For five consecutive years, all education graduates are teaching in schools across the globe, attending graduate school or working in an educational setting.
William Jewell teacher education challenges students to go beyond their own learning experience to understand how to teach every learner. The College has been certifying teachers for the State of Missouri since 1914 and has held membership in the American Association of College of Teacher Education (AACTE) since 1959. Our program is accredited by the Missouri Department of Elementary and Secondary Education.
Why choose elementary education at Jewell?
Jewell's Elementary Teacher Education program will prepare you to teach grades 1-6. You will learn how young children develop and learn, effective methods of teaching and how schools are structured. Newly acquired knowledge is directly applied in multiple fieldwork experiences throughout your time at Jewell.
You also will experience Jewell’s unique Core Curriculum: Critical Thought and Inquiry (CTI). These courses provide content that will bring a rich view of our society and the issues that all communities face. These experiences allow you multiple opportunities to engage in deep reflection and problem-solve with your peers. Jewell graduates report the CTI curriculum has given them the skill set to view the world through different perspectives and respect all people.
Degree and Certification
Jewell's program leads to a Bachelor of Science in Elementary Education. Additionally, upon successfully completing the initial teacher-certification process, the state grants you certification in elementary education (grades 1-6). You can add a minor or area of concentration if you choose.
What to expect at Jewell
Phase I: Understanding the Student
You are eligible to take introductory education courses before being formally admitted to The Department of Education. As a prospective teacher, you will learn about development and special needs of students along with being culturally responsive to multiple populations.
Phase I Field Experiences
- As a class you will visit multiple schools to view culturally responsive teaching.
- You will have the opportunity to interact with teachers and administrators during visits.
Phase II: Understanding Teaching
You will learn about the different approaches to teaching the elementary subject areas: English Language Arts, Mathematics, Science and Social Studies. You will also gain insight into lesson planning, unit planning, assessment and classroom management.
Phase II Field Experiences
- Students participate in 3 semesters of fieldwork
- Each fieldwork is 40 hours
- Every fieldwork has targeted assignments
- 40 hours each semester
- Assigned to one classroom
- Grades and types of schools differ in each experience
- Opportunities to teach, tutor and experience management
Formal Acceptance to the Department of Education Requirements in Phase II
- 45 credits completed
- One semester at Jewell
- ACT composite of 21 or passing scores on MoGEA subtests
- 3.0 GPA with no grade lower than C- in all education courses
- Majority of positive ratings and no significant concerns in fieldwork
Phase III: Year-Long Student Teaching
The learning culminates in a full-year student teaching experience. The year spent with one teacher in one school allows you to become a member of a faculty and professional learning community. This extended period affords the prospective teacher the time to collaborate in depth, know each student as an individual, and to influence the learning of every child in the class.