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. 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. Our program is accredited by the Missouri Department of Elementary and Secondary Education.
Why choose secondary education at Jewell?
William Jewell secondary education prepares you to reach, teach and understand every learner in your classroom. At Jewell, you will earn a double major in education and a chosen teaching field. A double major in secondary education cultivates understanding of how adolescents grow, how to teach and how to use data to inform instruction. Advisors work closely with you to make this unique double major achievable in four years.
DEGREE AND CERTIFICATION
Bachelor of Science in Secondary Education and a degree in a chosen teaching field are designed to meet the educational requirements for teacher certification in the State of Missouri.
William Jewell’s undergraduate secondary teacher education programs have been approved by the Missouri State Board of Education in the following fields:
- Biology 9-12
- Chemistry 9-12
- English 9-12
- Mathematics 9-12
- Music K-12 (Vocal or Instrumental)*
- Physics 9-12
- Social Science 9-12
- Spanish K-12
- Speech/Theatre 9-12
What to Expect at Jewell
Phase 1: 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
During this phase 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
- 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.
- Three semesters of classroom experience
- 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 to give you the time to collaborate in depth, know each student as an individual and to influence the learning of every child in the class.