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You may apply online through CatPAWS or contact the Alternative Certification Office.You will then be asked to provide your resume, your transcripts will be reviewed, and program details will be discussed further.
Candidates are most successful checking with school districts they are interested in, local newspapers, and job listings on the web.
You may not be required to take the GRE. Only special education candidates must complete the GRE within the first year of the program if you plan to pursue a Master of Science in Education: Special Education upon receipt of the your initial certification.
If you are fully admitted to the Alternative Certification Program at Northwest Missouri State University and enrolled in five or more credit hours in a trimester you may apply for financial aid online at FAFSA. Northwest's federal school code is 002496. You will need to request a PIN to access this application. You will receive an award letter that lists all institutional scholarships and federal and state aid offered to attend Northwest. Upon receipt of this letter you will need to accept or decline the loans on your award letter through CatPAWS. For additional information regarding financial aid, visit the Office of Financial Assistance and Scholarships.
You will be under a two-year provisional certification with the Missouri Department of Elementary and Secondary Education while fulfilling your certification requirements.
You will receive your initial certification in the area you are seeking.
Alternative certification is a certification-only program. Upon completion of the program, you may transfer earned graduate credit hours into a master’s program of your choice. The number of hours applied to the master’s degree will vary depending on the area.
Once you have received your initial certification, you may take the PRAXIS II test or Content Area Assessment in other areas and apply for additional certifications.
You may apply for a third-year extension if you have made "adequate progress" toward completing your certification requirements. This is at the discretion of both your district and the alternative certification director.
A letter supporting the request must be submitted to DESE from each of the following: you (the candidate), your school district, and Northwest Missouri State University. Sample letters are available by contacting the Alternative Certification Office.
You may contact the Alternative Certification Office for a Final Degree Application and an Initial Certification Application.
Your bill will be mailed around the 25th of each month. Payment is due by the 15th of each month.
You can either drop a course using CatPAWs or call the Graduate office at (660) 562-1145. You are not automatically dropped from the course for non-attendance or not submitting coursework.
You may access your grades online or order transcripts from the Registrar's office.
To access your grades and unofficial transcripts online:
To order a copy of you transcript please contact the Registrar’s office at (660) 562-1596 or print a request online.
CatPAWS is an online resource for students to access class schedules, transcripts, current bills & grade reports, etc.
Email login and passwords are the same as those used for university computers on campus. Enter your new S2# only and newly created password to log on to a campus computer. This username is provided so that you can gain access to the computing services provided by Northwest. By logging onto this account, you are accepting Northwest Missouri State University's computer policies as stated in the User's Guide. Should you have problems or questions regarding your University-assigned e-mail account, please contact the Client Computing-Information Technology at Northwest at firstname.lastname@example.org or by calling 660.562.1634.
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Northwest Online is used for online courses and to supplement face to face courses.
To log on to Northwest Online: