The University of Missouri-St. Louis , through the College of Education , is accredited by the National Council for Accreditation of Teacher Education for the preparation of early childhood, elementary, special education, physical education, secondary school teachers and school service personnel.
Course Designations in the College of Education
The following abbreviations are used to indicate instructional areas
in the course listings and descriptions in the College of Education.
Adult Education Courses (Adu Ed)
Counselor Education Courses (Cns Ed)
Early Childhood Education Courses (Ech Ed)
Educational Administration Courses (Ed Adm)
Educational Foundations Courses (Ed Fnd)
Psychology Courses (Ed Psy)
Educational Research and Evaluation Methods Courses (Ed
Educational Technology Courses (Ed Tec)
Education Courses (Ele Ed)
Middle Education Courses (Mid Ed)
Higher Education Courses (Hir Ed)
Physical Education Courses (Phy Ed)
School-Wide Education Courses (Educ)
Secondary Education Courses (Sec Ed)
Special Education Courses (Spc Ed)
Teacher Education Courses (Tch Ed)
Degrees and Areas of Concentration
The College of Education offers certification programs leading to the
B.S. in education with specialization in any of the following: early
childhood education, elementary education, special education, physical
education, and secondary education. Courses are also available for those
seeking certification for middle school music and art. In cooperation
with other schools and colleges of the university, the College of Education
provides a program for students pursuing other degrees and also planning
for a teaching career in secondary education.
General Education Requirements
Students in the College of Education must meet university and departmental
general education requirements specified for their degrees.
Students must be in residence for 30 of the last 30 semester hours
of credit. Courses graded on a satisfactory/ unsatisfactory basis are
not accepted within these last 30 semester credit hours. This residency
requirement applies to students seeking a degree or teacher certification.
Professional education courses must be completed with a grade point
average of 2.5 and no grade lower than a C (2.0). A C- grade is not acceptable.
Admission to the College of Education
Any students who designate education degree programs as their intended
degree paths will have Education as their assigned academic unit. Students
admitted to the College of Education must also be admitted to the Teacher
Application and Admission to the Teacher Education Program All
students (pre- and post-degree) who wish to become teachers must be admitted
to the Teacher Education Program regardless of the college in which they
are enrolled. The admission program requires student action at the following
Applications to the Teacher Education Program are processed through the Office of Advising, Professional Experience and Certification (APEC). Eligibility is based upon fulfillment of the following requirements:
- Submission of qualifying scores on C-BASE in areas
of English, writing, mathematics, science and social studies, as
mandated by the Missouri Excellence in Education Act of 1985. Consult
Office of Advising, Professional Experiences, and Certification
(APEC), College of Education , for test descriptions, cost, required
scores, dates of administration, retest policies, etc. Acceptable
C-BASE scores are required in addition to acceptable ACT or SAT
scores. (C-BASE not applicable to students with a bachelor’s
degree. Graduates of the general studies program in the UM-St.
Louis Evening College, however, must take the C-BASE).
- Scores of either 20 on the ACT Composite (18, when taken prior to
11-1-89) or 800 on the SAT (verbal plus math)*.
- Completion of 60 hours of college or university courses (at UM-St.
Louis or another accredited school).
- A grade point average of 2.5 or better.
- Completion of level one courses, or the equivalent, with a grade
of C or better.
- Agreement to subscribe to a standard of preprofessional behavior.
(This standard is available at http://coe.umsl.edu/index.html )
- Submission of a criminal record check and child abuse/neglect screening.
* Policy for Students Scoring Below ACT and
SAT Qualifying Requirements Students who do not achieve
satisfactory scores of 20 on the ACT or 800 on the SAT may retake the
test(s) until the requirement is met.
Students with a documented disabling condition,
preventing valid test administration of the ACT or SAT, may be evaluated
for basic educational competencies through appropriate testing instruments
and/or procedures designated and approved by the Dean of the College
Students who do not meet the initial ACT or SAT qualifying scores may
seek assistance in upgrading basic competencies through contact with
one or more of the following University of Missouri-St. Louis services:
Center for Academic Development; Women's Center; Counseling Service;
Veteran Affairs Office; Video Instructional Program; Horizons (Peer Counseling
In addition, assistance may be available through correspondence courses,
University of Missouri-Columbia. Copies of this policy are available
in the office of teacher education.
