With nearly 17,000 students, UMSL is the largest public research university in eastern Missouri. It provides excellent learning experiences and leadership opportunities to a diverse student body whose influence on the region upon graduation is immense.
Our Mission: We transform lives.
As the metropolitan, land-grant, research institution serving the most diverse and economically important region in Missouri, the University of Missouri–St. Louis delivers exceptional educational, research and engagement experiences that inform, prepare, challenge and inspire.
Our College of Education's faculty, staff and community partners are committed to providing experiences to build the knowledge and skills needed to be successful in multiple education settings and occupations.
Our Innovative Studio School Practicum Model guarantees approximately 1300 hours of clinical experiences in a variety of positions in both community organizations and schools to better prepare students for future careers in education.
For those desiring a fast-track path to a career in education, we offer several alternative routes leading to a MO initial certificate. Aspiring candidates must already hold a bachelor's degree.
I always knew I wanted to teach the little ones. I remember my kindergarten teacher, who still comes to mind immediately. I want to be able to have that influence on another young child.
- From 48 to 72 monthsProgram Duration
As a College of Education teacher candidate, you will have state-of-the-art opportunities to make positive impacts on student learning and growth as you become a community educator for all learners. Our program actively and uniquely engages you throughout your studies in working with PK-12 students as they learn and develop in informal and formal learning settings. You will gain valuable, practical knowledge by applying university course content to interactions with young learners in academically focused content-based community agencies and school based Studio Schools.
The University of Missouri—St. Louis offers several scholarships for which students are considered automatically when they are admitted to UMSL. Other scholarships require students to submit an application. Merit scholarships are offered to students based on their admissions applications and do not require additional applications to be considered.
Scholarships and Grants: https://www.umsl.edu/services/finaid/scholarships/index.html
College of Education Scholarships and Grants: https://coe.umsl.edu/w2/Financial%20Aid/scholarships.html
Student loan types have different eligibility requirements and terms that must be met. Federal loans require acceptance into a degree seeking program or certificate program. Federal loans require a FAFSA (Free Application for Federal Student Aid) to be filed. Please be aware there are limits to the amount of Direct Loans that can be borrowed while seeking your degree, determined by the student's grade level and financial need. Federal law sets the maximum interest rates and fees that may be charged for federal loans. The interest rate is set on July 1st each year. For more information about the Direct Loan Program, please visit the the Direct Loans page on our website or studentloans.gov from the US Department of Education.
Under the Teacher Loan Forgiveness Program, if you teach full-time for five complete and consecutive academic years in a low-income school or educational service agency, and meet other qualifications, you may be eligible for forgiveness of up to $17,500 on your Direct Subsidized and Unsubsidized Loans, and your Subsidized and Unsubsidized Federal Stafford Loans.
Work study opportunities are available.
Early Childhood Education Birth-3
Elementary Education 1-6
English Language Learners K-12
Instrumental Music / Vocal Music K-12
Language Arts 5-9
Mild/Moderate Cross Categorical Special Education K-12
Physical Education K-12
Social Sciences 5-9
Social Sciences 9-12
- Hands-On Experience
Our Teacher Education programs offer students a meaningful field experience, utilizing partnerships with various community agencies throughout the area. Gaining experience in a community benefits future educators in two important ways:
- Introduces the teacher candidates to a variety of options for education careers, providing broader professional choice and greater opportunity.
- Supports coursework with meaningful practice that engages the teacher candidates, enhances their relationship-building abilities and develops their understanding of family/community dynamics and interactions.
In the final year of the program, the Office of Clinical Experience places candidates in a studio school location to complete their Practicum experiences.
- Preparation for Diverse Populations
The COE is taking a lead in educator preparation to ensure that teachers and teacher candidates who graduate from our programs are more accountable for P-12 student learning outcomes. Through over 1000 hours of clinical experience and supporting coursework, our program includes:
- learning about education careers;
- aligning courses with experiences in youth- and family-serving organizations to enhance relationship building, skill building and understanding of family/community dynamics and interactions;
- increasing content understanding for greater depth;
- teaching and learning for one year in P-12 settings (Studio Schools).
- Mentoring & Coaching
Clinical Educators are expert teachers who frequently visit candidates at their Studio School sites to provide support and supervision. They lead seminars, give one-on-one guidance and foster partnerships for collaboration and intentional reflection.