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UMSLs innovative Teach in 12 program offers post-baccalaureate teacher certification in as little as 12 months. Aspiring candidates must already hold a bachelors degree and must pass the appropriate Missouri Content Assessment prior to admission. The MEd in Elementary Education: Special Education Teach in 12 program is designed for students who want to obtain Missouri teacher certification in Elementary (1-6) Education and Special Education while earning a master's degree. The addition of four special education courses to the Elementary curriculum prepares the teacher for inclusive classrooms and self-contained mild-moderate special education classrooms. As a teacher candidate, you will work with students in youth serving agencies to support them in non-traditional settings. You will also gain valuable practical knowledge by applying university course content to interactions with young learners in academically focused content-based community agencies such the St. Louis Chess Club, Powder Valley, and many United Way agencies.Our teacher programs offer unique capstone experiences, two practica in Studio Schools. These are schools and districts where design happens, using a differentiated staffing plan. Specifically, teacher candidates will work in the school site as a faculty member, planning and teaching to provide in-depth support, flexibility, and intervention for K12 students where its needed. The focus of this model is on K12 student learning. Teacher candidates, supported by the supervisor and school site mentor, will impact K12 students in multiple, varied and wide ranging grade level, achievement and subject specific contexts. These can include small group settings, whole class lessons, enrichment and support lessons all focused learning experiences.

Admissions & Requirements

To be accepted to this program, you must have:

  1. 3.0 GPA or above on a 4.0 scale
  2. Official transcripts from all previous schools
NOTE: Individuals residing in AL, AK, ME, LA, OK, OR, PA, MD, AS, AZ, MA, PR, AR, MI, RI, SC, MN, CA, CO, MS, SD, CT, DE, MT, TX, UT, NE, FL, GA, NV, VA, VT, NH, GU, HI, NJ, VI, WA, NM, ID, IL, NY, DC, WV, NC, IN, IA, ND, WI, WY, MP, KS, KY, OH or TN are not able to enroll in this program.

To apply to this program:

Teach in 12 is a program run by the College of Education to assist student in obtaining teacher certification from the state of Missouri.  It is not a UMSL degree or graduate certificate.  You cannot apply to the Graduate School and list Teach in 12 as your degree program.  If you have any questions about applying to the Teach in 12 program, you should contact OASIS at 314-516-5937 or teachin12@umsl.edu.

Application Deadlines

Rolling admissions. Application review will begin upon receipt of all required application materials.


  • ED PSY 6030 Instruction, Learning and Assessment3 Credits

    Prerequisite: Admission to Graduate School. Reviews cognitive theories and research to examine how teachers can improve the design of classroom instruction, including the development of units, lesson plans, and assessment strategies. Students will critically evaluate current educational practices, design appropriate assessments based on instructional goals, and assess their own professional development as teachers.

  • ED PSY 6222Advanced Studies in Child and Adolescent Development3 Credits

    Prerequisites: Graduate Standing. Investigates current psychological theories and research regarding the physical, cognitive, and social-emotional development of children and adolescents.

  • ED TECH 6135 Technology for Preparing Inquiry-Based Teaching1 Credit

    Prerequisites: Graduate standing. This course instructs teacher candidates in the use of digital tools in their teaching practice. Candidates develop strategies for incorporating current technology developments and social media in educational practice. Technology for educators challenges the candidates to think about the underlying principles, terms, and concepts of educational technology. Students are introduced to the different methods teachers can use to integrate technology into classroom instruction for varying grade levels and content areas. Activities undertaken in this course include learning about educational technology tools and applying some of them to create the academic instructional materials through interactive collaboration.

  • ELE ED 5989Practicum 1 (Studio School) 3 Credits

    Prerequisites: Completion of Level I and Level II requirements. An intensive professional development experience (2 days per week) working in K-12 settings with students. Activities on site include partnering with the classroom teacher in all areas of instruction, assessment, and classroom management. Particular emphasis will be given to differentiated instruction and impacting student achievement for diverse populations. Level III methods course assignments will be completed during the practicum day at school sites and Practicum I experiences inform Level III coursework. Activities to acquire research skills are included. Practicum I is taken in the semester immediately preceding Practicum II.

