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Middle School Certification (5-9)

Alternative Certification

The Alternative Certification program is designed to prepare students to become effective classroom teachers. This two-year provisional certification program is an alternative route for candidates that have a bachelor's degree or higher in a related subject area and a desire to pursue a Missouri teacher's certification in the areas listed below.

Interested candidates may contact the department to make an appointment for an initial audit to determine viability in the program. A standard program of study consists of 26 graduate level education credit hours. Students who meet the admission requirements will teach their approved certification area in a Missouri school district. While teaching, students will be participating in courses that may be completed through on-site and online classes available at Northwest Missouri State University. 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 Missouri Content Assessment (MoCA) for the certification area and the Missouri Educator Evaluation System (MEES) assessment.

Upon completion of this program students will be recommended for a Missouri initial teaching certificate in the respective certification area.

Middle School Certification Course Requirements
Introduction to Teaching (61-614) 3 hrs
Organizing for Learning (61-615) 3 hrs
Organizing for Learning II (61-617) 3 hrs
Teaching Strategies (61-616) 2 hrs
Issues in Education (61-649) 3 hrs
The Middle School (61-570) 3 hrs
Multicultural Education for Diversity, Equity and Inclusion (61-642) 3 hrs
Reading Program in the Secondary School (62-553) 3 hrs
Content Area Methods Course 3 hrs

Areas of Certification


Alternative Certification
Northwest Missouri State University
800 University Drive
Maryville, MO 64468
Phone: 660.562.1671
Fax: 660.562.1096