At Washington University, the teacher education programs are designed to produce teachers who implement an inquiry approach to education. Based upon the belief that teaching is a complex, normative, and changing activity, teacher education is viewed as an ongoing, problem-solving process as opposed to a search for the "one right" answer or "one best" way. Therefore, our students are expected to develop the ability and the inclination to look at educational policy and classroom decision-making from multiple perspectives, and to raise fundamental questions about the purposes, processes, and inequities of the current system. In addition, they are expected to act in ways that have a sound and defensible rationale rooted in research, ethical standards, and personal experience, and to reflect upon and reconsider that practice in the interest of all of their students.
The Major in Education
The Undergraduate Secondary (9-12) Teacher Education Program allows you to pursue a bachelor's degree and certification in English or social sciences at the same time. As part of this program, you must do a double major: one in education, and a second major in English or one of the social sciences (history, political science, or international studies). The required education course work in this major totals 30 credit hours and includes a 3-credit foundations course, the English or social sciences subject area curriculum and instruction courses, and student teaching.
In addition, you must complete specific, state-required course work in the English or social sciences major. You must attain sophomore status (60+ credit hours) and pass the state-required C-BASE exam before being admitted to the teacher education program; however, you should consult an education advisor about state requirements as early in your academic program as possible.
Any student who pursues teacher certification must meet state requirements, including a passing score on a subject-area examination, before Washington University can recommend you for teacher certification. State requirements and national standards for teacher certification change frequently. Thus it is important for any student pursuing teacher certification to consult with an education advisor early and often.
All University College undergraduate students must satisfy the same general-education requirements. To be considered for the undergraduate teacher education program, you must:
- have completed 60 credit hours or more toward the undergraduate degree;
- have a 3.0 grade point average in your other major and a 2.8 grade point average in all courses taken;
- pass the C-BASE test; and
- submit two applications (one for education and one for a social science, official transcripts, and two letters of recommendation.
When your application is complete, an interview will be scheduled. Applications are considered once a semester. Declaration of an education major does not imply admission to teacher education. All students must be admitted to the teacher education program separately from admission to University College. More information is available at the Department of Education Student Services office in Seigle Hall, Room 107, (314) 935-6791.
Below is a list of requirements for an application to the Education undergraduate degree at University College. Your application will be reviewed once all requirements are received.
- Two completed application forms
You must complete one application to a bachelor of science program in a social science, and a separate application to the bachelor of science in education program.
The application forms for both degrees are available online on the Apply page.
Official transcripts from all previous college work
Contact the registrar at each previous college or university attended to request an official transcript. Official transcripts must be sent directly from the registrar to University College.
Tell us about yourself in a brief essay (about 250 words). Why are you applying to University College? What are your goals, both academic and professional? What do we need to know when considering your application.
- TOEFL scores, if applicable
International students who are not native English speakers must submit TOEFL or IELTS scores at the time of application. Completion of a bachelor’s degree at a US college or University may be accepted as documentation of English language skills.
- Two letters of recommendation
Letters of recommendation should be completed by teachers or professional associates. An online request to your recommenders can be sent through this application. If you prefer to submit letters offline, please mail them to the address below.
- $35 application fee
Payment may be submitted by credit card online as part of your application, or via check or money order payable to Washington University in St. Louis. You may pay the fee by cash at the University College office.
- Download the Transcript Release Form.
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