Transfer Students

So, you started your journey with another institution? That’s okay, we welcome you with open arms! Maryville’s School of Education Welcomes Transfer Students!

What’s special about Maryville’s teacher education program?

  • Fully accepts AAT general education from Missouri community colleges without question.  Accepts teacher education coursework from University of Missouri to allow matriculation as a junior, based on transcript analysis.
  • More extensive and intensive school placements than any other university, supervised by Maryville faculty, providing you many opportunities to see and practice what you learn in class.
  • Strong partnerships with area schools allowing close coordination between what you do in schools and what your professors do in classrooms.
  • Professors with much real-world experience who stay involved in partner schools and care deeply about your development as teachers.
  • Excellent placement rates in area teaching jobs along with 100% pass rates on state certification tests.
  • Nationally Accredited program allowing greater transferability to other states.

Maryville University has a national reputation for high quality teacher education programs that take full advantage of partnerships with local schools.

Program Offerings

  • Elementary:  Grades 1 – 6 with Bachelor of Arts in Education
  • Early Childhood/Elementary:  Birth – Grade 6 dual certification as B.A. or 5 year combined B.A../M.A
  • Middle School:  Grades 5-9 in Science, Social Studies, English, or Math
  • Secondary:  Grades 9-12 in Biology, Chemistry, English, History, or Math.
  • Bachelor’s degree in the content area followed by one year graduate program culminating with Master’s in Education with certification.

Maryville accepts the Associate of Arts in Teaching (AAT) degree with the 12-hour block of education courses as equivalent to the mid-preparation of Maryville University (To see a complete list of course requirements and equivalents please refer to the appropriate Degree Planning Sheet).  Students must have the minimum required GPA of 2.7.  Maryville University will hold an orientation for transfer students to make your transition as smooth as possible.

NOTE:  For students not completing the Associate of Arts in Teaching (AAT) degree, it would be to your advantage to transfer to Maryville University after your freshman year to avoid attending extra semesters as the education classes begin sophomore year. 

Education classes begin in the Fall Semester.  While students may be accepted to Maryville University in the Spring Semester, they may not be enrolled in Teacher Education courses until the fall.  Formal admission to the Teacher Education Program occurs through an application process following successful completion of the first fall semester block of classes.

Admission Requirements

  • overall GPA of 2.7 with a 3.0 GPA in education courses (“D” grades not accepted)
  • passing all sections of the College-BASE test*
  • C or higher in the required math courses*
  • satisfactory mid-preparation portfolio*
  • * requirement for students completing the Associate of Arts in Teaching Degree

International students should consult the International Admissions site for more information.


Elementary education majors must have one area of concentration of 24-28 hours. Middle Level majors’ area of concentration is 30-36 hours in English, social studies, math or science; students also have a minor concentration in literacy.  Secondary education requires a full content major followed by a 1-year master’s in education degree program. These include the hours taken in general education and usually require additional classes which may be taken at the community college or Maryville (see the AAT advising sheets).   Since the education classes begin in the sophomore year, please contact the education department at Maryville University before taking more than 30 transferable credits unless you are completing the Teacher Education AAT degree.  Working with the School of Education at Maryville will help you make a smooth transition into the education program.

For additional information please contact:

Terrence Andrews – Assistant Director
Office of Admissions