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The teaching profession has always called for men and women with energy, commitment, creativity, and concern for others. Future teachers also will need other skills - such as the ability to put the Internet and other technologies to use in the classroom. With its field-based program in community schools and its curricular emphasis on such themes as service to others and information technologies, Saint Louis University's department of educational studies is an ideal training ground for teachers who will lead the profession.
Our faculty members take a genuine interest in students, serve as strong role models of success and acquaint students with the challenges and joys of the profession. We seek an appropriate balance between theory and practice, between action and reflection, between intellect and affect, and between decisive conviction and open curiosity. If you are interested in becoming a teacher in a classroom or corporate setting, or becoming a better teacher, we need you in the teaching profession.
SLU's Department of Educational Studies includes undergraduate and graduate programs. Undergraduate programs include early childhood, early childhood special education, elementary, middle, secondary, special education for mild/moderate disability. Master's and doctoral degree programs are offered in foundations and curriculum and instruction.
The following areas of certification are available:
- Early Childhood: Birth to Grade 3
- Early Childhood Special Education: Birth to Grade 3
- Elementary Grades 1-6
- Special Education (Mild/Moderate): Kindergarten-12
- Middle School: Grades 5-9
- Language Arts
- Social Sciences
- Secondary: Grades 9-12
- Foreign Language
- Social Studies
Certification or licensure: To teach in most elementary and secondary schools in this nation, one must be licensed or certified. The programs created for such purposes are usually designed, implemented and controlled by state departments of education. Colleges and universities must meet all the requirements imposed by the Missouri Department of Elementary and Secondary Education (DESE). Our program for teachers has been approved by the Missouri State Department of Elementary and Secondary Education.
Our teacher certification program has also been approved and recognized by the National Council for Accreditation of Teacher Education (NCATE). In order to be nationally accredited through NCATE, teacher preparation institutions must first be State approved. Saint Louis University has been approved for the past several decades by both the State Department of Elementary and Secondary Education and by NCATE.
For information about specific course requirements for each area of certification, see the Saint Louis University Undergraduate Catalog.
- Non-certification Major in Education: A person may choose a major in education which does not include teacher certification. These students, with the approval of their advisor, will create a program to meet their specific interest while meeting the area of concentration requirements of the University.
- Graduate Programs: Master's and doctoral programs with areas of concentration in curriculum and instruction, special education, and foundations are provided through the Department of Educational Studies.
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