Education and Teaching

Become a teacher and make a difference.

Teachers play a big role in the intellectual and social development of children, determining future prospects of students and providing the tools and environment for students to develop into responsible adults.

As a teacher, you'll be a facilitator who:

  • Uses classroom presentations or individual instruction to help students learn
  • Plans, evaluates and assigns lessons
  • Prepares, administers and grades tests
  • Listens to oral presentations
  • Maintains classroom discipline
  • Observes and evaluates a student's performance and potential
  • Grades papers and prepares report cards
  • Meets with parents and school staff to discuss a student's academic progress and any individual concerns

Our teacher education program leads to an Associate in Arts Teaching (A.A.T.) Degree. It includes introductory and mid-preparation courses to help you become a professional educator in pre-K-12 settings.

You'll also get field experience to observe and learn in a pre-K-12 classroom before transferring to a four-year institution.


Our degree is recognized by the Missouri Department of Elementary and Secondary Education and transfers to almost every four-year school of education in the state.

Transfer made simple

Many MCC students plan to transfer. Whatever your transfer destination, we'll work to make sure your credits move easily. That's why we're experts at it.

We've worked out specific transfer agreements with many four-year colleges and universities, so make sure you speak with an academic advisor before enrolling, particularly since transfer agreements can change based on curriculum revisions.

Learn more about MCC's seamless transfer

The A.A.T. Degree is a pre-professional degree that prepares students to transfer to a four-year college or university offering a Bachelor's in Education. The A.A.T. is a state-wide approved program and, when completed in its entirety, meets the requirements for the first two years of an early childhood, elementary or secondary education degree.

Career and salary information

Visit the MoSCORES website for information on MCC's programs, including length, credit hours, and wage and employment data. Search Metropolitan Community College. Note: The historical data listed is informational and can vary based on the number of credit hours students earn, local wage conditions and other factors.

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