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Teaching careers start at community college
Community colleges are a great start for students seeking degrees in either elementary or secondary education.
Teaching careers start at community college
Community colleges are a great start for students seeking degrees in either elementary or secondary education.

Benefits of attending a community college

Many students will work toward an Associate in Arts or Associate in Arts Teaching degree at a community college. Both degrees offer the foundational courses needed to transfer to a four-year college or university teacher preparation program.

Save money on tuition

Attending a community college for two years allows you to complete foundational courses for a teacher preparation program while saving a significant amount of money. You can save money and apply those savings to future tuition or living costs, reducing or even eliminating the need for student loans.

Remember that tuition will be different at each community college and depends on where you live in the greater Kansas City region, as well as if you live in Missouri or Kansas state.

"Community college provides high-quality education at a fraction of the cost of a public university.”

Joe Barnhill, Student Success Manager at Metropolitan Community College-Longview

 

 

Savings Tip #1

Save money on application fees and expenses. Let TEACH Kansas City cover up to $100 of your application costs! Find out here.

Lower living costs

By attending a community college, you can also save money on living costs since you do not have to stay in a college or university dormitory. You can even continue to live at home if there is a community college close by. The money you save from living at home can be substantial.

“I love my small classes because I really get to know my students.”

Chari Shoemake, Reading Instructor at Johnson County Community College

Savings Tip #2

Save on community college costs by completing the FAFSA (Free Application for Federal Student Aid) form to apply for financial aid.

Getting around Kansas City

As a community college student, you'll need to get from home to your classes. Fortunately, there is an inexpensive way to do that by using local transportation in the Kansas City area. You can save a lot of money by not driving a car. You can even study on the way to class! Check out RideKC to download the app you need. There are buses in the Kansas City area that make stops at community colleges in both Missouri and Kansas.

“I love working with the wonderful students we have in our community.”

—Kate Austin, Assistant Professor at Johnson County Community College

 

Savings Tip #3

Lower your tuition costs! TEACH Kansas City is offering a $1,000 scholarship. Find out more here.

Courses that fit your schedule

Many students have part-time or full-time jobs, as well as family responsibilities. Community colleges offer flexible class schedules with many classes meeting during the day, evening or even on weekends. Additionally, community colleges often offer multiple sections of the same class, so you can usually find a class time that fits your schedule.

“Most of my students are first-generation college students, so each graduation brings great satisfaction when I see them one step closer to achieving their goals.” 

—Jan S. Rog, English Faculty at Metropolitan Community College-Longview

Great options in the Kansas City area

Whether you're attending college in Missouri or Kansas, you have some great choices.

If you'd like to attend a community college in Missouri, you'll be choosing from one of the campuses that are part of the Metropolitan Community College (MCC) system. MCC is one college with five campuses located in different regions of Kansas City, Mo. In order to study the foundational courses that help you reach your goal of becoming a teacher, you should study at one of these four campuses: Blue River, Longview, Maple Woods and Penn Valley.

Information regarding the Teaching Curriculum Associate of Arts degree at MCC campuses can be here.

You can take classes at one of the Metropolitan Community College (MCC) campuses whether you live in Missouri or Kansas. However, tuition costs at MCC will vary depending on where you live in the Kansas City region. Tuition and fees at the Metropolitan Community College campuses can be found on their website: MCC Tuition and Fees.

Current expenses at Metropolitan Community College can be found in the expense estimator below. Please use the appropriate residency line when determining your tuition and fees cost.

Metropolitan Community College Expense Estimator

Student Residency 

Tuition

& Fees*

Books &

Supplies

Total costs per
semester (12 credits)

In-District Resident**

$1284

$500

$1784

Out of District Resident Rate 

$2376

$500

$2876

Out of State Resident Rate (Kansas)

$3072

$500

$3572

*The tuition and fee amounts shown are for 12 credits (four classes) each semester. Your actual tuition will depend upon the number of credits that you take each semester.

**The In-District rate includes the following districts: Belton, Blue Springs, Center, Fort Osage, Grandview, Hickman Mills, Kansas City, Independence, Lee's Summit, North Kansas City, Park Hill, Raytown.

  • Kansas City, Missouri Area Community College Information and Costs

    If you'd like to attend a community college in Missouri, you'll be choosing from one of the campuses that are part of the Metropolitan Community College (MCC) system. MCC is one college with five campuses located in different regions of Kansas City, Mo. In order to study the foundational courses that help you reach your goal of becoming a teacher, you should study at one of these four campuses: Blue River, Longview, Maple Woods and Penn Valley.

    Information regarding the Teaching Curriculum Associate of Arts degree at MCC campuses can be here.

    You can take classes at one of the Metropolitan Community College (MCC) campuses whether you live in Missouri or Kansas. However, tuition costs at MCC will vary depending on where you live in the Kansas City region. Tuition and fees at the Metropolitan Community College campuses can be found on their website: MCC Tuition and Fees.

    Current expenses at Metropolitan Community College can be found in the expense estimator below. Please use the appropriate residency line when determining your tuition and fees cost.

