The Missouri Department of Elementary and Secondary Education provides multiple pathways toward educator certification. Here at UCM, we will help you work toward those goals.
If you already have an undergraduate degree, the Alternative Pathways to Certification program can help you earn a graduate degree while you complete the requirements for your educator certification in the State of Missouri. An advanced degree will place you higher on the pay scale in most school districts and provide the educational background to help you be successful in the classroom. To be eligible for admission to the Alternative Pathways to Certification program, you will need to meet the following criteria:
The Alternative Pathways to Certification program provides hands on learning through practicum experiences in the classroom. Classes will meet in a variety of formats, including some in Warrensburg at the UCM main campus, some at the Lee's Summit campus, and some online courses. If you are seeking Educator Certification through Alternative Pathways, you will need to take some courses on campus in Warrensburg.
If you do not want to work toward a degree, and have already been hired by a school district, you will need to be certified under the requirements for a the Temporary Authorization Certificate (TAC) or Career Temporary Authorization Certificate (CTAC) . For more information on these types certification, please visit our School of Professional Education and Leadership. The TAC/CTAC is a one-year, renewable certificate for educators who have already been hired by a school district. These courses can be taken at either the Graduate or Undergraduate level.
One year before you plan to complete your clinical experience, you will need to complete an Alternative Pathways Clinical Experience Request.
The deadline for completing this request is December 1st for Fall and May 1st for Spring. If you have any questions, please contact our office.
UCM is the longest continuously CAEP accredited public institution in Missouri