Teacher Education

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Elementary Education Degree Completion Program available in Jane, Missouri!

Teachers Make a Difference!

Why teach? There are a multitude of reasons that teachers choose their profession.

Often they had one or more significant teachers in their lives who impacted you in a positive way--teachers who made a difference. 

Now those students whose lives were made better by a teacher want to pay it forward by becoming teachers and making a difference in their students' lives.

Effective teachers want to be positive role models; they have a passion for learning and want to inspire their students to love learning and become lifelong learners. They recognize that their students represent the future, and by making a difference in their lives, they can "touch the future!"

The MSSU Teacher Education program is nationally accredited and made up of faculty and staff who are dedicated to developing the best possible teachers for tomorrow's classrooms.

Our faculty and staff:

  • are experts in the field and have experience in education P-12
  • care about our students, make time for them, and have their best interest at heart 
  • help guide students through the program to completion and a career in education

Students will:

  • attend small classes and receive personal attention from their professors

  • participate in active, hands-on lessons using the newest technology and create real-world projects that are classroom ready
  • have the opportunity to participate in community service and internships that give them classroom experience

Area principals and administrators want to hire MSSU graduates because they know they are prepared to step into the classroom and teach from day one.

Administrators hire MSSU graduates:

"The Joplin School District appreciates our partnership with Missouri Southern. We know that when we get a Missouri Southern graduate, we are getting an educator who is highly trained, understands the challenges and opportunities in Missouri schools, and has a sincere desire to make a difference in the lives of children. We are fortunate to have such a highly productive teacher education program in our backyard."  

Dr. C.J. Huff, former Superintendent,-Joplin School District

"The Missouri Southern Teacher Education Program prepares teachers in many ways to be successful in the classroom.  The administration and faculty get to know their students very well, and they offer outstanding assistance so each teacher candidate can learn and gain the confidence needed to be ready for his/her first teaching assignment.  MSSU teachers are ready to contribute on day one, and they understand what it takes to work in a team atmosphere at school!"

Dr. Kerry Sachetta, Principal-Joplin High School

"MSSU consistently graduates teachers prepared to make a positive difference in the lives of our students."  Stephen Gilbreth, Principal-Memorial Middle School, Joplin School District

"The MSSU Teacher Education program is progressive and innovative in this age of educational change and produces exceptional, high-quality teachers!"

Ms. Kathy Tackett, Asst. Superintendent-Carl Junction Schools


The MSSU Teacher Education Program is fully accredited and recognized by:

NCATE Missouri Department of Elementary and Secondary Education