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Student Teaching and Certification

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


Alternative Pathways to Certification

University of Central Missouri offers alternative pathways to certification which allows candidates to gain educator certification in the state of Missouri.  Candidates must possess a baccalaureate degree or higher degree from a regionally accredited college or university, a clear background check, a 2.75 minimum cumulative grade point average overall and a 3.0 minimum cumulative grade point average in subject area classes to pursue alternative pathways to certification. Additionally, candidates must achieve a 3.0 cumulative grade point average in their professional education classes to be eligible for certification.

University of Central Missouri has one of the highest program-specific accreditation designations in the state of Missouri.  These accreditations, which include the Higher Learning Commission of North Central Association of Colleges and Schools and the National Council for Accreditation of Teacher Education, assures the quality of our academic programs.

University of Central Missouri offers classes in the evenings, on-line, on weekends, and at Central Summit Center in Lee's Summit.   Generally speaking, it is not possible to complete alternative certification through University of Central Missouri by taking only on-line classes or classes at Central Summit Center in Lee's Summit.  Some alternative certification candidates attend classes on campus in Warrensburg at least one semester  to complete their certification requirements.  Other candidates complete substitute classes to fulfill certifcation requirements at other universities and/or community colleges with prior approval from Clinical Services and Certification staff.

Alternative pathways to certification candidates are required to complete an application for Admission to Alternative Pathways to Certification, develop an official certification requirement plan through Clinical Services and Certification, and submit a clear background check before they are admitted to alternative pathways to certification.          

The Application for Alternative Pathways to Certification provides your contact information and desired certification areas to alternative pathways to certification staff. This information is for internal use only. The application for admission to University of Central Missouri is available at

Certification Requirements for Specific Endorsement Areas
The hours listed for each certification area should be considered as the maximum hours required. Candidates are not required to complete classes required for certification if classes were already completed as part of candidates' bachelor degree.

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Student Teaching as an Alternative Pathways to Certification candidates contains information and the required applications for student teaching.


Alternative Pathways to Certification
Clinical Services and Certification
Lovinger 2170 
Phone: 660-543-8441
Fax: 660-543-8655

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