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Education Major at Westminster College

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Why Study Education at Westminster?

  • Focus on real world success immediately, spending time in K-12 classrooms from the beginning of your freshman year.
  • Get involved in local preschool, elementary, middle, and secondary programs throughout your major to find out what works best in this demanding, but rewarding field.
  • Your classes will be small and intimate enough that you will receive the attention of first class instruction.
  • 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 Science
  • Mathematics

Secondary Education:

  • Mathematics
  • Business
  • Social Sciences (includes History, Political Science, Psychology)
  • English
  • Biology
  • Chemistry
  • General Science

Certification in all grades K-12:

  • Physical Education
  • Foreign Language

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.

General Assessments

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Career Opportunities

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. 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.

"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)

Jared Ryan Westminster Alumni "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'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.)

Contact Information

Name: Barri Bumgarner
Position: Assistant Professor of Education
Office: Room 229, Westminster Hall
Email: Barri.Bumgarner@westminster-mo.edu
Phone: 573-592-5219

Meet the Faculty

Barri Bumgarner, Assistant Professor of Education
Tami Ensor, Assistant Professor of Education
Robert Cowles, Professor of Education
Susan Serota, Professor of Education
Therese Miller, Professor of Health & Exercise Science
Mary Majerus, Professor of Mathematical Sciences

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