The University of Central Missouri has been preparing teachers to enter the classroom with competence, confidence and care since 1871. Enroll in one of our time-tested yet forward-thinking Secondary Education teacher training programs to change generations of young people’s lives and build a rewarding career as a high school educator.
Our Secondary Education degree programs lead to Missouri teaching certification for grades 9–12 in your chosen content area. We emphasize hands-on learning with generous time on site in our partner high schools in rural, suburban and urban settings. Work closely with our expert faculty to develop your leadership and teaching skills as you gain mastery of the content.
Carry forward the UCM tradition of teaching excellence
CAEP-accredited since 1954
Affordable, respected degrees
100% placement in many disciplines
Train in a range of school environments
Small class sizes
UCM is proud to offer the state’s longest continuously nationally accredited teacher education program, and our high standards don’t stop at academics. Our Secondary Education degree programs offer a supportive, student-centered environment and emphasis on experiential learning.
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The University of Central Missouri’s Secondary Education programs will qualify you to teach your chosen discipline to high school students, and in some cases to the broader range of K–12 learners. You’ll be certified to teach in all Missouri school districts and you’ll be well-prepared to sit for professional certification in other states — UCM graduates can be found leading classrooms across the country.
New teachers with UCM Secondary Education degrees are sought-after by schools statewide. All of our disciplines enjoy extremely high placement rates, and students frequently receive multiple job offers even before graduation. Many graduates return to UCM for advanced degrees when they’re ready to pursue leadership roles in their school or district.