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. These courses are also what DESE requires for the elementary and special education certifications.

Admission Requirements for the Graduate Certificate in Elementary and Special Education School Teaching:

  • A passing score on the designated Missouri Content Examination or an approved program of study
  • A 2.75 or higher overall GPA
  • Approved results of the Family Care Safety Registry
  • A clear TB test or chest x-ray, if appropriate
  • Students must meet the application deadlines set by the Graduate School

Graduate Certificate in Elementary and Special Education (56 Credit Hours = 41 Elementary + 15 Special Education)

Related Area Requirements
TCH ED 6565Enriching Learning through Multicultural Arts, Music, Physical Education and Health1
TCH ED 6566Cross-Curricular Connections with Multicultural Arts, Music, Physical Education and Health1
Level I Courses
ED PSY 6222Advanced Studies in Child and Adolescent Development3
TCH ED 5310AInstructional Design: Lesson Planning for Teachers1
Level II Courses
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 6315Understnding/Implmnting Speech & Lang Interventions that Assist Chldrn w/ Sp Needs3
ELE ED 6342Addressing the Mathematical Needs of Students3
Level III Courses
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
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
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 Hours56

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.