Students looking to become teachers in Missouri can enroll in bachelor's and master's degree or post-baccalaureate certificate programs that help them meet state requirements for teacher certification. Such programs let students specialize in specific educational levels, such as early childhood, elementary, middle school or secondary school. There are also programs that focus on special education or subject areas, like history, math, music or English. Students typically complete basic education courses and specialization courses, as well as participate in field experiences and student teaching.
University of Missouri - Columbia
The University of Missouri's Columbia campus offers several teaching certification programs, including bachelor's, master's, and doctoral degree programs. Its College of Education was ranked 52nd among teaching colleges by U.S. News & World Report in 2010.
Students can pursue a Bachelor of Science in Education degree with a specialization in early childhood, secondary or cross-categorical special education. These programs lead to initial teacher certification and include teaching field courses, specialization courses and an internship. Secondary education students also can choose a subject emphasis, such as English, biology or physics.
Missouri State University - Springfield
Located in Springfield, Missouri State University (MSU) offers many teaching certification programs through its College of Education. Students can pursue a bachelor's degree, master's degree or post-baccalaureate certificate.
Undergraduates can pursue an education bachelor's degree with a concentration in elementary education, middle school education or secondary education. Depending on the concentration chosen, required courses may include teaching and learning, special education, mathematics or reading instruction. Those studying middle school education can choose from subject areas that include language arts, math and social sciences, while aspiring high school educators can choose from art education, history, chemistry education or foreign languages.
Those possessing a bachelor's degree can either enroll in the post-baccalaureate teacher certification program or pursue a master's degree in teaching. The post-baccalaureate program is for students who have a bachelor's degree in a field other than education and want to become certified to teach in Missouri. The master's in teaching program is an accelerated program for those interested in gaining teacher certification for grades 9-12. Once students choose their content area, they may also add middle school certification to increase their teaching options.
School Comparison: At a Glance
|School||School Type & Setting||Programs Offered||Undergraduate Tuition & Fees (2018-2019)|
|University of Missouri - Columbia||4-year, public; midsize city|| BS in Education: Early Childhood Education,
BS in Education: Secondary Math,
BS in Education: Cross-Categorical Special Education,
MS in Education: Science,
Master of Education in Early Childhood Education,
Master of Education with Certificate in Early Childhood Education,
Doctor of Philosophy in Early Childhood Education,
Doctor of Philosophy in Science Education,
Doctor of Philosophy in Mathematics Education
|$9,972 (in-state), $27,042 (out-of-state)*|
|Missouri State University - Springfield||4-year, public; midsize city|| BS in Education: Early Childhood Education,
BS in Education: Elementary Education,
BS in Education: Special Education,
BS in Education: Middle School Education,
BS in Education: Secondary Education,
Post-Baccalaureate Teacher Certification,
MA in Teaching
|$7,376 (in-state), $15,326 (out-of-state)*|
Source: *NCES College Navigator