Education (BA) with Certification in Middle School 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 Middle School 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 (3 hours)
    (B or better required)
  • EDUC 3155 Early Diversity Practicum (1 hour)
    (B or better required)
  • EDUC 3375 Behavior Management (3 hours)
  • EDUC 2080 Early Adolescent Development (3 hours)
    -or- EDUC 2120 Adolescent Development (3 hours)
    -or- PSYC 2250 Adolescent Psychology (3 hours)
  • EDUC 3000 Intermediate Practicum (3 hours)
  • EDUC 4000 Apprentice Teaching Seminar (1 hour)
  • EDUC 4965 Apprentice Teaching (grades 5-9) (13 hours)

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Additional Education and Content Courses for Certification

All Areas:

  • EDUC 2110 Communication in Education (3 hours)
  • EDUC 2240 Middle School History and Philosophy
  • EDUC 3700 Methods of Teaching Strategic Reading and Writing (3 hours)
  • EDUC 4070 Methods of Teaching Reading in the Content Areas
  • EDUC 4130 Methods of Teaching Writing
  • EDUC 4200 Methods in Middle School Curriculum and Instruction
  • EDUC 4435 Inclusive Practices for General Educators (3 hours)
  • 4 credits of Education Technology classes (EDUC 3125 and two additional credits of EDUC 3126, EDUC 3127 or EDUC 3128)
  • PSYC 4250 Introduction to Counseling (3)
  • Additional required certification coursework and electives to total 128 credit hours

Language Arts:

  • ENGL 1030 Introduction to Literature  (3 hours)
  • ENGL  3100 Modern Drama
    -OR- ENGL 3130 Contemporary Drama (3 hours)
  • ENGL 2050 Major U.S. Writers I
    -OR- ENGL 2070 Major U.S. Writers II (3 hours)
  • ENGL 2110 Perspectives
    -OR- ENGL 3900 Myth and Classical Literature(3 hours)
  • ENGL 4200 Contemporary Linguistics (3 hours)
  • EDUC 3190 Young Adult Literature (3 hours)
  • EDUC 3170 Methods of Teaching Language Arts
    -OR- EDUC 4110 Secondary English Methods (3 hours)
  • WRIT 1010 Composition (3 hours)
  • WRIT 2000 Advanced Composition
    -OR- EDUC 2140 Writing for Teachers (3 hours)

Social Studies:

  • HIST 1100 World Civilization before 1500
    -OR-HIST 2200 History of Medieval Society (3 hours)
  • HIST 1300 Colonial and Revolutionary America (3 hours)
  • HIST 1310 19th C. American History (3 hours)
  • HIST 1320 20th C. American History (3 hours)
  • HIST 2020 Topics in Modern European History
    -OR- INTL 1500 World Systems since 1500 (3 hours)
  • EDUC 4575 Methods of Teaching Elementary Social Studies (3 hours)
  • EDUC 4250 Economics and Geography for Global Sustainability or Macro/Micro Economics
    AND ANTH 1400 Introduction to Geography: World and Regional (4 or 6 hours)
  • POLT 1060 Introduction to American Politics (3 hours)


  • MATH 1610 Calculus I   (5 hours)
  • MATH 1620 Calculus II   (5 hours)
  • MATH 2450 Intro to Abstract Mathematics (3 hours)
  • MATH 3200 Statistics  (3 hours)
  • MATH 3530 Modern Geometry
    -OR- MATH 3510 Vector Geometry (3 hours)
  • MATH 3610 Probability (3 hours)
  • MTHT 4450 Middle School Mathematics Methods (3 hours)


  • BIOL 1550/1551 Essential of Biology I w/lab (5 hours)
  • CHEM 1100/1101 Chemistry I w/lab (4 hours)
  • PHYS 2030/2031 University Physics I
    -OR-SCIN 1010/1011 Topics in Physical Science w/lab (4 hours)
  • SCIN 1150 Astronomy  (3 hours)
  • SCIN 1520 Environmental Science (3 hours)
  • SCIN 1600 Physical Geology (3 hours)
  • EDUC 4580 Methods of Teaching Elementary Science (3 hours)

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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 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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