University of Missouri at Saint Louis Reviews
Student & Graduate Reviews (10)
I received a thorough education and left prepared to be a teacher. The programs that UMSL had in place for teaching at other locations in surrounding counties was excellent. This allowed me to be able to attend UMSL close enough at home to be able to work and save money on gas, but still provided me with a quality education.
The program demanded a lot of busy work but the assignments weren't incredibly difficult. The professors were very knowledgeable but difficult to get in touch with when needed. The coursework is very rigorous, and I do feel like I learned a lot. The advising is awful.
I graduated from the University of Missouri – St. Louis (UMSL) in May of 2007. I am extremely satisfied with the education I received there. The required coursework and practicum experiences were invaluable. Further, the College of Education staff and instructors were supportive in every aspect of the program. I had multiple offers for employment and was hired by the school district of my choice before graduation. I began my first year of teaching with confidence in my own ability and found the effectiveness of my first year of professional practice exceeded that of many of my colleagues with more experience. My undergraduate education prepared me well for my first years of teaching, as well as provided a strong foundation for continued growth as a reflective practitioner and graduate and post graduate work. Additionally, I am particularly proud of the fact that my undergraduate degree in Elementary Education is a Bachelor of Science. Not only did I enter the field with a broad content and pedagogical knowledge base, I was adequately prepared to incorporate 21st Century Skills across subject areas while advocating for STEM education in my school/district.
I think it is a great school for Business and Nursing degrees, but probably not the right school for me if I had to do my pre-med degree over again.
Overall, the education I received at UMSL prepared me for teaching. The classes were beneficial for the most part. I do think that all universities should include, in their elementary education courses, more classes specifically focused on teaching kids how to read. There need to be more focus on different strategies such as phonics versus whole language. I received these in my reading specialist certification classes. However, i think ALL elementary teachers should have those classes. I do think the advising program could be better organized.
The program is rigorous and needs to be paced appropriately. Most of the professors that I had were working professionals. This was really helpful because they had first hand knowledge of what it would be like when you received your first job as an administrator. Many of the professors were easily accessible if you had questions or wanted to speak with them further regarding the content. The books that align with Pearson will help tremendously on the state exam for your principal certification. Overall, I feel like the program gave me a lot of preparation and content knowledge that I will need as an administrator and I would recommend the program. I have heard that UMSL is changing the program into a cohort model. I believe this will help with their lack of advising that they have in the College of Education. If students are able to register and know exactly when courses are offered, and they can take two in one night, it helps eliminate driving to and from campus multiple times per week.
I think UMSL was a good value for the money, but does not prepare students very well if you are pre-med. It is a wonderful school for nursing, business, and regular sciences, but it did not help me very much being that I wanted to go into medical school.
I attended quite a while ago and continued on to earn my M.Ed. in Counseling after a BA in Psychology. Had transferred many credit from SLCC prior. At that time, I was in my early 30s which felt like I was old compared to the students around me. It did not matter really except in STEM type classes I was at a disadvantage compared to students just out of high school who had taken lots of math and science. They were bored with class as they had just studied it and yet I was overwhelmed although I studied very hard and still got mainly A's and Bs. UM-St. Louis is a very good school, constantly adding new facilities and technologies. Less prestigious than the big, private schools but well worth the tuition. All the professors were excellent! Especially in grad school. I would attend there again. Feel proud of your degree from there. Study hard, definitely get internships or work experience while you attend or you will have a harder time getting a decent paying job when you graduate. In psychology, get a master's degree too, but don't bother if you aren't gaining experience in the field while you are getting it. That is critical to compete. Older students of all ages can make it, but do some prep work if needed at the community college in STEM classes you need. They will transfer over and you will have fewer students in the class and get more individual help, such as in College Algebra which I took at the Community College after dropping it in an auditorium type class at UM-St. Louis. Most other classes after that are normal size. Loved returning to college!
I am a full time employed student and UMSL's online classes helped me to continue my education. I recommend it to students who work full time.
I would not be a teacher without college. It was a great experience.