Department of Education
Welcome from the Department Chair
If you aim to make a difference in the world, becoming a teacher is a great place to start and Truman is a great place to learn. Truman’s roots in teacher preparation run deep. While its name has changed over time, training top notch teachers has been a primary focus at Truman for nearly 150 years. Here at Truman, you will work with wonderful professors deeply dedicated to developing some of the best teachers in the state. You will join a group of fellow students guided by a commitment to making a positive difference in the lives of their students, schools and communities. John F. Kennedy once said, “There is an old saying that the course of civilization is a race between catastrophe and education. In a democracy such as ours, we must make sure that education wins the race.” Teaching is a noble profession. Come learn it at Truman.
Dr. Pete Kelly
The Education Program at Truman
We are delighted that you are interested in the teaching profession. At Truman State University, a teaching degree is offered only at the master’s level. We do not offer a Bachelor’s in Education degree at Truman. Truman students must earn a BS/BA degree first (Elementary Education and Special Education programs accept any undergraduate degree offered at Truman). The Master of Arts in Education also accepts students with degrees from other institutions.
Truman State University offers initial certification at the master’s level. There are several courses at the undergraduate level that meet state certification requirements for teachers so it is important to meet with our Certification Analyst as soon as possible to ascertain which courses you will need to complete at the undergraduate level.
In addition, there are required field experiences in the undergraduate program, which are described on our webpage and in the Field Experiences Office (Violette Hall 2366). Therefore, it would be helpful for you to meet with a contact in the Field Experiences Office too.