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For more than 10 years, the Council for the Accreditation of Educator Preparation (CAEP) has accredited Webster University. That means providing a high-quality learning experience isn’t just our mission statement — it’s how our faculty and staff prepare their students for success in their future classrooms every day.

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Individual Attention

1-to-11 faculty-to-student ratio and an average class size of 10.

Personal Successes

Our programs are designed to give you real results, right away.

Flexible Learning

Contact us at soe@webster.edu.

Teaching Philosophy

Our teacher preparation programs provide all first-year students with Surface Pro tablet for a small fee when they enroll in the program. The tablets come with a stylus, provide access to Microsoft Office 365 Cloud and Desktop Applications such as Outlook Email, Word and Teams. Throughout the coursework, students in our teacher preparation programs (BA and MAT), acquire knowledge about the software programs, and develop skills to design lessons and deliver content, collaborate and communicate with each other seamlessly in person and online.

Two students and the professor in a teaching cohort in School of Education
Two students and the professor in a teaching cohort in School of Education
A class and the professor in a teaching cohort in School of Education
Two students and the professor in a teaching cohort in School of Education
Two students and the professor in a teaching cohort in School of Education

Programs Across the Curriculum

Webster’ teacher preparation programs have been using features, functions and data analytics from educational software programs such as Video-Enhanced Observation (VEO) and Mursion, a virtual teaching simulation to document teacher’s classroom presence and to collaborate in a community of critical friends for their teaching professions. These technologies are used in a micro-teaching lesson study model facilitated by a University instructor working with small groups of teacher candidates. This forms a trusting "community of practice" due to an interactive and ongoing exchange of information and feedback among group members.

VEO is a software that allows video footage to be uploaded and examined systematically using “tag sets” that are built around various teaching behaviors to be examined. A tag session yields data about the demonstration (or lack thereof) of various tags in the tag set, and allows an individual to pinpoint specific teaching behaviors to improve.

Mursion is a simulation software that allows teacher candidates to participate in various teaching simulations in a virtual classroom with a virtual group of student avatars being “driven” by a trained simulation specialist. Small group simulations allow for a more focused experience in the simulator for an individual student. Consequently, a trusting relationship is built among teacher candidates as a cohort with the help of Webster University field experience program supervisors who are appointed to work closely with these teachers in training. This trust is established due to an interactive and ongoing exchange of information among members of this teaching community, providing a shared experience for their teaching practices.



Text on screen: Webster University

[Various photos of Webster University’s campus in geometric shaped frames.]

Text on screen: Mursion Education Simulation Program

[A video of the Mursion Simulation Software. A teacher gives a lesson to a group of animated children and receives feedback from peers. An interview shot of Stephanie Mahfood.

Stephanie Mahfood: This software, it’s called Mursion Simulation Software.

Text on screen: STEPHANIE MAHFOOD, Interim Dean of the School of Education

So what Mursion does is allows you — allows our teachers — to teach in the simulation with their peers, their classmates and their professors, their supervisors watching them.

[A close up of a video call with the same teacher lecturing the animated children.]

Michelle Haupt: Between other educators and an education leader you are able to just get really great feedback to improve yourself for next time.

Text on screen: MICHELLE HAUPT, Second Grade Teacher

[An interview shot of Haupt is replaced by more close ups of the Mursion Simulation Software.]

And I did see a big progress from, like, the first time that I did Mursion to the last time.

Mahfood: It allows them to do something that you can never do in a classroom. You can stop, you can say “pause simulation,” “help me out here a little bit,” “what would you do?” “what are my options here?” and talk amongst your friends, then come back and try it again.

Haupt: It’s another way to just practice teaching and teaching strategies and engagement and different ways to interact with the students.

[Various interview shots of Mahfood and Haupt are replaced by a montage of more aspects of the Mursion Simulation Software.]

For me, I was really able to think about what I want my classroom to look like as a teacher and really make sure that I could reflect and look back on things and realize where I want to go as a teacher.

Mahfood: Being able to watch yourself and your practice, analyze it and do it again is essential to becoming a master of this very, very complex craft that we call teaching.

[Outro music and more geometrically framed photos of Webster University campus replaces the last interview shot of Mahfood.]

Text on screen: Webster University

[Music fades and the screen fades to black.]

Teaching Approaches: Tools and Technologies


Training for effective teaching personnel.

Digital Teaching Approach:

Documenting performances of pre-service teachers for comments and feedback from fellow teachers and trainers.


Explore and examine instructions to effectively deliver content to students in the classroom across all grade levels.

Digital Teaching Approach:

Providing a safe space for teachers, both pre-service and in-service to experiment with different learning styles from the part of the students.


Teaching in a paperless classroom.

Digital Teaching Approach:

Practice screen clipping and stylus notation and active reading and assessment of student tasks.


Model routine and digital communication with parents, school districts personnel and students.
Provide classroom management and structure student collaboration.

Digital Teaching Approach:

Use productivity software to model responsive communication and build learning community with shareholders.


Practice digital assessment and student feedback.
Provide authentic approaches to assessment based on student work and activities.

Digital Teaching Approach:

Use PDF and Form Tools to capture and give feedback on student learning.
Apply authentic and responsive using handwriting, text-to-speech, voice and video.


Practice using digital video to create engaging stories for communication and learning.
Model using digital video for review of teaching skills and to improve practice.

Digital Teaching Approach:

Use digital video as a source of student feedback and instructional delivery.


Model the use of instruction systems to organize curriculum and student management.
Model the use of systems of assessment based on hands-on and practical approaches.

Digital Teaching Approach:

Use learning management systems to practice remote teaching.
Use learning management system to manage student grading and lesson delivery.


Student Testimonial

“Webster is very connected and provides lots of great ways for student involvement and leadership. I already feel like I belong with the way I was welcomed into life at Webster.”

Milan Henline

BA in Education with an Emphasis in Secondary Mathematics, '25

2022 Frank Murry Award

Webster University's Department of Teacher Education was awarded the 2022 Frank Murray Award from the Council for the Accreditation of Educator Preparation (CAEP), and is the only school in the state of Missouri to receive this award.


Rodney, Basiyr, PhD, Chair of the Department of Teacher Education
Faculty and Staff Voices

“This external recognition proves to others what we already knew. When we genuinely trust and support each other, we can do tremendous things. The best is yet to come!”

Rodney, Basiyr, PhD, Chair of the Department of Teacher Education
Basiyr Rodney, EdD

Chair of the Department of Teacher Education

Stephanie Mahfood
Faculty and Staff Voices

“I'm pleased our accreditors have recognized the ongoing collaborative effort, reflection and adjustment this requires. Our goal is to prepare educators who are able to do the same kind of work for the students they will teach.”

Stephanie Mahfood
Stephanie Mahfood, PhD

Interim Dean

Nicole Lee-Johnson, PhD, Director of the EdD Program
Faculty and Staff Voices

“I am very excited about us winning this award. It’s inspiring and motivating when we see the 'we' in the picture for celebrating the award.”

Nicole Lee-Johnson, PhD, Director of the EdD Program
Nicole Lee-Johnson, PhD

Director of the EdD Program

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