Program additions support workforce needs

Missouri Western is adding several new programs to meet student demand and the workforce needs of northwest Missouri.

A new master’s degree beginning this fall will address the region’s teacher shortage. Students who successfully complete the Master of Arts in Teaching-Secondary (M.A.T.) will be certified to teach a secondary school subject in Missouri.

“The Master of Arts in Teaching provides a great opportunity for college graduates who might be looking to make a career change to enter the field of education,” said Dr. Susan Bashinski, interim dean of the Graduate School at Missouri Western. “Graduates of our program will earn initial State of Missouri teacher licensure in secondary school subject areas along with their master’s degree.”

The Master of Arts in Teaching-Secondary program is designed for college graduates with degrees in a secondary school curriculum area. It equips students to be effective teachers, professionally prepared to educate a diverse student population. Graduates can be certified to teach grades 9 through 12 in biology, business, chemistry, English, health, mathematics, social studies and speech and theatre, or grades K through 12 in art, music-instrumental, music-vocal, physical education and Spanish.

For more information, visit, email or call the Graduate School at (816) 271-4394. 

Missouri Western has also received approval for two new bachelor’s degree programs with growing workforce demand – Bachelor of Science in Respiratory Therapy and Bachelor of Science in Cybersecurity – and a certificate in Early Childhood Education. 

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