Elementary School 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. This graduate certificate program option leads to Missouri Initial Professional Teacher Certification in Elementary Teaching 1-6. 

Admission Requirements for the Graduate Certificate in Elementary 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
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 Classrooms4
ED PSY 6030Instruction, Learning and Assessment3
ED TECH 6135Technology for Preparing Inquiry-Based Teaching1
SPEC ED 6412Psychology of Exceptional Children3
Level III Courses
SPEC ED 6325Advanced Studies in Classroom & Behavior Management3
ELE ED 6338Literacy Assessment for Guided Instruction3
ELE ED 6253Teaching Social Studies through Reading, Writing, and English Language Learners3
ELE ED 6246Math Content Pedagogy, Inquiry-Based Instruction, and Assessment3
ELE ED 6241Science Content, Inquiry-Based Instruction, and Assessment: STEM-Integrated Pedagogy2
ELE ED 5989Practicum I: Elementary/Special Education Site-Based Experience2
ELE ED 5990Practicum II: Elementary/Special Education Site Based Experience8
TCH ED 5001Advanced Mid-Level Clinical Experience: Diverse Learners1
Total Hours42

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.