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Get your teaching certificate to begin you career in teaching.
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Get your advanced teaching certificate to improve you skills and advance your career.
Already an educator?
An M.A. in Education from Avila can take your teaching career to the next level.

Teaching Certification

Do you have a bachelor's degree?
Have you always wanted to be a teacher?
Avila University's graduate teacher certification may be the program for you!

With our innovative schedule, you can take all of the graduate education classes you need for teacher certification. Avila University offers many areas of certifications including:

  • Elementary 1-6
  • Special Education K-12
    • Mild/Moderate Cross Categorical
  • Middle School 5-9
    • Language Arts (5-9)
    • Mathematics (5-9)
    • Science (5-9)
    • Social Studies (5-9)
  • Secondary 9-12
    • Art (K-12)
    • Biology (9-12)
    • Business Education (9-12)
    • English (9-12)
    • Social Studies (9-12)
    • Speech/Theater (9-12)

You will conclude your certification with a 12-week final clinical experience, or if you are currently teaching in a school, you can continue in your existing position as an intern. Your final clinical experience will give you a chance to collaboratively plan lessons, prove your skills and complete your Missouri Pre-service Teacher Assessment (MoPTA).

Info Sessions
At our information session, you will meet with Avila University Graduate Education personnel and learn more about our graduate program. See the current dates for info sessions here.

If you need an appointment for an information session, please call (816) 501-2464, or e-mail us at graded@avila.edu.

Convenient Scheduling
Courses are structured in 5-week sessions. Our program is not a lock-step or cohort program. Thus, you can schedule the classes you need to complete your program at the times that are most convenient for you without having to worry about keeping a pre-set pace. You can custom tailor the graduate education program based on your lifestyle, taking classes when any session starts. See the listing of courses.

The Advantages of Avila's Teacher Certification Program

  • All courses are at the graduate level.
  • Most courses are taught in late afternoon or evening format.
  • Flexibility to re-start your program at any time if you can't take classes during a session.
  • Personal attention from qualified, experienced faculty and academic advising staff.
  • Tailor-made adult learning environment.
  • Assistance through Financial Aid for those who qualify.
  • Ability to continue your teaching job as a paid internship.

Professional accreditation by the North Central Association of Colleges and Schools.