  • ELE ED 5990 Practicum II: Elementary/Special Education Site Based Experience8 Credits
  • ELE ED 6241Science Content, Inquiry-Based Instruction, and Assessment: STEM-Integrated Pedagogy2 Credits

    Prerequisites: Graduate standing, and a passing score on the designated Missouri Content Examination or an approved program of study. The course is designed to provide teacher candidates with research-based theories and practices focused upon the teaching and learning of science. Candidates will acquire skills to plan and implement lessons to facilitate each learner's ability to conceptualize science concepts. The course will integrate related disciplines, such as technology, engineering and mathematics, in order to provide prospective teachers with a context for understanding the content of science, how science knowledge is acquired and understood, and how the sciences are connected across disciplines. Through course experiences and scholarly readings, prospective teachers will realize that to become an effective teacher one must acquire a positive attitude toward learning science, technology, engineering and mathematics; know how to acquire scientific information; and know how to facilitate learners' construction of scientific understandings.

  • ELE ED 6246Math Content Pedagogy, Inquiry-Based Instruction, and Assessment3 Credits
  • ELE ED 6253 Teaching Social Studies through Reading, Writing, and English Language Learners3 Credits

    Prerequisites: Graduate standing, and a passing score on the designated Missouri Content Examination or an approved program of study. Examines the teaching of social studies through reading elementary children's literature about U.S. history and examines writing instruction as a complex and dynamic process. The course integrates a standards-based, backward-planning approach; authentic literacy instruction through the lens of social studies; attention to the linguistic and cultural demands of social studies; and differentiation in instruction so that each student has access to meaningful and challenging learning opportunities using Sheltered Instruction Observation Protocol (SIOP). It focuses on essential attributes of effective literacy and content teachers, including the ability to draw upon students' cultural and linguistic backgrounds, help students make connections between new information and previous knowledge and skills that are research-based, and support students to transfer new information to real-life contexts and environments using critical thinking skills.

  • ELE ED 6337Teaching and Learning Literacy in the Elementary Classrooms: Teaching Reading and Writing4 Credits

    Prerequisites: Level I courses. Emphasizes literacy development, literacy instruction, and children's literature in the process of teaching reading and writing. Students survey literacy and literacy development as social practices, to focus on methods of teaching reading and writing, and to effectively utilize children's literature within classroom practice. Instructional practices explored will include reading and writing workshops, guided reading, word work, and phonics alongside matching texts (print and digital) and readers. Includes readings of academic research articles and book chapters that promote critical thinking in the design and implementation of literacy instruction. Particular attention will be given to learning to teach literacy within diverse contexts and with linguistically and culturally diverse students.

  • ELE ED 6338Literacy Assessment for Guided Instruction3 Credits

    Prerequisites: Level I and ELE ED 6337. Addresses assessment issues that include examining the differences and difficulties that may occur in literacy learning processes. Topics covered include the effective use and evaluation of assessment instruments to prevent student literacy difficulties and promote accelerated learning. Students design classroom literacy engagements utilizing a variety of instructional strategies and materials. Includes reading peer-reviewed research articles and book chapters that promote critical thinking in the assessment and evaluation of literacy achievement. Assessment practices explored include running records of oral reading, an observation survey of early literacy behaviors (e.g., phonemic awareness, letter identification), qualitative reading inventories, spelling inventories, and writing assessment. Teacher candidates will learn to assess and create literacy instruction that is multicultural and integrates global technologies.

  • ELE ED 6342 Addressing the Mathematical Needs of Students3 Credits

    Prerequisites: Graduate standing and ELE ED 6246. Educators will learn instructional strategies for analyzing and addressing needs of students who have difficulties understanding and becoming proficient in mathematics. Conceptual development and procedural fluency are approached in a diagnostic and prescriptive context. The course will cover research based approaches to help develop assessments and strategies for addressing needs of students who have difficulties understanding and becoming proficient in mathematics.

  • SPEC ED 6315Understnding/Implmnting Speech & Lang Interventions that Assist Chldrn w/ Sp Needs3 Credits

    Prerequisites: Graduate Standing. Study of speech and language development for students with exceptional needs and the techniques employed by classroom teachers to support their learning.

  • SPEC ED 6325Advanced Studies in Classroom & Behavior Management3 Credits

    Prerequisite: Graduate Standing. Advanced study of classroom management and applied behavior analysis strategies. Focus on teacher as decision maker in the design, implementation, and evaluation of individual and group management programs with emphasis on functional assessment and positive behavior support.

  • SPEC ED 6342Transition Education for Adult Life3 Credits

    Prerequisites: Graduate standing and completion of Level I and Level II courses. Educators who may work closely with adolescents and young adults with disabilities will learn about planning for the transition from school to adult life for students with disabilities. Transition outcomes may include employment, residential options, and postsecondary education. Advanced topics include self-determination, self-advocacy, career education and planning, interagency collaboration, vocational and residential issues and resources, postsecondary education options and family support and collaboration.

