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Alternative Pathways to Certification


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. 


Earn a Graduate Degree While Working Toward Certification 

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:

  • possess a bachelor or higher degree from a regionally accredited university
  • have a clear background check within the past calendar year
  • a minimum undergraduate 2.75 cumulative grade point average overall
  • a minimum undergraduate 3.00 cumulative grade point average in the content area in which you want to obtain certification

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.

Undergraduate and Non-Degree Seeking Options

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. 

Requirements for Admission to Alternative Pathways to Certification

  • Complete a Request for a Transcript Evaluation.
    • This is not an application for admission. 
  • Request official transcripts be sent to our office from their issuing institutions.
    • Mail official transcripts or copies of official transcripts for all academic institutions attended to Clinical Services and Certification, Attn: Alternative Pathways, Lovinger 2170, University of Central Missouri, Warrensburg, MO 64093.  All international transcripts must be evaluated by an approved credentialing agency.
    • There is a $30 transcript processing fee. Please mail a check or money order payable to Clinical Services and Certification, Attn: Alternative Pathways, Lovinger 2170, University of Central Missouri, Warrensburg, MO 64093. We are unable to accept electronic payments at this time.
  • Once your transcripts have been evaluated, you will be contacted by email to schedule a meeting with the Director of Clinical Services and Certification to discuss your certification options.

Alternative Pathways Clinical Experience Request

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


Bill Runyan
Lovinger 2170
Tel: 660-543-4881


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