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Paraprofessionals Degree Pathways


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Earn Your Teaching Degree!

Grow Your Own Future at the University of Central Missouri is an initiative created by the university's College of Education to actively support Missouri school districts and address the statewide teacher shortage. UCM's paraprofessional degree completion program is focused on removing obstacles to successful completion of a teaching degree or certification. Here, you'll find access to academic support and be able to grow your skills in a welcoming and collaborative environment. Through our cohort model, you can earn your teaching degree in approximately three to four years without interrupting your professional and personal life.

Classes are conveniently offered online and in the evenings.

Available areas of certification include:

  • Early Childhood Education
  • Elementary Education
  • Cross Categorical Special Education (grades K-12)


Nearly 80% of UCM's College of Education Alumni are teaching in Missouri schools

Online and evening classes available

97% of UCM students start their career or continue their education within 6 months

150 years of academic excellence

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For More Information:

College of Education
Grow Your Own Future
Lovinger 2190
Tel: (660) 543-4981


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