Alternative Pathways to 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 Council for Accreditation of Educator Preparations (CAEP) assures the quality of our academic programs. Teacher certification programs have been approved by the Missouri Department of Elementary and Secondary Education.
Candidates with degrees not related to education can earn a teaching certificate in the state of Missouri through Alternative Pathways to Certification.
If you are seeking certification as a school counselor, click here for more information.
Requirements for admission to Alternative Pathways to Certification
- Baccalaureate degree or higher degree from a regionally-accredited college or university. Note: All foreign transcripts must be evaluated by an approved credentialing agency.
- Application for admission to Alternative Pathways for Certification. This application is used only for alternative pathways to certification. This application is not used by Graduate Studies staff for admission to the University of Central Missouri.
- Transcripts are evaluated to determine the requirements for certification in the chosen area. A fee is required for the transcript evaluation.
- An official certification requirement plan.
- A clear background check
- A 2.75 minimum cumulative grade point average overall.
- A 3.0 minimum cumulative grade point average in subject area classes
- Completion of Missouri Educator Profile (MEP) during first semester of classes
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 offers classes in the evenings, on-line, on weekends, and at UCM Lee's Summit. Generally speaking, it is not possible to complete Alternative Pathways to Certification through University of Central Missouri by taking only on-line classes or only classes at UCM Lee's Summit. Some Alternative Pathways to 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.
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