Frequently Asked Questions About the Master of Arts in Education (MAE) Program

Currently the Education Program at Truman State University only offers a Master of Arts  in Education.
Internship experiences are available through approved Missouri School Districts, as well as a few approved districts in Kansas, Illinois and Iowa, as well as through the Department of Defense Dependent Schools (DoDDS).
Once candidates complete the MAE and receive their certification from the state of Missouri, they can work with the certification officer to begin the process of certification in another state.
Currently the MAE offers initial certification in the following areas:

  • Elementary Education 
  • Secondary
    • Biology
    • Unified Biology
    • Chemistry
    • Unified Chemistry
    • Physics
    • Unified Physics
    • English
    • Mathematics
    • Social Science
  • K-12
    • French
    • Spanish
    • Music
    • Special Education
    • Exercise Science
    • Exercise Science/Health
  • Add-Ons to Initial Certifications Include:
    • English for Speakers of Other Languages (ESOL)
    • Gifted
    • Reading Specialist
Typically candidates can complete the MAE in one summer plus another academic term depending on the number of courses taken in a semester. Our program is designed as a one-year (including summer) initial certification program.

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I initially chose to come to Truman because I was impressed with the numbers that compared well with other universities: average test scores, retention rates, job placements, rankings, degree programs, etc. I knew these statistics would provide me with a solid foundation of a well-rounded college education, and I was confident in my college choice. After arriving at Truman my freshman year, though, I realized that Truman has so much more to offer beyond our impressive statistics. We have a student body filled with individuals who inspire and motivate their peers, and a campus community that fosters life-long learning.

Deanna S., History Pre-MAE