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.
Our program integrates research-based best practices, one of which is co-teaching. Our teacher candidates work with PK-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 and Lindenwood University continues to revise and modify its programs according to the Department of Elementary and Secondary Education guidelines and compendium. See a list of certification requirements in other states.
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. See a list of alternatives to classroom teaching 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.