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The UMSL Bachelor of Science in Elementary Education with an emphasis in Special Education program at Jefferson College prepares those who desire to teach grades 1 - 6. And, the special education emphasis adds an in-demand skillset to the core elementary education curriculum. All junior and senior level courses can be taken on site at Jefferson College, but students will also engage in hands-on learning at local school districts through observation hours, internship, and student teaching.

This 70-credit-hour program requires students to successfully complete the General Education courses required by the UMSL College of Education and the Missouri Department of Elementary and Secondary Education. Students enter the program in a cohort model where a new five semester cycle begins each fall.

Our program offers unique capstone experiences in Studio Schools. These are schools and districts where design happens, using a differentiated staffing plan. Specifically, teacher candidates will work in the school site as a faculty member, planning and teaching to provide in-depth support, flexibility, and intervention for K–12 students where it’s needed. The focus of this model is on K–12 student learning. Teacher candidates, supported by the supervisor and school site mentor, will impact K–12 students in multiple, varied and wide ranging grade level, achievement and subject specific contexts. These can include small group settings, whole class lessons, enrichment and support lessons all focused learning experiences.



DESE Elementary (Grades 1-6) Certification

The College of Education will recommend you to the Missouri Department of Elementary/Secondary Education for teacher certification in Elementary 1-6 at the completion of this program if you have met all state requirements. To ensure that you have met all state requirements, please contact your advisor.

DESE Mild/Moderate Disability Requirements for Elementary or Secondary Education Majors Certification

Elementary or Secondary Education students who have obtained their initial certification can add the Special Education endorsement by passing the appropriate area exam. The candidate contacts the Department of Elementary/Secondary to add this endorsement.


For more information, an application for enrollment or to make an appointment with the academic advisor, contact us today.

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Jefferson College
1000 Viking Dr.
Room 108 Student Center
Hillsboro, MO 63050
Tami Davenport Tami Davenport, Academic Advisor
636-481-3244 or 573-518-2324
Jefferson College
1000 Viking Dr.
Room 108 Student Center
Hillsboro, MO 63050
BSED Elementary Education/Special Education Course Plan

Fall Semester - 14 hours
ART ED 2179 Visual Art Activities for Elementary School (3)
ELE ED 3338 Teaching Elementary Literacy in Inclusive Settings:Literacy Assessment & Learning (3)
ENG 3100 Junior-Level Writing (3)
SPEC ED 3318 Inclusive Classrooms (3)                                                                         TCH ED 1001 Early Clinical Experience: Community Agency (1)
TCH ED 2000 Becoming a Professional Educator (1)

Spring Semester - 16 hours
ELE ED 3339 Teaching Elementary Literacy in Inclusive Settings: Literacy Instruction & Learning (4)
ELE ED 4341 Teaching Science in Inclusive Elementary Schools (3)
ELE ED 4246 Teaching Elementary Mathematics in Inclusive Settings I (3)
MATH 2510 Structures of Mathematical Systems II (3)
SPEC ED 3349 Cross-Categorical Special Education (3)
Summer Semester - 10 hours
HLTH PE 3432 Teaching Health and PE in the Elementary School (3)
MUSIC 2770 An Introduction to Music for the Elementary School Teacher (3)
SPEC ED 4323 Classroom Management & Positive Behavioral Supports In Inclusive Educational Settings (3)
TCH ED 3001 Mid-Level Clinical Experience: Diverse Learners (1)

Fall Semester - 15 hours
ELE ED 4253 Teaching Elementary Social Studies in Inclusive Settings (3)
ELE ED 4342 Teaching Elementary Mathematics in Inclusive Settings II (3)
ELE ED 4989 Practicum I: ELE/SPEC ED Site-Based Experience (3)
SPEC ED 4342 Transition Issues and Planning (3)
SPEC ED 4315 Language & Communication of Children w/Special Needs (3)

Spring Semester - 15 hours
ELE ED 4990 Practicum II: ELE/SPED ED Site-Based Experience (12)
TCH ED 3212 Sociolinguistics & Communication in the Classroom (3)

Course information is subject to change.
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