College of Education


Kathryn Chval, Dean and Joanne H. Hook Dean's Chair in Educational Renewal
John Lannin, Associate Dean, Student Success & Academic Affairs 
Christi Bergin, Associate Dean, Research & Innovation
(573) 882-7832

The College of Education, established in 1868, is the oldest teacher preparation program west of the Mississippi River. Today’s MU graduates are employed in a variety of educational institutions and non-school settings. The college serves the educational community through research-based professional practice and a variety of learning constructs applied to real-world experiences. The college is a member of the American Association of Colleges for Teacher Education. All programs are fully accredited by the North Central Association of Secondary Schools and the Teacher Education Accreditation Council.

The College of Education has a number of undergraduate and graduate programs. All programs that lead to earning a certificate by the Missouri Department of Elementary and Secondary Education (DESE) are fully approved by the State Board of Education. DESE accredits all teacher certification programs at MU. The Office of Educator Quality at DESE is working with representative stakeholder groups to redesign the standards for educator preparation including certification requirements. These changes and implementation schedule are communicated to students through individual advising sessions or other university communications.

Academic Policy Manual

Policies for Undergraduate and Graduate Education majors can be found in the Faculty and Academic Policy Manual.   Admission requirements to Phase II for Undergraduate & Initial Teaching Certification can also be found in the Faculty and Academic Policy Manual, page 55.

Student Success and Academic Affairs

The College of Education offers services to assist students interested in pursuing coursework in Education. The following offices support students in the College of Education.

Academic Advising


Career Services






Recruitment and Retention Initiatives


Global Engagement


Scholarship Services


Teacher Education


**Permission numbers for the BSEd degrees available in 202 Townsend. 

Field Experience


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Expand your career opportunities by pursuing graduate studies in the MU College of Education. A range of online and face-to-face professional and graduate education degrees and certificates are available.

Our faculty members provide a rich environment through their innovative teaching and cutting-edge research.. Choosing the right college for graduate studies is not an easy or simple decision. We welcome you to visit our website or the MU Columbia campus (for face-to-face programs) and meet with our faculty and current students to find out more about the College of Education.

Note: Prospective graduate students must apply to both the degree program of interest and to the Office of Graduate Studies. The application process may be completed online. Find admission and application details by selecting the degree program of interest in the left navigation column.