Emphasis in School Counseling Offered

The Department of Professional Counseling is introducing a School Counseling emphasis (K-12) for the Master of Arts in Counseling at the Webster Groves campus. This emphasis is designed for individuals wishing to work as professional school counselors in the state of Missouri. The 2.5 year program will provide students with exposure to a wide variety of school populations including vulnerable and underserved communities in both urban and rural settings. The program has a strong emphasis on equality, diversity, and inclusion of all students.

Potential students can read more about the program and request information here »

Students in this degree program will have the additional opportunity to specialize in specific content areas that will further enhance their preparation to work in the schools. Individuals who are already teacher certified will be able to choose a focus on Response to Intervention(RTI)/Positive Behavioral Interventions and Supports (PBIS); Psychoeducational needs of immigrant and refugee youth; or Fostering resilience in at risk children and youth.  Non teacher-certified students will focus on completion of Missouri requirements for teacher certification.

Upon completion of the degree, students will be eligible to apply for school counselor certification in Missouri at both the K-8 level and the 7-12 level based on the level at which they complete their field experience. Students who plan to seek certification in other states should consult the certifying entities to obtain more information.

This emphasis of the MA in Counseling is only offered at the home campus in Webster Groves starting August 2017. Students can apply today to start in August or January.

School of Education Graduate Spotlight

With our annual commencement ceremony having just taken place, the School of Education highlight’s two of our recent graduates, Juliet Salih and Erin Rasmussen.

Juliet Salih, who graduated from Webster University’s Teaching English as a Second Language program, had this to say about her experience: I want to impress upon people that disability is not a weakness. It is not something to be overcome or cured; it is part of a person’s identity, People with disabilities can teach, but teacher preparation programs often undermine the contributions and perspectives of this community, or think that we are not capable of meeting the many demands of teaching. I want to challenge students and faculty to reconceptualize the way we think about disability.  My experience at Webster in the MATESL prorgram has helped me to reclaim my place in the world as a teacher of languages, and has pushed me out of my comfort zone by challenging me to think outside of the proverbial box.

You can watch the video of her speech here:

Juliet Salih Commencement Speech

Juliet Salih, who graduated from Webster University’s Teaching English as a Second Language program, had this to say about her experience

Posted by Webster University School of Education on Wednesday, May 31, 2017


Erin Rasmussen, who graduated from Webster University’s Special Education program, also had a few words on her Webster experience: It was my absolute pleasure to speak at the school of education ceremony to a group of individuals who will most definitely make change happen in this world. After all John F. Kennedy once said, “Great things do not happen, they are made to happen.”

I am incredibly fortunate to have attended Webster University. The commencement ceremony was the final step toward truly closing a chapter of my life that shaped me into who I am today. My 3 1/2 years at Webster were filled with people, organizations, and learning opportunities that I will cherish forever. I am proud to call myself a Webster graduate because this university instills confidence and competence in its graduates

We would like to congratulate all of our 2017 graduates and welcome them as alumni!

SOE Students Present at Multicultural Roundtable

In February Dr. Jameca Falconer, Dr. Debbie Stiles and three graduate students Enita Rogers, Centron Felder and Christopher Campbell presented at the Multicultural Roundtable at Teachers College at Columbia University. All of the students are students in the Applied Educational Psychology program at Webster University. Webster University’s academic programs in Applied Educational psychology and School Psychology are committed to supporting the rights, needs, and well-being of children and youth.

Our presentation was titled “The Ferguson Effect: Exploring how Post-election Hatred is addressed in Schools.” The study was initiated because as psychologists and educators we have noticed numerous discriminatory events in K-12 schools since the election. This post-election crisis is particularly crucial in Missouri given the racial segregation, prejudice, and unrest in the St Louis area since the shooting of Michael Brown in 2014.

Teachers, counselors, and psychologists in St. Louis area schools have reported that ever since the election, some children are scared, upset, crying, and acting out in class. These reactions have been most often seen in racial and religious minority youth. Just a week after Trump’s election, students in one local high school told African American children to get to the back of a school bus because of Trump’s victory.

Our presentation was both well-attended and well-received at the conference. Our symposium incorporated data from news sources, reflected on parents’ and schools’ responses, and offered suggestions about how schools and communities can best meet the educational and psychological needs of children and youth.

