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Teach and Become Certified at the Same Time

Many rural and urban schools in Missouri face a shortage of special education teachers and secondary school teachers in areas such as math, science, music, art and foreign language. If you have a BA or BS degree and are considering a rewarding career as an educator, why not start teaching now, while you pursue your certification? UMSL’s alternative certification programs are approved by Missouri DESE and meet all DESE competency requirements with the fewest hours possible. UMSL offers complete online graduate level course packages for certification through several alternative routes, the option to combine certification with a Master’s degree, and personalized advising to help you through the entire process. Read more to view program highlights, needed qualifications and to apply.

  • 2-year program of study for certification
  • Courses taught via online classes
  • 18-33 credit hours of coursework
  • Program of study approved by DESE
  • Requires a BA or BS degree, but no prior certification
  • Requires a 2.75 cum. GPA and a 3.00 in suject area

Alternative Certification

Contact Advisor:

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116 South Campus Classroom Building (SCCB)
p: (314) 516-7697

Certifications:
Temporary Authorization Certification (TAC)
Upon completion of the Missouri DESE requirements for Initial certification under the Temporary Authorization Certification (TAC), the candidate applies directly to DESE for the Initial Professional Certificate – UMSL does NOT recommend the candidate to DESE for the Initial Certificate – a university recommendation is not required or allowed for the TAC-to-Initial route as the TAC is an agreement between the teacher, the hiring district, and DESE. An optional Master’s degree is available with additional coursework. The TAC allows you to teach as Highly Qualified while earning your regular Initial Professional Certificate. DESE required coursework is offered as online graduate level courses with the minimum hours required, and an advisor assists you with each step.

Secondary Education

The Secondary Education Transition to Teaching Program is a revolutionary endeavor that uses technology and curriculum to respond to the critical shortage of teachers in areas such as foreign language, math, science, music, art, and computer science.

Qualification

  • To qualify for the TAC program, you must have a contract to teach the subject in which you have a degree and have applied for a Temporary Authorization Certificate (TAC) through your Missouri accredited public, private, or charter school district.
  • Need to apply for the TAC? Learn more about Temporary Authorization Certificates (TAC) by visiting the Missouri Department of Elementary and Secondary Education Web site.
  • Learn about school districts that may be hiring by visiting www.moteachingjobs.com and www.moreap.net. If eligible for the TAC or the Provisional, you may apply to any openings, even if they state certification required. Identify on the application your eligibility for the TAC.

Certification Only

Teachers with Temporary Authorization Certificates participate in an accelerated program that helps them develop and enhance skills for teaching secondary school students. At the completion of the program, the teacher may apply for regular Secondary Education Certification or Middle School Education Certification. Coursework is taught via online classes.

  • Must be employed by a Missouri School under a Temporary Authorization Certificate in Secondary Education or Middle School Education in the area of certification
  • Secondary Education Certification or Middle School Education Certification 
  • 18 credit hours of coursework
  • Prerequisites: Participants must have a bachelor's degree in the area of certification with a 2.75 (and a 3.00 in the subject area) undergraduate GPA and be employed with a Missouri school district or charter school as a teacher in the subject area of certification.
  • Participants are eligible to continue coursework toward a Master’s in Secondary Education with an additional 24 credit hours.

Certification & Masters

The University of Missouri–St. Louis has developed a Master’s of Secondary Education offered through a combination of distance learning and summer institutes. This is a continuation of the University’s already successful Secondary and Middle School Education Transition to Teaching Certification Program and is available to teachers with Temporary Authorization Certificates. Teachers participate in an accelerated program that helps them develop and enhance skills for teaching secondary education.

At the completion of the certification portion of the program, participants may apply for regular certification in Secondary Education and may then take an additional 24 graduate credit hours and earn a Master’s in Secondary Education. coursework is taught via interactive television (ITV) sessions, independent study, small-group projects, and two one-week on-campus summer courses.

  • Prerequisites: Participants must have a bachelor’s degree with a 2.75 (and a 3.00 in the subject area) undergraduate GPA and be employed with a Missouri school district or charter school as a middle school or secondary education teacher in the area of certification.

  • Must be employed by a Missouri School under a Temporary Authorization Certificate in Secondary Education in the degree/subject area.

Certification Only Schedule

Year 1
Fall SPC ED 6412 Psychology of the Exceptional Child (3 hours)
Spring Subject Area Methods Course
Summer SPC ED 6325 Advanced Studies in Classroom and Behavior Management (3 hours)
EDUC 5006 Advanced Methods of Teaching Reading in the Content Area (3 hours)
Year 2
Fall ED PSY 6225 The Psychology of Adolescence (3 hours)
Spring ED REM 6707 Classroom Measurement & Evaluation (3 hours)

Certification and Masters Schedule

Year 1
Fall SPC ED 6412 Psychology of the Exceptional Child (3 hours)
Spring Subject Area Methods Course
Summer SPC ED 6325 Advanced Studies in Classroom and Behavior Management (3 hours)
EDUC 5006 Advanced Methods of Teaching Reading in the Content Area (3 hours)
Year 2
Fall ED PSY 6225 The Psychology of Adolescence (3 hours)
Spring ED REM 6707 Classroom Measurement & Evaluation (3 hours)
ED PSY 6030 Instruction, Learning, & Assessment (3 hours)
Summer TCH ED 6010 Examining History, Community, & Social Justice (3 hours)
TCH ED 6020 Teacher Action, Advocacy, & Leadership (3 hours)
Year 3
Fall SEC ED 6415 The Secondary School Curriculum (3 hours)
TCH ED 6909 Teacher Action Research I (3 hours)
Spring ED PSY 6109 Learning & Development in Secondary School Settings
TCH ED 6910 Teacher Research Capstone (3 hours)
Summer SEC ED 6420 Improvement of Secondary School Teaching (3 hours)