Learn to lead the next generation with a combination of hands-on teaching experiences and in-class study from experts in their field.

Our MAE graduates are issued teaching certificates by the Missouri State Department of Elementary and Secondary Education. Want to work outside Missouri? Complete the MAE, then work with our certification officer to begin the process of certification in another state.

 

Why Truman?

  • Experienced educators are your mentors
  • Graduate in as little as one year
  • 95% six-month employment rate

Accreditation

Recognized by the Missouri Department of Elementary and Secondary Education (DESE).

Truman State University is a member in good standing of the Association for Advancing Quality in Educator Preparation (AAQEP), a national accrediting organization recognized by the Council for Higher Education Accreditation. The programs listed below have been awarded full accreditation by AAQEP through June 30, 2029. Full accreditation acknowledges that a program prepares effective educators who continue to grow as professionals and has demonstrated the commitment and capacity to maintain quality.

    Master of Arts in Education, leading to initial certification in the following areas:
    • Biology 9-12
    • Chemistry 9-12
    • Elementary 1-6
    • English 9-12
    • French K-12
    • Mathematics 9-12
    • Mild to Moderate Cross Categorical Special Education K-12
    • Music-Instrumental K-12
    • Music-Vocal K-12
    • Physical Education K-12
    • Physics K-12
    • Social Science 9-12
    • Spanish K-12

    Three add-on certification areas are also included in the accreditation:
    • English Language Learners K-12
    • Gifted Education K-12
    • Health K-12

MAE Specialty Area Requirements

Interested in teaching art?

Truman also offers two pathways to Art Certification.

Teaching Certification Programs

  • Elementary Education Certification

    • 1st grade through 6th grade
  • Secondary Education Certification

    • Biology
    • Chemistry
    • English
    • Mathematics
    • Physics
    • Social Studies/History
    • Speech and Theatre
  • K-12 Certification

    • French
    • Latin
    • Music
    • Physical Education
    • Spanish
    • Special Education

Student Opportunities

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Student Organizations

Professional organizations popular with education students include the National Education Association (NEA) and the Student Missouri State Teacher Association (SMSTA),

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Field Experience

The MAE program provides you with a variety of opportunities to participate in classroom activities working with students.

Admission Pathways

Working with your specialty area advisor, you design an academic experience that fits your aspirations. Before applying for admission to our MAE program, you will need to complete an undergraduate degree at Truman or another institution (or you can also transfer to Truman).

Getting Started

Take your first step by telling us where you are now:

• I’m a high school student and want to begin my college education at Truman > 

• I’m a Truman undergraduate >

• I want to transfer from another university >

• I have an Associate of Arts >

• I have an undergraduate degree and want to apply to the MAE program >

Financial Aid

Enrolled students taking at least six credit hours per semester are eligible for federal financial aid programs. The federal TEACH Grant can help you pay for college if you plan to become a teacher in a high-need field in a low-income area.

For more information, see our Financial Aid Resources for Graduate Studies or contact the Financial Aid Office at (660) 785-4130 or finaid@truman.edu.

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