Missouri Teacher Colleges and Degrees Online Guide

This guide to teacher schools in Missouri provides essential information to help you research options for pursuing a career as a teacher. Aspiring teachers must complete an accredited program in order to obtain a teaching degree in Missouri. Scroll down to find a list of accredited teacher preparation programs as well as student reviews of Missouri teaching schools. Whether you are a first-time college student or are in need of a career change, this guide can help you find a program that fits your goal of becoming an educator.

School Facts:

  • There are 54 colleges and universities with teacher degree programs in Missouri.1
  • 30 colleges and universities offer a master’s or advanced degree in education.1
  • Highest graduation rate*: Truman State University, 74%.1
  • Highest transfer-out rate*: Lindenwood University, 59%.1
  • Highest net price per year*: Saint Louis University, $33,572.1
  • Lowest net price per year*: Missouri Southern State University, $8,143.1
  • Annual undergraduate tuition range for teaching degree programs in Missouri*: $6,739-$$44,841.2
  • Three schools in the Kiplinger’s Best Values in Public Colleges in 2013: Truman State University (19), University of Missouri-Columbia (66), Missouri University of Science and Technology (100).
  • Three schools ranked in US News National Universities Rankings in 2013 (top 100): Washington University in St. Louis (14), St. Louis University (92), University of Missouri (97).
  • 21 teacher programs are accredited by the NCATE, TEAC, or CAEP (see below).*

*For 4-year colleges and universities with teacher degree programs.

Profiles of Well-Known Schools

University of Missouri: The Teacher Education Program at the University of Missouri covers all areas of education and teaching & learning, including early childhood, elementary, middle school, secondary, with specialty focuses in art, music and special education. Students arrive on the Mizzou college campus ready to take part in one of the most expansive and well-put together teaching programs offered within the United States. Bachelor of Science degree programs offer coursework in teaching and learning with a student-faculty ratio of just 15:1, lower than most state universities. The Mizzou School of Education also confers degrees at the master and doctoral levels for students interested in working in the field of education and already existing teaching professionals who desire to advance.

Southeast Missouri State: Each year the mission of Southeast Missouri State College of Education stays the same, because it is the foundation for the program’s success. The mission states that it prepares and sustains remarkable leaders in teaching, counseling and educational leadership. Departments within the program are categorized by discipline and focus, including educational leadership, elementary and early special education, and middle or secondary education. Secondary education may focus on a variety of disciplines, from art to physics, but the overall goal of the program is the same as that of elementary school education, to succeed as an educational leader. The school confers degrees at the bachelor, master and doctoral levels and caters to students of all backgrounds, demographics and work experience. Continued education for working professionals is available to obtain specific credentials in the field.

Top-Rated Teacher Preparation Programs

The National Council on Teacher Quality (NCTQ) evaluated 1,100 college programs around the US that prepare teachers for a professional career in the classroom (Teacher Prep Review 2013 Report). Two teaching programs in Missouri made the NCTQ’s “honor roll” of a three-star rating or higher. Read more about the NCTQ Teacher Prep Review 2013 Report.

The following teacher preparation programs in Missouri received the highest ratings by the National Council on Teacher Quality:

    Missouri State University (Undergraduate Elementary) 3stars
    Missouri University of Science and Technology (Undergraduate Secondary) 3-5stars
    Missouri State University (Undergraduate Secondary) 2-5stars
    Truman State University (Graduate Secondary) 2-5stars
    Missouri Valley College (Undergraduate Secondary) 2stars

The following reviewed schools were cited as problematic (no stars):

    Missouri Baptist University (Undergraduate Elementary) 0stars
    Missouri Western State University (Undergraduate Elementary)0stars

Teacher Preparation Programs Accredited by the NCATE, TEAC, or CAEP

  • Drury University
  • Evangel University
  • Fontbonne University
  • Harris-Stowe State University
  • Lincoln University
  • Maryville University of Saint Louis
  • Missouri Baptist University
  • Missouri Southern State University
  • Missouri State University
  • Missouri Western State University
  • William Carey University
  • Northwest Missouri State University
  • Rockhurst University
  • Saint Louis University
  • Southeast Missouri State University
  • Truman State University
  • University of Central Missouri
  • University of Missouri-Kansas City
  • University of Missouri-Saint Louis
  • Webster University
  • William Woods University

Read more about the CAEP, NCATE, and TEAC accrediting bodies.

School Programs for Becoming a Teacher in Missouri

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Schools with Teaching Degree Programs in Missouri

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Avila University
11901 Wornall Rd
Kansas City, MO 64145-1698
(816) 942-8400

Baptist Bible College and Graduate School
628 E Kearney
Springfield, MO 65803-3498
(417) 268-6060

Calvary Bible College and Theological Seminary
15800 Calvary Road
Kansas City, MO 64147-1341
(816) 322-0110

Central Methodist University-College of Liberal Arts & Sciences
411 Central Methodist Square
Fayette, MO 65248-1198
(660) 248-3391

College of the Ozarks
Point Lookout, MO 65726-0017
(417) 334-6411

Cosmetology Concepts Institute
1611 Burlington Street Suite A
Columbia, MO 65202
(573) 449-7527

Crowder College
601 Laclede Ave
Neosho, MO 64850
(417) 451-3223

Culver-Stockton College
1 College Hill
Canton, MO 63435-1299
(573) 288-6000

Student Review: “Going to school at CSC was a wonderful experience. Their courses for education were challenging to me but the teachers were always willing to give an extra hand and there were tutors available to anyone who needed them. It was very obvious that the teachers and their aides had real life experience in the fields they were teaching in and the students really benefited from their expertise. The class sizes were exceptionally small, with most having only two dozen or so students. I remember the biggest class I had to take only had three dozen students but it was handled so well and the teacher offered extensive office hours and you were left feeling like it was a much smaller class. There was also a fantastic selection of fine arts events on campus that ranged from guest artists to performance groups and these were held weekly for all of the students. This is a religious college so there are required theology classes to take before you can graduate but these are few and they cover many religions as well as Christianity, which the college is founded on. The option to not take these would have been nice, but the classes themselves were very educational. In all, I loved my time at CSC and I really felt like the things I learned have helped me be a better teacher.” -Student at Culver-Stockton College