-By Dr. Jameca Falconer

Webster Alumni Reflections

Yanjie (Phoebe) Li, originally from Shandong Provence China, recently graduated from Webster University’s Teaching English as a Second Language (TESL) program in the summer of 2016 and is currently beginning her PhD in Applied Linguistics in Education at Washington University. Originally receiving a Bachelor’s degree in English at Qingdao Agricultural University in China, Phoebe taught English for 2 ½ years before coming to Webster to pursue her master’s degree. She was interested in the TESL program because she wanted to learn more methods for teaching English to become a more effective teacher. After relocating to St. Louis, she began looking at local programs and says, “Webster had the major that I was really interested in. Webster’s TESL program seemed like best option for me. I really enjoyed working with the professors at Webster University and found them very helpful and inspiring.” As a non-native speaker she felt uncertain at first, “I wondered how I can compete with native speakers working in the field. However, my professors were very encouraging. They helped with my self-esteem, and they helped me see that I could be successful and use my background knowledge and experience as an ESL learner to my advantage to help other international students.” Phoebe learned a lot while working on her degree at Webster University, but says, “The most important thing I learned is to respect other people’s opinions. I saw that for the same subject, people can have different opinions based on their personal background experiences, and it was eye opening. I found the classroom at Webster to be somewhere that you can really talk and exchange ideas.” Phoebe enjoyed working with different schools and programs in St. Louis while at Webster, which has a TESL program designed to connect students with other local schools, giving them an opportunity to network with other teachers and learn from a variety of different classrooms and environments while working hands on in the field with second language learners. She found that this experience “helps prepare you for the future and helps you hone your research methods, preparing you for future research projects, and allowing you to work with your mentors.” Phoebe enjoyed that Webster’s TESL program teaches methods including how to effectively use multimodality in the classroom and various second language teaching theories, along with pragmatics and approaches for working with ESL students. She is currently working for Parkway School district’s ESL program, which she received and offer from immediately after graduating from Webster, and it was also one of the schools that she had done hands on work at while in the TESL program. Seeking to continue her education, Phoebe received offers from Washington University and Ohio State after graduating. She was one of only two students accepted by Washington University, where she will be beginning her PhD. She said that Webster University provided her an edge because the TESL program at Webster is recognized by other universities as being a great program. Her advice for incoming students is to take advantage of all the great opportunities and benefits Webster’s program provides.

Advanced Certification in Severe Developmental Disabilities

Webster University is again offering its intensive program in severe developmental disabilities beginning in the Fall semester of 2017. This program is offered every other year and consists of three four-credit hour classes: Assessment of Functional Skills, Curriculum and Methods for Students with Severe Developmental Disabilities and Augmentative and Alternative Communication.

Applicants must already hold a teaching certificate in special education or speech language pathology.

Fall registration begins April 15. For more information contact Victoria McMullen at mcmullen@webster.edu

The Ed.D. In Transformative Learning Proudly Announces: Katherine Luh, Teacher of the Year at Hodge Elementary School

Katherine Luh is a quintessential teacher. When asked what she teaches, Katherine often replies, “I teach children to love and make music.”  This love of music and dedication to share that love of music with her students is evident in everything Katherine does.  She was recently awarded “Teacher of the Year” at Hodge Elementary School in the Fox C-6 School District.  Katherine believes children learn best using familiar music and easily accessible instruments. Katherine wrote a grant and purchased 32 guitars to begin the first guitar program in Fox C-6 District. She teaches guitar to all 3rd – 6th grade students and proudly shares that children actually learn to play music very quickly. She has a before-school guitar club.  She has assisted three other elementary school music teachers in the district in purchasing guitars and starting guitar programs. Katherine led a professional development workshop on starting and running a guitar program for the elementary music teachers of the Rockwood School District.

Katherine holds a bachelor’s degree in flute performance, a master’s degree in music education from Webster University.  Additionally, she and holds additional professional certifications and trainings from Suzuki, Kodaly Levels 1 & 2, Orff Level 1, GAMA Teaching Guitar Level 1, and Music! Words! Opera!   Katherine is a member of the Society of the Philosophy and History of Education.  She presented her recent work “The History of Guitar Tablature and the Pedagogical Implications for the Elementary School Music Classroom with Guitar Instruction” at the fall SOPHE Conference 2016 in Oklahoma City.

