Teachers play an integral role in the intellectual and social development of children.
They determine future prospects of students while 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
Observe and evaluate 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
Our teacher education program leads to an Associate in Arts Teaching (A.A.T.) 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 program 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.
All MCC Education courses are offered either through MCC Online or through a Hybrid/virtual format with limited required live Zoom meetings.
The Missouri Department of Elementary and Secondary Education has created the following
reports to show shortages in areas and recruitment and retention:
Under the Teacher Loan Forgiveness Program, if you teach full time for five complete and consecutive academic years in a low-income
school or educational service agency, and meet other qualifications, you may be eligible
Transfer made simple
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.
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. View the
MCC education course transfer equivalent chart, indicating how all MCC Education classes transfer to most of our partner institutions.
Check with your transfer school and your MCC academic advisor for the most accurate and timely transfer information.
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!