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's 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 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 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

Master's 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:

  • Applied Behavior Analysis
  • Autism Studies
  • Early Childhood Teaching
  • Elementary School Teaching
  • Elementary and Special Education Teaching
  • Secondary School Teaching
  • Teaching English to Speakers of Other Languages (TESOL)
  • Teaching of Writing, Gateway Writing Project

Doctoral Degrees

  • Teaching-Learning Processes
  • Educational Leadership and Policy Studies

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

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

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

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

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

Patricia Kopetz
E. Desmond Lee Endowed Professor of in Education for Children with Disabilities in Connection with the Variety Club
Ed.D., Saint Louis University

Jerome E. Morris
E. Desmond Lee Endowed Professor in Urban Education in Conjunction with St. Louis Public Schools
Ph.D., Vanderbilt University

E. 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, Jr.
E. Desmond Lee Family Endowed Professor of Science Education I
Ph.D., University of Iowa

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

Michael V. Smith
E. Desmond Lee and Family Fund Endowed Professor in Music Education
Ph.D., University of Minnesota

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

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

Cathy Vatterott
Professor
Ph.D., Saint Louis University

Brenda Bredemeier
Associate Professors
Ph.D., Temple University

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

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

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

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

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

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

Laura Westhoff
Associate Professors 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

Phyllis Balcerzak
Assistant Teaching Professor
Ph.D., Kent State University

Jennifer Fisher
Assistant Teaching Professor
Ph.D., University of Missouri - St. Louis

Timothy Makubuya
Assistant Teaching Professor
Ph.D., University of Missouri - St. Louis

Katherine O'Daniels
Assistant Teaching Professor
Ed.D., University of Missouri - St. Louis

Julie Smith-Sodey
Assistant Teaching Professor
Ed.D., University of Missouri - St. Louis

Tom Stephens
Assistant Teaching Professor
Ed.D., St. Louis University

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

Nicolle Von Der Heyde
Lecturer

Thomas E. Jordan
Curators' Professor Emeritus
Ed.D., Indiana University

Lloyd I. Richardson, Jr.
Curators' Professor Emeritus
Ph.D. , Vanderbilt Univeristy

Richard Burnett
Professors Emeriti
Ed.D., Indiana University

Charles J. Fazzaro
Professors Emeriti
Ed.D., West Virginia University

Kathleen Haywood
Professors Emeriti
Ph.D., University of Illinois - Urbana-Champaign

E. Louis Lankford
Professors Emeriti
Ph.D., Florida State University

Helene J. Sherman
Professors Emeriti
Ed.D., University of Missouri-St. Louis

Paul D. Travers
Professors Emeriti
Ed.D., George Peabody College

Harold E. Turner
Professors Emeriti
Ed.D., George Peabody College

Douglas Turpin
Professors Emeriti
Ed.D., Washington University

Huber Walsh
Professors Emeriti
Ed.D., University of California-Los Angeles

Jane Zeni
Professors Emeriti
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

Virgina L. Navarro
Associate Professor Emeritus
Ph.D., Washington University

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

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

Gayle A. Wilkinson
Associate Professor Emeritus
Ph.D., University of Illinois - Urbana-Champaign

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