Frequently Asked Questions

Does William Jewell College offer teacher certification?


  • At the undergraduate level, William Jewell College’s Department of Education offers full-time, day courses in teacher education in either elementary or secondary education.
  • For persons who already possess a baccalaureate or advanced degree, William Jewell College’s Department of Education offers day courses post-baccalaureate elementary or secondary teacher certification without an additional degree.

Do I have to double major?
  Elementary education majors must minor or complete a defined area of concentration (minimum 21 credit hours) in a content field that is taught in elementary school.
Secondary education majors must double major in the field they desire to teach.
Post-baccalaureate teacher certification students must already posses a major or the equivalent of a major in the secondary field that they desire to teach or in a field related to the elementary curriculum.

In which subject areas does William Jewell College offer teacher education programs?



  • * Biology
  • * Chemistry
  • English
  • * Mathematics
  • * Physics
  • Social Studies
  • Speech and Theatre (Communications)

* All secondary education majors must meet the content requirements for Missouri teacher certification. In all fields except the sciences and math students must double major and complete specific courses required for certification. In the sciences and math students have the option of either majoring OR minoring in the field PLUS completing specific courses required for teacher certification.


  • Art
  • French
  • Spanish
  • Instrumental Music (An extension in vocal can be added)
  • Vocal/Choral Music (An extension in instrumental can be added)
  • Physical Education (pending in 15-16 due to Missouri certification changes)

When will I be in a classroom?
  All undergraduate students complete five formal fieldwork experiences, beginning the first semester you declare education as a major, prior to student teaching. These experiences are conducted in a variety of school settings, including urban, suburban and rural. Each of these experiences ensure that you understand how to meet the needs of individuals and groups of students in a variety of instructional environments. Every fieldwork has targeted assignments that promote increasingly complex understanding of how the teaching and learning process works as well as to build increasingly complex teaching skill sets. Beginning in the fall of 2017, student teaching will comprise a full-year experience during the final year of the program.

Where will I student teach?
  William Jewell College works with many schools in the metro Kansas City area. We will select a placement in which you will have the best experience possible. You may request an urban, rural or suburban student teaching placement if you so desire.

What teaching certificate will I get if I pursue teacher education at William Jewell College?

Missouri Initial Professional Certificate (IPC) in:

  • Elementary 1-6 or
  • Secondary 9-12 (by subject area) or
  • K-12 (by subject area)

How long will my teacher education program take?

Undergraduates should consult a teacher education advisor as soon as they decide to pursue teacher education. The education department at William Jewell College is designed to be completed within the four-year degree program but there are certification requirements which must be folded into degree requirements, and that requires careful advising.

The post-baccalaureate certification programs are designed to be completed in three to four semesters depending upon coursework completed within the earlier undergraduate degree.

Are tests required for teacher certification?

Yes, different (by program) entry and exit tests are required for all teacher education students.

MEP (Missouri Educator Profile) – Assesses a person’s work style to support the development of effective educator work habits. Jewell students must take this assessment during their first fieldwork.

MoGEA (Missouri General Education Assessment) – MoGEA tests critical thinking and intellectual skills and must be passed prior to admission to teacher education. Candidates who passed the C-BASE on or before September 1, 2013 will be able to use their scores for certification purposes until December 31, 2016.

CONTENT AREA ASSESSMENT – Assesses content knowledge and is aligned with state and national standards. Candidates who pass the PRAXIS II Content Assessments on or before September 1, 2014 will be able to use their scores for certification purposes until December 31, 2016. The content area assessments must be taken prior to beginning a student teaching placement and passed at the standard set by Missouri DESE in order for a teacher candidate (teacher education graduate) to be recommended for teacher certification.

MoPTA (Missouri Teacher Performance Assessment) - This standardized instrument is designed to evaluate the pedagogical knowledge and skill of the student teacher and must be passed in order to be recommended for teacher certification. This assessment is completed in conjunction with student teaching.

I don’t plan to teach in Missouri. Do I have to meet all of the Missouri requirements?
  Yes. Other states predicate their certification on the teacher education candidate having completed an approved teacher education program in the state where they did teacher education. Thus, all Missouri requirements must be met.

Can I teach in other states?
  Yes. Missouri requirements match well with other states’ requirements so that our graduates have no problems getting certified to teach in other states (although an additional 1-2 courses or a different exit test may be required by other states). The William Jewell College teacher certification officer will help you interpret other states’ certification procedures.

Do William Jewell College teachers get jobs?
  Yes. The teaching market varies by year and location, but the William Jewell College teacher education program placement rates range from 85 to 100 percent in any given year.




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