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Education (BA) with an Emphasis in Middle School


Effective 1 June 2020 through 31 May 2021

Please see the Temporary Adjustments to Policy on Grading for Undergraduate Courses for Spring 2020

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This program is offered by the School of Education/Department of Teacher Education and is only available at the St. Louis home campus.

Learning Outcomes

  • Education candidates will demonstrate knowledge of the subject matter, knowledge of the learner and knowledge of pedagogy based on inquiry and scholarship. This includes knowing content that supports conceptual understanding, applying tools of inquiry to construct meaningful learning experiences, identifying developmental factors in student learning and understanding theoretical principles of effective instruction to plan learning experiences.
  • Education candidates will incorporate multiple assessment and instructional strategies to support effective educational practices based on research and theory. This involves designing curriculum based on students' prior knowledge, learning styles, strengths and needs, understanding and uses a range of instructional strategies, using a variety of communication modes, media and technology to support student learning and employing a variety of formal and informal assessments to monitor learning and modify instruction.
  • Education candidates will reflect on the roles educators take as leaders of change through collaboration with colleagues, students and families in schools and communities. This is demonstrated through valuing and integrating reflection to grow as a professional, promoting communication and collaboration with colleagues, families and community leaders, seeking relationships with families and students to support student learning and initiating change that benefits students and their families.
  • Education candidates will demonstrate respect for diversity through responsive teaching and learning that values individual differences. This includes understanding and responding appropriately to issues of diversity, acknowledging social and cultural context to create effective teaching and learning environments, adapting instruction to the learner's knowledge, ability and background experience, and identifying resources for specialized services when needed. 

Degree Requirements

For information on the general requirements for a degree, see Baccalaureate Degree Requirements under the Academic Policies and Information section of this catalog.

  • 33 required credit hours
  • Applicable University Global Citizenship Program hours*
  • Additional required certification coursework and electives

*Students should consult with their advisor to determine Global Citizenship Program (GCP) coded courses that meet required certification competencies.

Required Major Courses

  • EDUC 2000 Beginning Practicum in Education (B or better required) (1 hour)
  • EDUC 2300 Child and Adolescent Development (3 hours)
  • EDUC 2800 Foundations in Education (B or better required) (3 hours)
  • EDUC 2900 Education of Students with Exceptionalities (3 hours)
  • EDUC 3100 Learning, Teaching, and Assessment (3 hours)
  • EDUC 3375 Behavior Management (3 hours)
  • EDUC 3001 Practicum: MDSC Language Arts (3 hours)
    or EDUC 3002 Practicum: MDSC Math (3 hours)
    or EDUC 3003 Practicum: MDSC Science (3 hours)
    or EDUC 3004 Practicum: MDSC Social Science (3 hours)
  • EDUC 4000 Apprentice Teaching Seminar (1 hour)
  • EDUC 4965 Apprentice Teaching: MDSC Language Arts (13 hours)
    or EDUC 4966 Apprentice Teaching: MDSC Math (13 hours)
    or EDUC 4967 Apprentice Teaching: MDSC Science (13 hours)
    or EDUC 4968 Apprentice Teaching: MDSC Social Science (13 hours)

Additional Education and Content Courses for Certification

All Areas:

  • EDUC 2110 Communication in Education (3 hours)
  • EDUC 2140 Writing for Teachers (B- or better required) (3 hours)
  • A second course with GCP coding for Written Communication (3 hours)
  • EDUC 2240 Middle School Philosophy and History (3 hours)
  • EDUC 3900 Methods of Teaching Reading and Writing in the Content Area (3 hours)
  • EDUC 4200 Methods in Middle School Curriculum and Instruction (3 hours)
  • EDUC 4435 Inclusive Practices for the General Education Teacher (3 hours)
  • EDUC 4695 Differentiated Reading Assessment and Intervention (3 hours)
  • 1 credit of Education Technology (EDUC 3126, EDUC 3127, EDUC 3128 or INDZ 3500)
  • PSYC elective (3 hours)
  • Additional required certification coursework and electives to total minimum degree requirements

Language Arts:

  • EDUC 3190 Young Adult Literature (3 hours)
  • EDUC 4105 Methods of Teaching Middle School Language Arts (3 hours)
  • EDUC 4130 Methods of Teaching Writing (3 hours)
  • ENGL 3100 Modern Drama (3 hours)
    or ENGL 3130 Contemporary Drama (3 hours)
    or ENGL 4150 Shakespeare (3 hours)
  • ENGL 2050 U.S. Literature (3 hours)
  • ENGL 2086 U.S. Literature of Diversity (3 hours)
  • ENGL 2020 British Literature I (3 hours)
    or ENGL 2030 British Literature II (3 hours)
    or ENGL 3900 Myth and Classical Literature (3 hours)
  • ENGL 2600 Introduction to Linguistics (3 hours)

Social Studies:

