For Education major requirements, please refer to the academic catalog.
Why Study Education at Westminster?
Develop a passion for subjects you love, an enjoyment of sharing knowledge with others, and a responsibility for making a difference in the lives of young people.
- Build your leadership skills and character while gaining an understanding in academic areas you need for a world community view.
- Discover a lifelong love of learning and the depth of academic and practical knowledge needed for success.
As an education major, you will receive personal attention within a learning community that encourages you to develop critical thinking, creative sensibility, and communication arts to share ideas and to understand others as they teach and learn in a global, technological society. Your general education requirements will provide you with understanding in the academic areas all educated people need to know. Your educational foundation courses will explore the current issues and philosophical bases for teaching and learning. Methods courses will help you discover the best ways to teach and help others learn. Your professors will draw on current research and extensive experience to make course work meaningful and strive to demonstrate attitudes and practices that will serve as examples for your future classrooms.
You will focus on real world success immediately, spending time in K-12 classrooms from the beginning of your freshman year. As a part of your hands on education, you will have opportunities to become involved in local preschool, elementary, middle, and secondary programs throughout your major to find out what works best in this demanding, but rewarding field. The first priority of the Westminster education faculty is teaching, not research. What better place to study the art of education than a college where education is the keystone? Your classes will be small and intimate enough that you will receive the attention of first class instruction. Also, Westminster’s focus on interaction and leadership means in all of your classes you will act as an instructor to your peers at some point.
What kind of teacher do you want to be?
You can earn a Bachelor of Arts with majors offered in Early Childhood Education (birth-grade 3), Elementary (grades 1-6), Middle School (grades 5-9), or Secondary Education (grades 9-12). Content areas include:
Middle School: Science, Language Arts, Social Studies, or Mathematics
- Social Sciences (includes History, Political Science, Psychology)
- General Science
- Physical Education
Certification in all grades K-12:
- Physical Education
It is easy and advisable to combine and complete two certification areas. Middle school majors are encouraged to have two areas of content concentration, each concentration area consists of at least 21 hours. Elementary majors must have at least one area of concentration of 21 hours chosen from mathematics, social sciences, science or English.
The Westminster Education program maintains rigorous standards for both acceptance into the program and for the level of education provided to our future teachers. Students must meet a required overall GPA (2.75) and content area GPA (3.0) to be admitted to the Teacher Education Program, as well as meet required student teaching hours during their time in the program. Incorporated into all Westminster education methods courses, Common Core standards and Missouri Standards for Preparation of Educators (MoSPE) ensure that graduates are well equipped to enter the classroom.* These standards have been in place as part of Westminster's program since 2012, replacing the Missouri Grade Level Expectations (GLE's) and Missouri Standards for Teacher Educators (MoSTEP).
The Westminster Education program completers receive a Missouri Initial Professional Teaching Certificate. This certificate is recognized by all other states, as a basis for their own licensing procedures and graduates easily obtain certificates for any state where they may wish to teach. Recent graduates are teaching in Missouri, Illinois, Oklahoma, Iowa, Florida, Massachusetts, California, Virginia, Kansas, Arkansas, Arizona, Texas, Colorado, and South Carolina as well as Spain, Hong Kong, Japan and Great Britain.
There is a separate document, “Requirements,” showing all coursework for various certifications under the “Education” heading.
* For more information, visit http://dese.mo.gov/eq/mo-ed-profiles.htm and http://dese.mo.gov/eq/general-ed-assessments.htm
Many Missouri school districts recognize Westminster graduates as being exceptionally well prepared and are anxious to hire student teachers from the program. The department maintains an excellent hiring rate for its graduates, not only for teaching jobs, but other related fields such as business training and personnel management, public policy, child advocacy, sports and recreational planning and other social service related fields.
"Westminster College not only prepared me to take on the challenges of an ever changing educational world, but also empowered me to explore innovative instructional methods in a truly student focused format. I learned early on from my professors that education is a people business and that no two people are ever created the same." Jared Ryan '01, Principal at Campo Verde High School in Gilbert, Arizona
“I can tell that I will be ready to teach after leaving Westminster because my professors here inspired me to work my hardest to achieve my goals. I will carry that attitude after college so I can be an inspiration to my future students as well.” Matt Weber, ’12. (now teaching high school Social Studies in St. Louis)
“I’ve been impressed with the Education Department from my first Introduction to Teaching class to my final student teaching experience. The professors want us to be successful and provide all the necessary tools for our success.” Wendy Weber, ’12 (now teaching fifth grade in Jamestown, MO.)
Name: Linda Aulgur
Position: Professor of Education
Office: Room 248, Westminster Hall