COE: Temporary Authorization Certificate - Secondary Education
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Teach and Become Certified at the Same Time

The Temporary Authorization Certificate (TAC) is a Missouri Department of Elementary and Secondary Education (DESE) certification route. The UMSL College of Education offers online coursework that meets the requirements for secondary education and special education certification. At UMSL, we also offer advisor support through each step of the TAC plan.

The TAC route to certification is for those who have been hired by a school to teach the subject in which they have a degree, or to teach special education. The TAC agreement is between the teacher, the hiring district/school, and DESE.



  • Possession of a baccalaureate or higher degree from an accredited college or university in the subject area to be taught or a closely related field (applications for a special education temporary authorization must possess a baccalaureate or higher degree) with a GPA of 2.75 or higher on a 4.0 scale.
  • Submission of a joint application verifying contracted employment with a Missouri public school district or accredited non-public school.

Official DESE information regarding the TAC can be found at: DESE TAC Requirements

Sample Plan of Courses

Upon Missouri Department of Elementary and Secondary Education approval of your TAC plan, provide a copy of your certificate and plan to your UMSL advisor.

If you are transferring into the Transition to Teaching Program with a previous Plan of Courses, contact your DESE Certification Supervisor in writing for determination of competencies met and needed. Provide your revised plan to your UMSL academic advisor.

A. Psychology of the Exceptional Child
SPC ED 6412 Psychology of the Exceptional Child UMSL
B. Behavioral Management Techniques
SPC ED 6325 Advanced Studies in Classroom and Behavior Management UMSL
C. Measurement and Evaluation
ED REM 6707 Classroom Measurement and Evaluation UMSL
D. Teaching Methods/Instructional Strategies
Subject Area Methods Course-contact your advisor
E. Methods of Teaching Reading at the Secondary Level
TCH ED 5312 Teaching Reading in the Content Areas UMSL
F. Adolescent Psychology
ED PSY 6225 The Psychology of Adolescence UMSL
G. Beginning Teacher Assistance
May be met by any Beginning Teacher Assistance Program and does not require college credit.
Missouri Content Assessments
  • Missouri Content Assessment (MoCA) in your content area
  • Test of Professional Knowledge: Secondary (test 063) OR Test of Professional Knowledge: Middle School (test 062)