Education Quick Facts

  • Degree offered: Master of Arts in Education
  • Majors who do an internship: 100%
  • Full-time faculty members: 10
  • Part-time faculty members: 11
  • Faculty members who have a terminal degree in the field: 90%
  • Majors engaged in research: 100%
  • Departmental student organizations: International Literacy Association (ILA), Kappa Delta Pi, Mathematics and Science Secondary Education (MASSE), National Association for Music Educators – Collegiate (NAfME-C), National Education Association (NEA), Student Missouri State Teacher Association (SMSTA), Students Supporting the Exceptional Community (SSEC)

Recent Awards/Accolades

  • Four Master of Arts in Education (MAE) students have been selected for highly competitive Fulbright Awards to teach abroad during the last three years: Brian Jacob in Germany during 2015-2016, Mia Pohlman in Greece and Heather Redel in Malaysia during 2014-2015, and Bethany Hoekzema in Greece during 2013-2014.
  • Chris Holmes (’90), a journalism teacher at Hazelwood West High School, was recognized as Missouri’s Teacher of the Year for 2014-2015.
  • Jamie (Smith) Manker (’98, ’00), a social studies teacher and department chair in the Rockwood School District, was one of 50 finalists in the world for the Global Teacher Prize. In 2013-2014 Manker was the Missouri Teacher of the Year.
  • A recent graduate of Truman’s MAE program, Jessica Hill, was recognized as an Outstanding Beginning Teacher by the Missouri Association for Colleges for Teacher Education (MACTE).
  • Brian Santos (2005, Spanish; 2006, MAE) was named Francis Howell School District Teacher of the Year for 2015 and won the Distinguished Foreign Language Association of Missouri in Fall of 2015.

Financial Assistance

  • Want to teach math and physics at the high school level? Pursue a double major in Mathematics and Physics at Truman and 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.
  • If you have a strong commitment to a future in teaching, ask us about the federal TEACH Grant that can help you pay for college if you plan to become a teacher in a high-need field in a low income area.


  • Collaborate with faculty from your undergraduate area of study and with faculty in the Education department.
  • Typically candidates can complete the MAE in one summer plus another academic year depending on the number of courses taken in a semester. The program is designed as a one-year (including summer) initial certification program.
  • Prepare for initial teacher certification through our graduate program. Prior to entering the MAE, receive a high level of knowledge in the subject you want to teach by completing a bachelor’s degree in a content field with a strong liberal arts background.
  • Design an academic experience that fits your dreams and aspirations by working with our certification analyst your freshman year at Truman. When you enter our MAE program, you choose the area of specialization that matches your professional goals:
    • Elementary Education
    • Secondary Education
      • English
      • Mathematics
      • Science
      • Social Science/History
    • K-12 Programs
      • Exercise Science
      • Foreign Language (French/Spanish)
      • Music
      • Special Education
  • Field Experience for Future Teachers: Opportunities to work with students in classrooms and other learning environments are embedded throughout the Education curricula with a culminating teaching internship experience.
  • Complete five prerequisite courses during your undergraduate years to prepare for entrance into the MAE. You’ll have access to advising in the Education Department while you complete your bachelor’s degree, along with opportunities to get experience in a variety of different classroom environments!

Internships and Study Abroad

  • Future Teachers Living and Learning Community: Those pursuing the Pre-Master of Arts in Education during undergrad can opt to live with other Education students in Dobson Hall. Connect with your peers, Education faculty and teaching-related programs!
  • Internship experiences are available through approved Missouri School Districts; approved districts in Kansas, Illinois and Iowa, and through the Department of Defense Dependent Schools (DoDDS).
  • Many of our graduate students secure internships that are full-year, paid positions. These positions provide a first-year, teacher of record experience with the support of university supervisors as the culminating experience of the graduate program.
  • Teach abroad through a variety of programs! During your completion of the MAE program, you can pursue a teaching internship in China or Germany.

Admission to Master of Arts in Education (MAE) Program

  • Before applying for admission to Truman’s MAE program, prospective teachers will need to complete a strong liberal arts and sciences undergraduate degree in the major of their choice at Truman or another institution (or you can also transfer to Truman prior to earning your bachelor’s degree).
  • Students who wish to apply to the MAE typically apply during their senior year at Truman.
  • The Education faculty ensure individual mentoring to guide you every step of the way.

After the Degree

  • Want to work outside Missouri? Complete the MAE and receive your certification from the state of Missouri, then work with our certification analyst to begin the process of certification in another state.
  • Truman MAE graduates fair quite well in comparison to their peers in regards to internship and job placement. Gain recognition for increased competency in teaching!


Contact Truman’s Department of Education at 660-785-4836.

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