The NCMC Teacher Education Program offers an appropriate course of study for individuals pursuing a career in teaching. Majors vary based on individual career goals and discipline interest. The Associate in Arts in Teaching (AAT) degree is a two-year transfer degree for pre-service teacher candidates preparing to obtain a 4-year degree in Education. This is a pre-licensure program. To be licensed by the State of Missouri as a teacher, the student will need to complete additional education or alternate certification.

The mission of the Teacher Education program at NCMC is to prepare pre-service teacher candidates with the skills necessary to establish a safe, productive learning environment for students where critical-thinking, authentic learning experiences, and a visible passion for the elements defining the life-long learning process will be fostered.  Our Associate in Arts in Teaching (AAT) degree combines general education course requirements with teacher education coursework and recommended electives to satisfy a 63-credit hour minimum requirement.



EN101English I3
SP175Speech Communications3
MT121Math Requirement OR
MT122Math Requirement3
PY121General Psychology3
BT160Microcomputer Applications I3
CS102College Seminar Requirement1


EN102English II3
ED201Teaching Prof. w/ Field Exp.3
AR104Fine Arts Requirement OR
MU109Fine Arts Requirement3
BI100Life Science Requirement5
HI103American History I3



ED265Multicultural Education (Humanities)3
Humanities Requirement (Lit or FL)3
Physical Science Requirement*4 or 5
ED200Foundations of Education in a Diverse Society3
PL216National Government3
Total16 or 17


ED270Educational Psychology3
ED275Educational Technology3
Elective Course3
Elective Course3
Elective Course (If needed)0 or 1
ED295Education Capstone1
Total13 or 14

*Please see your advisor or the NCMC Academic Catalog for specific course choices in each area.

  • Dual credit/Transfer credit – This plan is designed for students with no dual or transfer credit. Consider any prior college credit to avoid repeating coursework. We will need official transcripts for these courses.
  • Developmental Studies – This plan assumes that the student does not need to take Developmental Studies courses. Placement test scores determine whether or not the student will need to complete Developmental Studies courses. You can learn more about Developmental Studies courses in the NCMC Academic Catalog.
  • Tracking classes – It is very important to meet with your advisor prior to enrollment every semester. Your advisor will be sure that you are staying on track to graduate, taking appropriate courses that will transfer, meeting transfer requirements, and remain eligible for any financial aid.
  • Financial Aid – Financial Aid can be affected by the number of credit hours you take each semester. Speak with a Financial Aid Representative if you have questions or want to withdraw from a class.
  • Changes – Keep your advisor informed of any degree changes or future educational goals. If you start to struggle, your advisor can assist you in developing a plan to get you back on track!


  • Demonstrate an understanding of the central concepts, structures, and tools of inquiry of the discipline(s) and work to create learning experiences that make aspects of subject matter meaningful and engaging for students.
  • Demonstrate an understanding of how students learn, develop, and differ in their approaches to learning, while effectively creating learning opportunities that are adapted to diverse learners to support the intellectual, social, and personal development of all students.
  • Demonstrate an awareness of the importance of long-range planning and curriculum development to further equip them in developing, implementing, and evaluating curriculum based upon student, district, and state standards data
  • Demonstrate both awareness and quality use varied instructional strategies and resources to encourage students’ critical thinking, problem solving, and performance skills
  • Demonstrate an understanding of individual/group motivation and behavior to create a learning environment that encourages active engagement in learning, positive social interaction, and self-motivation
  • Demonstrate effective verbal, nonverbal, and media communication techniques with students, colleagues, and families to foster active inquiry, collaboration, and supportive interaction in the classroom
  • Demonstrate an understanding of the importance of assessment through both formative and summative assessment strategies to assess the learner’s progress to further devise instruction enabling students to grow and develop
  • Demonstrate critical reflection as a practitioner who continually assesses the effects of choices and actions on others, while seeking out opportunities to grow professionally in order to improve learning for all students
  • Demonstrate an understanding of effective working relationships with all members of the learning community and engages appropriately with students, parents, school colleagues, and community members.


As part of the Teacher Education Program at North Central Missouri College (NCMC), teacher candidates will be part of the work of community agencies, activities, and before and after-school programs that service children. Candidates will also be required to complete field experience observations in public schools. These entities have policies related to who may enter and work in their contexts. NCMC and the NCMC Teacher Education Program respect those policies and our students will be expected to adhere to those policies. It is also the candidate’s responsibility to discuss with any agency, program, or school what they require for entrance onto their site. School districts make final decisions regarding background checks and granting permission to participate in their programs.

Teacher candidates are required to pass/clear, and have on file with the Coordinator of Teacher Education, a current background check before they are allowed to enter any public school to complete field experience. Copies of background checks must be offered to all schools visited. Successful completion of the field experience component is a graduation requirement.

The Teacher Education Department uses AccuSource for background checks. The cost of each background check is $17 and is included in the course fee for ED201 Teaching Profession with Field Experience. ED201 is usually the first course teacher candidates take in their core education sequence.

Please note that in the State of Missouri, all those pursuing teacher certification must submit to a federal and state background check, including the submission of fingerprints. Additional criminal background checks and/or fingerprinting may be required during student teaching.


Teacher Education Instructor
[email protected]
(660) 357-6349

guy Geyer Hall



Choose from over 30 degree options in nine career and academic areas.

Choose from over 30 degree options in nine career and academic areas.