Education (BA) Secondary Unified Science


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 page was modified on 06 July 2016. Please see the Undergraduate Catalog Addendum to view changes that were made.--

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 (3 hours) (B or better required) (3 hours)
  • EDUC 2900 Education of Students with Exceptionalities (3 hours)
  • EDUC 3100 Learning, Teaching, and Assessment (3 hours)
  • EDUC 3000 Intermediate Practicum (3 hours)
  • EDUC 3375 Behavior Management (3 hours)
  • EDUC 4000 Apprentice Teaching Seminar (1 hour)
  • EDUC 4970 Apprentice Teaching (13 hours)

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)
  • EDUC 3500 Methods of Secondary School Teaching (3 hours)
  • EDUC 3900 Teaching Reading and Writing in the Content Areas (3 hours)
  • EDUC 4435 Inclusive Practices for General Educators (3 hours)
  • EDUC 4695 Differentiated Reading Assessment and Intervention (3 hours)
  • BIOL 1550/51 Essentials of Biology I w/ lab (5 hours)
  • BIOL 1560/61 Essentials of Biology II w/ lab (5 hours)
  • CHEM 1100/01 General Chemistry I w/ lab (4 hours)
  • CHEM 1110/01 General Chemistry II w/ lab (4 hours)
  • PHIL 2330 Philosophy and Technology (3 hours)
  • PHYS 1710/11 College Physics I w/ lab (4 hours)
  • PHYS 1720/21 College Physics II w/ lab (4 hours)
  • SCIN 1470/71 Earth and Universe w/ lab (4 hours)
  • SCIN 1510 Global Climate Change (3 hours)
  • SCIN 4060 Methods in Science Teaching (3 hours)
  • 1 credit of Education Technology (EDUC 3126, EDUC 3127, EDUC 3128)
  • 20 additional credits in Biology to be determined with advisor
  • For double majors this includes BIOL 2010 Evolution, BIOL 3200/01 Ecology, BIOL 3050/51 Genetics, BIOL 4400
    Research Methods and BIOL 4420 BA Senior Thesis
  • Additional required certification coursework and electives to total 128 credit 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.

--This page was modified on 06 July 2016. Please see the Undergraduate Catalog Addendum to view changes that were made.--