Teach Every Learner

With the demand for ever-better education in schools, Jewell produces intentional, professional teachers who are part of the solution.

Elementary Education


William Jewell teacher education challenges students to go beyond their own learning experience to understand how to teach every learner.

Meet the needs of today's learners

In a rigorous program of study, teacher education students learn in-depth how children and adolescents develop and learn. Our teacher education students then apply that knowledge to instructional planning and delivery in four required field experiences in schools prior to student teaching. With downtown Kansas City only 20 minutes away, field experiences are in diverse urban, rural and suburban settings, giving future teachers a broad spectrum of real world experiences.

Our Teacher Education Programs

ELEMENTARY (Grades 1-6)

SECONDARY (Grades 9-12)

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

* 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.

ALL LEVELS (Grades K-12):

  • Art
  • French
  • Spanish
  • Instrumental & Choral Music (A combined program)

What will I learn?

William Jewell 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.

We prepare teachers who use:

  • developmentally appropriate practice (including language development in multilingual settings) and differentiated instruction for individual achievement within a social/teaching context;
  • culturally appropriate practices that empowers every student to learn and fosters a broader understanding of culture;
  • curriculum standards/theory/application/vision that give every student access to meaningful information/power while responding to governmental mandates;
  • education policy as it influences teaching and learning daily – making choices that benefit students and their learning;
  • meaningful assessment connected to instruction connected to curriculum connected to standards that produces useful achievement gains for the students; and
  • culturally sensitive classroom management that produces a positive learning environment to facilitate individual achievement.

A closer look

  • Elementary Education Scope

    The Elementary Teacher Education program at Jewell prepares students to teach grades 1-6. It is designed to provide students with learning opportunities, which build their knowledge and understanding of how young children grow, develop and learn, how schools are structured and operate, and effective teaching methods to facilitate that growth and learning.

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  • Teacher Certification

    At the undergraduate level, our Department of Education offers full-time, day courses in teacher education in either elementary or secondary education. If you already have 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.

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  • Student Teaching and Fieldwork

    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.

    We work with many schools in the Kansas City metro area and will select a student teaching 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.

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  • Certification Testing

    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.

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  • Teaching in Missouri and Beyond

    If you do not plan to teach in Missouri, you must still meet all Missouri requirements. 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.

    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.

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