About the Education Department

Statue of Joseph BaldwinJoseph Baldwin founded Truman State University on September 2, 1867, as the North Missouri Normal School and Commercial College. Originating as a teacher’s college, Truman has a long history of preparing Missouri teachers, focusing on best practices and providing personalized attention from faculty with practical experience in public school settings.

A leader in teacher preparation not only in Missouri but across the Midwest, Truman’s Education Department is proud of its outstanding reputation for fostering professionals in elementary, middle, secondary, and special education. Accredited by Missouri’s Department of Elementary and Secondary Education, the Education Department is also recognized by the Council for the Accreditation of Educator Preparation (CAEP).

Reflecting the university’s 150+ year commitment to quality teacher preparation, we believe that deep and rigorous content knowledge, coupled with an emphasis on reflective practice, ensures that our graduates are well prepared to meet the unique challenges facing today’s educators.

While a majority of students applying for our Master of Arts in Education graduate program come from Truman, we welcome transferring undergraduate students from other institutions as well as individuals with undergraduate degrees from other schools.