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On behalf of the staff of Professional & Continuing Studies in the College of Education, welcome to our website. I hope that you find it interesting and informative, and that you visit often.

Whether you are now, or are planning to become, a teacher, counselor, or administrator, you have chosen a profession that is rewarding, challenging, and critical as we help 21st century children grow into productive adults. To be as effective in our careers as possible requires continuous renewal with state-of-the-art instruction, at an affordable price. We are pleased and eager to offer you both.

As you look through the pages on this site, you will notice an array of information and opportunities for both practitioners and those considering the field of education as a career. Professional & Continuing Studies offers many credit course opportunities off campus at sites throughout the metropolitan area. We also sponsor frequent professional development conferences and institutes that are especially designed for practitioners to keep current on the latest information.

In addition to our regularly scheduled courses, conferences, and programs, we are able to tailor programs specific to your needs and offer them at a place and time convenient to you. If you are interested in having us provide a program at your site, please call me for details.

Our staff is dedicated to providing you with exceptional customer service, timely information, and a quality education. We are proud of our accomplished faculty, our rigorous curriculum, our NCATE accreditation, and our library and advising services – all of which are at your disposal in any course or program.

Let us show you how easy it can be to accomplish your educational goals. I look forward to having you with us, and wish you the best of luck in your career.

Sincerely,

Clark J. Hickman, EdD
Associate Dean and Associate Research Professor

Teacher Resources

Teachers face an array of problems and issues in the classroom and life as a teacher. This area provides helpful links to resources that identify practical information on handling the major issues faced by teachers.

I. Effective Communication Strategies for Teachers and Families

A. Teacher’s Network

This comprehensive site offers teachers professional development packages, curriculum ideas, an interactive blog, a long list of linked-resources, and even grant opportunities.

B. National Council of Teachers of Mathematics

The page linked below offers eight helpful strategies for communicating with parents. While obviously geared toward math teachers, these strategies generalize to any teacher. If you are a math teacher, though, take note of the header buttons on this page that link you to professional development opportunities, as well as links to lessons and resources for the math teacher, broken out by grade level (elementary, middle and high school).

C. Scholastic

This site offers several articles helpful to teachers for effective parent communication and productive parent-teacher conferences. Be sure to also note the tab for links to Teacher Resources and Student Activities for more curricular ideas.

Other Links:

Five Keys to Successful Parent-Teacher Communication

Ten Tips for Productive Parent Conferences

D. Homelinks: Teacher Tools for Communicating with Parents

This link takes you to a description of a series of tools developed by Jennifer Cummings, M.Ed. on strategies of holding effective parent-teacher conferences for Grades 2-8. There is a cost for the information ($19.95).

E. Teacher Vision

This comprehensive site offers presentation clip- and stock-art by topic, lesson plan suggestions, sample tests, and effective teacher strategies. It also includes timely articles on important professional strategies for teachers, including parent-teacher conferences. Much of the site is free, and there is a paid-membership option for total and unlimited access.

II. Classroom Management

A. Barbed Wire Model

This blog makes some connections as to how messy classroom management really is.

B. Teacher Vision

Teacher Vision provides many useful links on topics such as the Art of Teaching, Assessment, Behavior Management, and Classroom Organization.

C. The Teacher’s Guide

Teacher’s Guide is another comprehensive Internet resource for teachers including lesson plans, themes, activities, and other teacher resources.

III. Writing with Students

Gallahger, Chris and Amy Lee. Teaching Writing that Matters. New York: Scholastic, 2008

Yancy, Kathleen Blake. Reflection in the Writing Classroom. Logan: Utah State UP. 1998

IV. How Students Learn/Ed Psychology

A. How Students Learn

This is a 50-page .pdf monograph on various types of learning, and a good primer on aspects of educational psychology written by George Brown (2004).

B. How Students Learn vs. How We Teach

Excerpts from Lion F. Gardiner’s article “Why We Must Change: The Research Evidence” (1998).

C. Self Efficacy

Self efficacy is the belief in our ability to perform a specific function, and is a component of Albert Bandura’s Social Cognitive Theory. It has wide application in our students’ ability to tackle difficult material, as well as our ability, as teachers, to grow professionally and improve our instructional skills.

D. Education Oasis

Marcy Driskoll’s (2006) “How Students Learn (and What Technology Might Have to Do With It). Note the bibliography at the end for further reading.

E. Solution Tree

Bellanca, James & Brandt, Ron (Eds), 21st Century Skills: Rethinking How Students Learn (2010, Bloomington: Solution Free Press). Authors such as Linda Darling-Hammond, Howard Gardner, Bob Pearlman, Chris Dede, and others have contributed to this new compilation of essays on student learning.

Online Credit Courses

Masters Degree in Education for Adult Education

Lifelong learning now encourages adults to move in and out of formal and non-formal education programs, greatly expanding the field of Adult Education. To equip present and future professions for "cutting edge" jobs and responsibilities, UMSL courses for professionals in adult education are based on the idea that adults as learners are different from children as learners. Adult learning principles are practiced at all times as the most effective way to help participants develop learning projects that are compatible with and relate to their work setting, areas of interest, and careers.

Today's rapidly changing technologically oriented society has created a need for educators whose academic preparation and philosophical outlook reflect understanding and concern for the unique needs of the adult learner.

The Division of Educational Leadership and Policy Studies offers the following as online courses, all for three graduate credit hours. All course work is done at your personal computer interacting with others enrolled in the courses. For more information about an Emphasis in Adult Education call (314) 516-5944, or fax (314) 516-5942.

