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Upon completion of the Missouri DESE requirements for certification under the Provisional Certification, UMSL will recommend the candidate for the Initial Professional Certificate. This program provides a route to certification in Elementary School Counseling [K-8]. The Provisional Certification allows you to work within the school system while earning your regular Initial Professional Certification in Elementary School Counseling. DESE required coursework is offered as graduate level courses with the minimum hours required, and an advisor assists you with each step.