Application to the Student Teaching Program The application
for student teaching is a two-part process that begins the semesters
prior to student teaching.
Deadlines for the Formal Application
Fall Student Teaching February 1 of the previous year
Student Teaching September 1 of the previous year
Gateway’ and the student teaching bulletin board
in Marillac Hall for exact date.
Upon receipt, formal applications for both pre- and post degree
students are checked to ensure they have met the following requirements:
- Full admission to the teacher education program for both pre- and
post degree students.
- A cumulative grade point average of 2.5
or above by the semester before the one in which students plan
to do their student teaching. The 2.5 cumulative grade point
average must be maintained in order to graduate with a B.S. in
education degree and/or be certified to teach in the state of Missouri.
- Grade point average of 2.5 in the teaching field (secondary education
- Completion of English 3100, Advanced Expository Writing, or equivalent,
with a grade of C- or better.
- Completion of Comm 1040, or equivalent, Introduction to Public Speaking,
with a grade of C- or better.
- Completion of general education requirements and near completion
of course requirements in the teaching major.
- A grade of C or better in all professional education courses so
designated. Lists of these courses available in the APEC office and
from advisers. A grade of C- is not acceptable.
- Satisfactory recommendations by student teaching area representatives
in the teacher education program.
- Completion of TB screening, police, and child abuse checks.
The student teaching experience in the early childhood, music, physical
education, and special education certification programs has been strengthened
by providing assignments in two different school settings. Students will
be expected to do student teaching on a full-day basis for 14-weeks an
entire semester. The student teaching experience in elementary, middle
school and secondary content areas completed at one site for a full semester.
The student teaching, experience must be completed in residence. Secondary
student teaching in science education, mathematics education, and foreign
language education is offered only during the winter semester. Secondary
education majors student teach for an entire semester, full days.
Policies regarding withdrawal or removal from student
teaching are found in the appropriate student teaching handbook. These
are found in the ‘online student teaching application’ section
of the College webpage.
For further information regarding certification, contact the Office
of Advising, Professional Experiences, and Certification (APEC) at 155
Application for Degree and/or Certificate
Bachelor of Science in Education (B.S.)
Candidates for the B.S.Ed. degree must complete degree and certificate
application forms in the APEC when they apply for admission to student
teaching or during the semester before the one in which they expect to
finish degree requirements. See information below on the on PRAXIS examination.
The College of Education requires a background check, current within
one year, for every UMSL student in the teacher education program. The
College of Education may use information that students provide to the
University through the admission or course registration data to automatically
request background checks of students, without further notification to
the student. Please note, that students wishing to be certified will
still be responsible for an additional, more thorough, fingerprint background
check as required by Missouri State Law before a certification will be
issued. All background check information will be available to students
upon their request.
Bachelor of Educational Studies (B.E.S.)
Candidate should consult the APEC Office, 155 Marillac Hall for more
information. This degree offers three areas of study: Early Childhood,
Exercise Science and Professional Studies.
Bachelor of Science in Community Education
Candidate should consult the APEC Office, 155 Marillac Hall for more information.
Students taking evening course offerings should complete degree application forms and certification application forms in the APEC Office.
Bachelor of Arts
Students seeking the B.A. degree with teacher certification must complete
a state certification form with the APEC. See note below on the on PRAXIS
In cooperation with the Missouri State Department of Elementary and
Secondary Education, the College of Education is responsible for recommending
teaching certificates for students completing B.S. in education degree
requirements, recommending for certification students completing degrees
in other UM-St. Louis colleges and schools, as well as all certification
requirements, and for advising and recommending for certification those
post degree students who meet requirements.
