT 3113 Applied Engineering Statistics
or STAT 3115 Engineering Statistics
Total Credits41

Students must take the following general education courses. 

ENGLISH 1120Exposition And Argumentation3
ENGLISH 1160Writing And Research3
SP&M S 1185Principles Of Speech3
ART 1180Art Appreciation3
or MUSIC 1150 Music Understanding And Appreciation
or THEATRE 1190 Theatre via Video
ENGLISH 1221American Literature: 1600 To 18653
or ENGLISH 1222 American Literature: 1865 To Present
PHILOS 1105Self and World: Introduction To Philosophy3
or PHILOS 1115 Logic and Reasoning: An Introduction
HISTORY 1100Early Western Civilization3
or HISTORY 1200 Modern Western Civilization
or HISTORY 1300 American History To 1877
or HISTORY 1310 American History Since 1877
POL SCI 1200American Government3
ECON 1200Principles Of Macroeconomics3
or ECON 1100 Principles Of Microeconomics
BIO SCI 1219General Biology Lab1
BIO SCI 1113General Biology3
GEOLOGY 1110Physical And Environmental Geology3
or GEOLOGY 1120 Evolution Of The Earth
PHYSICS 1505Introductory Astronomy3
or PHYSICS 1145 College Physics I
or CHEM 1310 General Chemistry I
Total Credits37

Emphasis Area: Middle School Science

An middle school certificate allows graduates to teach grades 5-9 in the designated subject area. 

ENGLISH 3170Teaching And Supervising Reading and Writing3
EDUC 3280Instructional Strategies in the Content Area3
EDUC 3335Curriculum And Instruction Of The Middle School3
EDUC 3203Introduction to STEM Education3
EDUC 3220Teaching Science in the Elementary and Early Childhood Classroom3
EDUC 3298Teacher Field Experience III1
BIO SCI 1113General Biology3
or BIO SCI 1213 Principles of Biology
BIO SCI 1219General Biology Lab1
BIO SCI 1173Introduction to Environmental Sciences3
PHYSICS 1505Introductory Astronomy3
or PHYSICS 1145 College Physics I
GEOLOGY 1110Physical And Environmental Geology3
GEOLOGY 1120Evolution Of The Earth3
HISTORY 3530History of Science3
or PHILOS 4345 Philosophy Of Science
CHEM 1310General Chemistry I4
CHEM 1319General Chemistry Laboratory1
BIO SCI 2223General Genetics3
Total Credits43

 Students must also take the following general education courses.

ENGLISH 1120Exposition And Argumentation3
ENGLISH 1160Writing And Research3
SP&M S 1185Principles Of Speech3
ART 1180Art Appreciation3
or MUSIC 1150 Music Understanding And Appreciation
or THEATRE 1190 Theatre via Video
ENGLISH 1221American Literature: 1600 To 18653
or ENGLISH 1222 American Literature: 1865 To Present
PHILOS 1105Self and World: Introduction To Philosophy3
or PHILOS 1115 Logic and Reasoning: An Introduction
HISTORY 1100Early Western Civilization3
or HISTORY 1200 Modern Western Civilization
or HISTORY 1300 American History To 1877
or HISTORY 1310 American History Since 1877
POL SCI 1200American Government3
ECON 1200Principles Of Macroeconomics3
or ECON 1100 Principles Of Microeconomics
MATH 1103Fundamentals Of Algebra3
or MATH 1120 College Algebra
or MATH 1140 College Algebra
STAT 1115Statistics For The Social Sciences I3
or STAT 3113 Applied Engineering Statistics
or STAT 3115 Engineering Statistics
Total Credits33

Students will also take three hours of humanities elective and three hours of free electives.

Emphasis Area: Middle School Social Science

An middle school certificate allows graduates to teach grades 5-9 in the designated subject area. 

