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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.