K-12 and Secondary Education

Students must have a primary, content area major to pursue certification at the K-12 or secondary (grades 9-12) level. Students must also meet all requirements for certification before this degree will be conferred, including passing the following: 1) all sections of the Missouri General Education Assessment (MoGEA); 2) the Professional Development Folio (semester prior to student teaching); 3) the Missouri Content Assessment(s) for each area of certification sought; 4) and the Missouri Pre-Service Teacher Assessment (MoPTA) (completed during student teaching).

Applicable degrees: Bachelor of Arts, Bachelor of Professional Studies, Bachelor of Science, or Bachelor of Music Education

At the K-12 level, certification is offered in the following areas: Health Education, Music Education (vocal-choral or instrumental), Physical Education, and Library Media Specialist (available at the graduate-level only). Add-on certifications for Gifted Education and Special Reading, which require two years of teaching experience, are also available at the graduate-level only.

At the secondary level, certification is offered in Business Education, English, Mathematics, Social Science, Speech/Theatre, and Unified Science with a concentration in either Biology or Chemistry. For students already holding a baccalaureate degree, certification-only programs are available in categorical sciences: Biology, Chemistry, and General Science. Secondary certification in combination with middle school certification in the same content area is offered for Business Education, English/Language Arts, Mathematics, Social Science, Speech Theatre, and categorical General Science. Add-on certification is also available for Driver Education (9-12).

Subject-specific course requirements for the following areas of K-12 or secondary certification are included under their respective divisions: English (Humanities), Mathematics (Natural Sciences), Music Education (Fine Arts), Social Science (Social and Behavioral Sciences Division), and Speech/Theatre (Fine Arts).

Subject-specific course requirements leading to a baccalaureate degree and/or a teaching certificate in Business Education, Health Education, Physical Education, and Unified Science with concentrations in Biology and/or Chemistry are listed with the Education Division majors.


All degree plans reflect the new Missouri Department of Elementary and Secondary Education (DESE) certification rules which take effect August 1, 2017. Candidates able to complete all requirements for graduation and certification by July 31, 2017, may opt to finish under the outgoing compendium requirements.

K-12 Programs

Post-baccalaureate Certification Programs (available with or without a Master of Arts in Teaching)

Secondary Programs

Secondary-Middle Combined Programs

Post-baccalaureate Categorical Science Certification Programs (available with or without a Master of Arts in Teaching)

Undergraduate Programs:

Ms. Kathleen C. Wendt
Director of Teacher Certification Advising
Office: FLD-312
Phone: 314-392-2324

Mrs. Ricki Roth
Undergraduate Education Advisor
Office: FLD-349
Phone: 314-744-7656

Mr. Lowell Pitzer
Assistant Professor of Education; Program Coordinator for Health and Physical Education
Office: FLD-341
Phone: 314-392-2317

Graduate Programs:

Ms. Grace White
Graduate Advisor – Master of Arts in Teaching
Office: Graduate Office
Phone: 314-744-5381

Mrs. Rosanne McCoy
Graduate Advisor – Master of Arts in Teaching
Office: Graduate Office
Phone: 314-392-2322

Driver Education:

Mr. Lowell Pitzer
Assistant Professor of Education; Program Coordinator for Health and Physical Education
Office: FLD-341
Phone: 314-392-2317

Melanie Bishop, Ed.D

Dean, Education Division; Associate Professor of Education

Paula Bennett, M.A.

Associate Professor of Communications

Mary Ann Bouas, Ed.S.

Assistant Professor; Education Division Scheduling Coordinator; Undergraduate Advisor

Holly Brand, Ph.D.

Professor of Psychology

Sheri Brandt, Ed.D.

Assistant Professor; Dean of Troy/Wentzville RLC

James Chellew, M.A.

Site Coordinator, MBU in Arnold Regional Learning Center; Assistant Professor of Education

David Collum, Ed.D.

Assistant Professor of Natural Sciences; Data Analyst; Director of Assessment

Mary Ann Conaway, Ph.D.

Professor of Education

Tammy Cox

Assistant Professor, Director of Teacher Education

Tonia Crane, Ph.D.

Associate Professor of Education

Tim Delicath, Ph.D.

Associate Professor of Educational Research

Diane Denney, Ph.D.

Professor of Education; Director of Special Education

Mark Engelhardt, Ph.D.

Professor of Education

Amber Henry, Ed.D.

Professor of Education, Dean Jefferson County and Farmington Regional Learning Centers

Edward Hillhouse, Ed.D.

Professor of Education; Dean, Franklin County Regional Learning Center

Susan K. Hladky, Ed.D.

Assistant Professor of Education; Director of Field Experience

Clint Limoges

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Alicia Noddings, Ed.D.

Assistant Dean, Education Division; Assistant Professor; Director of Early Childhood & Early Childhood Special Education

Lowell Pitzer, M.A.

Coordinator of Physical and Health Education Programs; Assistant Professor of Education

Laura Rauscher, Ph.D.

Assistant Professor of Education and Counseling

Larry Richardson, M.S.Ed.

Coordinator of Graduate Advising; Instructor of Human Services and Counseling

Julia Schroeder, Ph.D.

Professor of Education and Natural Sciences; Dean – Southern Illinois Regional Learning Centers
618-985-3741, ext. 8114

Shelton Smith. Ed.D.

Director of K-12 Educational Leadership Programs; Professor of Education

Thomas M. Smith, Ed.D.

Associate Vice President and Director of Athletics; Professor of Education/Health and Sport Sciences

C. Scully Stikes, Ph.D.

Professor of Counseling and Sociology

Marsha Tierney, M.S.

Site Coordinator, Franklin County Regional Learning Center; Assistant Professor of Education

C. Clark Triplett, Ph.D.

Vice President for Graduate Studies and Academic Program Review; Acting Director of the Doctor of Education in Higher Education Leadership; Professor of Psychology and Sociology 

Christine Ward

Assistant Professor Counseling