All individuals must pass the appropriate Praxis/National Teacher's
Examination to meet graduation and/or certification requirements. This
exam should be taken during the semester immediately prior to that of
Students may earn certification in the fields of elementary education,
early childhood education, middle school, music education, physical education
special education (cross categorical), art education, as well as the
secondary education areas of biology, chemistry, English, foreign languages
(French, German, Spanish), mathematics, physics, social studies, and
speech/theater. Graduate programs leading to certification
in counseling; reading; school administration (elementary and secondary
principal, school superintendent); and special education.
Graduate Studies in Education
Degrees and Areas of Emphasis
M.Ed. programs are offered in adult and higher education, counseling, educational administration, elementary education, secondary education, and special education. Within the counseling program are the emphasis areas of elementary, secondary, and community counseling. Within the educational administration program are the emphasis areas of community education, elementary administration, and secondary administration. Within the elementary education program are the emphasis areas of reading and early childhood education. Within the secondary education program are the emphasis areas of curriculum and instruction, and reading. Within the special education program are the emphasis areas of behavioral disorders, learning disabilities, mental retardation, and early childhood/special education. Courses are available for areas of specialization in physical education, educational technology, and severe handicaps.
Ed.S. degree programs are available in school psychology and educational administration.
Programs leading to the Ed.D. degree are offered in four broad interdisciplinary emphasis areas: Educational Administration; Adult & Higher Education; Teaching-Learning Processes; and Counselor Education. Programs leading to the Ph.D. degree are offered in the areas of Counseling, Educational Psychology, Teaching-Learning Processes, and Educational Leadership and Policy Studies.
Master of Education Degree
Admission and General Requirements
The College of Education follows Graduate School policies relating to admissions, academic standards, residency, transfer credit, time limitations, and thesis options (see Graduate Study in this Bulletin ). In addition to meeting the general requirements of the Graduate School , applicants for school or community counseling must complete a separate application (see graduate studies in the Counseling division in this Bulletin ). The minimum number of hours required for the M.Ed. degree is 32 or 33 except that the elementary, secondary, and community counseling emphases require 48 hours. The school has adopted a flexible policy on exit requirements, which are determined divisionally.
Advisement and Program Planning
Upon acceptance, each student can contact the Office of Graduate Education for an appointment with the graduate advisor for a first semester course of study (314) 516-5483 or NAshford@umsl.edu). After acceptance, each student completes an adviser form, sent by the College of Education 's Office of Graduate Studies, 123 SCCB. A faculty adviser is then appointed who counsels the student in registration and program planning. A program for master's degree form must be submitted for approval during the first half of the student's program. This form includes all course work in the program and the exit requirement. Once approved, the degree program may be changed only by petition.
Students working toward teacher and/or school service personnel certification as graduate students should complete state certification forms in the Office of Advising, Professional Experiences, and Certification (APEC), 155 Marillac Hall, one year before those requirements will be completed.
Educational Specialist Degree
The Ed.S. degree is intended to be a terminal degree for school personnel preparing for a specific role, either that of a school psychologist or that of a building or district administrator. The programs require 60 hours of course work, post-baccalaureate. Both programs are designed to meet the respective Missouri certification requirements. The Ed.S. in School Psychology degree program requires three years of intensive, full-time training but students may be able to complete up to half of the curriculum as a part-time student.. The Ed.S. in Educational Administration can be pursued on a part time or a full time basis.
Admission and General Requirements
The College of Education follows Graduate School policies relating to admissions, academic standards, residency, transfer credit, time limitations, and exit requirements. Specific materials required for application vary by program, but generally applicants should submit an application to The Graduate School, transcripts of previous college work, GRE scores, and letters of recommendation.
Advisement and Program Planning
For advising and program planning, school psychology students should contact the Division of Educational Psychology , Research and Evaluation, 402 Marillac Hall, 314-516-5783. Educational administration students should contact the Division of Educational Leadership and Policy Studies, 269 Marillac Hall, 314-516-5966.
Doctor of Education Degree
The Ed.D. degree is designed
primarily for the field practitioner and prepares professional leaders
who are competent in identifying and solving complex problems in education.
Four emphasis areas embrace general categories of professional activities:
Educational Administration; Adult & Higher
Education; Teaching-Learning Processes; and Counselor Education.
