When you pursue a teaching career, you begin an incredible journey — one that will have a meaningful impact on the lives of others. Deep and rigorous content knowledge coupled with an emphasis on reflective practice ensures that our teacher candidates are well prepared to meet the unique challenges facing today’s educators.
Truman prepares teachers for initial certification through our Masters of Arts in Education (MAE) graduate program (prior to entering the MAE program, students must complete a bachelor’s degree in a content field with a strong liberal arts background).
Truman also offers a Master of Arts in Counseling.
Pursue Your Passion
Several of the University's courses offered at the undergraduate level meet state certification requirement for teachers. Working with our certification analyst your freshman year at Truman, you design an academic experience that fits your dreams and aspirations. When you enter our MAE program, you choose the area of specialization that matches your professional goals:
Admission to Truman’s MAE Program
All prospective teachers enrolling in the MAE program must complete a strong liberal arts and sciences baccalaureate degree in an academic discipline at Truman or another institution (or you can also transfer to Truman prior to earning your baccalaureate degree). Students who wish to apply to our MAE program typically apply during their senior year at Truman. Our dedicated professors ensure individual mentoring to guide you every step of the way.
If your future plans include teaching math and physics at the high school level and you are pursuing a double major in mathematics and physics at Truman, you can apply to our Noyce Scholars Program; Noyce scholars receive scholarships and complete 11 hours of education coursework, including early field experience, in preparation for the MAE.
Field Experience That Makes a Difference
Start participating in classroom activities working with students as early as your freshman year with our Exploratory Field Experiences Seminar. Some unique internship opportunities you will find at Truman include working with the Department of Defense Education, Schuyler County R-I School District (near Kirksville), and the Clayton School District (in St. Louis).
Graduates Empowered to Make a Difference in the World
At Truman, you earn a Master of Arts in Education while simultaneously completing the requirements for teacher certification. Our graduates are well-respected throughout the state of Missouri and beyond, and many secure paid first-year teacher of record placement that fulfills the student-teaching requirements before they graduate.
Everyone is invited to attend the eye opening documentary TEACH on Nov.5 at 7pm in Baldwin Little Theatre. TEACH follows the struggles and triumphs of America’s education system through the eyes, minds and hearts of its most essential resource: teachers. A discussion will follow, moderated by our own Dr. Pete Kelly!
One of the current candidates for the Secondary English MAE, Mia Pohlman, has received a Fulbright Award for next year. Hers will take her to Greece. Mia has also been accepted into the English MA program. She plans to work on both degrees concurrently and teach ENG 190 as a GTRA when she returns.