Outside view of the Lovinger building


Student Teaching and Certification

Clinical Services and Certification

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 responsible for all aspects of teacher certification and student teaching at UCM which includes admission to the Teacher Education Program, field experience placements, student teaching placements, and processing applications for certification.


Teacher Certification and Student Teaching

Teacher Education Blueprint to Graduation

Information coming soon

University Faculty, Supervisors and Liaisons

Cooperating or Mentoring Teachers

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

Register to Create an Educator Profile https://apps.dese.mo.gov/weblogin/login.aspx

Instructions for Creating a DESE Profile


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 or a career temporary authorization certificate.




UCM is the longest continuously CAEP accredited public institution in Missouri


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


Student Teaching
Lovinger 2170
Tel: 660-543-4880
Fax: 660-543-8655


Alternative Pathways to Certification
Lovinger 2170
Tel: 660-543-4884
Fax: 660-543-8655


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