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:
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
Around $40,000 per year (2022).
That depends. Each state has its own certification requirements. It is best to check out the state and the institution that you want to transfer to before taking your education classes at MCC. If you receive your teacher’s certificate in the state of Missouri, you can transfer to other states provisionally. The state of Missouri has reciprocity agreements with Kansas, Nebraska and Iowa
Set up an appointment with an academic advisor and they will help you build a pathway toward completing coursework at MCC and then transferring to a teacher education program to complete the remainder of your teacher certification requirements. You can also contact one of the full-time education instructors at MCC.
One of the courses (EDUC 201: The Teaching Profession with Field Experience) has a 30-hour observation requirement. If desired, students can choose placements in different schools, different grade levels, and different subjects to complete this requirement -- a great way to explore options!
There will always be a need for teachers in our society. You will have opportunities to do other work besides teaching in the classroom. You will have a set schedule of working during the day and throughout the year. You will have breaks (winter, spring, and summer). Public school teachers in Missouri have a strong retirement system. The biggest benefit to being a teacher, though, is making a difference in the lives of students and the community!