From High School Student to Teacher

Start your college experience at Truman and finish with a master’s degree in education. If you want to teach, we want you here.

Master of Arts in Education

MAE Specialty Area Requirements

Interested in teaching art?

Truman also offers two pathways to Art Certification.

Your Pathway to Becoming a Teacher

You will receive personalized advising to ensure timely degree completion. You should discuss your educational and career goals with your Truman advisor as early as possible.

Step 1:

Apply to Truman as a freshman and join us here. Then, working closely with the program director in your specialty area, you’ll design an academic experience that fits your professional aspirations

Step 2:

For most certification areas, you must major in the subject you want to teach. For example, if you plan to teach English, you should major in English. For elementary and special education certification, you are free to major in anything you like provided you meet all education course requirements established by Truman State University and the Missouri Department of Elementary and Secondary Education.

Step 3:

During your senior year at Truman, apply for the Master of Arts in Education (MAE) program. Admission requirements for the MAE program will vary depending on your selected specialty area. Note: Special Education and Elementary MAE admission are direct if you meet the four gateways.

Step 4:

Once you have met the core admission requirements for the Master of Arts in Education program (and your specialty area requirements) and have been accepted into the MAE program, you can complete the program in as little as one year for most specialty areas. MAE graduates are issued teaching certificates by the Missouri State Department of Elementary and Secondary Education.

Opportunities for Future Teachers

Student advisor

Personalized Academic Advising

The Education faculty ensure individual mentoring to guide you every step of the way.

Dorm room

Special Campus Housing Option

Our Future Teachers Living and Learning Community is our education-focused residence hall community. Live with other future educators in Missouri Hall.