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There are many routes to teaching, but the first step is choosing a program. It’s important to find the one that best fits your needs. Here are our top tips for doing just that.
There are many routes to teaching, but the first step is choosing a program. It’s important to find the one that best fits your needs. Here are our top tips for doing just that.

Teacher Preparation Program Considerations

Teaching is a life-changing profession. You need to innovate and iterate every day to serve the next generation. And to be your best, you deserve quality training and support. Answer these questions to learn more about which approach to training is right for you.

The short answer: It depends. Here are a few options:

  • Four-year bachelor’s degree programs
  • Five-year bachelor’s degree program with student teaching additions
  • Teach while earning a certification post-college graduation
  • Teacher residency program post-college graduation, plus training for one year under a mentor and receiving three years of coaching 
  • How long is training?
  • Am I a content expert?
  • What experience will I need?
  • What else should I ask?

Explore Programs

Now that you know what to consider, learn more about local programs and find the right fit for you.

  • Baker University

    The Baker University School of Education is committed to developing confident and competent educational leaders. Baker excels in providing quality programs grounded in a tradition of academic excellence in response to the educational needs of the...

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  • Donnelly College

    Donnelly College is preparing students for the challenges of teaching in the urban environment. We offer a unique perspective that prepares students for a multicultural...

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  • Emporia State University

    At Emporia State University (ESU), our teacher preparation students receive both the academic foundation and the hands-on experience needed to take on the challenges and rewards of...

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  • Kansas City Teacher Residency

    The Kansas City Teacher Residency is a teacher preparation and development program that seeks to improve educational outcomes for students throughout Kansas...

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  • Kansas State University

    As the largest teacher preparation program in Kansas, the vision of the College of Education (COE) at Kansas State University (K-State) is "preparing educators to be knowledgeable, ethical and caring decision makers for a diverse and changing...

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  • MidAmerica Nazarene University

    Located in Olathe, Kansas, just 20 minutes from downtown Kansas City, MidAmerica Nazarene University is a Christian university that nurtures a Christlike community, pursues academic excellence and cultivates a passion to serve.

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  • Northwest Missouri State University

    The Northwest School of Education is a community that embraces collaboration and mutual respect among students, faculty and staff. Our successful learning community welcomes and honors the diverse voices and talents of each of its...

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  • Pittsburg State University

    Founded in 1903, Pittsburg State University (PSU) is a fully accredited, regional university located in southeast Kansas. Pittsburg State offers 18 different initial teacher licensure programs and many graduate license endorsement...

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  • Teach For America - Kansas City

    Teach for America - Kansas City embraces the potential of reform. As we see classrooms and schools turn around, community and civic leaders feel a newfound sense of optimism about our collective power to overcome school...

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  • University of Central Missouri

    The Teacher Education Program at the University of Central Missouri (UCM) is committed to developing competent, caring and reflective practitioners who demonstrate the belief that all students can...

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  • University of Kansas

    The University of Kansas School of Education was recently ranked eighth in the nation according to U.S. News & World Report’s Best Public Education Schools, and offers future teachers several undergraduate program options for initial...

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  • University of Missouri-Columbia

    Ranked as the 30th Best Public Education School nationwide by US News and World Report, the University of Missouri College of Education (Mizzou Ed) offers degrees that prepare those interested in teaching early childhood education, elementary education, special education, middle school and...

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  • University of Missouri-Kansas City

    The University of Missouri-Kansas City (UMKC) School of Education’s mission is to recruit, prepare and support outstanding teachers, mental health professionals and administrators who will create lifelong opportunities through education for America’s diverse urban...

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  • University of Missouri-St. Louis

    The College of Education at the University of Missouri-St. Louis is one of Missouri's larger preparers of educators and an education innovation hub, bringing the best of what we know into one exciting learning space. Our scholars are committed to a research-based approach to transforming youth...

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  • WGU Missouri

    Western Governors University (WGU) is an National Council for Accreditation of Teacher Education (NCATE)-accredited leader in online teacher education, serving students...

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  • Wichita State University

    Responding to the need to produce more teachers in underserved areas in Kansas, Wichita State University (WSU) is working with school districts across Kansas to deliver the Teacher Apprentice Program (TAP), an innovative program to prepare paraeducators for licensure as Early Childhood...

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  • William Jewell College

    Teacher education students at William Jewell College acquire high-leverage teaching practices demonstrated by research to promote K-12 student achievement. Students engage in school field experiences relevant to their grade level and teaching...

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