Campus Address: 269 Marillac Hall
Web Site: http://gocoe.umsl.edu/edprep
Main Number: 314-516-5944

General Information

The Department of Educator Preparation, Innovation and Research offers coursework leading to bachelor degrees, master’s degrees, graduate certificates, and doctoral degrees. Students may also choose to pursue the Bachelor of Arts (B.A.) degree in the College of Arts and Sciences or the College of Fine Arts and Communication and also complete  the education courses that are required for teacher certification in high school English, mathematics, social studies, science, music or art.

Information for the bachelor’s and master’s degrees is found in this section of the Bulletin while specific information on the doctoral degrees is presented in this Bulletin in the general College of Education listing.

Through the integration of content in general, special, and second language learning, candidates gain knowledge and valued skills that make them highly qualified and marketable. Nationally-recognized research faculty teach undergraduate and graduate courses that prepare future educators in curriculum, instruction, assessment, and educational technology with a strong foundation in working with diverse, urban populations.

The following Department of Educator Preparation, Innovation and Research degrees have been accredited by the National Council for Accreditation of Teacher Education (NCATE), now called the Council for the Accreditation of Educator Preparation (CAEP), and the Missouri Department of Elementary and Secondary Education (DESE):

Undergraduate degrees:

  • Bachelor of Educational Studies (BES)
  • Bachelor of Science in Education (B.S. Ed) in Early Childhood Education
  • Bachelor of Science in Education (B.S. Ed) in Elementary Education
  • Bachelor of Science in Education (B.S. Ed) in Physical Education
  • Bachelor of Science in Education (B.S. Ed) in Secondary Education

Graduate degrees:

  • Master of Education (M.Ed.) in Elementary Education
  • Master of Education (M.Ed.) in Secondary Education
  • Master of Education (M.Ed.) in Special Education

Graduate Certificates in:

  • Autism Studies
  • Secondary School Teaching
  • Teaching English to Speakers of Other Languages (TESOL)
  • Teaching of Writing, Gateway Writing Project

Mission

Our mission is to advance scholarship and promote teaching and learning as a lifelong process for all.

Goals

Through undergraduate and graduate programs and faculty engagement, the Department of Educator Preparation, Innovation and Research seeks to:

  • Create new ideas about and knowledge of teaching and learning processes.
  • Utilize general, content, and pedagogical knowledge to design curriculum and enact instruction.
  • Reflect on and evaluate teaching practices and research to improve learning.
  • Develop educators who model the dispositions necessary to teach all students in a diverse society.
  • Integrate learning tools by adapting instruction to changing technologies.
  • Apply current research on assessment in culturally responsive ways to document and facilitate learning.
  • Engage with community members to promote justice and develop active democratic citizens in a global world.
  • Foster learning communities through collaboration with partner families, peers, and communities.

Career Outlook

The Bachelor of Educational Studies (BES) is for students excited about education, but looking for challenges outside the traditional classroom such as a career as an educator in many community agencies.  Wherever education happens outside the classroom, BES graduates will be prepared to be skilled, confident leaders and innovators. Many institutions emphasize informal learning in many different settings. Employers at these institutions are eager to hire people who have training and relevant experience in education, management, marketing, and technology. UMSL’s College of Education, responding to this need, has designed a creative, flexible, and inter-disciplinary bachelor’s degree that emphasizes practical skills in multiple settings.  UMSL’s BES is distinctive. Students who want a broad view of education, and who are willing to grow into new positions will be particularly interested in what UMSL’s BES degree.

Undergraduate and graduate degrees in elementary secondary and special education are most directly applicable to teaching at the level appropriate to the program emphasis. Demand for career-ready educators who have significant clinical experience working with youngsters, and who demonstrate contemporary, best-practice knowledge, skills, and strategies continue to create school-based employment opportunities for UMSL graduates. As in the past, elementary education graduates are attractive candidates for employment in varied positions that require preparation and training in social and behavioral sciences. Positions that serve the general public, such as sales, service, public relations, and general business, are common examples. Future expansions of opportunities in schools are tied to population growth, increased specialization of services, and reduction in ratios between professional staff and children served.

The employment outlook for special education teachers continues to be favorable, as they are in great demand among certain regions of the country. In addition to inclusion classroom teaching, graduates are typically employed as resource-room or self-contained classroom teachers, clinical diagnostic personnel, itinerant teachers, educational resource teachers, curriculum and/or behavior specialists, consultants, educational therapists, job coaches, supported employment and sheltered workshop evaluators, and in various supervisory and administrative positions among agencies and schools. In combination with related areas of expertise in systems supports, assessment, and educational psychology, for example, many occupations incorporate the skills, interventions knowledge, insightfulness, and programmatic expertise learned in the UMSL Master's Degree of Special Education.

