Is teaching your passion? Do you hope to shape the minds of elementary students and middle schoolers and help prepare them for a lifetime of success? Prepare for a rewarding and exciting career in education through the variety of programs offered by the University of Central Missouri’s Department of Early, Elementary, Middle and Physical Education.
At UCM, you’ll find the best Education program for you, whether you’re seeking an undergraduate or graduate degree, certificate, additional studies or professional development. That’s because the University of Central Missouri was first founded as a training school for teachers in 1871.
While today we offer a wide variety of degree programs and areas of study, our Teacher Education programs continue to be important cornerstones of our university. They’re also authorized by the Missouri Department of Elementary and Secondary Education to provide you with teacher licensure, so you know you’ll earn the credentials you need at UCM.
Mission of the Department of Early, Elementary, Middle and Physical Education
At the University of Central Missouri, our Department of Early, Elementary, Middle and Physical Education strives to develop and educate future teachers through our wide variety of degree and certificate programs.
At UCM, we believe the best way you can learn is through doing. That’s why our programs include hands-on lessons paired with challenging and captivating coursework to help you build skills you can apply in your own classrooms.
Your instructors all have experience in teaching grades K–12 and they bring their real-world, firsthand knowledge to the classroom and curriculum — and they’ll guide you through the program of your choice, every step of the way.
Dr. Ken Bias
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CAEP-accredited since 1954
Long-standing education programs
Multiple program accreditations
Supportive, collaborative environment
In-person and online class options
MO DESE-authorized for teacher licensure