Education (BA) with Certification in Elementary Education


School of Education/Teacher Education Department

Degree Requirements

A minimum of 128 credit hours consisting of the following:

  • 33 Required credit hours
  • Applicable university global citizenship or general education program hours*
  • Additional required certification coursework and electives to total 128 credit hours

* Students should consult with their advisor to determine Global Citizenship Program (GCP) or general education courses that meet required certification competencies

Required Courses for Elementary Education

  • EDUC 2900 Education of Students with Exceptionalities (3 hours)
  • EDUC 3100 Learning, Teaching, and Assessment (3 hours)
  • EDUC 3150 Education in a Diverse Society (B or better required) (3 hours)
  • EDUC 3155 Early Diversity Practicum (B or better required) (1 hour)
  • EDUC 3375 Behavior Management (3 hours)
  • EDUC 2070 Child Development (3 hours)
    or PSYC 2200 Child Psychology (3 hours)
  • EDUC 3000 Intermediate Practicum (3 hours)
  • EDUC 4000 Apprentice Teaching Seminar (1 hour)
  • EDUC 4000 Apprentice Teaching Seminar (1 hour)
  • EDUC 4950 Apprentice Teaching (grades 1-3) (13 hours)
    or EDUC 4960 Apprentice Teaching (grades 4-6) (13 hours)

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Additional Education and Content Courses for Certification

  • EDUC 2110 Communication in Education (3 hours)
  • EDUC 3170 Methods of Teaching Language Arts (3 hours)
  • EDUC 3180 Children's Literature (3 hours)
  • EDUC 3520 Methods of Teaching of Elementary Reading (3 hours)
  • EDUC 3540 Methods of Teaching Art and Music (2 hours)
  • EDUC 3550 Methods of Teaching Health and PE (2 hours)
  • EDUC 3600 Classroom Organization and Curriculum Implementation (3 hours)
  • EDUC 3700 Methods of Teaching Strategic Reading and Writing (3 hours)
  • EDUC 4250 Economics and Geography for Global Sustainability (3 hours)
    or ANTH 1400 Intro to Geography AND Macro/Micro Economics (3 hours)
  • EDUC 4435 Inclusive Practices for General Educators (3 hours)
  • EDUC 4575 Methods of Teaching Elementary Social Studies (3 hours)
  • EDUC 4580 Methods of Teaching Elementary Science (3 hours)
  • EDUC 4690 Assessment and Advancement of Reading Abilities (3 hours)
  • MTHT 4310 Methods and Materials for Teaching Elementary Math (2 hours)
  • PHIL 2050 Philosophy and History of Education (3 hours)
  • 4 credits of Education Technology classes (EDUC 3125 and two additional credits of EDUC 3126, EDUC 3127 or EDUC 3128)
  • Additional required certification coursework and electives to total 128 credit hours
  • Elementary Education students will work with their advisor to develop a content area emphasis in Language Arts, Mathematics, Science or Social Studies.

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Admission to the Major

Students may be fully admitted to the major when the following criteria have been met:

  • A B or better in EDUC 3150 Education in a Diverse Society
  • A B or better in EDUC 3155 Early Diversity Practicum
  • A completed Candidate Responsibility Form
  • A departmental GPA of 3.0, based on all EDUC courses taken

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General Information

  1. Students pursuing teacher certification will be dropped from EDUC methods courses if all sections of the C-Base Exam have not been successfully completed upon earning 64 college-level credit hours. Transfer students must complete the C-Base during the first semester following transfer to Webster.
  2. Students must maintain a grade point average (G.P.A.) of at least 3.0 in the education major. A cumulative G.P.A. of 2.75 in all college-level coursework for students pursuing initial teacher certification is required.
  3. Students must demonstrate satisfactory competency in regard to the knowledge, skills, and dispositions identified in the School of Education Conceptual Framework.
  4. Courses completed with a grade of D do not count toward fulfilling specific course requirements of the major.

NOTE:  Policies and procedures governing the Education major and Teacher certification are available on the School of Education Web site.

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Teacher Certification

Because students enrolled in the Education major pursue initial teacher certification as part of their degree, a Program of Study (POS) is designed to meet the general education requirements of both the Missouri Department of Elementary and Secondary Education (DESE) and the degree requirements of Webster University.

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Admission to Teacher Certification

Admission to teacher certification requires the following:

  • successful completion of all sections of the C-BASE Exam by 64 credit hours of college-level coursework (transfer students must pass all sections of the C-Base during the first semester following transfer to Webster University);
  • written Program of Study (POS) outlining the degree and program requirements developed by completion of 64 credit hours;
  • completion of a college composition course with a grade of B- or better;
  • completion of a college mathematics course (appropriate to the area of emphasis) with a grade of B- or better;
  • completion of EDUC 3150 with a grade of B or better;
  • completion of EDUC 3155 with a grade of B or better;
  • a minimum cumulative GPA of 2.75 in college-level coursework from all post-secondary institutions attended.

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Practicum/Apprentice Teaching

A 3000-level practicum is required as a prerequisite to apprentice teaching. To enroll in a practicum, Students must make formal application to the Office of Apprentice Teaching and Field Experience. Practica applications for Spring placements are due by mid-September.  Practica applications for Fall are due mid-February.

Apprentice teaching is a requirement for all initial certifications. To enroll in apprentice teaching, students must make formal application to the Office of Apprentice Teaching and Field Experience at least one semester prior to the semester in which they plan to practice teach. Application must be filed during periods designated and posted.

Note: The application for practicum and apprentice teaching will not be accepted if the student has not been formally accepted to teacher certification status.

Students should contact the Office of Apprentice Teaching and Field Experience to obtain an application for apprentice teaching. Apprentice teaching and practicum placements will be made in the St. Louis City, St. Louis County, Fox, and Francis Howell School Districts. Students should not contact school officials or teachers about placement, but they should contact the office of the Coordinator of Apprentice Teaching and Field Experience for such information. The Apprentice Teaching Handbook will be issued at the apprentice teaching orientation meeting. All students enrolled in apprentice teaching must participate in a mandatory seminar.

All undergraduate candidates for certification must complete either their practicum or apprentice teaching in a diverse setting.

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Application for Certification

All students seeking initial certification are required to present a Teacher Work Sample demonstrating competency in teaching as identified by the Department of Elementary and Secondary Education (DESE).

All students seeking Teacher Certification must achieve the Missouri minimum score on the PRAXIS II, which is administered at least six times a year. Information on this test may be obtained online at ets.org or in the Office of Teacher Certification. Students must have a passing score on the appropriate Praxis II exam prior to the start of the Apprentice Teaching semester.

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-Revised September 7, 2013-

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