Check out this wonderful collaboration between the chemistry department and child development center!

Join the over 100 students pursuing teacher certification at Missouri S&T!

At Missouri S&T, you’re joining a close knit learning community of future teachers. Our engaging, interactive classes are all taught by full time professors with extensive teaching experience. You’ll be in education courses starting your first semester, and start working in K-12 schools your second semester in our program. Technology badges and training are integrated throughout the program, and our graduates are highly sought after by school districts. 

Aren’t sure what you want to teach? Still deciding if teaching is for you? We have lots of options, including our new undergraduate certificate in teaching and learning, which is just 13 credit hours. Our future high school educators earn both a bachelor’s degree in their content and Missouri teacher certification, giving you options and flexibility.

We have scholarships and other funding opportunities available to cover test fees and background checks, and we’ve chosen low cost textbooks for all education courses.

We have a full time advisor on staff to keep everyone on track, and our B.S. in Education can easily be completed in four years.  Interested? Apply now and sign up for a campus visit; we’d love to meet you!

NEW FOR FALL 2024: Online graduate certificate in Teacher Leadership

Letter from the Chair

Read about our recent accomplishments from department chair, Dr. Beth Kania-Gosche!

Undergraduate Programs

Early Childhood

Early childhood graduates earn a Bachelor of Science in Education with an early childhood emphasis and are certified to teach birth-3rd grade in Missouri. We offer opportunities to observe and work with children and families at our on campus S&T Child Development Center while in this program.


Elementary graduates earn a Bachelor of Science in Education with an elementary emphasis and are certified to teach grades 1-6 in Missouri. We offer embedded Project Lead The Way certification in our STEM-focused elementary program. This degree also allows greater flexibility in customizing your education.

Middle School

Middle school graduates earn a Bachelor of Science in Education with an emphasis in the content they will teach. Middle school encompasses grades 5-9, and we have programs available in language arts, math, science, and social science


Secondary graduates earn a bachelor of arts or a bachelor of science in their chosen certifiable area and are certified to teach grades 9-12 in Missouri. As a secondary education student, you can choose from one of many concentrations.

Graduate Programs

Graduate Certificate in Teacher Leadership

The graduate certificate in teacher leadership will provide practicing educators with the skills to lead teams to improve teaching and learning; however, this certificate does not result in Missouri educator licensure.  The courses in this graduate certificate may be applied to the non-thesis Master of Science in Biology.  Other programs may accept these courses according to their guidelines.

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MS in Biological Sciences

Earn a science graduate degree that furthers your knowledge of ecosystems, molecular techniques, human biology and more. This program has a rich history of direct application that you can translate into the classroom today to teach your students how to innovate solutions to the challenging global problems of tomorrow. 

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"S&T also gave me opportunities to work in a classroom – not just at the end of the program but also in the first two semesters."

- Joey Franz '21  

Missouri S&T's Teacher Education Department helped prepare me for the classroom by putting a focus on hands-on training and stem education. At S&T, I got to not only study secondary education but also my content area. I was able to get my B.S. in Physics as a part of the program, giving me so much more depth in the content I will be teaching. In my education classes, there were many opportunities for learning how to implement STEM activities in a classroom setting. We even got to work with the local schools to bring STEM lessons to middle school students.  

The South Central Regional Professional Development Center, located only minutes away from campus, gave my classmates and I plenty of opportunities to get training on a wide range of topics to help us with our future classrooms. S&T also gave me opportunities to work in a classroom – not just at the end of the program but also in the first two semesters. This allowed me to see a classroom early so I knew what I was getting into and that it was the right fit for me. The Teacher Education Department also offered many opportunities outside of classwork to get involved in the local schools through STEM activities, after-school programs, and special events.  

One of the things I am most thankful for is S&T's flexibility when it came to where I was student teaching. S&T let me student teach at the Lee's Summit School District in Kansas City even though it was four hours away from campus. This helped me not only learn from a great district but also helped me get my first teaching job in the Lee's Summit School District. Overall, my time at S&T has prepared me not only for the classroom I find myself in today but also the classrooms of tomorrow.  

Joey Franz Class of '21 

Annual Performance Report

View our 2021 Annual Performance Report from the Missouri Department of Elementary and Secondary Education. 

Mission Statement

The mission of the Education Department is to provide high quality teachers to school districts in the south central region of Missouri and beyond.

Vision Statement

The vision of the Department is our teachers inspire the next generation of students, particularly those in underrepresented groups, to pursue educational and STEAM career fields by connecting content knowledge to real world application, while creating a safe learning space for students.

View alignment of our programs with Missouri DESE requirements.