Adult Education Online Courses

The process for applying to the online Master’s program is the same as for the campus degree program. Go to: http://www.umsl.edu/divisions/graduate/prospective/apply-online.htm and click on apply-online or contact the graduate office. You will be applying for an M.Ed. with an emphasis in Adult Education. This degree is offered through the Division of Educational Leadership and Policy Studies. Copies of documents can be found at this site.

At least 2 online offerings will be available each fall and winter semester. It is possible to complete the degree online in 4-5 semesters.

For additional information about the Adult Education program, contact Pi-Chi Han at (314) 516-6085.

Masters in Elementary Education with an Early Childhood Emphasis

The Advantages of the University of Missouri’s online Masters in Elementary Education with an Early Childhood Emphasis:

  • From anywhere in the world, gain access to the University of Missouri’s high quality education program in an online format designed to meet your need for convenience and flexibility.
  • Learn from other educators from all over the United States and World who are a part of your online learning community.
  • Obtain an advanced degree from a University known for its excellence in Teacher Education  
  • Technology Support Center available to help you solve any online technical problems 
  • Personalized advising throughout your online learning experience
For Information about our program contact Dr. Marlene Levine, (314) 971-8426 or levinema@umsl.edu .

Transition to Teaching Program

Designed for those holding a bachelor’s degree to transition to the career of teaching.

Many rural and urban schools in Missouri face a shortage of special education teachers and secondary school teachers in areas such as math, science, music, art and foreign language. If you have a BA or BS degree and are considering a rewarding career as an educator, why not start teaching now, while you pursue your certification?

  • 2-3 year Program of Study for certification
  • Courses taught via distance learning and Interactive Television
  • 18-24 credit hours of coursework
  • Program of Study approved by DESE
  • Requires a BA or BS degree, but no prior certification

Teach for America

UM-St. Louis has been a University Partner with Teach for America since 2006.  Teach for America has a mission “to build the movement to eliminate educational inequity by enlisting our nation's most promising future leaders in the effort.”  TFA recruits outstanding recent college graduates from all backgrounds and career interests to commit to teach for two years in urban and rural public schools. Last year, over 25,000 individuals applied to join Teach for America.  Approximately 100 TFA corp. members and placed in the St. Louis region each year.  As the University Partner, UM-St. Louis provides corp. members with the necessary coursework for them to earn their teaching certification in the two year period.  Most corp. members complete additional coursework and earn their Masters degree in education. 

Individuals interested in learning more about Teach for America should visit their website at http://www.teachforamerica.org.  Teach for America coordinates all of the recruitment activities. 

Educational Administration

Programs for teachers and administrators in K–12 educational administration; adult and continuing education; higher education administration; and community education.

Graduate Work in Education

Teachers: Earn your master’s degree, or other advanced degrees and certifications, easily and affordably. Check out the new and revised Master’s in Education Degree that is designed for practicing teachers!

Undergraduate Education/Teacher Certification

High School Students and Undergraduates: Thinking of a career in Education? Check out the teacher certification program at UM–St. Louis! Learn from the leaders in the field and embark on one of the most rewarding professions you can choose.

Masters in Elementary Education with an Early Childhood Emphasis

The Advantages of the University of Missouri’s online Masters in Elementary Education with an Early Childhood Emphasis:

  • From anywhere in the world, gain access to the University of Missouri’s high quality education program in an online format designed to meet your need for convenience and flexibility.
  • Learn from other educators from all over the United States and World who are a part of your online learning community.
  • Obtain an advanced degree from a University known for its excellence in Teacher Education  
  • Technology Support Center available to help you solve any online technical problems 
  • Personalized advising throughout your online learning experience

For Information about our program contact Dr. Marlene Levine, (314) 971-8426 or levinema@umsl.edu.

How to Become a Teacher

Transition to Teaching Program

Designed for those holding a bachelor’s degree to transition to the career of teaching.

Many rural and urban schools in Missouri face a shortage of special education teachers and secondary school teachers in areas such as math, science, music, art and foreign language. If you have a BA or BS degree and are considering a rewarding career as an educator, why not start teaching now, while you pursue your certification?

  • 2-3 year Program of Study for certification
  • Courses taught via distance learning and Interactive Television
  • 18-24 credit hours of coursework
  • Program of Study approved by DESE
  • Requires a BA or BS degree, but no prior certification

Teach for America

UM-St. Louis has been a University Partner with Teach for America since 2006.  Teach for America has a mission “to build the movement to eliminate educational inequity by enlisting our nation's most promising future leaders in the effort.”  TFA recruits outstanding recent college graduates from all backgrounds and career interests to commit to teach for two years in urban and rural public schools. Last year, over 25,000 individuals applied to join Teach for America.  Approximately 100 TFA corp. members and placed in the St. Louis region each year.  As the University Partner, UM-St. Louis provides corp. members with the necessary coursework for them to earn their teaching certification in the two year period.  Most corp. members complete additional coursework and earn their Masters degree in education. 

Individuals interested in learning more about Teach for America should visit their website at http://www.teachforamerica.org.  Teach for America coordinates all of the recruitment activities. 

Educational Administration

Programs for teachers and administrators in K–12 educational administration; adult and continuing education; higher education administration; and community education.

Graduate Work in Education

Teachers: Earn your master’s degree, or other advanced degrees and certifications, easily and affordably. Check out the new and revised Master’s in Education Degree that is designed for practicing teachers!

Undergraduate Education/Teacher Certification

High School Students and Undergraduates: Thinking of a career in Education? Check out the teacher certification program at UM–St. Louis! Learn from the leaders in the field and embark on one of the most rewarding professions you can choose.