Secondary Education | Special Education | Plan of Courses | Teach for America

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Critical Need for Teachers

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? Read more to view program highlights, needed qualifications and to apply.

Program Highlights

  • 2-year program of study for certification
  • Courses taught via online classes and interactive television
  • 18-23 credit hours of coursework
  • Program of study approved by DESE
  • Requires a BA or BS degree, but no prior certification

Qualification

If you meet the qualifications above, please apply for the Transition to Teaching Program.

Secondary Education

The Secondary Education Transition to Teaching Program is a revolutionary endeavor that uses technology and curriculum to respond to the critical shortage of teachers in areas such as foreign language, math, science, music, art, and computer science.

Certification

Teachers with Temporary Authorization Certificates participate in an accelerated program that helps them develop and enhance skills for teaching secondary school students. At the completion of the program, the teacher may apply for regular Secondary Education Certification or Middle School Education Certification. Coursework is taught via online classes.

  • Must be employed by a Missouri School under a Temporary Authorization Certificate in Secondary Education or Middle School Education in the area of certification
  • Secondary Education Certification or Middle School Education Certification 
  • 18 credit hours of coursework
  • Prerequisites: Participants must have a bachelor’s degree in the area of certification with a 2.7 undergraduate GPA and be employed with a Missouri school district or charter school as a teacher in the subject area of certification.
  • Participants are eligible to continue coursework toward a Master’s in Secondary Education with an additional 24 credit hours.

Certification Schedule

Year 1

Fall

  • SPC ED 6412 Psychology of the Exceptional Child (3 hours)

Spring

  • Subject Area Methods Course

Year 2

Summer

  • SPC ED 6325 Advanced Studies in Classroom and Behavior Management (3 hours)
  • EDUC 5006 Advanced Methods of Teaching Reading in the Content Area (3 hours)

Fall

  • ED PSY 6225 The Psychology of Adolescence (3 hours)

Spring

  • ED REM 6707 Classroom Measurement & Evaluation (3 hours)

Certification & Masters

The University of Missouri–St. Louis has developed a Master’s of Secondary Education offered through a combination of distance learning and summer institutes. This is a continuation of the University’s already successful Secondary and Middle School Education Transition to Teaching Certification Program and is available to teachers with Temporary Authorization Certificates. Teachers participate in an accelerated program that helps them develop and enhance skills for teaching secondary education.

At the completion of the certification portion of the program, participants may apply for regular certification in Secondary Education and may then take an additional 24 graduate credit hours and earn a Master’s in Secondary Education. coursework is taught via interactive television (ITV) sessions, independent study, small-group projects, and two one-week on-campus summer courses.

  • Prerequisites: Participants must have a bachelor’s degree with a 2.7 undergraduate GPA and be employed with a Missouri school district or charter school as a middle school or secondary education teacher in the area of certification.

  • Must be employed by a Missouri School under a Temporary Authorization Certificate in Secondary Education

Certification & Masters Schedule

Year 1

Fall
  • SPC ED 6412 Psychology of the Exceptional Child (3 hours)
Spring
  • Subject Area Methods Course

Year 2

Summer

  • SPC ED 6320 Advanced Studies in Classroom Management (3 hours)
  • EDUC 5006 Advanced Methods of Teaching Reading in the Content Area (3 hours)

Fall

  • ED PSY 6225 The Psychology of Adolescence (3 hours)

Spring

  • ED REM 6707 Classroom Measurement & Evaluation (3 hours)

Year 3 – Master's

Spring

  • ED PSY 6030 Instruction, Learning, & Assessment (3 hours)

Summer

  • TCH ED 6010 Examining History, Community, & Social Justice (3 hours)
  • TCH ED 6020 Teacher Action, Advocacy, & Leadership (3 hours)

Fall

  • SEC ED 6415 The Secondary School Curriculum (3 hours)
  • TCH ED 6909 Teacher Action Research I (3 hours)

Spring

  • ED PSY 6109 Learning & Development in Secondary School Settings
  • TCH ED 6910 Teacher Research Capstone (3 hours)

Summer

  • SEC ED 6420 Improvement of Secondary School Teaching (3 hours)

Special Education

Certification

Teachers with Temporary Authorization Certificates participate in an accelerated program that helps them develop and enhance skills for teaching K-12 students with mild to moderate disabilities. Coursework is taught via online classes.

