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Overview: The aim of this program is to prepare teachers who have leadership qualities including risk-taking, civic responsibility, and ethical character. Of course, energy, commitment, and genuine concern for others are also important traits for men and women considering this field of study.
Curriculum: There are two distinct programs in the undergraduate portion of teacher education. The first program prepares students for a bachelor's degree in Education and certification to teach. Certification is required to teach in most elementary and secondary schools in the United States. Students in this program can pursue one of the following certifications: early childhood, elementary, secondary, middle school, special education, or early childhood special education.
The second program prepares students for a bachelor's degree in Education, but it does not prepare the student for teaching in the schools. Instead this degree is often used in preparation for other professions that may require teaching or training skills.
Two special features of the program that leads to certification are the pre-teaching laboratory and the professional semester. The pre-teaching laboratory course is a response to the need for teacher candidates to observe and participate in the teaching process early in their career. An invaluable aid in the training, it is designed to provide teacher candidates with an observation-oriented field experience early in the preparation program.
The certification programs at Saint Louis University are accredited by the Department of Elementary and Secondary Education (DESE) and the National Council for Accreditation of Teacher Education (NCATE).
Faculty: Our faculty members take a genuine interest in students, serve as strong role models of success and acquaint students with the challenges and joys of the profession. We seek an appropriate balance between theory and practice, between action and reflection, between intellect and affect, and between decisive conviction and open curiosity. If you are interested in becoming a teacher in a classroom or corporate setting, or becoming a better teacher, we need you in the teaching profession.
Careers: Most graduates elect to pursue a career in teaching, but many prefer to continue their studies in one of our graduate programs. Graduates may choose to seek careers in the private sector, in community organizations, in the Peace Corps or in health organizations. A bachelor's degree in Education is a very valuable, versatile tool that provides an excellent foundation for many professions.
Internship Opportunities: Students participate in ten credit hours of student teaching in a school setting during the Professional Semester of their program, usually the last or second to last semester prior to graduation. Placement in schools is arranged by the faculty at Saint Louis University. Mutual satisfaction of the student, University and school districts is the goal of such placements.