Initial Teacher Certification

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Time for a Change – Become a
K-12 Teacher.

Avila offers a graduate-level teacher certification program that bridges into the Master of Arts in Education program. This option is for those who may be considering a career change or received a bachelor’s degree in an area outside of education.

Students experience the real classroom right from the beginning of the program. Out teacher preparation courses provide a multitude of opportunities for candidates to work with mentors in area classrooms. Students who successfully complete our teacher preparation programs go on to teach in public or accredited private schools in grades K-12.

Student Teach or Intern within one year!

Certification Areas

  • Elementary (1-6)
  • K-12 Education
    • Art
    • Music: Instrumental
    • Music: Vocal
    • Physical Education
    • Special Education
  • Middle School (5-9)
    • Language Arts
    • Mathematics
    • Science
    • Social Studies
  • Secondary (9-12)
    • Biology
    • Business
    • Chemistry
    • English
    • Marketing
    • Social Studies
    • Speech & Theater
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Cory Roup, Assistant Director of Graduate Education
P: 816.501.2464 / E:

How Do You Become a Certified Teacher?

Missouri has several methods for an individual to enter the education profession with a “certificate of license to teach.” Avila University has met the rigorous standards and is approved by the Missouri State Board of Education to offer Initial Teacher Certification in addition to a Master’s of Arts in Education.

Through Avila University, your bachelor’s degree in a content area (such as mathematics, chemistry, business, history, or English) makes you eligible to return to college to take courses and teach simultaneously.

According to the Missouri Department of Elementary & Secondary Education, you’ll “work under a two-year, provisional certificate and usually completes about 30 semester hours. When the college program is completed and the designated assessment test passed, the college recommends, and the individual receives an initial certificate.” 

Once you’ve received your initial certificate to teach in Missouri, Kansas offers the ability to earn a Kansas teaching certification without much difficulty. You will need to be able to provide proof (transcripts) of the completion of an approved teacher preparation program, a current state-issued teaching certification, a bachelor’s degree, successful completion of competency examinations, fingerprint background check, and satisfy “recency” stipulations. 

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