Division of Teaching and Learning



Scot Danforth, Chair, Associate Professor**
Ph.D., University of South Florida-Tampa
Philip Ferguson, E. Desmond Lee Professor
in Education of Children with Disabilities
Ph.D., Syracuse University
Carl Hoagland, Emerson Electric Company Professor in Technology and Learning
Ed.D., University of Massachusetts
William C. Kyle, E. Desmond Lee Family Professor of Science Education**
Ph.D., University of Iowa
Louis Lankford, Des Lee Foundation Endowed Professor in Art Education*
Ph.D., Florida State University
Wendy Saul, Dr. Allen B. and Mrs. Helen S. Shopmaker Endowed Professor for Education in collaboration with Springboard to Learning
Ph.D., University Wisconsin-Madison
James Shymansky, E. Desmond Lee Family Professor of Science Education
Ph.D., Florida State University
Patricia Simmons, E. Desmond Lee Professor in Life-Long Learning for the Sciences
Ph.D., University of Iowa
Douglas Turpin, E. Desmond Lee and Family Fund Endowed Professor in Music Education
Ed.D., Washington University
Richard W. Burnett, Professor Emeritus*
Ed.D., Indiana University
Richard J. Friedlander, Professor**
Ph.D., University of California-Los Angeles
Charles Granger, Professor**
Ph.D., University of Iowa
Kathleen M. Haywood, Associate Dean for Graduate Education, Professor**
Ph.D., University of Illinois-Urbana-Champaign
Wallace Z. Ramsey, Professor Emeritus*
Ed.D., University of Missouri-Columbia
Blanche M. Touhill, Professor*; Chancellor
Ph.D., Saint Louis University
Paul D. Travers, Professor Emeritus**
Ed.D., George Peabody College
Doris A. Trojcak, Professor Emerita*
Ed.D., Indiana University
Harold E. Turner, Professor Emeritus*
Ed.D., George Peabody College
Judith Walker de Felix, Professor*, Associate Vice Chancellor for Academic Affairs; Dean of Graduate School
Ph.D., University of Florida
Huber M. Walsh, Professor Emeritus*
Ed.D., University of California-Los Angeles
Fred Willman, Professor*
Ph.D., University of North Dakota
Jane Zeni, Professor**
Ed.D., University of Missouri-St. Louis
Bruce A. Clark, Associate Professor Emeritus*
Ph.D., University of Illinois
Dianne Ferguson, Associate Professor
Ph.D., Syracuse University
Harold Harris, Associate Professor*
Ph.D., Michigan State University
Allison K. Hoewisch, Associate Professor*
Ph.D., University of Southern Mississippi
Thomas J. Loughrey, Associate Professor*
Ph.D., University of Iowa
Helene J. Sherman, Associate Dean, Associate Professor**
Ed.D., University of Missouri-St. Louis
Charles G. Smith, Associate Professor; Athletic Director Emeritus, M.S., Washington University
Gwendolyn Turner, Associate Professor**
Ed.D., University of Arkansas
Cathy Vatterott, Associate Professor*
Ph.D., Saint Louis University
Gayle Wilkinson, Associate Professor**
Ed.D., University of Illinois
George J. Yard, Associate Professor Emeritus*
Ph.D., Saint Louis University
Pamela C. Ashmore, Assistant Professor
Ph.D., Washington University
Corey Drake, Assistant Professor
Ph.D., Northwestern University
Kevin Fernlund, Assistant Professor
Ph.D., University of New Mexico
Jane Fleming, Assistant Professor
Ph.D., Northwestern University
Karen Hagrup, Assistant Professor
PhD., University of North Carolina
Virginia L. Navarro, Assistant Professor**
Ph.D., Washington University
Joseph L. Polman, Assistant Professor
Ph.D., Northwestern University
Kim Song, Assistant Professor
Ed.D. Southern Illinois University-Edwardsville
Laura Westhoff, Assistant Professor
Ph.D., Washington University
Sheridan Wigginton, Assistant Professor
University of Missouri-Columbia
Linda Cason, Lecturer; Director, Gateway Writing Project;
M.Ed. Webster University
Jacquelyn A. Lewis-Harris, Lecturer
M.A., Washington University
Lynn Navin, Lecturer; Director, University Child Development Center
M.Ed., Michigan State University

* members of Graduate Faculty

** members of Doctoral Faculty

General Information
The faculty of the Division of Teaching and Learning has their offices on the 2nd and 3rd floors in Marillac Hall and in the Mark Twain Building.  Information about course offerings and related matters on all programs except physical education may be obtained in 369  Marillac Hall.  The physical education offices are located at 234 Mark Twain Building.

