Missouri Teacher Education Programs

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Follow the links below to find schools offering different types of teacher education programs in Missouri. If you are trying to become a teacher, and you plan on working in Missouri, you should definitely take a look at the Department of Education's website. The individual states make a lot of their own decisions about how teachers need to be prepared.

Also, as a rule, you should contact multiple schools if you are seriously considering going back for a degree or certificate in education. There can sometimes be very significant differences in tuition, admissions requirements, and so on, even between schools that you might think are very similar. So, it's always a good idea to contact a number of schools and do a little comparison shopping.


In recent years, the population of Missouri has grown significantly. This means, of course, an increase in the amount of students at schools throughout the state. As student numbers rise, teacher numbers have been decreasing. The state of Missouri has created a number of programs to strengthen the teaching workforce of the state, particularly in areas like math, science, and English.

If you have ever wanted to shape the future of Missouri through your career choice, now is the time to contact teaching programs in Missouri for more information. A career in elementary, secondary, or post-secondary education could be ideal for you.

Teacher Education in Missouri

The goal of a teaching degree is simple: provide you with the skills and knowledge you need to get a Missouri teaching license and effectively educate students at your licensure level. Because of this, many programs are fairly competitive when it comes to admissions.

Before you can be accepted to an education program, you may need to pass the PRAXIS exam, which tests your baseline knowledge of core subjects like math and English. In order to get your license after graduation, you must pass the PRAXIS-II.

The way you prepare for these exams depends on what grade you plan on teaching. Teaching techniques and theories differ quite a bit between licensor levels, so carefully decide which grades you are interested in teaching. Those who want to become elementary school teachers may enroll in a wide range of courses like Literacy in the Primary Classroom, Teaching English as a New Language, Multiculturalism and Education, Social Studies in the Elementary School, Educational Policies and Laws, and Learning & Motivation. To round out your education and test your teaching competencies, your school will likely require a semester of student teaching.

Several organizations and associations provide funding for teaching students. One resource to look into is T.E.A.C.H. Missouri.

Teaching Careers in Missouri

The field of education is one that's always changing, which is why it is so important to surround yourself with skilled education professionals who can help you grow as a teacher. As a member of the Missouri Education Association, you may stay on top of new research and legislative changes that affect teachers.

This can also help you take advantage of the great job outlook in Missouri. A 10% increase in demand for elementary school teachers is expected through 2022 (O*Net, 2012). In this time frame, jobs for special education teachers may swell by 3% (O*Net).

2015 Salary Figures for Missouri Teachers
  • Elementary: $50,240 per year
  • Secondary: $48,170 per year
  • Post-Secondary: $32,600 per year
Statistics from the Bureau of Labor Statistics, (BLS 2015)

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