Education (BA) Special Education with Middle and Secondary School Content


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.

This program offered by 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 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) coded courses that meet required certification competencies

Required Major Courses

  • EDUC 2000 Early Practicum in Education (B or better required) (1 hour)
  • EDUC 2300 Child and Adolescent Development (3 hours)
  • EDUC 2800 Foundations of Education (B or better required) (3 hours)  
  • EDUC 2900 Education of Students with Exceptionalities (3 hours)
  • EDUC 3000 Intermediate Practicum (3-6 hours)
  • EDUC 3100 Learning, Teaching, and Assessment (3 hours)
    or PSYC 3350 Cognitive Psychology (3 hours)
  • EDUC 3375 Behavior Management (3 hours)
  • EDUC 4000 Apprentice Teaching Seminar (1 hour)
  • EDUC 4950 Apprentice Teaching Primary* 
    or EDUC 4960 Apprentice Teaching Intermediate*
    or EDUC 4980 Apprentice Teaching: Special Education* (Grades K-12) (13 hours)

*Initial teaching certificate is determined by apprentice teaching placement

Additional Education and Content Courses for Certification

  • EDUC 2110 Communication in Education (3 hours)
  • EDUC 2140 Writing for Teachers (B- or better required) (3 hours)
  • A second course with GCP coding for Written Communication (3 hours)
  • Language Arts Elective (3 hours)
  • EDUC 3520 Methods of Teaching of Elementary Reading (3 hours)
  • EDUC 3900 Teaching Reading and Writing in the Content Areas (3 hours)
  • EDUC 4250 Economics and Geography for Global Sustainability (4 hours)
  • EDUC 4330 Introduction to Students with Mild/Moderate Disabilities (3 hours)
  • EDUC 4440 Inclusion Strategies (3 hours)
  • EDUC 4450 Psychoeducational Assessment (3 hours)
  • EDUC 4460 Methods of Teaching Students with Mild/Moderate Disabilities I (3 hours)
  • EDUC 4470 Methods of Teaching Students with Mild/Moderate Disabilities II (3 hours)
  • EDUC 4480 Counseling for Life Transitions (3 hours)
  • Social Studies Elective (3)
  • Science Elective (3)
  • EDUC 4695 Differentiated Reading Assessment and Intervention (3 hours)
  • EDUC 4730 Language Development (3 hours)

 

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

General Information

  1. Students pursuing teacher certification will be dropped from EDUC methods courses if all sections of the MoGEA Exam have not been successfully completed upon earning 64 college-level credit hours. Transfer students must complete the MoGEA during the first semester following transfer to Webster.
  2. Students must maintain a grade point average (GPA) of at least 3.0 in the education major. A cumulative GPA 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 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 degree requirements of Webster University.

Admission to Teacher Certification

Admission to teacher certification requires the following:

  • successful completion of all sections of the MoGEA Exam by 64 credit hours of college-level coursework (transfer students must pass all sections of the MoGEA during the first semester following transfer to Webster University);
  • completion of the Missouri Educator Profile (MEP);
  • 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;
  • a minimum cumulative GPA of 2.75 in college-level coursework from all post-secondary institutions attended.

Practicum/Apprentice Teaching

A 3000-level practicum is required as a prerequisite to apprentice teaching. To enroll in a practicum, Students must apply by September 15thfor a spring placement and by February 15thfor a fall placement. Applications for practicum and apprentice teaching are completed through TK20. Directions are located on the School of Education website.

Apprentice teaching is a requirement for all initial certifications. Students must apply by September 15thfor a spring placement and by February 15thfor a fall placement. Applications for practicum and apprentice teaching are completed through TK20. Directions are located on the School of Education website.

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 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.

Application for Certification

All students seeking initial certification must successfully complete the Missouri Preservice Teacher Assessment (MoPTA). All students seeking Teacher Certification must achieve the Missouri minimum score on theState Required Content Area Exam, which is administered at least six times a year. Information on this test may be obtained online at www.mo.nesinc.com or in the Office of Teacher Certification. Students must have a passing score on the appropriateState Required Content Area Exam prior to the start of the Apprentice Teaching orientation.