The division coordinates programs leading to a B.S. in education degree in:
Early Childhood Education
Elementary Education
Physical Education
Secondary Education
Special Education

And the B.E.S. degree in:

Early Childhood Education
Exercise Science Education

Professional Education
Programs leading to the M.Ed. In elementary education, secondary education, and special education also are coordinated in the Division of Teaching and Learning.

The early childhood undergraduate program is designed for students wishing to teach and direct programs for children from pre-kindergarten through grade three.  Students electing this program will work directly with young children as a part of their professional courses.

The graduate program is designed to develop master-level educators through a common core of essential knowledge and experiences drawn from current research and practice in the field of early childhood education.  Through this program, candidates are able to further their competencies as educators, directors, program planners, and curriculum developers in various early childhood settings.  Students can complete additional course work to receive certification.

The elementary education program prepares students to teach in grades one through six.  Students may also tailor a program leading to a middle school/junior high teaching certificate.  A special feature of these programs is the many opportunities to work with children in schools as part of the professional course work.

The graduate program strives to develop and refine the concept of the "teacher as researcher" or the "teacher as reflective decision maker or problem solver."  It is based on the premise that as professionals, teachers must understand both the products and findings of research and the underlying processes that influence their professional practice.

Students may choose a program leading to the M.Ed. In education, generalized or specialized elementary education or elementary education with Missouri certification in reading.

The physical education program coordinates work in physical education, which leads to a B.S. in education degree with certification to teach either PK-9 or K-12.

The elementary education and secondary education graduate programs provide courses for graduate students who choose physical education as their teaching field.

The secondary education program prepares students for teaching these subjects in secondary schools (grade 9-12): biology, business, chemistry, English, French, German, history, mathematics, music, physics, psychology, social studies, speech and Spanish.  A special feature of these programs is the close interdisciplinary cooperation between the professional school and other university departments. 

Students may also choose to pursue the bachelor's degree in the College of Arts and Sciences plus certification, or the B.S. in education degree, which includes Missouri certification.  Business education students have only the College of Education option.

At the graduate level, the division provides a program leading to an M.Ed in secondary education with emphasis in: adult education, certification studies with adult basic education, secondary education with emphasis in reading, and secondary education and certification.  It offers graduate degree work and advanced certification studies in elementary and secondary school administration, special education administration, and the school superintendency.

The special education program prepares students to teach learners with developmental disabilities, emotional/ behavioral disorders, learning disabilities, or in early childhood special education settings.  Students also receive certification as regular elementary school teachers upon completion of the curriculum.  Missouri certification standards require a student teaching experience in each area of special education.

At the graduate level, requisite course work for Missouri certification in special education is available, as is the M.Ed. Degree.

Note The State Board of education developed standards for renewable professional certificates, based on specific requirements for training and experience.  Details regarding these standards are available in the office of undergraduate studies in education.

Bachelor of Educational Studies

Admission Requirements

To be admitted to the Bachelor of Educational Studies Program an applicant must:

  • Be regularly admitted to the College of Education.
  • Have a UM and overall cumulative grade point average of 2.5 on a 4.0 scale.
  • Have a 20 on the ACT or 800 on the SAT
  • Have a 235 on each subtest of the CBASE.
  • Complete English 10(1100) with a C or better.
  • Complete Mathematics 30(1030) with a C or better
  • Have at least 45 hours of college credit.
  • Complete an application for the Bachelor of Educational Studies and secure appropriate signatures.

The B.E.S. is professional degree designed for individuals who wish to study education as a scholarly discipline but who do not wish to prepare for the professional practice for education in the K-12 schools of this state or nation. Three emphasis areas are available: early childhood education; exercise science; and professional education studies.

General Education Requirements
Students entering college first time Fall 2002 should refer to the Introductory section of this bulletin for their General Education Requirements.

Communicative Skills (2 requirements)
All students must complete a freshman English composition course with a grade of C- or better.
All students must complete English 3100(210) Advanced Expository Writing, or its equivalent, with a grade of C- or better.