ENGLISH 3170Teaching And Supervising Reading and Writing3
EDUC 3280Instructional Strategies in the Content Area3
EDUC 3335Curriculum And Instruction Of The Middle School3
EDUC 3530Teaching Integrated Social Studies and Humanities3
EDUC 3350Social Studies In The Elementary School3
EDUC 3298Teacher Field Experience III1
HISTORY 1100Early Western Civilization3
or HISTORY 1200 Modern Western Civilization
HISTORY 1300American History To 18773
or HISTORY 1310 American History Since 1877
PSYCH 4600Social Psychology3
Total Credits25

Students will also take a DESE-approved American history elective, two DESE-approved world history electives, and one history elective.  Students in this program may be eligible for both a history minor and a psychology minor.

ENGLISH 1120Exposition And Argumentation3
ENGLISH 1160Writing And Research3
SP&M S 1185Principles Of Speech3
ART 1180Art Appreciation3
or MUSIC 1150 Music Understanding And Appreciation
or THEATRE 1190 Theatre via Video
ENGLISH 1221American Literature: 1600 To 18653
or ENGLISH 1222 American Literature: 1865 To Present
PHILOS 1105Self and World: Introduction To Philosophy3
or PHILOS 1115 Logic and Reasoning: An Introduction
HISTORY 1100Early Western Civilization3
or HISTORY 1200 Modern Western Civilization
or HISTORY 1300 American History To 1877
or HISTORY 1310 American History Since 1877
POL SCI 1200American Government3
ECON 1200Principles Of Macroeconomics3
or ECON 1100 Principles Of Microeconomics
MATH 1103Fundamentals Of Algebra3
or MATH 1120 College Algebra
or MATH 1140 College Algebra
BIO SCI 1113General Biology3
BIO SCI 1219General Biology Lab1
GEOLOGY 1110Physical And Environmental Geology3
or GEOLOGY 1120 Evolution Of The Earth
or PHYSICS 1505 Introductory Astronomy
or PHYSICS 1605 Environmental Physics I
or CHEM 1310 General Chemistry I
IS&T 1551Implementing Information Systems: User Perspective3
or COMP SCI 1500 Computational Problem Solving
Total Credits40

Students will also take three hours of humanities elective and three hours of free electives.

Teaching and Learning Undergraduate Certificate

This certificate is designed to give students background in important educational concepts such as instructional design, learner engagement, assessment, diversity, and inclusion.  This would be helpful for students who intend to work in higher education or nonprofit organizations as well as those who want to conduct industry training.  The courses in this certificate may be used to meet some of the requirements for teacher certification programs. 

Students must meet regular Missouri S&T undergraduate admission requirements. 

Certificate Requirements

A student must have completed the following courses, totaling 13 hours.

EDUC 1040Perspectives In Education2
EDUC 1174School Organization and Administration For Teachers2
EDUC 3216Instructional Literacy in the Content Area3
EDUC 3340Assessment of Student Learning3
EDUC 2310Education Of The Exceptional Child3

EDUC 1000 Special Problems (IND 0.0-6.0)

Problems or readings on specific subjects or projects in the department. Consent of instructor required.


EDUC 1001 Special Topics (IND 0.0-6.0)

This course is designed to give the department an opportunity to test a new course. Variable title.


EDUC 1040 Perspectives In Education (LEC 2.0)

This course is an introduction course which will assist students planning to enter the teacher-education program in assessing their personal and professional characteristics required for the teaching profession. It is an overview of the teacher education profession for elementary, middle and secondary. Prerequisites: Education emphasis declared.


EDUC 1055 Introduction to Early Childhood Education (LEC 3.0)

This course will introduce students to the standards for early childhood programs, emphasizing family partnerships and community resources. Students will survey research on play-based learning, emerging literacy, and family engagement and apply research concepts to design developmentally appropriate activities and spaces.


EDUC 1104 Teacher Field Experience I (LAB 1.0)

Students will spend 30 clock hours in classrooms, including experiences in diverse settings. Students will attend seminar sessions and complete assignments related to the field experiences. A background check is required for enrollment in this course. Prerequisite: Educ 1040.


