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Temporary Authorization Certificate Requirements

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The applicant for a temporary authorization certificate must comply with the following criteria:

  1. Possession of a baccalaureate or higher degree from an accredited college or university in the subject area to be taught or a closely related field (applicants for a special education temporary authorization must possess a baccalaureate or higher degree) with an overall grade point average (GPA) of 2.75 or higher on a 4.00 scale and a content area GPA of 3.00 or higher on a 4.00 scale.
     
  2. Submission of a joint application verifying contracted employment with a Missouri public school district or accredited non-public school;
     
  3. If the applicant holds an initial Missouri professional certificate of license to teach, a transcripts analysis must be completed by the Office of Educator Certification based on the requirements set forth in 5 CSR 20-400.180; and
     
  4. The temporary authorization certificate will not include elementary (1-6); early childhood (B-3); early childhood special education (B-3); blind and partially sighted (K-12); deaf and hearing impaired (K-12) or Counselor areas.  Applicants for the areas of driver's education, English Language Learners, gifted education, and special reading must already hold a professional certificate of license to teach.

Renewal Requirements for Temporary Authorization Certificate

The certificate holder will:

  1. Submit an application completed by the certificate holder and employing school district.  On the application, the school district will verify that the certificate holder has:
    1. successfully completed an annual evaluation;
    2. participated in a yearly mentoring program; and
       
  2. Submit copies of designated assessments;
    1. content knowledge or specialty area assessment; and
    2. professional knowledge
       
  3. Submit official transcript(s) that shows completion of at least nine semester hours of course work toward the professional certificate of license to teach in the area of assignment based upon the requirements set forth in 5 CSR 20-400.180.
    1. Completion of a minimum of 24 semester hours of coursework in the following areas:
      1. Psychology of the Exceptional Child;
      2. Behavioral Management Techniques;
      3. Assessment, Student Data, and Data-Based Decision Making;
      4. Instructional Strategies and Techniques in the Content Area Specialty;
      5. Methods of Teaching Reading at appropriate level;
      6. Psychological Development of the Child and Adolescents;
      7. English Language Learning; and
      8. Cultural Diversity
    2. For a special education temporary authorization certificate, a minimum of 29 semester hours of coursework in the following areas:
            include competencies in:
      1. Psychology of the Exceptional Child;
      2. Behavioral Management Techniques;
      3. Evaluation of Abilities and Achievement (to include Intelligence Testing);
      4. Transition Processes, including Career Education or Career Readiness;
      5. Methods of Teaching Students with Cross-Categorical Disabilities;
      6. Methods of Teaching Reading:
        1. Reading Methods; and
        2. Analysis and Correction of Reading Disabilities;
      7. Methods of Teaching Mathematics:
        1. Mathematics Methods; and
        2. Methods of Teaching Remedial Mathematics; an
      8. Counseling Techniques or Collaboration with Family, School, and Community;
      9. Speech and Language Development of the Exceptional Child;
      10. Psychological Development of the Child and Adolescents; and
      11. Cultural Diversity

The teacher and district must complete and document that ALL requirements have been met to renew the Temporary Authorization Certificate.

 

For more information, please check the Department's page or write us at Educator Certification, PO Box 480, Jefferson City, Missouri  65102-0480.