Mathematical Skills
A grade of C- or better in a college-credit mathematics course having at least intermediate algebra as a prerequisite, or
A satisfactory score on the university's Mathematics Proficiency Test.

Breadth of Study (minimum 42 hours in the following three areas with at least three courses in each area)
Natural sciences and mathematics
Social sciences

Other Requirements
American History or Government (course taken at the University of Missouri or at other colleges or universities in Missouri)

Degree Requirements

Cultural Diversity Requirement (3 hours)

  • Ed Psy 3312(312)/Tch Ed 3312(312),  The Psychology of Teaching and Learning (3 hours)
  • Communication 1040(40), Introduction to Public Speaking (3 hours)
  • 6 hours in Psychology or Educational Psychology numbered 3000(200) or higher
  • Ed 2290(290), Internship (6 hours)
  • Ed 2291(291), Internship (6 hours)
  • At least one of the following:
  • Phy Ed 3282(282), Physical Growth and Motor Development (3 hours)
  • Ed Psy 211, Growth and Development, Ed Psy/Tch Ed 2212(212),  (3 hours), Introduction to learners and Learning (3 hours), or equivalent
  • Psy 2272(272), Adult Development and Aging (3 hours; same as Gerontology 2272(272))

Emphasis in Early Childhood 

One of the following two:

  • Tch Ed 2211(211), Introduction to American Schools (3 hours or equivalent)
  • Phy Ed 3282(282), Physical Growth and Motor Development (3 hours)
    All of the following:
  • Tch Ed 3313(313), Introduction to Learners with Disabilities and Inclusive Education. (3 hours) or equivalent
  • Ech Ed 3303(303), Curriculum and Practice Laboratory: Infant/Toddler (1 hour)
  • Ech Ed 3304(304), Curriculum and Practice Laboratory: Preschool (1 hour)
  • Ech Ed 3312(312), Introduction to Early Childhood Education (3 hours)
  • Ech Ed 3313(313), Curriculum and Practice: Infant/Toddler (2 hours)
  • Ech Ed 3314(314), Curriculum and Practice: Preschool (2 hours)
  • Ech Ed 4317(317), Assessing Individual Needs for Early Childhood Instruction (3 hours)
  • Ech Ed 4331(331), Language Acquisition and Development in Early Childhood (3 hours)
  • Ech Ed 3332(332), Literacy (3 hours)
  • Ech Ed 4346(346), The Acquisition of Mathematical Concepts (3 hours)

Total: 27 hours

Second Concentration: Electives to total 12 hours to be chosen from Ech Ed, Ele Ed, Spc Ed, Ed Tec, Ed Rem, or an area chosen in consultation with the adviser.

Emphasis in Exercise Science 
All of the following:

  • Bio 1131(113), Human Physiology and Anatomy I (4 hours)
  • Bio 1141(114), Human Physiology and Anatomy II (4 hours)
  • Phy Ed 3204(204), Special Topics in Physical Education (1-3 hours)
  • Phy Ed 3283(283), Kinesiology (3 hours)
  • Phy Ed 3284(284), Physiology of Human Exercise (3 hours)
  • Phy Ed 3285 (285), Sports Medicine (3 hours)
  • Phy Ed 287, Seminar in Exercise Science (3 hours)
    At least 6 credits from the following:
  • Phy Ed 3261(261), Physical Activity for the Exceptional Learner (2 hours)
  • Phy Ed 3275(275), Psychological Aspects of Physical Education
  • Phy Ed 5330(330), Prescribing Physical Activity (3 hours)
  • Phy Ed 5931(331), Adult Exercise Leadership (3 hours)
  • Phy Ed 5380(380), Nutrition for Human Performance (3 hours)

Total 27-29 hours

Second concentration: Electives to total 12 hours to be chosen from Bio, Chem, Phys, Psy, Geron, or an area chosen in consultation with the adviser.

Emphasis in Professional Education Studies 
27 hours in one of the following, numbered 3000(200) or above: Ele Ed, Spc Ed, Sec Ed.

Second Concentration:  Electives to total 12 hours to be chosen from an area not selected above or Ech Ed, Phy Ed, Tch Ed, Cns Ed, Ed Psy, Ed Rem or Ed Tec.

Candidates for the Bachelor of Educational Studies degree must achieve a cumulative grade point average of at least. 2.750, complete 24 of the last 30 hours in residence at UM-St. Louis, and be recommended by the faculty of the College of Education.