Departments and Centers

Department of Communication Arts, Reading and Early Childhood

The communication arts master of arts in teaching (M.A.T.) is designed to provide educators from diverse educational backgrounds the opportunity to study theoretical and practical developments in language, literature, media, and the arts. Students are encouraged to learn by doing and, by doing, expand those skills essential to their professional growth. Courses and experiences in communications allow students to earn Missouri teacher certification, explore career alternatives, and enhance their professional standing.

Webster University is proud to offer a new MA in Reading at the Webster Groves Campus. This program has received national recognition from the National Council for Accreditation of Teacher Education (NCATE) and the International Reading Association (IRA).

The MA in Reading is a program designed specifically for graduate students who intend to become Reading Specialist/Literacy Coaches and who will be pursuing Reading Specialist Certification K-12 with the state of Missouri.

Candidates who wish to increase their knowledge in the area of literacy but remain classroom teachers are encouraged to pursue a MAT in Communication Arts with an emphasis in Reading at Webster University. Reading faculty are available for advising appointments to determine the program that best suits each candidate's needs.

Students pursuing early childhood education in the M.A.T. program study young children and their families from an ecological perspective. The emphasis is on the integration of knowledge of child development, relationships with families and community, developmentally appropriate practice, and the curriculum content areas.

Students can develop a specialized focus on infants and toddlers, preschool-age children, kindergarten, early primary, or parent education through specific courses, projects within courses, practica, and individualized planning of action research or curriculum development.

Students learn to identify developmental needs and design appropriate educational plans for children who are "typically developing," as well as those who have special needs. Strategies for meeting the needs of all children in the least restrictive environment are emphasized. Throughout this major, students explore methods of consultation and collaboration among teachers, therapists, parents, and others involved in providing services to young children.

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Department of Multidisciplinary Studies

The Applied Educational Psychology programs include a Master of Arts (MA) degree, a post-master’s Education Specialist (Ed.S.) degree, and three Advanced Graduate Certificates (AGC). These programs, which emphasize multicultural and international perspectives, are committed to applying psychology in ways that support the best interests of children and youth, educators, families, and communities. Applied Educational Psychology graduate students have opportunities to earn credentials in critical shortage areas such as gifted education and school psychology.

The Master of Educational Technology consists of courses specifically designed for classroom teachers and for trainers in industry. We offer courses online and face-to-face taught by exceptional instructors who are leaders in the field. Graduates of this program deeply understand the proper use of technology and how to use it with students and adults to enhance learning. Contact us today to begin developing the individual excellence that Webster graduates are known for.

The Master of Arts Program in Mathematics for Educators consists of mathematics courses specifically designed for classroom teachers grades 5 - 14. Classes have no more than 15 students, and are taught by experts in mathematics who are also exceptionally capable teachers. Graduates of this excellent program deeply understand the mathematics they teach and know how to effectively interact with students in order to maximize their mathematical knowledge.

The Master of Arts in Teaching with a major in Multidisciplinary Studies offers students the option of certification. The emphasis in Education for Global Sustainability (EFGS) provides professionals in education the environmental knowledge, system-thinking skills, and community action tools necessary to model and lead schools with the principles and practices of sustainability. Participants will become leaders at their respective schools and be able to exhibit and teach curriculum that will help our PK12 learners grow into environmentally responsible citizens with innovative solutions for the challenges we face as a planet.

The Master of Arts in Teaching with a major in Social Science from Webster University explores local history, geography, international studies and more. Learn through practical experiences with dynamic faculty. Catering to the working professional we offer small classes in 8 week and online formats.

The Master of Arts in Special Education with emphasis areas in: Academic and Learning Disorders, Core Academic Instruction, Emotional and Behavioral Disorders, Inclusive Education, Mild/Moderate Disabilities, Positive Behavioral Interventions and Supports, and Severe Developmental Disabilities. Also, an Advanced Graduate Certificate: Positive Behavioral Interventions and Supports and the MAT in Mild/Moderate Disabilities (Cross-Categorical) is offered.

Webster University's Education Specialist Degree programs offer opportunities for advanced studies that are meaningful, practical and rigorous. The professors are experienced educators who model the programs' overarching goal that is to find the courage within ourselves to stand up for what is best for each and every child. Join us on this journey of growth and change. A masters degree is required to apply for this program.

Students are encouraged to learn by doing and, by doing, expand those skills essential to their professional growth. Courses and experiences in these areas allow students to explore career alternatives, and enhance their professional standing.

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Department of Teacher Education

Admission to teacher certification includes 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; and
  • a minimum cumulative G.P.A. of 2.75 in all college-level coursework.

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