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The Alternative Certification program is designed to prepare students to become effective classroom teachers. Special education teachers are in high demand. This two-year provisional certification program is an alternative route for candidates that have a bachelor's degree or higher and a desire to pursue a Missouri teacher's certification in the area of mild to moderate/cross categorical special education.
Interested candidates may contact the department to make an appointment for an initial audit to determine viability in the program. Students who meet the below admission requirements will teach in the area of special education in a Missouri school district while completing a program of study consisting of 32-33 graduate credit hours. Coursework may be completed through on-site and online classes available at Northwest Missouri State University, Kansas City Center located on the Maple Woods Community College campus, and the St. Joseph Center, and other convenient locations based on demand. Supervision is provided for students through observations offering valuable feedback to students to become successful teachers. Completion requirements include above coursework, a passing score on the prescribed PRAXIS II exams for special education and a teacher work sample.
Upon completion of this program students will possess a Missouri initial teaching certificate in this area. Students meeting admission requirements to the M.S.Ed in Special Education will only have 15 additional graduate credit hours to achieve a master's degree.
(32-33 graduate credit hours)
|Introduction to Teaching (61-614)
Two-week session summer before Year 1
|Organizing for Learning (61-615)
One night per week fall Year 1
|Organizing for Learning II (61-617)
One night per week spring Year 1
|Behavior Management Techniques (62-540)||3 hours|
|Reading in the Elementary School (62-655)||3 hours|
|Analysis and Correction of Reading Disabilities (62-654)||3 hours|
|Intro to Teaching Students with Mild/Moderate Disabilities (62-642)||3 hours|
|Teaching Students with Mild to Moderate Disabilities (62-643)||3 hours|
|Psycho-Education Measurement (62-652)||3 hours|
|Plus two out of the following:|
|Creating Inclusive Classrooms (62-504)||3 hours|
|Techniques for Conferencing and Collaboration (62-635)||3 hours|
|Transition/Career Education (62-508)||2 hours|
Requirements and Qualifications
Application Process and Materials
If you meet these requirements and would like to schedule an appointment, please contact the Alternative Certification Office.
Certification into a Master program
Special Education candidates must complete the GRE within the first year of the program. To pursue your MS.Ed. in Special Education upon completion of the Alternative Certification Program, you must receive a combined score of 280 or above.
Master in Special Education: An additional 15 hours of course work may be completed to receive your master's degree in special education.
|Praxis Test Information|
CDT Test Code
PDT Test Code
|Special Education: Mild/Moderate Disabilities Cross-Categorical (K-12)||5543||0543||Special Education: Core Knowledge and Mild to Moderate Applications||
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