To achieve certification through this program, students will need to fulfill State requirements in two areas: the teaching subject area and professional education.
Washington University offers post-baccalaureate secondary teacher certification programs in the following areas:
- Secondary (9-12) teaching areas: English, Mathematics; Biology; Chemistry; Earth Science; Physics; Social Studies
- K-12 teaching areas: Art; Classics (Latin); Dance; Modern Foreign Languages (Chinese, French, German, Japanese, Russian, Spanish)
- Middle School (5-9) teaching areas: English; Social Studies; Mathematics; Science
This program assumes that entering students already have a Bachelor’s degree with a major (or the equivalent of a major) in the subject area they wish to teach. Nevertheless students should expect to take some subject area course work to meet Missouri requirements. If you would like information about specific subject area course requirements please contact Roshonda Ludy.
Program of Study
The actual number of credit hours necessary for certification depends on the student's background and program. Upon admission to the Post-B.A. program, each student's transcript(s) is evaluated by an advisor in the Department of Education to determine the courses needed for certification. Students who have no prior course work in education should plan on a minimum of 30 credit hours in education courses (middle school should plan for 45 credits). Please consult the Department of Education about specific course requirements for this program.
The education course work required includes both a fall semester of Field Experience observation and a spring semester of Student Teaching. Please be aware that the Field Experience course requires 50 hours of observation in a classroom during the semester, and that Student Teaching will be full-time for 10-14 weeks during the following semester. You cannot work during the day for the duration of your student teaching.
The Post-B.A. program for secondary education can generally be completed within two years (and a semester or two longer for middle school). Most education courses are offered at least once a year; several are offered twice. Some subject specific coursework may not be offered if there are no known students in that subject area. Only those courses needed to complete certification requirements are considered part of the program. Thus, a person can prepare for a career in education quickly, while continuing to work until the semester of student teaching.
Upon satisfactory completion of all the requirements for the Post-Baccalaureate program, students are recommended for teacher certification to the State of Missouri.
Admission is based upon a strong undergraduate record or significant experience which suggests future success in the teaching field. Applicants must hold a bachelor's or higher degree with an overall GPA of 3.0 and a minimum of 3.0 in the subject area to be taught. Prospective students must submit:
- A completed application form with personal essay Click to access PDF
- Official transcripts of all previous college work.
- Three completed reference forms from academic or professional sources.
- Graduate Record Exam (GRE) or Miller's Analogies Test (MAT) results. (Information on the MAT can be obtained by calling 317-935-6700. The University College GRE code is 2833).
- Payment of the non-refundable application processing fee.
Once an applicant has submitted the necessary documentation, the Teacher Education admissions committee will consider the application at the next scheduled meeting and subsequently notify the applicant of their decision.
Completed Application deadlines in order to be considered for financial aid are:
- (Fall) Third week of August -- Sept. 15 admission
- (Spring) First week of January -- Feb. 1 admission
- (Summer) First week of May -- June 1 admission
For more information, please contact:
Department of Education, Box 1183
St. Louis, MO 63130