The Missouri Western State University Teacher Education Program is accredited by the National Council for Accreditation of Teacher Education (NCATE), as recognized by the Council for the Accreditation of Educator Preparation (CAEP), and by the Missouri Department of Elementary and Secondary Education (DESE).

The Department of Education offers accredited programs for Initial Licensure in the following areas:

The Department of Education offers Missouri DESE approved additional “add-on” licensures in the following areas:

  • Early Childhood-Special Education (birth to grade 3);
  • Early Childhood Education (birth to grade 3);
  • Special Reading (K-12); and
  • English Language Learners (ELL) (K-12).

All degree programs satisfy the appropriate requirements for teacher certification as established by the Missouri Department of Elementary and Secondary Education.

To be certified to teach, students must fulfill all degree requirements, achieve a passing score on the appropriate Content Area Assessment as mandated by the Missouri Department of Elementary and Secondary Education, and according to section 168.031 of the Missouri School Laws, present evidence of good moral character.