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Teacher certification program

Admission to the program . . . what's required?

Official admission to the teacher certification program (TCP) is required by the Education department for all students seeking a certification recommendation to the Missouri Department of Elementary & Secondary Education (DESE). Students should seek admission to the TCP after completing core courses.

  • The TCP packet of information will be reviewed in EDUC 100 (or EDUC 505) course. Once all items on the TCP Checklist have been completed, students must contact the Education office at their campus. (See the "Teacher Certification Program Contacts" link on the left.)
The TCP Checklist shows all of the items required for official admission to the program. They include:

Alternative Application (2014-15 Academic Year Only)

As noted on the current TCP Checklist (see above), the synthesis paper is now a TCP admission requirement. The synthesis paper project/activity is included in the EDUC 300 course beginning Fall 2014 but some students took EDUC 300 prior to this time and therefore do not have the synthesis paper. This new Alternative Application was developed as a bridge for students who meet one of the following conditions:

  • Student completed EDUC 300 prior to August 2014
  • Student completed the equivalent of EDUC 300 at another institution
  • Student is admitted to the MAT post-baccalaureate program and is not yet admitted to the Teacher Certification Program (TCP)

(Note: The alternate application is in Microsoft Word format.)

Beginning Fall 2015, there will be a stand-alone synthesis paper activity that will allow the department to eliminate the alternative application.