EDUC 1164 Teacher Field Experience II (LAB 2.0)

Students will spend 60 clock hours in classrooms, including experiences in diverse settings. Students will teach lessons, work with learners, and otherwise assist in the classroom to which they are assigned. A background check is required for enrollment in this course. Prerequisites: Educ 1040, Educ 1104, and Educ 3216.


EDUC 1174 School Organization and Administration For Teachers (LEC 2.0)

Students will gain knowledge and understanding of the organizational structure and the general operation and administration of public schools. The student should more clearly understand the role of the classroom teacher in classroom management, school law, equity in education, curriculum/instruction, and professional development. Prerequisites: Educ 1040 and Educ 1104.


EDUC 1221 Health, Nutrition, and Safety in Early Childhood Education (LEC 3.0)

Students will examine research regarding safe and healthy learning environments for young children. Early childhood education regulations, policies, and risk management will be reviewed, and inequities related to health, safety, and nutrition will be critically examined. Students will create learning experiences for young children from course content. Prerequisites: Education emphasis declared.


EDUC 1820 Early Childhood Program Management (LEC 3.0)

This course is an examination of the regulatory requirements of early childhood programs. Students will discuss ethical issues and advocacy strategies. Students will practice administration skills such as budget management for early childhood programs. Personnel management to promote a positive school culture will be discussed. Prerequisites: Educ 1221.


EDUC 2000 Special Problems (IND 0.0-6.0)

Problems or readings on specific subjects or projects in the department. Consent of instructor required.


EDUC 2001 Special Topics (LEC 0.0-6.0)

This course is designed to give the department an opportunity to test a new course. Variable title.


EDUC 2102 Educational Psychology (LEC 3.0)

Principles of psychology relevant to the field of education. Course covers theoretical and applied information on such topics as human growth and development, and cognitive and behavioral views of learning and intelligence. The course also covers motivation, creation of learning environments, measurement and evaluation of learning. Prerequisite: Psych 1101. Must be a psychology major, or in the teacher education program. (Co-listed with Psych 2300).


EDUC 2251 Historical Foundation Of American Education (LEC 3.0)

Development of American educational institutions and ideas, and of social forces that have influenced them. Prerequisites: Educ 1040 and History 1300 or 1310.


EDUC 2310 Education Of The Exceptional Child (LEC 3.0)

Study of the psychology of children with emotional, behavioral, cognitive or other differences. The course presents the fundamentals of providing services as well as understanding children classified as exceptional. Implications of personal, family and classroom issues will be discussed as well as assessment procedures for identification.


EDUC 2401 School, Family, and Community Partnerships (LEC 3.0)

Students will examine available community resources and their impact on children and families. Students will practice strategies to support family engagement. Effective communication and collaboration with diverse families will be emphasized. Prerequisites: Educ 1040 and Educ 1174 and Educ 1820.


EDUC 2440 Observation and Assessment of Young Children (LAB 1.0 and LEC 2.0)

Students will discuss the purpose, benefits, and uses of informal and formal assessments of children. Students will practice interpreting and communicating assessment results while maintaining confidentiality. Assessment results will be used to plan developmentally appropriate curriculum. Students will administer an observation assessment in the field. Prerequisites: Educ 1040.


EDUC 3000 Special Problems (IND 0.0-6.0)

Problems or readings on specific subjects or projects in the department. Consent of instructor required.


EDUC 3001 Special Topics (LEC 0.0-6.0)

This course is designed to give the department an opportunity to test a new course. Variable title.


EDUC 3203 Introduction to STEM Education (LEC 3.0)

Students will discuss and apply research on STEM education at the early childhood and elementary levels. Inquiry-based learning and critical thinking are emphasized. Students are introduced to a variety of instructional programs including Project Lead the Way. Students will observe STEM in an authentic environment and then implement instruction. Prerequisites: Educ 3216.


