School of Education



2019-2020 UNDERGRADUATE STUDIES CATALOG

Effective 1 June 2019 through 31 May 2020

Please see the Undergraduate Catalog Archives for PDF versions of past catalogs.


This page was modified on 14 June 2019.
Please see the Undergraduate Catalog Addendum to view changes that were made.

Department

Thomas Cornell, interim dean 

School of Education website (external to catalog)


Vision

We empower students to become effective, innovative, and empathetic educators and practitioners. 

Mission

The School of Education is a supportive and inclusive community of educator-scholars providing excellent experiences that make a difference in the lives of learners.

Dispositions and Professional Behaviors

Programs in the School of Education cultivate and assess dispositions and professional behaviors related to candidates' academic engagement and integrity; fairness and respect toward others; commitment to high expectations and support for all learners; and demonstrated professional communication and behavior.

For more information about the School of Education's assessment of dispositions and professional behaviors please refer to our website at webster.edu/education.


Assessment Policy of School of Education

Demonstration of Missouri Teacher Standards Through Quality Indicators

The Department of Teacher Education (DTE) Passport is an integral element in the assessment system for initial teacher certification programs. The system is designed to foster the development of knowledge, skills, and dispositions for pre-service teacher candidates in the digital age.

The assessment system is aligned with the Missouri Teacher Standards, which "convey the expectations of performance for professional teachers in Missouri."

In order to complete the digital passports, candidates are enrolled in an online learning portal entitled Education Passport 1 and Education Passport 2.

Using a self-directed approach, pre-service teachers upload artifacts and reflections in the digital passports. Each passport is assessed by a team of faculty who assign a passing or failing grade to the passport based on the successful submission of artifacts and appropriate supplementary activities. Where appropriate, candidates may be asked to revise and resubmit artifacts or reflections.

Successful completion of each part of the passport allows the candidate to move through the phases of the program.

Department of Teacher Education

Basiyr Rodney, chair

Majors and Degrees

Minors

Certificates

Special Study Opportunities

Within the School of Education students may pursue special study opportunities which may include experiences in varied educational settings at Webster University's international campuses, conferences, study tours, Student Literacy Corps, and other service learning opportunities and field experiences in inclusive schools, all of which prepare students for teaching in an increasingly diverse society.


Admission to the Major

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

  • A grade of B or better in EDUC 2800 Foundations of Education.
  • A grade of B or better in EDUC 2000 Beginning Practicum.
  • Completed Candidate Responsibility Form.
  • A departmental GPA of 3.0, based on all EDUC courses taken.

Admission to Teacher Certification

Occurs concurrently with Admission to the Major and additionally requires:

  • Successful completion of all sections of the MoGEA Exam by 64 credit hours of college-level coursework (transfer students must pass all sections of MoGEA Exam during the first semester following transfer to Webster University).
  • Completion of a college composition course with a grade of B- or better.
  • Completion of a college mathematics course with a grade of B- or better. 
  • A written Program of Study (POS) outlining the degree and program requirements developed by completion of 64 credit hours.
  • A minimum cumulative GPA of 2.75 in college-level coursework from all post-secondary institutions attended.
  • Successful completion of Passport 1.

General Information

  • Candidates must be admitted to teacher certification in order to take specified EDUC methods courses. Transfer students must complete the MoGEA Exam during the first semester following transfer to Webster. 
  • Candidates must maintain a grade point average (GPA) of at least 3.0 in the education major and in the content area as well as a GPA of 2.75 in all college-level coursework.
  • 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 website.

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 Global Citizenship Requirements of Webster University.

Teacher Certification Programs

  • Art (Grades K-12)
  • Early Childhood/Elementary (Birth-Grade 6)
  • Elementary (Grades 1-6)
  • Middle School (Grades 5-9) with a focus in Language Arts, Mathematics, Science, or Social Studies
  • Secondary English (Grades 9-12)
  • Secondary Mathematics (Grades 9-12)
  • Secondary Biology (Grades 9-12)
  • Special Education (Mild/Moderate/Cross-Categorical) (Grades 1-6)
  • World Languages (French, German, or Spanish) (Grades K-12)

Candidates seeking Secondary Education certification are encouraged to choose a second major in their content area. Advisors from the content area work closely with the School of Education to assure candidates meet the requirements of both their majors and teacher certification.

Practicum

A minimum of 3 credit hours of a 3000-level practica are required as a prerequisite to apprentice teaching. Practica are 45-135 hour experiences in P-12 classrooms involving observations, lesson planning and teaching. A schedule of when the teacher candidate is in the classroom is established in conjunction with the cooperating teacher. To enroll in practicum, candidates must apply by September 15 for a Spring placement and by February 15 for a Fall placement. Candidates must meet with the Coordinator of Field Placements prior to submitting practicum applications. 

Apprentice Teaching

Apprentice teaching is a requirement for all initial certifications. Apprentice teaching is a full-time experience in a P-12 classroom that spans at least 16 weeks. The teacher candidate observes the cooperating teacher and eventually assumes responsibility for planning and preparing lessons, teaching, grading student work and taking part in any other activities expected of a teacher in the school. Candidates must apply by September 15 for a Spring placement and by February 15 for a Fall placement. Passport 2 must be successfully completed before the start of Apprentice Teaching. The candidate must also pass the Missouri Content Assessment(s) for the specific certification area prior to the start of Apprentice Teaching.

Note: The application for practicum and apprentice teaching will not be accepted if the student has not been formally accepted to teacher certification status. Apprentice teaching placements will be made in the St. Louis City, St. Louis County, St. Charles County and Jefferson County School Districts along with private and independent schools. All candidates enrolled in apprentice teaching must participate in a mandatory seminar. Candidates should not contact school officials or teachers about placements, but they should contact the Coordinator of Field Placements for such information. All undergraduate candidates for certification must complete either their practicum or apprentice teaching in a diverse setting.

The Beatrice and David Kornblum Institute for Teaching Excellence 

The Beatrice and David Kornblum Institute for Teaching Excellence is an integral part of Webster University's School of Education. The Institute's mission is to support innovative education, program development, community service, and improved teaching and learning with an emphasis on economically disadvantaged minority, immigrant, and/or disabled (at risk) public school children from the urban setting.

Kornblum Scholar Program

The Institute makes scholarships available to candidates working with or aspiring to work with students from low-income districts having diverse populations. Funding is limited so early application is encouraged. Applications are due by May 15th of each year. Recipients will be notified by August 1st. 

Application Criteria

To be considered for a scholarship, applicants must meet the following criteria:

  1. Completed application form 
  2. Written statement (no more than 1000 words) addressing the student's philosophy of education and commitment to the mission of the institute.
  3. Résumé.
  4. Copy of Webster University student academic record.
  5. Cumulative GPA of 3.0 or higher.
  6. Successful completion of at least half of the student's degree program by the application deadline.
  7. Students who are currently working as teachers must check eligibility and apply for funds that may be available through their school district regarding tuition reimbursement. 

For more information about the scholar program, see the Kornblum Scholarship Fund Application, available on the School of Education's website at webster.edu/education

This page was modified on 14 June 2019.
Please see the Undergraduate Catalog Addendum to view changes that were made.