    Metropolitan Community College Expense Estimator

    Student Residency 

    Tuition

    & Fees*

    Books &

    Supplies

    Total costs per
    semester (12 credits)

    In-District Resident**

    $1284

    $500

    $1784

    Out of District Resident Rate 

    $2376

    $500

    $2876

    Out of State Resident Rate (Kansas)

    $3072

    $500

    $3572

    *The tuition and fee amounts shown are for 12 credits (four classes) each semester. Your actual tuition will depend upon the number of credits that you take each semester.

    **The In-District rate includes the following districts: Belton, Blue Springs, Center, Fort Osage, Grandview, Hickman Mills, Kansas City, Independence, Lee's Summit, North Kansas City, Park Hill, Raytown.

  • Kansas City, Kansas Area Community College Information and Costs

    If you'd like to attend a community college on the Kansas side of the border, you'll be choosing either Kansas City, Kansas Community College (KCKCC) or Johnson County Community College (JCCC). KCKCC does offer a teacher preparation program for students wishing to pursue a degree in elementary or secondary education. You can find out more about that program on their website here.

    At JCCC, you would take core/general education courses as the foundation of your teacher education degree. Once you finish taking courses at either community college, you can transfer those courses to a four-year teacher preparation program. Many of our partner education program providers have agreements with both colleges.

    You can take classes at KCKCC or JCCC whether you live in Kansas or Missouri. However, tuition costs at either community college will vary depending on where you live in the Kansas City region. Tuition and fees at Kansas City Kansas Community College can be found on their website: KCKCC Tuition and Fees. You can also find the tuition and fees for Johnson County Community College by looking at their website: JCCC Tuition and Fees

    Current expenses at both Kansas City, Kansas Community College and Johnson County Community College can be found in the expense estimators below. Please use the appropriate residency line when determining your tuition and fees cost.

    Kansas City, Kansas Area Community College Expense Estimator

    Student Residency 

    Tuition

    & Fees*

    Books &

    Supplies

    Total costs per
    semester (12 credits)

    Wyandotte County Resident

    $1248

    $500

    $1748

    Kansas Resident Rate

    $1320

    $500

    $1820

    Kansas City Metro Resident Rate
    (Clay, Jackson, Johnson, Platte, Cass, Counties)

    $1620

    $500

    $2120

    Out of State Resident Rate

    $2604

    $500

    $3104

    *The tuition and fee amounts shown are for 12 credits (four classes) each semester. Your actual tuition will depend upon the number of credits that you take each semester. 

    Johnson County Community College Expense Estimator

    Student Residency 

    Tuition

    & Fees*

    Books &

    Supplies

    Total costs per
    semester (12 credits)

    Johnson County Resident

    $1128

    $500

    $1628

    Kansas Resident Rate

    $1344

    $500

    $1844

    Kansas City Metro Resident Rate
    (640/641 area code)

    $1656

    $500

    $2156

    Out of State Resident Rate

    $2676

    $500

    $3176

    *The tuition and fee amounts shown are for 12 credits (four classes) each semester. Your actual tuition will depend upon the number of credits that you take each semester.

Continue your journey at a four-year college/university

Even before you finish studying at a community college, you'll want to think about your transfer plans and where you want to complete your teacher preparation program. You want to make sure your transition from community college to a four-year college/university as smooth as possible. Here are some tips to keep in mind as you prepare to transfer to a four-year institution.

Tips to keep in mind when transferring

  1. Finish your associate degree.

    Studies show that community college students who complete their associate degree graduate with a bachelor's degree at a much higher rate.

  2. Plan ahead.

    Find out the requirements of admission for your desired teacher preparation program. Have a Plan B if your first choice does not work. Ask questions regarding the admission requirements if there is something that you do not understand. However, you will normally need to submit a minimum of an online application form and official transcripts from any post-secondary institution that you attended. Additional documents such as recommendations or standardized test scores may also be required. Check with your chosen program for exact requirements.

  3. Look around.

    Check out different colleges and universities both public and private. Make sure you complete your FAFSA form in order to be eligible for both government and institutional financial aid. Remember that a more expensive university might be cheaper once you compare the amounts of financial aid that you will receive. Visit different college and university campuses to see the facilities and experience the atmosphere.

  4. Know how many of your community college credits will transfer.

    Talk with your community college advisor and see if there is a transfer agreement (often called an articulation agreement) between your community college and the college/university you wish to attend. These agreements will tell you which courses you need to take to meet the requirements at a specific college or university. You should also speak with an advisor at your future college/university to confirm credit transfer and GPA requirements.

  5. Apply for financial aid.

    Make sure you complete the FAFSA (Free Application for Federal Student Aid) in order to be eligible for federal, state and institutional financial aid. You should also check with the admissions office to see if there are scholarships for transfer students like you. Pay attention to financial aid deadlines, so you don’t miss out on available money.

  6. Attend transfer student orientation.

    Every university is different, and you want your adjustment from community college to university to be a smooth transition. Transfer orientation helps you with campus resources and services as well as a chance to connect with other transfer students.