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 6565||Enriching Learning through Multicultural Arts, Music, Physical Education and Health||1|
|TCH ED 6566||Cross-Curricular Connections with Multicultural Arts, Music, Physical Education and Health||1|
|Level I Courses|
|ED PSY 6222||Advanced Studies in Child and Adolescent Development||3|
|TCH ED 5310A||Instructional Design: Lesson Planning for Teachers||1|
|Level II Courses|
|ELE ED 6337||Teaching and Learning Literacy in the Elementary Classrooms: Teaching Reading and Writing||4|
|ED PSY 6030||Instruction, Learning and Assessment||3|
|ED TECH 6135||Technology for Preparing Inquiry-Based Teaching||1|
|SPEC ED 6412||Psychology of Exceptional Children||3|
|SPEC ED 6315||Understnding/Implmnting Speech & Lang Interventions that Assist Chldrn w/ Sp Needs||3|
|ELE ED 6342||Addressing the Mathematical Needs of Students||3|
|Level III Courses|
|SPEC ED 6325||Advanced Studies in Classroom & Behavior Management||3|
|SPEC ED 6342||Transition Education for Adult Life||3|
|ELE ED 6241||Science Content, Inquiry-Based Instruction, and Assessment: STEM-Integrated Pedagogy||2|
|ELE ED 6246||Math Content Pedagogy, Inquiry-Based Instruction, and Assessment||3|
|ELE ED 6253||Teaching Social Studies through Reading, Writing, and English Language Learners||3|
|ELE ED 6338||Literacy Assessment for Guided Instruction||3|
|ELE ED 5989||Practicum I: Elementary/Special Education Site-Based Experience||2|
|ELE ED 5990||Practicum II: Elementary/Special Education Site Based Experience||8|
|SPEC ED 6346||Reading Instruction and Intervention in Special Education||3|
|SPEC ED 6415||The Law and Special Education||3|
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.