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Teacher certification program

Admission to the program

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). 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.)

*All Teacher Certification students must set up two Google folders; one for "TCP" items and one for "Student Teaching" items. Google folders must be shared with

The TCP Checklist shows all of the items required for official admission to the program. They include:

For additional information about the MoGEA, click on the "MEGA" link on the left menu.

  • MoGEA Review/Study help is available through the Kahn Academy.

Alternative TCP application

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 for undergraduate students. The Alternative TCP Application was developed 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 Alternative TCP Application form is in Microsoft Word format.)


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