|MWSU | Academics/Departments | Education||ABOUT THE DEPARTMENT|
BECOMING A TEACHER LEADER:
Taking Responsibility for Student LearningWhat majors and minors are offered?
The Education Department offers a Bachelor of Science in Education degree in Elementary Education (Grades 1 - 6) with a choice of an area of concentration, depending upon the grade level you plan to teach. Those levels include the following additional areas of certification:
In addition, other non-certified areas of concentration such as mathematics and foreign language are available. Please consult an education advisor or refer to forms in the lobby of the education department suite.
The Education Departments also offers a Bachelor of Science in Early Childhood Education (Birth - Grade 3).
Students who plan to teach high school major in their particular field of study, Biology, Chemistry, Math, Communication Studies (Theater or Speech), Social Studies, Art, Physical Education, Music (Vocal or Instrumental), or English, and take courses in the Education Department to obtain a teaching certification.
Missouri Western also offers a minor in Childhood Studies for students who have child-related emphases in their majors, such as juvenile delinquency or child psychology.
Besides completing the core requirement of high school courses, you should begin as early as possible to gain experience working with preschool through twelfth-grade students. This could include assisting a classroom teacher, working as a camp counselor, teaching a Sunday School class, assisting with summer programs for students, and gaining leadership skills through organizations such as the Girl or Boy Scouts programs.
Students must apply for admission into the teacher education program and meet the following criteria:
Class sizes vary from 10 to 35 in majors classes.
The Education Department sponsors the Kappa Delta Pi Education Honor Society. Admission requirements include a 3.2 GPA and formal sponsorship of the faculty. Education Instructors sponsor organizations such as: Student Missouri Teachers Association, Missouri National Teachers Association, and International Reading Association.
Missouri Western’s Education Department faculty members serve as role models for their students, as all have prior experience in preschool – twelfth-grade classrooms. The majority of the faculty members have earned a terminal degree in their field.
The Education Department is located in Janet Gorman Murphy Hall, which was completed in 2001. Most of the majors classes are held in this building. Several of the classrooms are equipped with fixed video cameras so students can practice teaching and view their actions on tape. There are several computer labs in the Education section of the building, and all classrooms are equipped with technology useful in teaching.
Missouri Western’s teacher education program is approved at the state level by the Missouri Department of Elementary and Secondary Education (DESE) and nationally by the National Association of Colleges for Teacher Education (NCATE).