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Student Teaching and Certification

Lovinger 2170
Warrensburg, MO 64093
Phone: 660-543-8441





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Frequently Asked Questions

I am definitely interested in alternative pathways to certification. What should I do to get started?
1. Apply for admission to Alternative Pathways to Certification.
2. Mail official or copies of official transcripts and the transcript evaluation fee to Clinical Services and Certification, Lovinger 2170, University of Central Missouri, Warrensburg, MO 64093
3. Complete an application and the admission requirements listed on the Graduate School website.
4. Access Student Financial Services website for information about financial aid.
5. Make arrangements to complete a background check or submit documentation of a clear background check to Clinical Services and Certification. 
6. When the transcript evaluation process has been completed, you will receive the email stating you are ready to schedule a meeting with the Director, Clinical Services and Certification, to discuss your certification options.
7. Contact Clinical Services and Certification staff at 660-543-8441 to schedule an appointment to meet with the Director to discuss your options for certification.

Can I complete the certification requirements for alternative pathways to certification by taking only online classes? The professional education classes required for alternative pathways to certification in middle school or high school certification areas are offered online.

Most of the subject area classes required for certification in middle school or high school certification areas are offered on campus in Warrensburg. However, substitute classes can be completed at other universities or community colleges with prior approval by Clinical Services and Certification staff.

Most methods of teaching classes in middle school or high school certification areas are offered on campus in Warrensburg. Undergraduate students pursuing education degrees are required to complete the same methods of teaching classes. However, substitute classes can be completed at other universities or community colleges with prior approval by Clinical Services and Certification staff.

Most of the classes required for alternative pathways to certification in early childhood education, elementary, and special education are offered during the day, evening, and weekends on campus in Warrensburg, online, and at Central Summit Center in Lee's Summit.

Do I need to possess a bachelor or advanced degree in an area directly related to a certification area?
No, you can choose to gain certification in any area through alternative pathways to certification.

Which certification area would require the least amount of credit hours?
If your bachelor or advanced degree is directly related to a certification area, certification in the directly related certification area would require the least amount of hours. If your bachelor or advanced degree is not directly related to a certification area, certification in a middle school subject area would require the least amount of hours.

The following are examples only. The Director, Clinical Services and Certification, determines which degrees are related and whether subject area requirements can be waived during the transcript evaluation process. The results of the transcript evaluate process will determine the specific requirements for certification in the chosen certification area(s).

1) If you possess a bachelor of science in mathematics, the subject area requirements for alternative pathways to certification in mathematics 9-12 may be waived. If your subject area requirements are waived, your requirements for alternative pathways to certification in mathematics 9-12 would be approximately 26 hours and a passing score on the mathematics 9-12 praxis II test.

2) If you have a bachelor degree in criminal justice, alternative pathways to certification in mathematics 9-12 would be approximately 63 hours and a passing score on the mathematics 9-12 praxis II test

3) If you have a bachelor degree in psychology, alternative pathways to certification in middle school language arts would be approximately 45 hours and a passing score on the middle school language arts praxis II test.

I am interested in pursuing alternative pathways to certification in early childhood education or elementary education.
There is not a short route to an initial certificate in early childhood education or elementary education in the State of Missouri. Alternative pathways to certification in early childhood education requires approximately 86 undergraduate hours while alternative pathways to certification in elementary education requires approximately 66 undergraduate hours.

Why do you need to evaluate my transcripts? Can't you just tell me the classes I need for certification?
The transcript evaluation is completed to determine the specific certification requirements necessary to reach your educational goals. Although many bachelors degrees are similar, the classes taken to achieve the degrees can be very different.

Why does the transcript evaluation process take two to three weeks?
Due to the volume of transcripts received, it usually takes seven to ten days for the initial transcript evaluation(s) to be completed.  Then, the transcripts are sent to the appropriate academic department(s) for additional evaluation.  The evaluation(s) completed by faculty in the respective academic departments are usually returned to Clinical Services and Certification staff in two weeks.  Candidates are notified by an email message when the evaluation process is complete. When the email message is received, candidates should contact Clinical Services and Certification staff by phone at 660-543-8441 to schedule an appointment with the Director, Clinical Services and Certification to discuss options for certification.    

How soon will I be able to enroll in the classes listed on my certification plan?
You must complete an application and the admission requirements listed on the Graduate Studies website. You will receive email notification when you have been admitted to University of Central Missouri's Graduate Studies. You will not be able to enroll in classes until you are admitted to the University.

How much are the tuition rates and fees to attend University of Central Missouri? The cost calculators for the different type of classes are listed below.
Cost of attendance calculator for undergraduate credit classes on campus in Warrensburg.

Cost of attendance calculator for graduate credit classes on campus in Warrensburg.

Cost of attendance calculator for online/hybrid classes. Undergraduate credit and graduate credit classes taken at Central Summit Center in Lees Summit are the same tuition rates and fees as online/hybrid classes.

Am I eligible for financial assistance to help me with my educational expenses while pursuing alternative educator certification?
You may be considered for federal financial assistance once you've been fully admitted to alternative pathways to certification.  Information about federal financial assistance is available on the Student Financial Services website www.ucmo.edu/sfs

What type of degree will I have once I have completed my certification requirement plan?
Your certification requirement plan only leads to certification in the chosen certification area listed on the plan.  The certification requirement plan is not a program of study for a degree. 

Will school districts hire me as a teacher with a provisional certificate?
Yes, there are approximately 150 alternative pathways to certification candidates teaching in school districts throughout the state of Missouri while finishing their requirements for certification in a specific area.  School districts appreciate the life skills and work experience possessed by alternative pathways to certification candidates.

Where do I find information about the Praxis II tests?  
Candidates are required to pass the Praxis II test in their certification area before receiving an Initial Professional Certificate. Information about the Praxis II test may be accessed at www.ets.org. The information accessible includes registration, test locations, test fees, required scores, minimum test scores, and sample test questions called "Test at a Glance."

When taking a praxis test, please be sure to list University of Central Missouri’s code, 6090, so University of Central Missouri Testing Services receives a copy of your test score. The Missouri Department of Elementary and Secondary Education code, 7625, should be listed as well. The appropriate Praxis II test code and minimum score for each certification area can be found at the following website

University of Central Missouri’s Academic Enrichment Learning Center, Humphreys 110, has study guides and "Test at a Glance" for the Praxis II tests. The study guides and tests cannot be checked out, but may be used in the Learning Center. University of Central Missouri’s James C. Kirkpatrick Library has Praxis II study guides available as well.

How do I add an area of certification?
Once you receive your first initial educator certificate, certain additional certification areas may be added by passing the Praxis II test related to the desired additional certification area.  The appropriate test and minimum score for each certification area can be found at the following website.

Can I receive a certificate of license to teach if I have a felony conviction in my past? 
In order for you to receive a certificate of license to teach after a felony conviction, your application must be brought before and unanimously approved by the State Board of Education.  For information about this process, contact Educator Certification/Conduct and Investigations at 573-522-8315.