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University of West Alabama

Bachelor Bachelor of Science Early Childhood Development Website

The University of Iowa

Master Master of Arts in Teaching, Leadership, and Cultural Competency Website

Purdue University

Master Online MS in Education Website

Fairleigh Dickinson University

Master Master of Administrative Science Website

Eastern Oregon University

Bachelor Bachelor in Early Childhood Education Website
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Becoming a licensed teacher in Missouri can be accomplished in several ways. The Missouri Department of Elementary & Secondary Education states that while there are several paths towards licensure, the traditional way is by completing a bachelor's degree in an educational field. Listed below are a few of the Missouri teaching schools and some of the programs they offer.

  • 29 teaching programs in Missouri accredited by CAEP
  • 17 CAEP-accredited Bachelor's degrees
  • 15 CAEP-accredited Master's degrees in Missouri

One considering certification in Missouri has to have a Bachelor's degree in education or a core subject area. Certification includes an approved program of teacher preparation. Completion of the initial requirements earns an Initial Professional Certificate that is valid for four years.

Requirements to Teach in Missouri

A tiered system allows teachers to move to highly qualified status. During the four-year IPC phase, candidates complete teaching experience that includes a year of beginning teacher assistance, mentoring for two years, a professional development plan, 30 hours of professional development, and yearly evaluations.

When those requirements are met, teachers receive a lifetime teaching credential called the Career Continuous Professional Certificate. The Missouri Department of Education recognizes distance learning and out-of-state degree programs that are accredited by one of six regional accreditation organizations that are overseen by the U.S. Department of Education.

The Council of Educator Preparation is a national accreditation body recognized by the U.S. Department of Education that is highly regarded. The accreditation is not mandatory. Many schools see it as a marker of the quality curriculum within the sector of teacher education

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Eastern Oregon University

Bachelor Bachelor in Early Childhood Education Website

University of West Alabama

Master Education Specialist: Teacher Leader Website

Winthrop University

Master Master of Arts in Arts Administration Website

University of West Alabama

Master Master of Arts in Teaching Website
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Scholarships/Financial Aid Available

Scholarships and grants are available to students of all ages. Eligibility is based on such factors as interests and skills, athletic ability, civic involvement, academic achievement, and financial need. Students can apply for grants and scholarships every year they attend college.

The types of financial aid available include:

  • Missouri grants and scholarships
  • Federal grants college grants and scholarships
  • Private grants and scholarships

Some state scholarships and grants are administered by the Missouri Department of Higher Education and Workforce Development. Initiation and renewal of state and federal awards begin with the FAFSA. The schools award institutional scholarships and grants. Check individual school websites. Local and national businesses, community groups, and civic and religious organizations award scholarships and grants.

The A+ Scholarship Program provides eligible designated A+ high school graduates who attend public community colleges, vocational/technical, or specific private two-year vocational/technical schools that participate in the program with funds. Non-public high schools can participate by submitting a Notification of Assurance for A+ High School and complete an A+ Schools Program Designation Checklist.

Requirements to Qualify for In-State Tuition

Regulations vary significantly from university to university. In general, Missouri is classified as a medium to difficult state in which to obtain in-state tuition status. Some require a gap-year, while others grant the status to full-time students. Job requirements and living in the dorm during the domicile year also vary.

Missouri belongs to the Midwest Student Exchange Program that has a limited regional agreement of reciprocity among the select Midwestern States. Restrictions apply, but favorable college tuition rates are sometimes possible in nearby states.

Specific programs of study must be taken to qualify for reduced tuition. Each university can establish particular requirements such as high scores on the SAT and ACTs. The schools can also limit their involvement in the program. Many schools require students to reapply each year.

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School Level Program Admissions

University of West Alabama

Bachelor Bachelor of Science Early Childhood Development Website

The University of Iowa

Master Master of Arts in Teaching, Leadership, and Cultural Competency Website

Purdue University

Master Online MS in Education Website

Fairleigh Dickinson University

Master Master of Administrative Science Website

Eastern Oregon University

Bachelor Bachelor in Early Childhood Education Website

University of West Alabama

Master Education Specialist: Teacher Leader Website

Winthrop University

Master Master of Arts in Arts Administration Website

University of West Alabama

Master Master of Arts in Teaching Website

George Mason University

Master Master of Education in Special Education Website
CAEP Accredited Teaching Programs

