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College of Education
Overview

The College of Education offers four degree programs. Our students receive a well-rounded educational experience that prepares them to become highly competent and effective teachers. After completing one of the four degree programs and earning a passing score in the appropriate educational area on the state mandated PRAXIS exam, they receive a Bachelor of Science Degree and a certificate to teach in the state of Missouri. The degrees and accompanying certifications are offered in: (a) Early Childhood Education, (b) Elementary Education, (c) Middle School Education and (d) Secondary Education. Each Teacher Education Degree Program consists of the following four major components: (a) general education, covering the first two years of course work in basic disciplines, (b) specialty studies, including options in major and minor level subject matter, (c) professional teacher education, covering the final two years of professional studies and (d) field-based experiences, including introductory experiences, practicum and a full semester teaching apprenticeship.

Because a major component of the conceptual model for the College of Education is the requirement for teachers to accommodate culturally and linguistically diverse learners, the four Bachelor of Science Degree programs provide students with a systematic exposure to a variety of instructional approaches. We believe that such variety will assist in developing professional educators who can work effectively in diverse settings. To fulfill this promise, our curricula are infused with 11 program elements that shape the worldview of the prospective Teacher Education graduate. These are a knowledge of cultural diversity, group processes and individual differences, curriculum organization, learning environments, learning processes, affective/cognitive and psychomotor interactions, human growth, critical thinking, concern for others, subject content, and parent, community and social influences. As a result of these program elements, the college believes that its graduates will be able to work effectively as teachers in a variety of roles. These effective teacher roles are a master of content, a deliverer of content, a skilled instructor, an organizer of learning, a diagnostic prescriber, an evaluator of student progress, a manager of behavior, a counselor, a communicator with parents and an inclusionary strategist.

Inasmuch as the conceptual model for the College of Education emphasizes the accommodation of culturally and linguistically diverse learners, the overall theme for the College of Education is Effective Teachers for a Diverse Society. Finally, the department believes that this theme is well integrated with the institution's unique historical characteristics as a teacher preparation institution and more recently with its identification as an Historically Black College and University.

Requirements

Students must complete course work toward a Bachelor of Science Degree and a certificate to teach in Missouri in either (a) Early Childhood Education, (b) Elementary Education, (c) Middle School Education or ( d) Secondary Education. Students must meet all applicable general education, major and specialization requirements of Harris-Stowe State University as well as specific certification requirements identified by the state of Missouri.

Harris-Stowe State University Requirements:

  1. Students must have a minimum overall cumulative GPA of (OCGPA) of 2.5. The Missouri Department of Elementary and Secondary Education (DESE) has established a minimum certification OCPGA of 2.5 (on a 4.0 scale) that is computed using the transcript grades in all college level credits attempted at all institutions attended.

  2. The minimum number of semester hours required for graduation is 128 in Early Childhood, Elementary and Middle School Education degree programs. The minimum number of semester hours required for graduation is 120 hours in the Secondary Education degree program.

  3. A candidate for a Bachelor's Degree in Teacher Education must complete at least 30 semester hours at Harris-Stowe State University.

  4. Students are required to attain a grade of "C" or better in all professional-level courses. Middle School and Secondary Education students must earn a GPA of 2.5 or better in subject matter area.

  5. Students are required to attain a CGPA of 2.5 or above and a passing score on the Praxis to earn the Bachelor of Science Degree in Education and Missouri Teacher Certification.

  6. Students must submit a Degree Conferral Packet to the Office of the Vice President for Academic and Students Affairs in the semester prior to the anticipated graduation date. (Specific dates are available in the Schedule of Course Offerings document). Students must purchase the Graduation Packet from the Cashier's Office in Room 018 of the Dr. Henry Givens Jr. Administration Building (HGA).

    State of Missouri Certification Requirements:

  1. Candidates for initial certification must complete all requirements on the Official Individual Evaluation Sheet at Harris-Stowe State University and be approved by the directors of Admissions and Academic Advisement.

  2. Students are required to attain a Grade of "C" or better in all professional-level courses. Middle School and Secondary Education students must earn a GPA of at least 2.5 in subject matter area.

  3. Students are required to attain a CGPA of 2.5 or above and a passing score on the PRAXIS Examination.

  4. Students must secure an Application Packet for Missouri Certification from the Office of Records in HGA Room 116 (Fee Assessment not applicable). Deadline dates for the submission of completed packets are listed in the Schedule of Course Offerings document.

 

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