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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

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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.

Special Education

Qualification

  • To qualify for the TAC program, you must have a contract to teach Special Education 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, 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 K-12 students with mild to moderate disabilities. Coursework is taught via online classes.

  • Prerequisites: Participants must have a bachelor’s degree with a 2.75 undergraduate GPA and be employed with a Missouri school district or charter school as a special education teacher.
  • Participants are eligible to continue coursework toward a Master’s in Special Education with an additional 15 credit hours.
  • Must be employed by a Missouri School under a Temporary Authorization Certificate in Special Education.
  • K-12 Mild/Moderate Cross-Categorical Certification 21 credit hours of coursework.

Certification & Masters

The University of Missouri–St. Louis has developed a Master’s of Special Education in Learning Disabilities offered through a combination of distance learning and summer institutes. This is a continuation of the University’s already successful Special 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 Special Education, K-12, Mild/Moderate Disabilities.

At the completion of the certification portion of the program, participants may apply for regular certification in Special Education and may then take an additional 15 graduate credit hours and earn a Master’s in Special Education. Coursework is taught via online courses.

  • Prerequisites: Participants must have a bachelor’s degree with a 2.75 undergraduate GPA and be employed with a Missouri school district or charter school as special education teacher.
  • Must be employed by a Missouri School under a Temporary Authorization Certificate in Special Education

Certification Only Schedule

Year 1
Fall ELEED 4246 Teaching Math in the Elementary School (3 hours)
SPCED 6412 Psychology of the Exceptional Child (3 hours)
Spring SPCED 6345 Characteristics and Education of Students with High Incidence Disabilities (3 hours)
EDPSY 6030 Instruction, Learning & Assessment (3 hours)
Summer SPCED 6325 Advanced Studies in Classroom and Behavior Management (3 hours)
ELEED 6684 Instructional Strategies for Teaching Reading (3 hours)
Year 2
Fall SPCED 6443 Characteristics and Education of Students with Learning Disabilities (3 hours)
EDPSY 6545 Consultation in Schools and Other Settings (3 hours)
Spring ELEED 6448 Diagnosis and Remediation of Disabilities in Learning Mathematics (3 hours)
SPCED 6346 Reading Instruction and Intervention in Special Education (3 hours)

Certification and Masters Schedule

Year 1
Fall ELEED 4246 Teaching Math in the Elementary School (3 hours)
SPCED 6412 Psychology of the Exceptional Child (3 hours)
Spring SPCED 6345 Characteristics and Education of Students with High Incidence Disabilities (3 hours)
EDPSY 6030 Instruction, Learning & Assessment (3 hours)
Summer SPCED 6325 Advanced Studies in Classroom and Behavior Management (3 hours)
ELEED 6684 Instructional Strategies for Teaching Reading (3 hours)
Year 2
Fall SPCED 6443 Characteristics and Education of Students with Learning Disabilities (3 hours)
EDPSY 6545 Consultation in Schools and Other Settings (3 hours)
Spring ELEED 6448 Diagnosis and Remediation of Disabilities in Learning Mathematics (3 hours)
SPCED 6346 Reading Instruction and Intervention in Special Education (3 hours)
Summer TCHED 6010 Examining History, Community and Social Justice (3 hours)
TCHED 6020 Teacher Action, Advocacy and Leadership (3 hours)
Year 3
Fall TCHED 6909 Teacher Action Research I (3 hours)
Spring TCHED 6910 Teacher Action Research Capstone (3 hours)
SPCED 6415 The Law and Special Education (3 hours)