COE: Alternative Missouri Teacher Certification
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The College of Education (COE) at the University of Missouri – St. Louis (UMSL) understands the demand for quality and accountability in Educator Preparation programs. We strive to ensure that our program is accessible, affordable, and relevant to the needs of today’s education professionals. Our program works collaboratively with local school districts to assess the current needs of K-12 schools and how we can best serve them.

In creating partnerships with practitioners, researchers, and education innovators who are at the forefront of affecting change in their professions we can ensure that our program is directly representational of the current demands upon on today’s professionals. Whether you are in a classroom now and need certification, you are interested in Teach for America, or are thinking about education as a career field, we have accelerated programs that are flexible, experiential, and will prepare you for the classroom.

Ready to get started? Reach out to one of our friendly and enthusiastic professionals who have the resources to help you.


Choose the certification that's right for you.

UMSL's innovative Teach Residency program offers post-baccalaureate teacher certification in as little as 12 months. Aspiring candidates must already hold a bachelor's degree and must pass the appropriate Missouri Content Assessment prior to admission. Explore our teacher certification tracks below.

UMSL Teach in 12

Teach in 12
Accelerated program to earn Missouri teacher certification in three semesters and a summer of online courses, field experiences, and practicum.

UMSL Teach Residency

Teach Residency
Non-certified St. Louis City teachers of record earn MIssouri certification online in 6 semesters, includes option of MEd.

UMSL Teach for America

Teach for America
Non-certified St. Louis City teachers of record earn Missouri certification online in 6 semesters, includes option of MEd.

Temporary Authorization Certificate

Temporary Authorization Certificate
Non-certified teachers of record earn certification online with six courses over two years, with an optional MEd.