COE: Teach in 12
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Fast-track your path to a career in education.

Now is the time to share your real-world experience with the students who can benefit the most from your leadership and perspective. If you're ready to make a positive impact on the lives of students, their families and your community, choose UMSL's Teach in 12 program. We can fast-track your path to a career in education with teacher certification in as little as 12 months. Join us for our next Preview Night to learn more.

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Choose the certification that's right for you.

UMSL's innovative Teach in 12 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.

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Set yourself apart from the crowd.

  • Maximize your professional experiences in Studio Schools to achieve real outcomes with real students.
  • Get involved in community agencies making an impact throughout the St. Louis area.
  • Learn from a highly reputable faculty of innovative researchers and experienced practitioners.
  • Earn your certificate from a nationally accredited program in 12-15 months, depending on the program you choose.
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Slide 1 Teach in 12 student hopes to bring passion for the outdoors into a classroom setting
Bobby Schultz, who is getting his teacher certification through the UMSL College of Education’s Teach in 12 program, has held a variety of jobs since earning his bachelor’s degree, including a stint as a sea kayak guide in Alaska. (Photos courtesy of Bobby Schultz)
Slide 2 Teach in 12: Pivoting careers and talent where they’re needed – in the classroom
“We also knew that the population of undergraduates was declining, so in 2014 we redesigned our existing graduate level program to meet the needs of today’s working professionals.”

The programs listed here all contain the certification courses also found in the accelerated Teach in 12 program and are offered online, blended, and with local field experience and teaching practicums.

Certification + Masters:

Master of Education (MEd):

Graduate Certificate: