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Today’s educators help shape tomorrow’s leaders.  As the demand increases for highly qualified educators, College of the Ozarks’ Teacher Education Program’s vision statement is the guiding force which propels students toward their goal.

Our Vision

The College of the Ozarks’ Teacher Education Program will provide innovative technique, academic rigor, clinical experience and ministry opportunities to commission faithful educators who will fulfill their calling.

Innovative Technique

By example and instruction, Team Ed will model:

  • Research-based best practices
  • Leading-edge strategies
  • Adaptability in facing instructional and curricular changes

Academic Rigor

By example and instruction, Team Ed will:

  • Create engaging, supportive, yet challenging venues
  • Provide relevancy in practice and application
  • Encourage students to cultivate a critical thinking and growth mindset

Clinical Experience

By example and instruction, Team Ed will provide:

  • Highly successful classroom settings
  • Best observation practices
  • Innovative technique application

Ministry Opportunities

By example and instruction, Team Ed will:

  • Embrace our mission
  • Faithfully educate
  • Recognize and meet needs in our community of influence

The College of the Ozarks' Teacher Education program is accredited by the Missouri Department of Elementary and Secondary Education.  Students who complete an approved program of study will be eligible for teacher certification through the state of Missouri.

Please contact the Teacher Education Department for additional information at 417-690-2150 or

Elementary & Secondary Education Degree Programs

College of the Ozarks offers courses leading to the Bachelor of Science or Bachelor of Arts degree.  Major fields of study include education in elementary (grades 1-6) with the option of middle school or early childhood add-on, and secondary education (grades 9-12 and K-12), also with optional middle school add-on in certain fields.

Elementary and secondary education degree programs offered at College of the Ozarks, which lead to certification in the state of Missouri, include:

Approved Elementary Fields

Elementary Education Grades 1-6

Approved Secondary Fields (Grades 9-12 unless otherwise indicated)

Art K-12
Music-Instrumental K-12
Music-Vocal K-12
Physical Education K-12
Social Science (History)
Speech & Theatre
World Language (Spanish) K-12

Certification endorsements are available in the following fields:

Early Childhood Birth-Grade 3  
Language Arts Grade 5-9
Mathematics Grade 5-9
Science Grades 5-9
Social Studies Grades 5-9

College of the Ozarks students who completed the professional education programs for teacher certification had a 100% pass rate on the prescribed state licensure tests for 2014-2015.  The College's Title II Report Card is available for review by request at

Student Groups

Student Missouri State Teachers Association

The Student Missouri State Teachers Association (S-MSTA) is open to all Elementary and Secondary Education majors and serves as a bridge to your teaching career. It connects you to other education majors at the college and around the state, provides an opportunity for you to network with professional educators, and helps you prepare for a career in education. The group usually meets once per month, and a schedule of meeting dates and times can be obtained from the Education Department. Meetings include guest speakers from the education field, community service projects, and involvement in campus activities such as homecoming. Education faculty serve as the sponsors for S-MSTA and encourage all education majors to actively participate in this professional organization.

Kappa Delta Pi

Kappa Delta Pi International Honor Society in Education (KDP) is committed to recognizing excellence and fostering mutual cooperation, support, and professional growth for educational professionals. KDP meets jointly with S-MSTA to encourage professional growth and is also involved in service projects and campus activities. Membership in Kappa Delta Pi is by invitation only to education majors who have completed 50+ hours and maintain a minimum overall GPA of 3.25. If you meet the qualifications for KDP and have not received an invitation to join, please contact the Education Department at 417-690-2150. Mr. Knight and Ms. Simmons are the co-sponsors for KDP and look forward to your involvement.


Welcome Back, C of O Graduates!

We trust you have found your educational experience at College of the Ozarks to be valuable and believe you are well-prepared for your career as a teacher. It is our desire to keep in touch and continue to be a resource for you. 

Please feel free to contact us at the e-mail link below. We look forward to receiving your comments, updates in personal and professional information, and/or questions regarding various aspects of the teaching profession.

Looking for a teaching position? 

If you have any questions, please contact the Education Office at:
Phone: 417-690-2150

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