The employment outlook in the middle and high schools continues to be positive, especially in mathematics, sciences and modern languages. Recent placement years have yielded excellent employment opportunities to UMSL graduates. In addition to middle school, and high school teaching, more limited opportunities exist in athletic training, dance, research, sports management, and exercise leadership fields serving persons of all age categories.

Nancy Robb Singer
Associate Professor and Chair
Ph.D., University of Missouri-St. Louis

Marvin W. Berkowitz
Sanford N. McDonnell Professor of Character Education
Ph.D., Wayne State University

Judith A. Cochran
E. Desmond Lee Professor in Tutorial Education
Ph.D., Arizona State University

Patricia Kopetz
Des Lee Endowed Professor of Education of Children with Disabilities
Ed.D., Saint Louis University

Jerome E. Morris
E. Desmond Lee Professor of Urban Education
Ph.D., Vanderbilt University

Wendy Saul
Dr. Allen B. and Mrs. Helen S. Shopmaker Endowed Professor for Education in collaboration with Springboard to Learning
Ph.D., University Wisconsin-Madison

William C. Kyle
E. Desmond Lee Family Professor of Science Education
Ph.D., University of Iowa

James Shymansky
E. Desmond Lee Family Professor of Science Education
Ph.D., Florida State University

Charles Granger
Curators' Teaching Professor
Ph.D., University of Iowa

Rebecca Rogers
Professor
Ph.D., University of Albany-SUNY

Ann Taylor
Professor and Associate Dean for School and Community Partnerships
Ph.D., Washington University

Cathy Vatterott
Professor
Ph.D., Saint Louis University

Brenda Bredemeier
Associate Professor
Ph.D., Temple University

Ralph Cordova
Associate Professor
Ph.D., University of California-Santa Barbara

Jacquelyn A. Lewis-Harris
Associate Professor
Ph.D., Washington University

Jennifer Mishra
Associate Professor
Ph.D., Kent State University

April R. Regester
Associate Professor
Ph.D. , University of California-Santa Barbara

Alina Slapac
Associate Professor
Ed.D., University of Northern Iowa

Kim Song
Associate Professor
Ed.D., Southern Illinois University-Edwardsville

Laura Westhoff
Associate Professor and Chair of History Department
Ph.D., Washington University

Amber Candela
Assistant Professor
Ph.D., University of Georgia

Vanessa Garry
Assistant Professor
Ph.D., University of Missouri-St. Louis

Nicholas Husbye
Assistant Professor
Ph.D., University of Indiana-Bloomington

Na Young Kong
Assistant Professor
Ph.D., University of Kansas

Charis Price
Assistant Professor
Ph.D., University of Illinois

James V. Shuls
Assistant Professor
Ph.D., University of Arkansas

Kathleen Fink
Assistant Dean, Professional Learning and Innovation
Ph.D., University of Missouri-St. Louis

Lynn Navin
Lecturer and Director of University Child Development Center
M.Ed., Michigan State University

Timothy Makubuya
Lecturer
Ph.D., University of Missouri-St. Louis

Judith Walker de Felix
Founders Professor
Ph.D , University of Florida

Kathleen M. Haywood
Founders Professor
Ph.D., Univesity of Illinois-Urbana-Champaign

Louis Lankford
Founders Professor
Ph.D., Florida State University

Virginia L. Navarro
Founders Professor
Ph.D. , Washington University

Gayle A. Wilkinson
Founders Professor
Ed.D., University of Illinois-Champaign Urbana

Thomas E. Jordan
Curator's Professor of Child Development and Professor Emeritus
Ed.D., Indiana University

Richard Burnett
Professor Emeritus
Ed.D., Indiana University

Charles J. Fazzaro
Professor Emeritus
Ed.D., West Virginia University

Lloyd Richardson
Professor Emeritus
Ph.D., Vanderbuilt University

Helene J. Sherman
Professor Emeritus
Ed.D., University of Missouri-St. Louis

Paul D. Travers
Professor Emeritus
Ed.D., George Peabody College

Harold E. Turner
Professor Emeritus
Ed.D., George Peabody College

Gwendolyn Turner
Professor Emeritus
Ed.D., University of Arkansas

Douglas Turpin
Professor Emeritus
Ed.D., Washington University

Huber Walsh
Professor Emeritus
Ed.D., University of California-Los Angeles

Jane Zeni
Professor Emeritus
Ed.D., University of Missouri-St. Louis

Kathleen Sullivan Brown
Associate Professor Emeritus
Ph.D., Washington University

Bruce A. Clark
Associate Professor Emeritus
Ph.D., University of Illinois

Thomas J. Loughrey
Associate Professor Emeritus
Ph.D., University of Iowa

Charles G. Smith
Associate Professor Emeritus and Athletic Director Emeritus
M.S., Washington University

George J. Yard
Associate Professor Emeritus
Ph.D., Saint Louis University