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Clinical Services and Certification

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The University of Central Missouri has one of the highest program-specific accreditation designations in the state of Missouri. The teacher education programs are accredited through the Higher Learning Commission (HLC), the Council for Accreditation of Educator Preparation (CAEP), and the Missouri Department of Elementary and Secondary Education (DESE).

 Clinical Services and Certification staff are ready to assist you with all aspects of teacher certification and student teaching at UCM, including admission to the Teacher Education Program, field experience placements, student teaching placements, and processing applications for certification.

Teacher Certification and Student Teaching

University Faculty, Supervisors and Liaisons

Introductory Visit Observation Form - Student Teaching

MEES Rubric for the Teacher Candidate during the Clinical Experience

MEES Formative Assessment Form

MEES Summative Assessment Form

Educator Dispositions Assessment

Student Teaching Work Sample Instructions and Rubric

STWS Scoring

Field Experience Assessment Form (For use by the liaisons for FLDX 2150, FLDX 3000, FLDX 4970 and PE 4975)



Important Fall 2024 Student Teaching Dates (tentative):

Mon, Aug 12, 8:00 am - 3:00 pm - Student Teacher Orientation Professional Development (student teachers only)

Tue, Aug 13, 9:00 am - 12:00 pm - University Supervisor and Student Teacher Orientation Meeting

Fri, Aug 23 - Introductory Visit completed and submitted

Fri, Sep 6 - Formative 1 completed and submitted

Fri, Sep 27 - Formative 2 completed and submitted

Thu, Oct 10, 8:00 am - 3:00 pm - Student Teacher Boot Camp (student teachers only)

Fri, Oct 11, 9:00 am - 12:00 pm - Student Teacher Boot Camp (student teachers only)

Mon, Oct 14 - Begin 2nd Placement

Fri, Oct 25 - Formative 3 completed and submitted

Fri, Nov 15 - Formative 4 completed and submitted

Mon, Dec 9 - MEES Summative and Dispositions submitted

Thu, Dec 12 - Last day of student teaching

Fri, Dec 13, 8:30 am - 12:30 pm - University Supervisor Brunch Meeting (university supervisors only)


Important Spring 2025 Student Teaching Dates (tentative):



Don't forget that we have the CoE Faculty & Adjunct Guide as an additional resource for many of your questions!

School District Cooperating Teachers

Missouri Department of Elementary and Secondary Education (DESE) Educator Quality

Register to Create an Educator Profile

Instructions for Creating a DESE Profile


Instructions for applying for a substitute teaching certificate:

There are also step by step instructions available here: Substitute Teaching Certificate Instructions


Instructions for applying for an initial professional teaching certificate, an initial administrator certificate, an initial services certificate of license to teach:

There are also step by step instructions available here: Initial Certification Application Instructions


Information and instructions for applying for a temporary authorization certificate (TAC) or a career temporary authorization certificate (CTAC):

Certification Areas

Initial Certification Areas

  • Art, Grades K-12
  • Early Childhood, Birth-Grade 3
  • Elementary, Grades 1-6
  • Library Science, Grades K-12
  • Middle Level, Grades 5-9
    • Business
    • Engineering and Technology
    • English Language Arts (ELA)
    • Mathematics
    • Science
    • Social Science
    • Speech and Theater
  • Music, Grades K-12
    • Instrumental
    • Vocal
  • Physical Education, Grades K-12
  •  Secondary, Grades 9-12
    • Agriculture
    • Biology
    • Business
    • Chemistry
    • Earth Science
    • Engineering and Technology
    • English
    • Family Consumer Science
    • Mathematics
    • Modern Languages
    • Physics
    • Social Science
    • Speech Communications and Theater
  • Special Education, Birth-Grade 12
    • Early Childhood
    • Mild Moderate Cross Categorical
    • Severe Developmental Disabilities
Add-on Certification Areas
  • Counseling
  • Educational Leadership
  • Elementary Mathematics Specialist
  • English Language Learners (ELL)
  • Special Reading



UCM has the longest history as a nationally accredited public institution in Missouri





Clinical Services and Certification
Lovinger 2170
Tel: 660-543-8441
Fax: 660-543-8655


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