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.