Missouri Teacher Education Programs

(found programs from 41 schools)

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Missouri Teacher Certification Info

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.


The Gateway to the West, Missouri was acquired with the Louisiana Purchase in 1803 and played a central role in America’s westward expansion. St. Joseph was the eastern most point on the Pony Express, and both the Santa Fe and Oregon Trails began in Independence. The state offers opportunities for K-12 teachers in its two urban centers, St. Louis and Kansas City, as well as many rural areas.

Teacher Education in Missouri

Missouri offers just over 40 schools with teacher education programs. There is ample opportunity for graduate study, and prospective teachers can choose from a wide range of subject areas. The state’s education department as well as private organizations and schools offers teaching scholarships for minorities, subject area specialization, residence, and many other criteria.

Teaching Careers in Missouri

The turnover rate for teachers in Missouri is about 16 percent, higher in urban and some rural areas. So, for those willing to work in inner city or rural environments, job prospects are good. According to 2010 data from the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics, the mean annual salary for Missouri teachers ranges from $41,700 to around $44,000, depending on grade level. Post secondary teachers can expect to earn at least $10,000 per year more.

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