Education Department Announces Pathway to Teaching Certification
Principia will launch a pilot program with the University of Missouri, St. Louis (UMSL) beginning in fall 2017 to offer a pathway for graduates to earn teacher certification in just three semesters with scholarship funding. Principia’s educational studies faculty has worked closely with UMSL to tailor its existing Teach in 12 Program for Principia graduates. Four of the classes taught by Principia's Education Department will be credited toward certification. Graduating seniors from all majors are encouraged to apply, including those from STEM content areas, for which there is a particularly high demand for teachers.
In the first year of this pilot program, Principia will offer four scholarships to those who meet the requirements and are selected through an application process. The scholarship will cover a portion of UMSL tuition and include the opportunity to serve as paid teaching assistants in Principia’s Lower or Middle School and live on the School campus. During the final semester, students will complete their practicum teaching at a public school in the greater St. Louis area.
Participants will earn a State of Missouri teaching license. What’s more, all but three states in the United States will accept the certification earned at UMSL. “Students who successfully complete the program can teach in another state with a temporary certificate,” Nikki Gamrath, Chair of the Education Department, explains. “In most cases, the state will then issue a teaching certificate after the individual takes a state test. Individuals can also earn a master’s degree in education, which would be in addition to Principia’s scholarship program, but is entirely possible.”
“We’re thrilled to partner with UMSL’s exceptional Teach in 12 Program,” Dr. Joseph Ritter, College Provost, says. “Principia College offers an affordable way for our graduates to become certified educators and make a direct impact on tomorrow’s youth.”
Learn more about Principia’s educational studies program, which prepares students for careers in a variety of educational contexts from traditional classrooms to outdoor education.