  • Prerequisites: Participants must have a bachelor’s degree with a 2.7 undergraduate GPA and be employed with a Missouri school district or charter school as a special education teacher.
  • Participants are eligible to continue coursework toward a Master’s in Special Education with an additional 15 credit hours.
  • Must be employed by a Missouri School under a Temporary Authorization Certificate in Special Education.
  • K-12 Mild/Moderate Cross-Categorical Certification 21 credit hours of coursework.

Certification Schedlue

Fall 1

  • ELEED 4246 Teaching Math in the Elementary School (3 hours)
  • SPCED 6412 Psychology of the Exceptional Child (3 hours)

Spring 1

  • SPCED 6345 Characteristics and Education of Students with High Incidence Disabilities (3 hours)
  • EDPSY 6030 Instruction, Learning & Assessment (3 hours)  

Summer 1

  • SPCED 6325 Advanced Studies in Classroom and Behavior Management (3 hours)
  • ELEED 6684 Instructional Strategies for Teaching Reading (3 hours)

Fall 2

  • SPCED 6443 Characteristics and Education of Students with Learning Disabilities (3 hours)
  • EDPSY 6545 Consultation in Schools and Other Settings (3 hours)

Spring 2

  •  ELEED 6448 Diagnosis and Remediation of Disabilities in Learning Mathematics (3 hours)
  • SPCED 6346 Reading Instruction and Intervention in Special Education (3 hours)

Certification & Masters

The University of Missouri–St. Louis has developed a Master’s of Special Education in Learning Disabilities offered through a combination of distance learning and summer institutes. This is a continuation of the University’s already successful Special Education Transition to Teaching Certification Program and is available to teachers with Temporary Authorization Certificates. Teachers participate in an accelerated program that helps them develop and enhance skills for teaching Special Education, K-12, Mild/Moderate Disabilities.

At the completion of the certification portion of the program, participants may apply for regular certification in Special Education and may then take an additional 15 graduate credit hours and earn a Master’s in Special Education. Coursework is taught via online courses.

  • Prerequisites: Participants must have a bachelor’s degree with a 2.7 undergraduate GPA and be employed with a Missouri school district or charter school as special education teacher.
  • Must be employed by a Missouri School under a Temporary Authorization Certificate in Special Education

Certification & Masters Schedule

Fall 1

  • ELEED 4246 Teaching Math in the Elementary School (3 hours)
  • SPCED 6412 Psychology of the Exceptional Child (3 hours)

Spring 1

  • SPCED 6345 Characteristics and Education of Students with High Incidence Disabilities (3 hours)
  • EDPSY 6030 Instruction, Learning & Assessment (3 hours)  

Summer 1

  • SPCED 6325 Advanced Studies in Classroom and Behavior Management (3 hours)
  • ELEED 6684 Instructional Strategies for Teaching Reading (3 hours)

Fall 2

  • SPCED 6443 Characteristics and Education of Students with Learning Disabilities (3 hours)
  • EDPSY 6545 Consultation in Schools and Other Settings (3 hours)

Spring 2

  • ELEED 6448 Diagnosis and Remediation of Disabilities in Learning Mathematics (3 hours)
  • SPCED 6346 Reading Instruction and Intervention in Special Education (3 hours)

 Summer 3

  •  TCHED 6010 Examining History, Community and Social Justice (3 hours)
  • TCHED 6020 Teacher Action, Advocacy and Leadership (3 hours)

 Fall 3

  • TCHED 6909 Teacher Action Research I (3 hours)

 Spring 3

  •  TCHED 6910 Teacher Action Research Capstone (3 hours)
  • SPCED 6415 The Law and Special Education (3 hours) 

Plan of Courses

Secondary Education

Special Education