EDUC 3211 Child Development (LEC 3.0)

This course explores characteristics of children from birth to age eight, including language acquisition, creative expression, and physical, cognitive, and social-emotional development. The impact of trauma on development will be emphasized. The connection of cultural differences to development will also be discussed. Prerequisites: Educ 1040 or Psych 1101.


EDUC 3215 Teaching Reading in Elementary and Early Childhood Settings (LEC 3.0)

This course introduces emergent literacy concepts and language acquisition. Students will apply research on phonological and phonemic awareness, fluency, comprehension, vocabulary, and text selection to their future classrooms. After observing the teaching of reading in an authentic setting, students will design and implement instruction. Prerequisite: Educ 1040.


EDUC 3216 Instructional Literacy in the Content Area (LEC 3.0)

Vocabulary, comprehension, the writing process and other literacy skills will be reinforced. Classroom content texts will be evaluated. Students will create meaningful learning experiences and resources for a diverse student population. Differentiated instruction will be introduced, with specific focus on English Language Learners and struggling reader. Prerequisites: Educ 1040.


EDUC 3217 Analysis and Correction of Reading Difficulties (LEC 3.0)

This course reviews procedures for identifying reading problems and supporting learners at the elementary and early childhood levels. Students will be introduced to commercially prepared informal diagnostic instruments, attitude and interest inventories, prescriptive measures, anecdotal records and strategies for corrective reading instruction. Prerequisite: Educ 3215.


EDUC 3218 Language Arts for Elementary and Early Childhood Teachers (LEC 3.0)

Students will apply research in emergent writing at the early childhood level and the writing process at the elementary level. Providing effective feedback to learners on their oral and written communication will be addressed. Students will integrate art, music, drama, and play-based learning into language arts instruction. Prerequisite: Educ 1040.


EDUC 3220 Teaching Science in the Elementary and Early Childhood Classroom (LEC 3.0)

Students will learn to introduce children to scientific inquiry. Students will model higher order thinking skills and effective questioning techniques to guide learners' critical thinking by incorporating the engineering design process. Students will identify uses of technology for teaching science and develop informal and formal science assessments. Prerequisites: Educ 1040.


EDUC 3221 Methods of Teaching Math (LEC 3.0)

The course presents an overview of how children learn mathematics, various techniques in teaching mathematics, and examples of applying these techniques to specific mathematical concepts (such as geometry, measurement, basic operations, statistics and probability, etc.). Prerequisite: Math 1120 or Math 1140; Educ 1040. (Co-listed with Math 3921).


EDUC 3222 Geometric Concepts for Elementary Teachers (LEC 3.0)

The course covers methods of teaching the study of points, lines, polygons, similarity, congruence, constructions, and proof in Euclidean Plane Geometry. Transformational geometry and trigonometry are introduced to elementary teachers. Prerequisites: Math 1120 or Math 1140. (Co-listed with Math 3922).


EDUC 3280 Instructional Strategies in the Content Area (LEC 3.0)

Students will design authentic, technology rich, data-driven instruction and assessment for diverse learners in middle and secondary schools. The student will demonstrate competency in planning and implementing differentiated instruction. Critical thinking and problem solving strategies will be emphasized. Prerequisites: Educ 3216, English 3170, Educ 3340.


EDUC 3290 Coordination of Cooperative Education (LEC 3.0)

Explore the coordination and delivery of work-based learning experiences for student learners, including legal aspects, methods, materials, selecting work sites, placement, evaluation of expectations and student follow-up. Develop an implementation plan for cooperative education. Prerequisites: Educ 1040 and Educ 1104 and Educ 1174.


EDUC 3298 Teacher Field Experience III (LAB 1.0)

Students enrolled in this course will be planning and implementing activities and assessments with children or adolescents in structured learning environments. Students must be supervised by experienced, credentialed educators and request placement through the department. At least 30 hours of contact time is required per credit hour. Prerequisites: EDUC 1104 and 1164.


EDUC 3305 Philosophy And Administration Of The Middle School (LEC 3.0)

This course will acquaint students with aspects of education that are unique to the middle school. Attention will be given to the philosophy underlying the middle school. Finally, leadership theories most appropriate to the middle school will be studied.