  • SPEC ED 6346 Reading Instruction and Intervention in Special Education3 Credits
  • SPEC ED 6412Psychology of Exceptional Children3 Credits

    An in-depth analysis of the unique psychological problems of exceptional children and youth. Current psychological theories and research emphasized.

  • SPEC ED 6415 The Law and Special Education3 Credits

    Prerequisite: Graduate Standing. Special education is governed by an elaborate and extensive body of statutes, regulations, and court decisions. This course will focus on the requirements, history, and evolution of laws impacting special education services; current legal requirements in providing a free appropriate public education (FAPE) to students with disabilities and the procedures to obtain legal information in law libraries and on the Internet; and how to conduct legal research using a variety of sources.

  • TCH ED 5001Advanced Mid-Level Clinical Experience: Diverse Learners1 Credit

    Prerequisites: Admission into the Teacher Education Program and graduate standing. This course involves education candidates in active and purposeful advanced mid-level clinical experiences with regional community agencies that include and support individuals with disabilities and their families. Candidates are required to participate at agencies to meet organization goals and course objectives. This course requires the study of research and analysis of cultural competency in instruction, curriculum and student learning outcomes. Completion of this course partially fulfills mid-level clinical requirement for teacher certification. Current and clear background and TB screening required. 20 clock hours outside class time are required.

  • TCH ED 5310AInstructional Design3 Credits

    Provides skill development in planning teaching units, instructional lessons, selecting content, and using various teaching methods appropriate in inclusive classrooms.

  • TCH ED 6010 Examining History, Community and Social Justice in Education3 Credits

    Addresses the issues of equity and social justice from the context of personal and educational history. Students will develop a cultural understanding of their own previous school, community and family experiences and generalize those findings to their current work as educators. They will develop an understanding of the historical foundations of American education and the role of the teacher to be a catalyst for change. Curriculum, instruction and learning will be examined through a variety of lenses including race, class, gender, ability, sexual orientation and religion to become culturally responsive teachers.

  • TCH ED 6020Teacher Action, Advocacy and Leadership3 Credits
  • TCH ED 6565 Enriching Learning through Multicultural Arts, Music, Physical Education & Health1 Credit

    Prerequisite: Graduate standing. Surveys the association between academic achievement and student participation in art, music, health, and physical education. Review research pertaining to the relationship between participation in the arts and physical education and language development, memory, creativity and learning in other subject areas.

  • TCH ED 6566Cross-Curricular Connections with Multicultural Arts, Music, Physical Education & Health1 Credit

    Prerequisites: Graduate standing. Surveys research-based methods and strategies for implementing cross-curricular learning activities between the core subject areas and the arts, health, and physical education.

  • TCH ED 6909Teacher Action Research I3 Credits

    Prerequisites: Graduate Standing Minimal of 21 hours of M.Ed coursework completed. Students learn the knowledge, skills and tools for systematic reflective practice in preparation for completing the Masters Capstone Action Research project in TCH ED 6910.

  • TCH ED 6910 Teacher Action Research Capstone3 Credits

    Prerequisites: TCH ED 6909 for teachers and all but the last 6 hours of the M.Ed. program or TCH ED 6909 or ED REM 6040 for non teachers. Students apply research knowledge, skills, and dispositions developed in TCH ED 6909 to an Action Research project, reflecting on and evaluating an aspect of one's own practice within a situated context. Students identify focused questions, collect and analyze data, using both analytic and practice tools, and review literature to research multiple factors in order to improve student learning. The research findings and insights will be shared in a public forum as a capstone for the M.Ed.

Tuition & Fees

Missouri Resident Fee Rates
  • Per Credit Hour
  • Tuition: $476.50
  • Fees: $90.90
  • Total: $567.40
  • 3 Credit Hours
  • Tuition: $1429.50
  • Fees: $272.70
  • Total: $1702.20
Missouri Non-Resident Fee Rates
  • Per Credit Hour
  • Tuition: $1169.70
  • Fees: $90.90
  • Total: $1260.60
  • 3 Credit Hours
  • Tuition: $3509.10
  • Fees: $272.70
  • Total: $3781.80
Missouri Midwest Exchange Fee Rates
  • Per Credit Hour
  • Tuition: $714.75
  • Fees: $90.90
  • Total: $805.65
  • 3 Credit Hours
  • Tuition: $2144.25
  • Fees: $272.70
  • Total: $2416.95
Metro Fee Rates
  • Per Credit Hour
  • Tuition: $476.50
  • Fees: $90.90
  • Total: $567.40
  • 3 Credit Hours
  • Tuition: $1429.50
  • Fees: $272.70
  • Total: $1702.20
Tuition rates are subject to change.

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