Elementary and Special Education Teaching Graduate Certificate

This program of study is for individuals with a bachelor's degree who would like to prepare for teacher certification in Elementary Education and Special Education. This graduate certificate program option leads to Missouri Initial Teacher Certification in Elementary Teaching 1-6 with an add-on in Mild/Moderate Cross-Categorical Disabilities, K-12 Special Education. 

Admission Requirements for the Option in Teacher Certification:

  1. A passing score on the designated Missouri Content Examination or an approved program of study
  2. A 2.75 or higher overall GPA
  3. Approved results of the Family Care Safety Registry
  4. A clear TB test or chest x-ray, if appropriate

Applicants must meet the application deadlines set by the Graduate School.

Required Certification Courses
TCH ED 5001Advanced Mid-Level Clinical Experience: Diverse Learners1
TCH ED 6565Enriching Learning through Multicultural Arts, Music, Physical Education and Health1-2
TCH ED 6566Cross-Curricular Connections with Multicultural Arts, Music, Physical Education and Health1-2
ED PSY 6222Advanced Studies in Child and Adolescent Development3
TCH ED 5310AInstructional Design: Lesson Planning for Teachers2
ELE ED 6337Teaching and Learning Literacy in the Elementary Classrooms: Teaching Reading and Writing4
ED PSY 6030Instruction, Learning, and Assessment3
ED TECH 6135Technology for Preparing Inquiry-Based Teaching1
SPEC ED 6412Psychology of Exceptional Children3
SPEC ED 6315Understanding/Implementing Speech and Language Interventions that Assist Children with Special Needs3
ELE ED 6342Addressing the Mathematical Needs of Students3
SPEC ED 6325Advanced Studies in Classroom & Behavior Management3
SPEC ED 6342Transition Education for Adult Life3
ELE ED 6241Science Content, Inquiry-Based Instruction, and Assessment: STEM-Integrated Pedagogy2-3
ELE ED 6246Math Content Pedagogy, Inquiry-Based Instruction, and Assessment3
ELE ED 6253Teaching Social Studies through Reading, Writing, and English Language Learners3
ELE ED 6338Literacy Assessment for Guided Instruction3
ELE ED 5989Practicum I: Elementary/Special Education Site-Based Experience2-3
ELE ED 5990Practicum II: Elementary/Special Education Site Based Experience8
SPEC ED 6346Reading Instruction and Intervention in Special Education3
SPEC ED 6415The Law and Special Education3
Total Hours58-62

Learning Outcomes

Upon completion of the program, graduates will be able to:

  • Continually reflect on professional growth to improve student learning outcomes/enhance student learning.
  • Integrate technology to create meaningful student learning within the context of a global digital society.
  • Apply content and pedagogical knowledge to create authentic and deep learning experiences.
  • Use learning science principles to design, implement, and evaluate curriculum based on learning standards.
  • Foster effective working relationships with students, school colleagues, families, and community members to enhance student learning and well-being.
  • Design and establish a safe, inclusive, and respectful learning environment that nurtures the intellectual, social, and personal development of all students.
  • Use equitable frameworks and inclusive practices to create a variety of instructional and assessment opportunities adapted to diverse learners to encourage all students’ critical thinking, problem solving, and performance skills.