EDUC 3311 Psychological & Educational Development Of The Adolescent (LEC 3.0)

A theoretical and empirical examination of the psychological and educational development of the adolescent.


EDUC 3335 Curriculum And Instruction Of The Middle School (LEC 3.0)

This course provides an overview of the structure and philosophy of middle schools, including interdisciplinary and collaborative teams. The unique needs of the early adolescent will be aligned with evidence-based practices. Students will complete a field experience in a middle school. A cleared background check is required for this course. Prerequisite: Educ 1040.


EDUC 3340 Assessment of Student Learning (LEC 3.0)

Students will learn to evaluate assessments for validity and reliability. Students will develop formative and summative assessments aligned with learning outcomes. Writing quality rubrics and universal design will be introduced. Students will analyze data to make instructional decisions and learn to evaluate vendor assessments. Prerequisites: Educ 1040. (Co-listed with Psych 3340).


EDUC 3350 Social Studies In The Elementary School (LEC 3.0)

Problems in preparation, teaching of social studies units with suitable materials, techniques for elementary teachers. Prerequisite: Instructor's approval.


EDUC 3430 Diverse Literature for Children (LEC 3.0)

In this course, students will critically examine children's fiction and nonfiction texts for use in early childhood and elementary classrooms and libraries. The use of children's books in interdisciplinary instruction will be emphasized, including integration of STEM, art, drama, music, and movement. Prerequisites: Educ 1040.


EDUC 3530 Teaching Integrated Social Studies and Humanities (LEC 3.0)

The course will focus on the methodology and materials needed to facilitate children's development in social studies, particularly citizenship and Missouri history/geography. This course will integrate the curriculum and teaching strategies in social studies with music, physical education, and art. Prerequisites: Educ 1040.


EDUC 4298 Student Teaching Seminar (LEC 1.0)

Weekly seminars will be required for all students enrolled in student teaching. Contemporary educational topics, trends, reflective decision making and other pertinent topics will be covered. Reflection of topics and experiences will be exhibited in papers, portfolios and journal writings. Prerequisites: Meet all requirements for student teaching and concurrently be enrolled in student teaching.


EDUC 4299 Student Teaching (LAB 12)

This course is the culminating experience to qualify students for Missouri initial teacher certification. Students will be placed in a school with a credentialed mentor teacher in the intended area of certification. Students will be observed and evaluated by university faculty and the mentor teacher. Prerequisites: Professional standing and student teaching application approved previous semester.


EDUC 4315 Advanced Adolescent Development (LEC 3.0)

This course is an advanced examination of the intellectual and social development of the adolescent. Theories of adolescent development and their implications for the educative process are covered and debated.


EDUC 5100 PLTW Training (LEC 0.0-8.0)

This graduate-level Project Lead the Way course prepares K-12 educators to become more effective teachers of STEM-focused material.


EDUC 5370 Teachers Academy: Effective Instructional Strategies (LEC 3.0)

Participants will develop an understanding of research-based instruction and the ability to implement the instructional strategies in their classrooms. In addition to effective instructional practices, the teachers' academy will focus on leadership, empowerment, collaboration and renewal. Prerequisite: Graduate standing.


EDUC COOP Cooperative Work Program (IND 0.0)


Julia Alexander, Assistant Teaching Professor
MEd Drury University

Mary Gillis, Assistant Teaching Professor
EdD University of Missouri-St. Louis

Beth Kania-Gosche, Professor and Chair
PHD Saint Louis University

Michelle Schwartze, Assistant Teaching Professor
EdD Illinois State University

Superscripts 1, 2, 3, 4, 5, and 6 in the faculty listing refer to the following common footnotes:
1 Registered Professional Engineer
2 Registered Geologist
3 Certified Health Physicist
4 Registered Architect
5 Board Certified, American Academy of Environmental Engineers
6 LEED AP Certified