Welcome to the Department of Teacher Education! We offer many different initial certification programs in a variety of formats including traditional undergraduate day classes as well as evening courses for working adults. If you have already earned an undergraduate degree, the Master of Arts (MAT) in Teaching degree is for you. Our MAT cluster program allows you to attend classes just one night a week and earn three classes of credit.
Our program integrates research-based best practices such as co-teaching. Our teacher candidates work with K-12 students in schools but also in summer camps and after school tutoring. In a survey administered by the Missouri Department of Elementary and Secondary Education, over 82% of Lindenwood alumni in public school teaching jobs reported they were well prepared or very well prepared in their first year.
The requirements to become a certified teacher have changed drastically in the past few years. This chart outlines the previous and new requirements for Missouri initial teacher certification. For a list of certification requirements in other states, click here.
For specifics about our field experiences and portfolio requirements, please see the handbooks page.
We offer the following certifications at both the undergraduate and graduate (MAT) levels:
- Early Childhood Education
- Early Childhood Special Education
- Elementary Education
- Middle School Education
- Secondary Education
- K-12 Certification Areas
- Special Education
If you already hold teacher certification and are interested in our advanced certification or other programs, please see these websites:
Careers for individuals with education degrees are diverse. For a list of alternatives to classroom teaching, click here.
Involvement in teacher education at Lindenwood also presents the opportunity for networking and professional development through the university’s Tau Phi chapter of Kappa Delta Pi, the international honor society in education, our award-winning Collegiate DECA chapter, and Council for Exceptional Children.
Kappa Delta Pi
This very active organization provides teacher education students with opportunities for community and campus service, networking, support, and monthly professional development. The members provide service and support for events like Dark Carnival, Christmas Walk and Autism Walk. Students involved in KDP are actively involved with KDP’s international Literacy Alive mission, and the continue to celebrate the mission by reading in school classrooms annually during reading month. Student members and the faculty advisor travel to KDP International’s biennial convocation to receive recognition.
Our chapter and members have been recognized internationally in competition. Our attributes and values describe DECA’s priorities and standards. We value competence, innovation, integrity, and teamwork. DECA’s programs promote the latest technology and application of cutting edge educational research. DECA is organized into two unique student divisions with programs designed to address the learning styles, interests, and focus of its members.
Council for Exceptional Children
Our Student Council for Exceptional Children is an active chapter of the international professional organization, The Council for Exceptional Children. CEC is known as THE source for information, resources, and professional development for special educators. Through the vision and dedication of more than 27,000 members, CEC sets the stand for high quality education for children and youth with exceptionalities.
Missouri Education Preparation Programs Engagement Helps Reshape State Report Card
An article coauthored by Beth Kania-Gosche, Assistant Dean in the School of Education
When the Missouri Department of Elementary and Secondary Education first presented a plan for its Annual Program Reports for Education Preparation Programs, it was met with “collaborative resistance” from teacher educators. Beth Kania-Gosche and Daryl Fridley report on the progress achieved since then on not only the report cards but other statewide projects made possible by strong advocacy and communication among state agencies, teacher educators, and PK-12 representatives.