School of Education



2016-2017 UNDERGRADUATE STUDIES CATALOG

Effective 1 June 2016 through 31 May 2017

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




Brenda Fyfe, dean 

School of Education website (external to catalog)


Mission Statement

The School of Education at Webster University provides its students with the knowledge, experiences, and practical tools that enable them to guide both themselves and others toward lifelong learning. The School of Education is a community of teacher-scholars who apply critical reflections and creative energies to enhance learning in schools and other educational settings. The faculty strives to do this by modeling effective teaching practices based on sound theory and research. The personalized approaches make for a challenging, yet supportive environment that permits the risk-taking necessary for learning and growth. The School encourages its faculty and students to work actively toward this end, keeping in mind that the actions must be rooted in visionary yet realistic thinking. This thought and action process underscores the development of an inner-directed self-understanding, an outer-directed global perspective, and an appreciation of human diversity that arises from both.

Vision

"...We all must work to make this world worthy of its children." (Casals, 1970)

Theme

Developing a world of learners through knowledge, leadership, and lifelong learning.

Conceptual Framework

School of Education Mandala: A World of Learners

This graphic represents the conceptual schema of the School of Education.

The outer circle is the "world of learners" in cultural settings. Each quadrant represents one of the school's four goals for its candidates: to develop knowledgeable learners, informed instructors, reflective collaborators, and responsive educators. The two axes represent the theme components of knowledge, leadership, and lifelong learning. These lines are broken to emphasize the fluid relationship of the goals and integrated concepts.

Goals

1. Education candidates will demonstrate knowledge of the subject matter, knowledge of the learner, and knowledge of pedagogy based on inquiry and scholarship.

The knowledgeable learner:

  • knows content that supports conceptual understanding;
  • applies tools of inquiry to construct meaningful learning experiences;
  • identifies developmental factors in student learning; and
  • understands theoretical principles of effective instruction to plan learning experiences.

2. Education candidates will incorporate multiple assessment and instructional strategies to support effective educational practices based on research and theory.

The informed instructor:

  • designs curriculum based on students' prior knowledge, learning styles, strengths, and needs;
  • understands and uses a range of instructional strategies;
  • uses a variety of communication modes, media, and technology to support student learning; and
  • employs a variety of formal and informal assessments to monitor learning and modify instruction.

3. Education candidates will reflect on the roles educators take as leaders of change through collaboration with colleagues, students, and families in schools and communities.

The reflective collaborator:

  • values and integrates reflection to grow as a professional;
  • promotes communication and collaboration with colleagues, families, and community leaders;
  • seeks relationships with families and students to support student learning; and
  • initiates change that benefits students and their families.

4. Education candidates will demonstrate respect for diversity through responsive teaching and learning that values individual differences.

The responsive educator:

  • understands and responds appropriately to issues of diversity;
  • acknowledges social and cultural contexts to create effective teaching and learning environments;
  • adapts instruction to the learner's knowledge, ability, and background experience; and
  • identifies resources for specialized services when needed.

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 MoSPE 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 based on the School of Education Goals and is aligned with Missouri Standards for the Preparation of Educators (MoSPE) as well as the Council for the Accreditation of Educator Preparation (CAEP) competencies.

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

Victoria McMullen, chair

Majors and Degrees Offered

*BMEd offered through the Department of Music in the Leigh Gerdine College of Fine Arts

Minors Offered

Special Study Opportunities

Within the School of Education students may pursue traditional education courses and activities, including supervised clinical studies, independent studies and reading courses, or explore issues in the field of educational philosophy, theory, and methodology through a variety of professional activities. Other options 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 the Missouri Educator Profile (MEP)
  • 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 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.
  • Candidates must demonstrate satisfactory competency in regard to the knowledge, skills and dispositions identified in the School of Education Conceptual Framework.
  • Courses completed with a grade of D do no 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

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 3000-level practicum is 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 complete the formal application through TK20. Candidates must apply by September 15th for a spring placement and by February 15th for a fall placement. Directions are located on the School of Education website. Five of nine assignments in Passport 2 must be successfully completed before the start of Practicum.

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 complete a formal application through TK20. Candidates must apply by September 15th for a spring placement and by February 15th for a fall placement. Directions are located on the School of Education website. One hundred percent of 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 teachers and teacher candidates working with or aspiring to work with students from low-income districts having diverse populations. Awards of up to $2,500 are available, 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 (Note for DeLyle: I will provide a link to the 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. Resume.

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.