List of CAEP-Accredited Teaching Degrees in Missouri

Drury University
Springfield
CAEP
  • Bachelors in Elementary Education ACEI
  • Post Bachelors in Elementary Education Post Baccalaureate ACEI
Missouri Southern State University
Joplin
CAEP
  • Bachelors in Elementary Education ACEI
  • Bachelors in English/Language Arts Education NCTE
  • Bachelors in Middle School AMLE
Missouri State University
Springfield
CAEP
  • Bachelors in Early Childhood Education NAEYC
  • Bachelors in Elementary Education ACEI
  • Masters in Literacy--Master of Science in Education ILA
  • Bachelors in Mathematics Education NCTM
  • Bachelors in Social Studies NCSS
University of Central Missouri
Warrensburg
CAEP
  • Masters in Library Media Specialist (K-12) ALA
  • Bachelors in Mathematics (9-12) NCTM
  • Bachelors in Middle School Education (5-9) AMLE
  • Masters in MSE in Literacy Education (K-12) ILA
  • Bachelors in Science (9-12) NSTA
  • Bachelors in Social Studies (9-12) NCSS
  • Bachelors in Special Education: Crosscategorical (K-12) CEC
  • Bachelors in Special Education: Early Childhood CEC
  • Bachelors in Special Education: Severe Development Disabilities (K-12) CEC
University of Missouri-Kansas City
Kansas City
CAEP
  • Bachelors in Early Childhood Education NAEYC
  • Masters in Educational Leadership (Building Level) ELCC
  • Bachelors in Social Studies NCSS
University of Missouri-Saint Louis
Saint Louis
CAEP
  • Specialist or C.A.S. in School Psychologist NASP
Webster University
Saint Louis
CAEP
  • Specialist or C.A.S. in Ed.S. - LEAD ELCC
  • Specialist or C.A.S. in Ed.S. - LEAD Online ELCC
  • Masters in M.A. in TESL TESOL
  • Masters in M.A.T. Early Childhood NAEYC
  • Masters in MA Early Childhood NAEYC
  • Masters in Reading ILA

Online Teaching Degrees in MO

Students who can’t attend college on campus can take advantage of the online programs offered at Lincoln University, which include a Bachelor of Science in Education with various areas of concentration offered. Lincoln also offers a hybrid master degree program in school administration and supervision. Students can complete courses online but must complete an internship in an actual educational setting. University of Missouri (MizzouOnline) has a large selection of online teaching programs that include bachelor degree, master degree, doctoral degree and graduate certificates. Online teaching programs can also be found at Northwest Missouri State University.

Missouri Teacher Certification & Specializations

Avila University has certification programs in elementary (1-6), special education (K-12), middle school (5-9) and secondary education (9-12). The middle school option offers additional certification in language arts, math, social studies and science while the secondary offers certification for art, biology, business education, English, speech/theater and social studies. Avila’s certification programs are for students who already hold a bachelor’s degree. At the end of the program, the student must complete a 12-week clinical experience.

Avila also has an advanced teacher certification for licensed teachers that want to add English for Speakers of Other Languages to their credentials. Lincoln University offers an associate degree in early childhood education for students who want to get the jump on general education courses prior to enrolling in a bachelor degree program or who want to find entry-level positions working in early childhood education positions. Lincoln also has a middle school education master degree certification as well as a educational leadership specialist degree program.

Bachelor’s in Education Degrees in MO

Avila University offers bachelor degree programs in elementary education, middle school education, special education, and International education and advocacy. They also offer a secondary education minor that allows students to major in art, biology, business, English, social studies and speech. Bachelor degree programs typically consist general education courses, major-related courses, elective courses, practicum courses, clinical education and field experiences.

Graduates cannot become licensed until they’ve completed a student teaching or mentoring program. Several concentrations are offered with the Bachelor of Science in Education program at Lincoln University. The Bachelor of Science in Education program at Northwest Missouri State University offers concentrations in early childhood education certification; elementary subject area; and early childhood education. They also have a middle school and special education program. Students attending the University of Missouri – Columbus can obtain teaching certifications in areas like early childhood education, art education, elementary education, special education, music education, middle school and secondary education.

Master’s in Education Degrees in MO

A 33-credit Master of Arts in Education program is offered at Avila University. This program offers concentrations in teaching and learning, International education & leadership, and teaching Education as a second language (TESL). Students enrolling in master degree programs are usually required to already have a bachelor’s degree. Students who have a non-teaching bachelor degree often choose a master’s degree teaching program to earn certification and licensure as a teacher.

Lincoln University offers master degree programs in school teaching – elementary and secondary; middle school education; and a guidance and counseling – elementary, secondary and community agency. Northwest Missouri State University has Master of Science in Education programs in concentrations in early childhood education, educational leadership, elementary, elementary mathematics, and special education, among others.