The University of Missouri was founded in 1839 in Columbia as the first public university west of the Mississippi River. Today, with an enrollment of more than 30,000 students, 13,000 full-time employees and 317,000 alumni, Mizzou is an important investment for the state and nation.
MU students represent every Missouri county, all 50 states and 100 countries. Based on quality of teaching, research and scholarship, MU is one of only 60 public and private U.S. universities invited to membership in the prestigious Association of American Universities. AAU membership helps Mizzou attract external funding and recruit top faculty and students.
As the state’s largest and most comprehensive university, Mizzou has more than 300 degree programs, including more than 90 online options, and is one of only six public universities nationwide that can claim a medical school, veterinary medicine college and a law school on the same campus.
The University of Missouri was one of the first state universities to establish normal instruction for educators at a collegiate level, and for the past 150 years the College of Education has prepared the succeeding generations of teachers—along with policymakers, educational researchers, guidance counselors, school psychologists, administrators, librarians, user-experience experts, leaders and scholars.
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I chose Mizzou Ed because of my passion, caring and advocacy for individuals with disabilities. I never thought I would grow up and become a teacher, but now I cannot picture myself in any other major. My professors who are part of Mizzou Ed inspire me daily and force me to think deeper. Mizzou Ed truly wants you to become the best educator you can be.
- 48 monthsProgram DurationProgram duration can vary based on the number of courses taken per semester, summer semester enrollment, as well as other factors
- HybridProgram FormatCombination of in-person and online courses.
Although students choose Mizzou for a variety of reasons, most choose education for the same reason: to help all learners achieve.
Our faculty and staff are committed to ensuring that all teacher education candidates will be successful and competent professional educators. As a research-intensive institution, faculty members engage in scholarship that directly informs the practice of teaching and teacher education. Candidates have the unique opportunity to complete their coursework in classrooms equipped with state-of-the-art technology.
All the teacher education programs involve intensive field-based experiences beginning sophomore year. Both elementary and special education programs culminate in a year-long senior year internship that provides opportunities for candidates to develop strong relationships with students and staff in one school.
Approximately $550,000 in college scholarships are offered. Pell eligible students from Missouri pay no tuition or fees. Honors college students who are Pell eligible also receive housing and board costs.
Work study opportunities are available. Candidates can also choose to find employment while enrolled. Opportunities include positions with programs affiliated with the College of Education, such as, A Way With Words and Numbers and Jumpstart. https://career.missouri.edu/work-study-employment/
Early Childhood Education Birth-3
Elementary Education 1-6
English Language Learners K-12
Instrumental Music K-12
Language Arts 5-9
Mild/Moderate Cross Categorical Special Education K-12
Social Sciences 5-9
Social Sciences 9-12
Program Semesters/Steps Overview
- Phase I: The Foundation (Freshman and Sophomore years)
- General education coursework and prerequisites for Phase II are completed
- Learning theory, adolescent development, classroom management
- Field experiences at different grade levels for career exploration
- Missouri General Education Assessment (MoGEA): State of Missouri requirement
- Phase II: Specific Focus (Junior year and part of Senior year)
- Application-based acceptance to program
- Focus on specific content area
- Field experiences become more sophisticated-team teaching, lesson planning, mini-lessons
- Comprehensive job search assistance infused into college coursework during last semester on campus
- Phase III: Student Teaching (Senior year)
- Full semester student teaching internship (16 weeks)
- Early Childhood, Elementary, and Special Education experience a full year internship: Senior Year On-Site Program (SYOSP)
- Interviewing for teaching positions
- Option to apply to graduate school or MPER Scholars Program
- Hands-On Experience
All the teacher education programs at MU involve intensive field-based experiences beginning sophomore year. Both elementary and special education programs culminate in a year-long senior year internship that provides opportunities for candidates to develop strong relationships with students and staff in one school.
- Preparation for Diverse Populations
All teacher education students engage in coursework and field experiences that prepare them to work with diverse student populations, and many of the teacher education faculty are committed to social justice work and research in areas that will impact and support and these populations. The Bridge, a conversation space for students, faculty, professional staff and the community, was established to develop and expand cultural knowledge, awareness and competencies.
- Mentoring & Coaching
MU focuses on equitable teaching, content-specific knowledge, intense classroom experiences, and one-on-one technology use in K-12 classrooms. Many students also engage in undergraduate research that allows students to work with cutting-edge researchers in school settings.
Freshman interest groups (FIGs) comprise of 15-20 first-year students who live near each other and enroll in a few general education classes together. By joining a FIG, you are not only living and learning with students who share your interest and your major, but you are also gaining a built-in study group. You will be guided and supported by an upper-level Mizzou Ed undergraduate peer advisor at the same time.
- Program Commitment to Improvement & Excellence
MU is committed to continuous improvement through the use of ongoing assessment of student and faculty performance.
- American Indian or Alaskan Native
- Native Hawaiian/Other Pacific Islander
- Two or more races