Katherine is pursuing an Ed.D. in Transformative Learning from Webster and is focusing her research on education policy in schooling systems and how the notions national and state standards can become shackles impeding the reflective practice, teacher autonomy, and teacher agency of public school music educators.

Equity in Education: Creating Voice and Choice for Social Justice

Equity in Education: Creating Voice and Choice for Social Justice
School of Education Conference April 8th, 2017

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Webster University is proud to host our annual School of Education conference on April 8th, 2017 at the East Academic Building.  This year our conference theme is Equity in Education: Creating Voice and Choice for Social Justice. Our keynote presentation, Rac(e)ing to Class: We are in this Together!, will be delivered by Dr. H. Richard Milner IV.

The conference is intended for current and future school professionals and interested community members.  Admission is $35 for the conference and lunch ($10 for Webster University faculty, staff, students, and alumni). Please come prepared for a day of enrichment and collaboration. For more information, please contact Dr. Thomas Cornell at thomascornell28@webster.edu


cpdc-logo-verticalCareer Development and Opportunities Available at the Career Planning and Development Center

The Career Planning and Development Center (CPDC) would like to encourage students to start working with the CPDC as early as possible in their academic careers to take advantage of all the great opportunities and services offered.

One of the greatest values the Career Planning and Development Center offers to students is access to its resources early on so that, as they progress, they have a clear understanding of how they are progressing towards their goals and desired outcomes. The CPDC can help students articulate their ideas about what their goals are and taking some action steps to gain skills and confidence.

Students can practice their interview skills and take advantage of other resources within the context of a face-to-face appointment, workshops, and e-resources (such as YouTube videos).

Career services are also offered through Gorlok Career Link, including an employer directory, up-to-date job and internship opportunities, and a mock interview tool for self-improvement.

The CPDC offers regular Walk-In Hours in their office at 568 Garden Ave. from 2:00pm-5:00pm Tuesday, Wednesday, and Thursday. Additionally, targeted Walk-In Hours for School of Education students are offered at the start of the semester in Webster Hall for resume reviews. The schedule is:

Tuesday, January 24 3:00pm-4:00pm

Thursday, January 26 12:00pm-1:30pm

Tuesday, January 31 12:00pm-1:30pm

Thursday, February 2 3:00pm-4:00pm

Friday, February 10 2:00pm-3:30pm

Tuesday, February 14 3:00pm-4:00pm

The earlier students get started and begin to plan ahead, the more prepared they will be as they approach graduation, which can help everything seem less stressful.

Students can utilize the CPDC to check out its different opportunities, resources, and begin building strong relationships with others in the educational, non-profit, and many other fields. Students are encourages to use the resources offered in whatever way works best for them individually.


BrownBagBlogMonday, January 23rd, 2017 will be the first Brown Bag meeting of the new year for Webster University’s School of Education. The forum was created for Doctor of Education (EdD) program students and candidates to have a platform to present their current research work.

In addition to the Brown Bag meetings, there will also be Informational Sessions held once a month, which are open for the public to attend.

The upcoming meetings and sessions will each be held once per month, rotating between Monday and Thursday evenings. See below for the full 2017 schedule:

Brown Bag Meetings
SoE Conference Room, Webster Hall 222

5:30 – 7:00 pm

1/23, 2/23, 3/27, 4/27, 6/12, 7/20

Informational Sessions

Webster Hall 135

5:30 – 6:30 pm

1/26, 2/13, 3/30, 4/24, 5/11, 6/15, 7/17


Beginning Teacher Assistance Program

btap1Beginning Teacher Assistance Program

An Exciting Professional Development Opportunity for PK-12 teachers in their first 3 years of teaching, for both Webster University alumni and graduates of other colleges and universities, to enhance their professional knowledge and earn a BTAP Certificate of Participation to address DESE certification requirements.

Free to Webster students and alumni; $15.00 for all others.

Saturday, March 4, 2017, from 9:00 a.m. to 12:45 p.m.

East Academic Building

545 Garden Avenue, St. Louis, MO 63119

Elementary teachers—room 253

Secondary teachers—room 102

*Free parking located in garage across the street*

Coffee and breakfast snacks will be provided, beginning at 8:30 am.


Please join us to learn about making your classroom more engaging through:

Tiered learning; engaging, hands-on lessons; differentiation

Please return the Registration form by February 10, 2017 to Jan Willcox janicewillcox05@webster.edu

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