  • HIST 1100 World Civilization before 1500 (3 hours)
    or HIST 2200 History of Medieval Society (3 hours)
  • HIST 1300 Colonial and Revolutionary America (3 hours)
  • HIST 1310 Nineteenth-Century America (3 hours)
  • HIST 1320 Twentieth-Century United States (3 hours)
  • HIST 2230 The Age of Total War: Europe 1890-1945 (3 hours)
    HIST 2240 Contemporary Europe: 1945-Present (3 hours)
    INTL 1500 World Systems since 1500 (3 hours)
  • EDUC 4115 Methods of Teaching Middle School Social Studies (3 hours)
  • EDUC 4250 Economics and Geography for Global Sustainability (4 hours)
    Macro/Micro Economics and ANSO 1095 Introduction to Geography: World and Regional (6 hours)
  • POLT 1060 Introduction to American Politics (3 hours)
  • Social science elective (3 hours)


  • MATH 1430 College Algebra (3 hours)
  • MATH 1440 Trigonometry (3 hours)
  • MATH 1610 Calculus I (5 hours)
  • MATH 1620 Calculus II (5 hours)
  • MTHT 4450 Middle School Mathematics Methods (3 hours)
  • ONE of the following (3 hours):
    • STAT 1100 Descriptive Statistics (3 hours)
    • STAT 3100 Inferential Statistics (3 hours)
    • MATH 2200 Statistics (3 hours)
  • ONE of the following (3 hours):
    • MATH 3530 Modern Geometry (3 hours)
    • MATH 3510 Vector Geometry (3 hours)
  • TWO of the following (6 hours):
    • MATH 2410 Discrete Mathematics (3 hours)
    • MATH 3130 Real Number System (3 hours)
    • MATH 3210 Data Mining Foundations (3 hours)
    • MATH 3220 Data Mining Methods (3 hours)
    • MATH 3610 Probability (3 hours)

If a student begins the College Mathematics sequence with Calculus I, the student needs to ensure they have 24 hours of mathematics (MATH) content.


  • BIOL 1550 Essentials of Biology I (4 hours)
    and BIOL 1551 Essentials of Biology I: Lab (1 hour)
  • CHEM 1100 General Chemistry I (3 hours)
    and CHEM 1101 General Chemistry I: Lab (1 hour)
  • PHYS 1710 College Physics I (3 hours)
    and PHYS 1711 College Physics I: Lab (1 hour)
    or SCIN 1400 Physics for Poets (3 hours)
    and SCIN 1401 Physics for Poets: Lab (1 hour)
  • SCIN 1150 Astronomy (3 hours)
  • SCIN 1520 Environment with lab (3 hours)
    and SCIN 1521 Environment: Lab (1 hour)
  • SCIN 1600 Physical Geology (3 hours)
    and SCIN 1601 Physical Geology: Lab (1 hour)
  • EDUC 4585 Methods of Teaching Middle School Science (3 hours)

Admission to the Major

Students may be fully admitted to the major when the following criteria have been met:

  • A grade of B or better in EDUC 2800 Foundations in Education.
  • A grade of B or better in EDUC 2000 Beginning Practicum in Education.
  • A completed Candidate Responsibility Form.
  • A departmental GPA of 3.0, based on all EDUC courses taken.

Teacher Certification

Students declaring Education as a degree major will pursue initial teacher certification as part of their degree. A Program of Study (POS) is designed to meet the Global Citizenship Program requirements, degree requirements, and certification requirements of both the Missouri Department of Elementary and Secondary Education (DESE) and Webster University. See the criteria listed below for a more detailed explanation of the requirements needed for entry into the Teacher Certification Program. 

Admission to Teacher Certification

  • Successful completion of all sections of the MoGEA exam or ACT score of 20 or better.
  • Written Program of Study (POS) outlining the degree and program requirements.
  • Completion of a college Composition course with a grade of B- or better.
  • Completion of a college Mathematics course with a grade of B- or better.
  • Completion of EDUC 2800 Foundations in Education with a grade of B or better.
  • Completion of EDUC 2000 Beginning Practicum in Education with a grade of B or better.
  • Passport 1 competencies met.
  • Minimum cumulative GPA of 2.75 in college-level coursework, professional GPA of 3.0, and Content GPA (if applicable) of 3.0.

Note: Grades of C- or above are eligible for Certification requirements.

Students who have transferred in all of these course requirements should apply for entrance to the Teacher Certification program when they first meet with an academic advisor in the department.

Practicum/Apprentice Teaching

A 3000-level or higher practicum is required as a prerequisite to apprentice teaching. To enroll in a practicum, Students must apply by September 15 for a Spring placement and by February 15 for a Fall placement. Candidates must meet with the Coordinator of Field Placement prior to applying for practicum.

Apprentice teaching is a requirement for all initial certifications. Students must apply by September 15 for a Spring placement and by February 15 for a Fall placement. 

Note: The application for practicum and apprentice teaching will not be accepted if the student has not been formally accepted to teacher certification status.

Apprentice Teaching placements will be made in the St. Louis City, St. Louis County, St. Charles County and Jefferson County School Districts along with private and independent schools. All students enrolled in apprentice teaching must participate in a mandatory seminar.

All undergraduate candidates for certification must complete either their practicum or apprentice teaching in a diverse setting.

Application for Certification

All students seeking Teacher Certification must achieve the Missouri minimum score on the State Required Content Area Exam, which is administered at least six times a year. Information on this test may be obtained online at or in the Office of Teacher Certification. Students must have a passing score on the appropriate State Required Content Area Exam prior to the start of the Apprentice Teaching orientation.