Drury University
900 N.Benton
Springfield, MO 65802-3791
(417) 873-7879

East Central College
1964 Prairie Dell Rd
Union, MO 63084
(636) 583-5193

Evangel University
1111 N Glenstone
Springfield, MO 65802
(417) 865-2811

Fontbonne University
6800 Wydown Blvd
Saint Louis, MO 63105-3098
(314) 862-3456

Hannibal-Lagrange College
2800 Palmyra Rd
Hannibal, MO 63401-1999
(573) 221-3675

Independence College of Cosmetology
815 W 23rd St
Independence, MO 64055
(816) 252-4247

Jefferson College
1000 Viking Dr
Hillsboro, MO 63050-2440
(636) 797-3000

Lincoln University-Jefferson City
820 Chestnut
Jefferson City, MO 65102-0029
(573) 681-5000

Lindenwood University
209 S Kingshighway
Saint Charles, MO 63301-1695
(636) 949-2000

Maryville University of Saint Louis
650 Maryville University Drive
Saint Louis, MO 63141-7299
(800) 627-9855

Mineral Area College
5270 Flat River Road
Park Hills, MO 63601-1000
(573) 431-4593

Missouri Baptist University
One College Park Dr
Saint Louis, MO 63141-8698
(877) 434-1115

Missouri Southern State University
3950 E Newman Rd
Joplin, MO 64801-1595
(417) 625-9300

Missouri State University
901 S National
Springfield, MO 65897
(417) 836-5000

Missouri University of Science and Technology
1870 Miner Circle
Rolla, MO 65409

Missouri Valley College
500 E College St
Marshall, MO 65340
(660) 831-4000

Missouri Western State University
4525 Downs Dr
Saint Joseph, MO 64507
(816) 271-4200

Moberly Area Community College
101 College Ave
Moberly, MO 65270-1304
(660) 263-4110

National Academy of Beauty Arts-Farmington
670 Walton Drive
Farmington, MO 63640
(573) 756-2730

North Central Missouri College
1301 Main St
Trenton, MO 64683
(660) 359-3948

Northwest Missouri State University
800 University Drive
Maryville, MO 64468-6001
(660) 562-1212

Park University
8700 NW River Park Dr
Parkville, MO 64152-3795
(816) 741-2000

Saint Louis University-Main Campus
221 N Grand Blvd
Saint Louis, MO 63103-2097
(314) 977-2222

Southeast Missouri State University
One University Plaza
Cape Girardeau, MO 63701-9980
(573) 651-2000

Southwest Baptist University
1600 University Ave
Bolivar, MO 65613-2596
(800) 526-5859

Three Rivers Community College-Poplar Bluff
2080 Three Rivers Blvd
Poplar Bluff, MO 63901
(573) 840-9600

Truman State University
100 E Normal
Kirksville, MO 63501-4221
(660) 785-4000

University of Central Missouri
Warrensburg, MO 64093
(660) 543-4111

Student Review: “The University of Central Missouri education degree really prepared me for a teaching career in today’s workplace. The faculty are all very knowledgeable and truly care about the students. It almost feels like a family atmosphere and a small, tight-knit community of learners. One of the advantages is the size of classes are small, allowing greater faculty/student interaction. Also, the job placement rate for educators is extremely high. UCM really cares about its teacher job placement rate. The campus is extremely beautiful, well kept, and safe. It is still possible to take a walk across campus at night and feel safe and secure. One disadvantage of UCM is its location in Warrensburg, Missouri. While Warrensburg is growing, it is still a fairly small town lacking the advantages of big city life. However, Kansas City is just a short one hour drive away if you want to experience city life.” -Student at University of Central Missouri

University of Missouri-Columbia
105 Jesse Hall
Columbia, MO 65211
(573) 882-2121

Student Review: “Mizzou offers one of the prettiest campuses in the midwest, the entire campus is considered a botanical garden, so it is kept up very nicely. The academics are challenging, but not impossible, and Mizzou is very good about providing resources to help its students. Another thing that I really love about Mizzou is all the events they have for students. The first week of school they have a welcome barbecue that is a great way for new students to meet people. Greek life is very big in Mizzou, and that can be a good thing or a bad thing for some. Greek life is present in about everything you do, and when meeting someone, usually the phrase “what house are you in” comes up, but if you aren’t Greek there is still plenty to do. The dorms for the most part are spacious and well maintained. I live in a suite, so I have a lot of room, and really like having a living room to hang out with friends. I overall really enjoy Mizzou, and am happy that I came here.” -Marin S., student at University of Missouri-Columbia

University of Missouri – Kansas City
5100 Rockhill Rd
Kansas City, MO 64110
(816) 235-1000

University of Missouri-St Louis
One University Boulevard
Saint Louis, MO 63121-4400
(314) 516-5000

Washington University in St Louis
One Brookings Drive
Saint Louis, MO 63130-4899
(314) 935-5000

Webster University
470 E Lockwood Ave.
Saint Louis, MO 63119-3194
(314) 961-2660

William Jewell College
500 College Hill
Liberty, MO 64068-1896
(816) 781-7700

1. National Center for Education Statistics College Navigator: https://nces.ed.gov/collegenavigator/
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