Our program offers a special education alternative certification track (SEACT) designed for students with no previous teacher certification to obtain initial teacher certification in mild to moderate disabilities, while concurrently obtaining a master’s degree. Expectations are high for candidates in the program; however, the competency based course work is highly structured with significant advisor and faculty support. The SEACT contains a blend of onsite methods, lab course work, online, arranged practicum, or condensed summer instructional format to support the alternative nature of the program and the demands on students who are teaching while completing a graduate degree.
Who would choose the SEACT program route to certification?
- Students who want to earn a master's degree while also earning their initial special education certification
- Students who would like to take primarily evening and summer course work
- Students who can apply for a provisional teaching certificate and teach as a special education teacher in a certified K-12 school for students with mild to moderate disabilities OR who have a para-educator job working in an accredited K-12 school working with students with mild to moderate disabilities. Para-educators in the SEACT program must be working with a special education teacher who has been certified for at least 3 years. Note: Students who are para-educators must apply for approval under the Missouri Teacher's Aide Rule.
Required course work in addition to the core classes: SEACT track students must take the following core classes: SPE 780*, SFR 780, and SPE 788*. SFR 780 and SPE 788 are required for the master's degree in special education and are not required classes for certification.