Students seeking the Ed.D. degree are expected to meet the doctoral
degree requirements and procedures adopted by the Graduate School. (See
Doctoral Degree Requirements for details.)
Admission and General Requirements
In addition to meeting the application
and admissions requirements of the Graduate School, students must submit
three letters of recommendation (two letters must be from individuals
with an earned doctorate, preferably prior instructors), along with a
professional resume. Because enrollment is competitive, admission standards
are comparatively high. Successful candidates must exhibit significantly
above-average academic records and GRE scores. In exceptional cases,
other criteria may outweigh these customary indicators of probable academic
At least two years of teaching or other school service experiences
are required for admission. Exceptions may be made by substituting a
supervised internship during the first year of the program.
In order to ensure time for review
and decision, complete applications and accompanying materials must reach
the office of admissions in a timely manner. In addition, applicants are
urged to request transcripts and letters or recommendation two weeks before
submitting their papers. Consideration of applications cannot be undertaken
until all materials are available.
1. Foundations, 12 hours from: philosophical, historical, psychological,
sociological, anthropological, and comparative foundations of education,
as well as curriculum, instruction and supervision.
2. Research Methods, 12 hours:
6 hours from:
Quantitative research methodology, Ed Rem 6710 and above.
6 hours from
Qualitative research methodology
3. Common doctoral seminars, 6 hours
EDUC 7050, The
Research Process I: Framing Research Questions with the Education Literature
7950, The Research Process II: Developing and Refining Education
4. Major Specialization, 21-39 hours:
Educational Administration Option
Educational Administration (ED ADM) or other courses selected in consultation
with the advisory committee, including internship (3-9 hours)
Adult and Higher Education Option
Adult Education (ADU ED) or Higher Administration (HIR ED) or other
courses selected in consultation with the advisory committee, including
internship (3-9 hours)
Teaching-Learning Processes Option
Teacher Education (TCH ED) courses or courses in education in a teaching
field, including courses on curriculum construction and the design and
improvement of instruction, all selected in consultation with the advisory
committee, including internship (3-9 hours)
Counselor Education Option
Counseling Education (CNS ED) or other courses selected in consultation
with the advisory committee, including internship (3-9 hours)
5. Minor Specialization, 12-18 hours
A secondary area of expertise identified in consultation with the advisory
6. Dissertation, 12 hours
Total: minimum 90 hours, postbaccalaureate
Doctor of Philosophy Degree
The Ph.D. degree in education,
offered in cooperation with the School of Education at the University
of Missouri-Kansas City and the College of Education at the University
of Missouri-Columbia, is designed for educators who desire directed research
experience promoting scholarly inquiry in education. Four emphases are
- Teaching-learning processes
- Educational leadership and policy studies
- Educational psychology
Admission and General Requirements
In addition to meeting the application and admissions requirements
of the Graduate School , students must submit:
- Three letters of recommendation (at least two from individuals with
earned doctorates, preferably prior instructors).
- An original essay.
- A professional resume.
- Evidence of above-average academic records.
- GRE scores
A favorable vote of an admission interview committee, composed of faculty
in the emphasis area, is required. Admission is competitive.
To ensure time for review and decision, complete applications and accompanying
materials must reach the office of admission in a timely manner. In addition,
applicants are urged to request transcripts and letters of recommendation
at least two weeks before submitting their papers. Consideration of applications
cannot be undertaken until all materials are available. Applicants to
the Counseling emphasis are asked to apply by January 15th.
1. Foundations, 9-12 hours:
Philosophical, historical, psychological, sociological, anthropological, and comparative foundations of education, as well as curriculum, instruction, and supervision.
2. Research Methods 15-18 hours:
Educational Research and Evaluation Methods (Ed Rem) 6710: Educational Research Methods I
Ed Rem 7771: Quantitative Research Methods I
Ed Rem 7781: Qualitative Research Methods in Educational Research I
Either Ed Rem 7772: Quantitative Research Methods II or Ed Rem 7782 Qualitative methods in Educational Research II Plus an additional Ed Rem course numbered above 6710 or a relevant research methods course in the discipline.
