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For more than 10 years, the Council for the Accreditation of Educator Preparation (CAEP) has accredited 小草社区. That means providing a high-quality learning experience isn鈥檛 just our mission statement 鈥 it鈥檚 how our faculty and staff prepare their students for success in their future classrooms every day.

 


 

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Choose Webster for Teacher Education

Teaching Philosophy

Throughout the coursework, students in our teacher preparation programs (BA and MAT), acquire knowledge about software programs, and develop skills to design lessons and deliver content, collaborate and communicate with each other seamlessly in person and online.

Tools and Technologies

Webster鈥 teacher preparation programs have been using features, functions and data analytics from educational software programs such as Video-Enhanced Observation (VEO) and Mursion, a virtual teaching simulation, to document teacher鈥檚 classroom presence and to collaborate in a community of critical friends for their teaching professions.

Recognized for Quality

小草社区's Department of Teacher Education was awarded the 2022 Frank Murray Award from the Council for the Accreditation of Educator Preparation (CAEP), and is the only school in the state of Missouri to receive this award.

Teaching Philosophy

Our teacher preparation programs provide all first-year students with computers for a small fee when they enroll in the program. The laptops come with a stylus, and are preloaded with Microsoft Office 365 Suite and media-making software programs, such as Adobe Acrobat Pro DC and Adobe Premier Rush. Throughout the coursework, students in our teacher preparation programs (BA and MAT), acquire knowledge about the software programs, and develop skills to design lessons and deliver content, collaborate and communicate with each other seamlessly in person and online.

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Two students and the professor in a teaching cohort in School of Education
Two students and the professor in a teaching cohort in School of Education

Programs Across the Curriculum

Webster鈥 teacher preparation programs have been using features, functions and data analytics from educational software programs such as (Video-Enhanced Observation) and , a virtual teaching simulation to document teacher鈥檚 classroom presence and to collaborate in a community of critical friends for their teaching professions. These technologies are used in a micro-teaching lesson study model facilitated by a University instructor working with small groups of teacher candidates. This forms a trusting "community of practice" due to an interactive and ongoing exchange of information and feedback among group members.

is a software that allows video footage to be uploaded and examined systematically using 鈥渢ag sets鈥 that are built around various teaching behaviors to be examined. A tag session yields data about the demonstration (or lack thereof) of various tags in the tag set, and allows an individual to pinpoint specific teaching behaviors to improve.

is a simulation software that allows teacher candidates to participate in various teaching simulations in a virtual classroom with a virtual group of student avatars being 鈥渄riven鈥 by a trained simulation specialist. Small group simulations allow for a more focused experience in the simulator for an individual student. Consequently, a trusting relationship is built among teacher candidates as a cohort with the help of 小草社区 field experience program supervisors who are appointed to work closely with these teachers in training. This trust is established due to an interactive and ongoing exchange of information among members of this teaching community, providing a shared experience for their teaching practices.

Transcript

[Music]

Text on screen: 小草社区

[Various photos of 小草社区鈥檚 campus in geometric shaped frames.]

Text on screen: Mursion Education Simulation Program

[A video of the Mursion Simulation Software. A teacher gives a lesson to a group of animated children and receives feedback from peers. An interview shot of Stephanie Mahfood.

Stephanie Mahfood: This software, it鈥檚 called Mursion Simulation Software.

Text on screen: STEPHANIE MAHFOOD, Interim Dean of the School of Education

So what Mursion does is allows you 鈥 allows our teachers 鈥 to teach in the simulation with their peers, their classmates and their professors, their supervisors watching them.

[A close up of a video call with the same teacher lecturing the animated children.]

Michelle Haupt: Between other educators and an education leader you are able to just get really great feedback to improve yourself for next time.

Text on screen: MICHELLE HAUPT, Second Grade Teacher

[An interview shot of Haupt is replaced by more close ups of the Mursion Simulation Software.]

And I did see a big progress from, like, the first time that I did Mursion to the last time.

Mahfood: It allows them to do something that you can never do in a classroom. You can stop, you can say 鈥減ause simulation,鈥 鈥渉elp me out here a little bit,鈥 鈥渨hat would you do?鈥 鈥渨hat are my options here?鈥 and talk amongst your friends, then come back and try it again.

Haupt: It鈥檚 another way to just practice teaching and teaching strategies and engagement and different ways to interact with the students.

[Various interview shots of Mahfood and Haupt are replaced by a montage of more aspects of the Mursion Simulation Software.]

For me, I was really able to think about what I want my classroom to look like as a teacher and really make sure that I could reflect and look back on things and realize where I want to go as a teacher.

Mahfood: Being able to watch yourself and your practice, analyze it and do it again is essential to becoming a master of this very, very complex craft that we call teaching.

[Outro music and more geometrically framed photos of 小草社区 campus replaces the last interview shot of Mahfood.]

Text on screen: 小草社区

[Music fades and the screen fades to black.]

Student Testimonial

鈥淲ebster is very connected and provides lots of great ways for student involvement and leadership. I already feel like I belong with the way I was welcomed into life at Webster.鈥

Milan Henline

BA in Education with an Emphasis in Secondary Mathematics, 鈥25

2022 Murray Award

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For more than 10 years, the Council for the Accreditation of Educator Preparation (CAEP) has accredited 小草社区. That means providing a high-quality learning experience isn鈥檛 just part of our mission statement 鈥 it鈥檚 how our faculty and staff prepare their students for success in their future classrooms every day.

小草社区's Department of Teacher Education was awarded the 2022 Frank Murray Award from the Council for the Accreditation of Educator Preparation (CAEP), and is the only school in the state of Missouri to receive this award.

Faculty and Staff Voices on Receiving the Frank Murray Award

Rodney, Basiyr, PhD, Chair of the Department of Teacher Education
Stephanie Mahfood
Nicole Lee-Johnson, PhD, Director of the EdD Program

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