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Teacher Education Department


Why Teacher Education?

There are a multitude of reasons why teachers choose their profession.

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 their students represent the future.  Often they have had one or more significant teachers in their lives who impacted them in a positive way. Now, those students want to pay it forward by becoming teachers and making a difference in their students' lives.



About our Department

The MSSU Teacher Education program is nationally accredited and comprised 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 P-12 education.  They care about our students, make time for them, and have their best interests at heart.

Missouri Southern Students will:

  • attend small classes and receive personal attention from their professors
  • have the opportunity to participate in community service and internships that give them classroom experience
  • graduate being prepared to step into the classroom and teach from day one; participate in active, hands-on lessons using the newest technology and create real-world projects that are classroom-ready


"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, Assistant Superintendent of Operations-Joplin Schools

 "MSSU consistently graduates teachers prepared to make a positive difference in the lives of our students." 

Dr. Stephen Gilbreth, Principal, Joplin High School

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

Dr. Kathy Tackett, Assistant Superintendent of Curriculum and Instruction-Carl Junction Schools

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


Contact the Department

Jeri Goswick

Department Chair


Taylor Hall, 225