3. Foreign Language Proficiency or Other Research Tools, equivalent to 6 hours
4. Emphasis Area (Primary Discipline) courses, 21-27 hours, with at least 16 in residence, in one of the following areas:
A. Teaching-Learning Processes
Minimum 15 hours in cognate area
Minimum 3 hours in curriculum or instruction
Minimum 3 hours in educational psychology
B. Educational Leadership and Policy Studies
Minimum 21 hours in educational leadership, either in K-12, higher education, work, adult, or community education settings, selected in consultation with the faculty advisor and advisory committee.
C. Educational Psychology
Minimum of 21 hour in educational psychology. Program may include courses in research and evaluation methods, school psychology, developmental psychology, cognition and learning, character education, and socio-cultural theory. Courses in the primary discipline will be selected in consultation with the faculty adviser and advisory committee.
Cns Ed 6030, Foundations for Multicultural Counseling
Cns Ed 6040, Group Procedures in Counseling
Cns Ed 6050, Individual Inventory
Cns Ed 6370, Community Counseling Practicum (or Cns Ed 6270, School Counseling Practicum)
Cns Ed 6380, Community Counseling Field Experience (6 hours) (or Cns Ed 6280, School Counseling Field Experience I and Cns Ed 6285 School Counseling Field Experience II
Cns Ed 6400, Career Information and Development
Cns Ed 6410, Advanced Career Development
Cns Ed 7000, Advanced Theories of Counseling and Family Therapy
Cns Ed 7010, Advanced Multicultural Counseling
Cns Ed 7020, Seminar in Counseling Research
Cns Ed 7030, Counselor Education and Supervision
Cns Ed 7770 , Doctoral Practicum (3 hours)
Additionally, all students should complete Cns Ed 7780, Doctoral Internship (6 hrs) as a research internship; and a secondary discipline in Ed Psy consisting of at least Ed Psy 6310, Psychology of Learning Processes, Ed Psy 6113, Personality Development and Adjustment, and Ed Rem 6718, Psycho-Educational Assessment II
5. Related (Secondary Discipline) Courses, 12-15 hours, in education or another department.
6. Required Exit course, 3 hours
Education 7950, The Research Process II: Developing and Refining Education Research Proposals
7. Research Internship, 6-9 hours
8. Dissertation, 12 hours
Total: Minimum 90 hours, postbaccalaureate
The College of Education maintains a number of offices and centers to directly assist students, faculty, and people in the metropolitan area and to support its instructional, research, and service activities.
Office of Advising, Professional Experiences and Certification
- 155 Marillac
This office supplies advisement services for undergraduate teacher education
and certification students. It coordinates the clinical experiences of
the College of Education and directs the student teaching program.
Office of Graduate Education - 123 SCCB
Information about admission to, and requirements of, graduate programs in education may be obtained in this office. The office also assists students with advisement, registration, graduation and related topics, and maintains student records.
Teacher Education Resource Center - G01
The center is designed as an instructional media laboratory. The Instructional
Technology Center located in Lucas Hall also has an office in the center.
Human Services Unit - B23A ED LIB
The human services unit is a training facility for graduate students
supervised by faculty in the Division of Counseling. Career counseling
and assistance with vocational, adult, or adolescent developmental concerns
are available to individuals in the community.
Reading Clinic - B9 ED LIB
The reading clinic provides a laboratory setting for graduate level elementary and secondary teachers who are seeking certification as reading specialists. The clinic has been providing services to the surrounding community in diagnosing and treating severe reading problems in children and adults since 1966. The clinic also serves as a demonstration and materials center for preservice and inservice teacher education, as well as a clinical research facility for the faculty.
University Child Development Center - 130
The center provides university students with observation, participation,
research, and similar educational and clinical opportunities; it also
offers quality child care programs for children of student, faculty,
staff, and community families.
Technology and Learning Center -
The center provides education students and faculty a model environment
for managing new methods of teaching through the
newest technologies; a place to research and develop technology-enhanced
teaching methods to engage K-12 students; and programs that connect school
classrooms to the workplace.